European 'Big Data' e-infrastructure to support biodiversity research Lifewatch now ERIC legal entity

20 Mar 2017 Brussels - The European Commission granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the e-Science and Technology European Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (LifeWatch). With this measure, the EU provides the facility with many administrative advantages enjoyed by international organisations and therefore helps to successfully implement the infrastructure project.

LifeWatch aims to advance biodiversity and ecosystem research and to provide major contributions to addressing big environmental challenges such as climate change by providing access through a pan-European distributed e-infrastructure to large sets of data, services and tools that enable the creation of virtual laboratories and decision-support applications. Thanks to these virtual research environments, specific issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem research and preservation are addressed through the implementation of integrated models.

LifeWatch ERIC constitutes a new approach by offering to its users:

  • a working environment with unlimited computational and cloud capacity;
  • transparency of the research process at all stages (from data collection and interoperability to the interpretation of the results);
  • and generic applications which allow multidisciplinary research and the development of the “trading zones” between them.

Based in Seville, LifeWatch is the first ERIC infrastructure hosted by Spain. It was established by eight countries: Belgium, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain.

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