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VREs/Virtual Labs/Science Gateways: Good Practices for Communicating and Collaborating Effectively and Efficiently within Distributed Communities and Initiatives

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    Sandra Gesing

    Collaborative folder link:
    Agenda for the meeting will be:
    0-5 mins: Introduction to the IG (Sandra Gesing)
    5-50 mins:  Examples for VRE frameworks with collaboration tools (Chair Sandra Gesing)

    The US landscape (Mike Zentner) (10 min)

    The EU landscape (Keith Jeffrey) (10 min)

    The Australia/Asia landscape (Kheeran Dharmawardena) (10 min)

    Discussion: What are commonalities between the frameworks? What is missing? (15 min)
    50-75 mins: What are the challenges and benefits experienced in collaboration of distributed teams? (Group Discussion) (Chair Zhiming Zhao)
    Questions are: Which challenges can be solved via technology? Which challenges are interpersonal or organizational? What would be a good way to address the different dimensions of collaboration? What works well and what does not work well? 
    75-90 mins: International Teams and Initiatives – Good Practices in the changing academic landscape of COVID-19 (Kheeran Dharmawardena)

    Experiences from writing the RDA COVID-19 recommendations 

    Emerging Technologies

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

    15th Plenary IG virtual:
    14th Plenary IG Helsinki:
    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

    Are you willing to hold your session at multiple times to accommodate various time zones?

    Avoid conflict with the following group (1)
    Metadata IG

    Avoid conflict with the following group (3)
    FAIR for Research Software (FAIR4RS) WG

    Contact for group (email)

    Group chair serving as contact person
    Sandra Gesing

    Meeting objectives
    VREs are excellent environments to build distributed teams and to collaborate on research topics, to share data, methods and knowledge virtually. The needs of the communities are met by cutting-edge VREs – virtual meetings and distributed teams face challenges though from lack of in-person interactions to cultural differences to time-zone mismatches to non-native speakers, to name a few. The objective of this meeting is to work towards good practices for communicating and collaborating effectively and efficiently within distributed communities and initiatives.
    Collaborative notes:…

    Please indicate the breakout slot (s) that would suit your meeting
    Breakout 1, Breakout 2, Breakout 3, Breakout 4

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