Virtual Research Environment IG (VRE-IG)

IG

Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
enquiries@rd-alliance.org
TAB Liaison: 
Dimitris Koureas
IG Established
 

VREs are synonymous with Science Gateways (SGs) in the USA and Virtual Laboratories (VLs) in Australia, and are increasingly being used to support a more dynamic approach to collaborative working across the internet. The proposed VRE-IG will explore all aspects of existing and planned future VRE/SG/VLs with the aim of moving towards common policies and best practices, such as those now being promoted by the European EOSC, the US XSEDE and the Australian NRDC. There is currently no coordination of the development of the underlying architectures, as well as specifications for components and interfaces in any of these initiatives, nor is there any agreed best practice way to connect to the major research infrastructures, in particular data to compute resources. Likewise there is also no mechanism for sharing best practice, skills, tools and software that connect tools to data in online environments that could ultimately allow these individual VREs to interoperate on a global scale. The goal is to create "building blocks" of common data infrastructures and building specific "data bridges" to enable online sharing and in situ processing of data. The US SGCI - started in August 2016 - starts to work on these challenges for the US and will closely collaborate with this IG.

 

The VRE IG will aim to act as a longer-term organization responsible for tracking and contributing to the evolution of VRE/SG/VL technologies, particularly as they relate to data access. It will also seek to engage with those seeking to make use of these online technologies in an effort to identify the necessary technical aspects, social and community building practices, required skills, as well as governance issues and best practice required to support a more coordinated approach to the development of the collaborative environments that enable data sharing and in situ online processing.

 

The proposed VRE-IGgroup is in effect, an ‘umbrella group’ would bring together:

  1. Those initiatives that are actively developing VRE/SGs/VLs internationally;

  2. Representatives of the common e Infrastructure (eIs) services e.g.,  European Data Infrastructure (EUDAT); European Open Science Cloud (EOSC); US XSEDE; and the Australian National Research Data Cloud (NRDC); and

  3. Specific RDA groups (e.g., software citation, metadata IG, Versioning IG, etc.) that are developing outputs that themselves are best practice inputs to groups developing VREs.

Past Plenaries:



Recent Activity

22 Jan 2020

2020 Gateway Focus Week applications are now open!

Looking to build a sustainability plan for your gateway? Planning to write your next funding proposal?

Gateway Focus Week helps software and website projects get to the next level.

The Science Gateways Community Institute offers two Focus Weeks per year. The 2020 sessions are: 

  • June 1-5, Columbia University, New York, NY (apply by March 27)

14 Jan 2020

VRE-IG call starting now - Looking forward to seeing you there!

Dear all,

the call is starting now. Looking forward to seeing you there! Connection details are below.

Best,

Kheeran Dharmawardena, Keith Jeffery, Zhiming Zhao and Sandra Gesing
Co-Chairs VRE-IG

 

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/348595245 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (571) 317-3129 
Access Code: 348-595-245 

More phone numbers 

08 Jan 2020

Community call on Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Dear Colleagues,

 

Many thanks for your interest in a VRE-IG call in January! The call will take place 

Tuesday, 14 January at 4:30pm ET (US Eastern Time), 10:30pm CET (Central European Time), Wednesday, 15 January at 9:30am AEST (Australia).

The connection details are stated below.

 

Here is a rough agenda and we would be happy to receive feedback and suggestions.

08 Jan 2020

Community call on Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Dear Colleagues,

 

Many thanks for your interest in a VRE-IG call in January! The call will take place 

Tuesday, 14 January at 4:30pm ET (US Eastern Time), 10:30pm CET (Central European Time), Wednesday, 15 January at 9:30am AEST (Australia).

The connection details are stated below.

 

Here is a rough agenda and we would be happy to receive feedback and suggestions.

28 Nov 2019

Deadline For P15 Group Session Submissions Extended To 5 December 2019

Dear RDA members, 

 

RDA's 15th Plenary meeting, Melbourne, Australia, 18-20 March 2020 

 

The deadline to submit session proposals for Plenary 15 in Melbourne, Australia has been extended to 5 December 2019, midnight UTC.