Key data and software challenges in supporting multidisciplinary data driven sciences.

The VRE4EIC project addresses key data and software challenges in supporting multidisciplinary data driven sciences.  These include:

  1. understanding complex user requirements across domains by closely involving committed user communities;
  2. improving the quality of VRE user experience by providing user centred, secure, privacy compliant, sustainable environments for accessing data, composing workflows and tracking data publications;
  3. increasing VRE usage in multidisciplinary research domains by abstracting and reusing building blocks and workflows from existing VRE initiatives;
  4. improving the interoperability of heterogeneous discovery, contextual and detailed metadata across all layers of the VRE;
  5. promoting the exploitation of VRE4EIC solutions to different research communities and commercially.

The project contributes to the Work Programme through innovations in the following areas:

  • support of excellent research through improved VREs and interoperation of heterogeneous VREs leading to new multidisciplinary science;
  • increased user acceptance through support for trust, security and privacy throughout the VRE architecture;
  • a novel VRE architecture, prototypes and enhanced metadata that can be used for future multidisciplinary VREs;
  • a semantic web, linked open data view of VRE information allowing cross-linking to open government data enabling heterogeneous discovery;
  • interoperable standard software services retro-fitted to enhance existing VREs;
  • solutions for societal challenges demonstrated in the environmental and earth science domains (environmental pollution, climate change, earthquakes), building on 25 real use cases;
  • increased VRE adoption to other domains and research communities through a training programme and learning environment to empower researchers to utilise the full potential of VRE4EIC and to enhance collaboration.
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VRE4EIC covers all EU member states and EFTA countries, and will affect 70,000 researchers all over Europe.

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