status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Kheeran Dharmawardena, Keith Jeffery, Zhiming Zhao, Sandra Gesing

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: enquiries@rd-alliance.org


VREs are synonymous with Science Gateways (SGs) in the USA and Virtual Laboratories (VLs) in Australia, and are increasingly being used to support a more dynamic approach to collaborative working across the internet. The proposed VRE-IG will explore all aspects of existing and planned future VRE/SG/VLs with the aim of moving towards common policies and best practices, such as those now being promoted by the European EOSC, the US XSEDE and the Australian NRDC. There is currently no coordination of the development of the underlying architectures, as well as specifications for components and interfaces in any of these initiatives, nor is there any agreed best practice way to connect to the major research infrastructures, in particular data to compute resources. Likewise there is also no mechanism for sharing best practice, skills, tools and software that connect tools to data in online environments that could ultimately allow these individual VREs to interoperate on a global scale. The goal is to create "building blocks" of common data infrastructures and building specific "data bridges" to enable online sharing and in situ processing of data. The US SGCI - started in August 2016 - starts to work on these challenges for the US and will closely collaborate with this IG.

 

The VRE IG will aim to act as a longer-term organization responsible for tracking and contributing to the evolution of VRE/SG/VL technologies, particularly as they relate to data access. It will also seek to engage with those seeking to make use of these online technologies in an effort to identify the necessary technical aspects, social and community building practices, required skills, as well as governance issues and best practice required to support a more coordinated approach to the development of the collaborative environments that enable data sharing and in situ online processing.

 

The proposed VRE-IGgroup is in effect, an ‘umbrella group’ would bring together:

  1. Those initiatives that are actively developing VRE/SGs/VLs internationally;

  2. Representatives of the common e Infrastructure (eIs) services e.g.,  European Data Infrastructure (EUDAT); European Open Science Cloud (EOSC); US XSEDE; and the Australian National Research Data Cloud (NRDC); and

  3. Specific RDA groups (e.g., software citation, metadata IG, Versioning IG, etc.) that are developing outputs that themselves are best practice inputs to groups developing VREs.

Past Plenaries:

Posts

08
August
2020

Session Proposal Submission

by Alexandra Delipalta

Dear Virtual Research Environment IG (VRE-IG) members,  
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16
July
2020

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

by Jamie Lupo-Petta

Dear Virtual Research Environment Interest Group members,   We’d like to share these important news items for your information.
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02
July
2020

Upcoming Deadlines & Events

by Jamie Lupo-Petta

  Hi everyone.  There are some upcoming deadlines and events that we want to make sure you are aware of as you enter the weekend.   We’ve posted them on the RDA homepage and social media, and are providing them below:   Request for Comments Deadlines:
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27
May
2020

Jumpstart Your Sustainability Plan: Free Virtual Mini-Course for All!

by Nayiri Mullinix

Interested in developing a sustainability strategy for your gateway? Sign up now for the Jumpstart Your Sustainability Plan mini-course! It’s free, and we’re offering it virtually.   Tuesday-Thursday, June 16-18, 2020 With main presentations that will take place 12-1:30 pm ET each day, and optional office hours and special topics presentations from 2-5 pm ET Register by June 12, 2020
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06
April
2020

VRE-IG RDA P15 remote sessions on Wednesday, 8 April and Thursday, 9 April 2020

by Sandra Gesing

Dear all, We hope you are all safe and healthy. It's our pleasure to announce that we offer two virtual sessions on Wednesday, 8 April 2020 and on Thursday, 9 April 2020. We offer the two sessions to accommodate different time zones. The sessions will be one hour long and a shorter version of the planned P15 session. Please register for a session here https://www.rd-alliance.org/towards-common-reference-architecture-vres
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27
March
2020

Gateways 2020 Call for Participation (Tutorials due Apr. 28; other formats due May 11)

by Nayiri Mullinix

Call for Participation: Gateways 2020 (October 19–21, Bethesda, Maryland) is now accepting submissions of short papers, demos, panels, tutorials, and workshops on the topic of gateways for science, engineering, or other disciplines.  What’s a gateway? Gateways are user-friendly interfaces to computing, data, instruments, and other domain-specific resources to support research and education. They may also be known as portals, virtual research environments, eScience, virtual labs, eResearch, digital repositories, or research cyberinfrastructure.
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25
February
2020

Kind reminder: Community call on 25 February

by Sandra Gesing

Dear Colleagues,   this is a kind reminder that our community call will take place  Tuesday, 25 February at 7am ET (US Eastern Time), 1pm CET (Central European Time), 11pm AEST (Australia). The connection details are stated below. Here is a rough agenda and we would be happy to receive feedback and suggestions. short introductions by everyone creating a list of topics people are interested in and would like to work on suggestions for the preparation for P15 Looking forward to the call.
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17
February
2020

Community call on 25 February 2020

by Sandra Gesing

Dear Colleagues,   Many thanks for your interest in a VRE-IG call in January! The call will take place  Tuesday, 25 February at 7am ET (US Eastern Time), 1pm CET (Central European Time), 11pm AEST (Australia). The connection details are stated below. Here is a rough agenda and we would be happy to receive feedback and suggestions.
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22
January
2020

2020 Gateway Focus Week applications are now open!

by Nayiri Mullinix

Looking to build a sustainability plan for your gateway? Planning to write your next funding proposal? Gateway Focus Week helps software and website projects get to the next level. The Science Gateways Community Institute offers two Focus Weeks per year. The 2020 sessions are:  June 1-5, Columbia University, New York, NY (apply by March 27)
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