The EVER-EST Horizon 2020 project will create a state of the art virtual research environment (VRE) focused on the earth sciences. The project will build on existing e-infrastructures and develop additional functionalities (including research object technologies) in order to meet the needs of earth science researchers, represented in the project by four virtual research communities (VRCs).
Vast amounts of data about our planet are now available to researchers and it is important that this data is easily discoverable, accessible and properly exploited, preserved and shared in order to a provide wealth of information for a whole spectrum of stakeholders: from scientists and researchers to decision and policy makers at the highest level.
Virtual Research Environments (VREs) provide the IT infrastructure to enable researchers to collaborate, share, analyse and visualise data over the internet. The development of a number of e-infrastructures within Europe and other areas to support activities such as Data Discovery and access has provided the foundations for the development of VREs.
The EVER-EST project (European Virtual Environment for Research – Earth Science Themes: a solution ) will create a virtual research environment (VRE) focussed on the requirements of the Earth Science community. Within the earth sciences there are major challenges such as climate change research and ensuring the secure and sustainable availability of natural resources and understanding natural hazards which require inter-disciplinary working and sharing of large amounts of data across diverse geographic locations and science disciplines to work towards a solution.
The project will include a major work stream to develop a virtual research environment, and this will build on a number of e-infrastructures which have been created under European Commission funding in recent years. Other work packages will test this emerging infrastructure using appropriate use cases.