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Virtual Research Environments – Working towards building a common reference model and a catalogue of design patterns for VREs

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    Sandra Gesing

    Collaborative session notes: 
    Agenda for the meeting will be:
    0-5 mins: Introduction to the IG (Sandra Gesing)
    5-45 mins: Should we develop common reference models for VREs? (Chair Sandra Gesing)

    Introduction to existing frameworks (5 min) (Sandra Gesing)
    Rob Quick: Overview on Apache Airavata and US-based frameworks – lessons learned (5 min)
    Guido Aben: Overview on Australian-based frameworks – lessons learned (5 min)
    Guido Aben: Overview on European-based frameworks – lessons learned (5 min)
    Panel discussion: Would we like to develop a common reference model? Should we set it up a working group? Who wants to join the WG? (20 min)

    Rob Quick
    Guido Aben
    Christine Kirkpatrick

    45-70 mins: Catalogue of design patterns (Group discussion) (Chair Sandra Gesing)
    The panel discussion was the starting point for discussing existing solutions and a common reference model. Here we would like to discuss with the audience directly design patterns – different definitions and layers (GUI, architecture, data management, workflow patterns, etc.) and their similarities. This could lead to building a catalogue of design patterns for VREs. We will prepare a Google folder so that everyone can contribute their design patterns during the discussion and also afterwards. We plan to discuss questions such as: Is it feasible to maintain a catalogue of design patterns? Would people find it helpful? Would they like to contribute?
    70-90 mins: Can we make VREs FAIR? (Christine Kirkpatrick)

    Introduction to the FAIR principles and what they could mean for VREs (10 min with discussions) (Christine Kirkpatrick)

    Software and the FAIR principles (10 min with discussions) 

    Additional links to informative material
    Interest Group Home Page:
    Case statement:
    The US SG Catalog: and
    Past Plenaries:

    13th Plenary IG Philadelphia:
    12th Plenary IG Gaborone:
    11th Plenary IG Berlin: Virtual Research Environments – How do I find them and what skills do I need to build and use them?
    10th Plenary IG Montreal: Understanding VREs/SGs/VLs: planning a roadmap for sustainable collaborative development
    9th Plenary IG Barcelona: Virtual Research Environments: coordinating sustainable online research environments across multiple infrastructures
    8th Plenary IG Denver: VREs/Virtual laboratories/science gateways: opportunities for developing a more coordinated approach to support interoperability across different systems
    7th Plenary BoF Tokyo: Kick-Off Meeting to establish the Virtual Research Environment Interest Group

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    Meeting objectives
    The objective of this meeting is to work towards building a common reference model and a catalogue of design patterns for VREs.

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