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VREs/Virtual Labs/Science Gateways: Visions for addressing barriers, needs and requirements for the next generation of VREs

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    Sandra Gesing

    Collaborative meeting notes (main session):
    Collaborative meeting notes (repeat session):
    Agenda for the meeting will be:
    0-5 mins: Introduction to the IG (Sandra Gesing) 
    Sandra’s slides:
    5-50 mins:  Examples for Needs and Requirements for VREs (Moderator: Sandra Gesing, Panelists: Maytal Dahan, Mark Potkewitz, Alison Specht, Andrew Treloar)
    Maytal’s slides:
    Andrew’s slides:
    Recording to Mark’s talk:

    Technical requirements for different frameworks/VREs under consideration of dashboards, notebooks and containers, e.g., aspects such as security, connectivity

    Community requirements considering different roles in a VRE from researchers to stakeholders

    Policy requirements considering rules and laws on research infrastructures, e.g. laws for health data

    What will I as a researcher need to do high quality research efficiently 10 to 15 years from now?
    What will society need to trust in and engage with research, contributing to and benefiting from it 10 to 15 years from now?
    If you could have access to all the data you are interested in as well as the means to analyze them which questions would you look at: What kind of data, analysis and data comparisons would be possible and which technologies would we need for that?

    Discussion: What are additional aspects that are not considered? 

    Lab of the Future

    The world as a laboratory: What will be the effect of fully connected societies evolving into massive scale interdisciplinary research laboratories?
    Which tools and services will the lab of the future be equipped with to allow researchers both in academia and industry to efficiently do cutting-edge research while safeguarding the test subjects in the lab?
    What will the citizens’ role be in these new labs?
    What will the ”lab of the future” look like? Where will its “boundaries” be?

    50-65 mins: What are the challenges near-term (in the next 5 years) for VREs? (Group Discussion) 
    Questions are: Which challenges can be solved via technology? Which challenges are community-oriented? What would be a good way to address challenges posed by policy makers? What works well and what does not work well and create barriers? 
    65-90 mins: Preparing for building working groups for a vision addressing the next 10 years (Structured Discussion led by Andreas Rauber)

    Collecting topics to inform a vision such as needs, requirements and emerging technologies

    Which format of meetings?

    Whom to invite for brainstorming?

    One topic envisioned is a working group on writing a “Dear colleague” letter/white paper addressed to funding bodies for requirements to make a vision for 10 years happen. The goal would be to invite to the next plenary funding agencies to discuss roadmaps during the session at the plenary with the white paper as basis.

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

    16th Plenary IG virtual:
    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)
    FAIR for Research Software (FAIR4RS) WG

    Avoid conflict with the following group (3)
    Metadata IG

    Contact for group (email)

    Group chair serving as contact person
    Sandra Gesing

    Meeting objectives
    VREs are excellent environments to collaborate on research topics, to share data, methods and knowledge in projects at one affiliation as well as across national and continental boundaries. Quite a few mature solutions have evolved over the last 15 years and the usability of existing solutions has increased majorly. Despite the agile, fast-evolving landscape of software packages and libraries, users still experience barriers to use data and research infrastructures efficiently. The objective of this meeting is to work towards topics for working groups analyzing needs and requirements for VREs and building a vision for next-gen VREs.

    Please indicate the breakout slot (s) that would suit your meeting
    Breakout 1, Breakout 2, Breakout 3, Breakout 4, Breakout 5, Breakout 6, Breakout 7, Breakout 8, Breakout 10, Breakout 11

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