Plenary 3 - Brokering IG Session

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IG Brokering

Session chair(s)

Stefano Nativi (, Italian National research Council of Italy

Jay Pearlman (, IEEE

Max Craglia (, European Commission /JRC


Brokers, in general, have existed for many years and have found application in diverse domains and industries (e.g. financial systems, business-to-consumer systems, medicine, automotive industry).  However, the emergence of brokers in science is relatively new.  Brokering is now being piloted with great promise in e-infrastructure and science communities in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere.


In science, Brokering architectures introduce a new (middleware service) framework that does not belong either to the Data Producer’s or to the User’s Communities. Its governance and sustainable operation emerges as a clear challenge.


With the introduction of brokering in major information system initiatives, addressing the issues of governance is important at this time. This session will discuss this challenge, presenting important experiences from significant programs, such as GEOSS and Earth Cube.


The final goal is to establish a WG on the “Governance of Brokering middleware”.



Introduction (All)  - 15 minutes;

·       Brokering framework (Chairs) – 15 minutes;

·       The Earth Cube experience (Jay Pearlman) – 10 minutes;

·       The GEOSS Experience (Stefano Nativi) – 10 minutes;

·       The INSPIRE Experience (Max Craglia) –10 minutes

Break – 15 minutes

·       Discussion on “Governance of Brokering middleware” – 45 minutes

Break – 15 minutes

·       Designing a new WG (All) – 40 minutes

·       Wrap-up (Chairs) – 5 minutes