Virtual Research Environment IG (VRE-IG)


Group details

Helen Glaves, Keith Jeffery
Secretariat Liaison: 
Timea Biro
TAB Liaison: 
Rainer Stotzka

Increasingly researchers who are not co-located are seeking to work dynamically together at various scales from the local to the international. These researchers want to share data, models, work flows, best practice etc. to address either local challenges which are also potentially of direct relevance to researchers in other geographical areas, or they have a shared interest in addressing a common issue such as the grand challenges currently being faced by society on a global scale e.g. climate change.

Virtual research environments (VREs) are increasingly being used to support this more dynamic approach to collaborative working. This has led to a number of VRE projects such as VRE4EIC and EVER-EST in Europe, and the initiation of virtual laboratories in Australia and science gateways in the USA. However, at the present time, although these systems are seeking to share some of the same resources and common infrastructure services e.g. EUDAT, GEANT, etc., there is no coordination of the development of the underlying architecture that would allow these individual VREs to interoperate.

The proposed VRE interest group would bring together those initiatives actively developing VREs, virtual laboratories and science gateways, along with the representatives of the common infrastructure services and the researchers seeking to make use of these technologies in an effort to identify the necessary technical aspects, governance issues and best practice required to support a more coordinated approach to the development of VREs.

Recent Activity

04 May 2017

Gateways 2017 CFP

Call for Participation: Gateways 2017 (October 23-25, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) is now accepting submissions of papers, demos, tutorials, and panels (2-4 pages) on the topic of science or engineering gateways, which are integrated, user-friendly interfaces to scientific computing, data, and other domain-specific resources to support research and education.

05 Apr 2017

Re: [vre_ig] Virtual Research Environments and Reference Architecture(s)...

HI Jose,
I agree with both the 4 views and the approach you are suggesting and feel
that, if we do a good job, it will lead to a good outcome that is likely to
be adopted rapidly, which ultimately is what will provide the
interoperability we are seeking.

05 Apr 2017

RE: [vre_ig] Virtual Research Environments and Reference Architecture(s)...

José –
Many thanks for the comments. Generally I agree. We start to part company over ‘profiles’. It is here that the specialization to profiles conflicts with maximum interoperability. However, for some applications the interoperability may only be needed over some few core attributes and local processing can deal with the specialisations of the profile.
Keith G Jeffery Consultants
Prof Keith G Jeffery

04 Apr 2017

RE: [vre_ig] Virtual Research Environments and Reference Architecture(s)...

Dear all,
Thanks to Leo for bringing the paper to my attention and that of others. It is of interest also to ENVRI WP5 / Theme 2, thus I have added them to the distribution as well.
I’m sorry for the rather long narrative that follows now but I cannot be present in RDA meetings (no funding) and Cardiff University is not a partner in VRE4EIC. Nevertheless, I hope that what follows is a helpful contribution to the discussion.

29 Mar 2017

VRE IG case statement

Dear VRE IG members The draft case statement for the VRE IG has been posted on the RDA portal and is also attached to this e-mail. This document will be discussed during the VRE IG session at the forthcoming 9th RDA Plenary in Barcelona with the intention of finalising the case statement in readiness for submission to the RDA Secretariat for the endorsement of this group.

27 Mar 2017

EVER-EST hands-on workshop: collocated event at 9th RDA Plenary, Barcelona: 4 April 2017

Dear Colleagues,
I would like to draw your attention to the EVER-EST VRE hands-on workshop that will take place as a collocated event as part of the 9th RDA plenary in Barcelona next week.
This event will provide the first demonstration of the VRE technologies that are being developed by the EVER-EST project and to provide feedback on the tools and services being demonstrated.

11 May 2016

CFP Digital Infrastructures for Research 28-30 Sept, Krakow

This conference includes a track related to VREs/science gateways ie

  • Challenges facing users and service providers: emerging needs of research collaborations, the requirements of added value thematic services and the computing needs of data-driven science. (example topics: Working with the research community and industry, community engagement, computing platforms (cloud, HTC, HPC), thematic platforms (science gateways, Virtual Research Environments)

Call closes 3 June.