WP3 Data and Technology

Further elaborating on WP2, WP3 will prepare and guide workshops with ecologists and biodiversity scientists as well as biodiversity informaticians and technologists of the cooperating research infrastructures, to identify common pertinent services that can support scientific works on EBVs (i.e., specification of end-to-end scientific workflows for preparing/calculating EBV values), and potentially also contribute to environmental policies (WP4). Based on an analysis of workshop outcomes, WP3 will consider common, thematic as well as infrastructure specific services, covering a wide
spectrum of functions and objectives, e.g.,:

  • Discovering data sets at various spatial and temporal scales,
  • Integrating of data sets from different origins,
  • Applying common standards and registries (and reference model),
  • Data quality management,
  • Developing scientific models as workflows to calculate EBVs across concerned research infrastructures,
  • Supporting workflow modifications (i.e., weighting) parameters to compose a variable,
  • Testing the effect of data and parameter changes on EBV sensitivity to these changes,
  • Visualizing outcomes,
  • Supporting the design of decision support tools to relate intervention policies with such changes,
  • Maximizing computing and data infrastructures' capacities,
  • Supporting the deployment of virtual laboratories allowing researchers to work on EBVs.

The WP3 workshops will be held jointly with the WP2 workshops (incl. WP4 experts) allowing for interactions, joint meetings and parallel sessions, as appropriate. A condensed version of the deliverables of WP3 (D3.1, D3.2 and D3.3) will serve as input into the WP2 deliverables D2.2, D2.4 and D2.5 to allow for integrated reporting on all workshops.
Furthermore, a contribution will be delivered to the policy related position papers to be produced by WP4 (D4.2 and D4.3).
Invited participants will be selected for their specific expertise in the field, taking into account the need to balance scientific and technological contributions. A grouping of project beneficiaries and core experts will thus be formed to provide continuity from one workshop to another. With a foreseen role of LifeWatch in mind, LifeWatch ICT experts (IC3) will play a leading role through their participation in workshops and contributions to the results of WP3.

Key Objectives

  • Map the user requirements (i.e., outcomes of WP2) with existing infrastructure data and processing capabilities, identifying gaps (i.e., where they exist).
  • Design a methodological framework to translate candidate EBVs into transnational and cross-infrastructures scientific workflows.
  • Improve solutions for sharing interoperable data sets and other capabilities and / or services; identify missing data and services as well as possibilities for co-financing existing research infrastructures; agree on actions to address these.
  • Devise an integrated infrastructure development roadmap allowing research infrastructures to enhance existing capabilities and / or develop new ones.
  • Run four workshops with the cooperating research infrastructures to draw up this infrastructure roadmap.
  • Carry out a concrete test in translating a selected EBV into a concrete scientific workflow specification, for submission to participating research infrastructures.

Main participants


  • D3.1 Technical issues and risks report
  • D3.2 'Guinea pig EBV Report
  • D3.3 Specific implementation roadmap