The workshop on e-infrastructures for e-Science, which was organized by the CHAIN-REDS project in collaboration with Chinese partners, focused on Cloud services and repositories in Europe and China, and provided an excellent overview about this highly dynamic area of services.
In his keynote talk, Peter Wittenburg spoke about basic notions of data, the task of repositories - as currently being discussed within the RDA, and the landscape of data repositories in Europe. As part of this, Peter Wittenburg explained the list of common data services being offered by EUDAT and OpenAIRE. Leif Laaksonen and Herman Stehouwer presented the RDA and RDA Europe to a mixed audience of mainly European and Chinese experts. It was a great initiative from the CHAIN-REDS colleagues to bring together European and Chinese experts so they could interact on future developments.
During the two days following the workshop, Leif Laaksonen, Herman Stehouwer and Peter Wittenburg were invited to visit three important and outstanding institutes that are part of both the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). During these visits, Leif Laaksonen, Herman Stehouwer and Peter Wittenburg again presented the RDA and RDA Europe, along with EUDAT, and also listened to the scientific data and infrastructure challenges being dealt with in the Chinese academic landscape.
They also had the opportunity to visit three institutes with a very high reputation in China that are active in the areas of biodiversity and ecology, earth observation and nation-wide infrastructures for science. Leif Laaksonen, Herman Stehouwer and Peter Wittenburg were impressed by the quality of the scientific and infrastructure work being undertaken, since the integration of different data resources from a variety of centres across the whole country has obviously been realized in some areas to the benefit of science and society. MOST, as well as CAS, seem to have the power to convince their institutes to follow standards, which makes data sharing and integration a feasible task.
The meeting ended with agreements to keep in touch and interact about further collaboration possibilities at the level of the RDA - which is pushing boundaries in data sharing and interoperability by specifying APIs, protocols and registries, as well as at the level of EUDAT - which is working on building data infrastructures and implementing RDA specifications.
All the slides from the workshop are available at http://agenda.ct.infn.it/conferenceOtherViews.py?view=standard&confId=919 .