Outline of the EVER-EST website that provides a major source of information for those seeking further information about the project.
The EVER-EST website has been developed by partners NERC and ESA with input for some of the component sections also provided by other members of the project consortium. The EVER-EST website forms a key element of the project dissemination strategy that is outlined in deliverable D2.2 Dissemination Strategy. It will be used to raise awareness of the project both inside the project consortium and beyond for the purposes of communication and community building.
The website provides an introductory suite of pages that gives an initial overview of the EVER-EST project. It will continue to be developed as the project progresses to provide details of the project activities, outcomes and products in order to promote the project and encourage wider adoption of the EVER-EST solutions to ensure the longer-term sustainability of the virtual research environment (VRE), tools and services developed by the project.
Dissemination strategy and plan
Description of the strategy, mechanisms and techniques that will be used throughout the project to communicate and promote the EVER-EST project aims objectives and outcomes to a range of stakeholders.
Maximising awareness of the EVER-EST project aims, objectives, activities and outcomes requires a robust and comprehensive dissemination strategy. This strategy includes promotion of EVER-EST to the wider user community and planned coordination/alignment with other related initiatives. It also outlines the planned activities for engagement with user communities, stakeholder interactions, and liaison with other European and international initiatives.
The dissemination strategy describes:
- Target audiences
- EVER-EST project identity
- Promotional materials (posters, leaflets, website, social media presence e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn etc.
- User and stakeholder engagement (workshops, conference presence etc.)
- Impact assessment: key performance indicators (KPIs) and alignment with the relevant SMART objectives identified for the project
The EVER-EST dissemination strategy will evolve throughout the lifetime of the project according to changing technologies, techniques and best practice for engaging with different target audiences, and also additional opportunities and/or for a for promoting the project and its outcomes. It will be formally updated twice during the project.
Use cases description and user needs document
Overview of the of individual use cases represented by the participating virtual research communities including specifications of the corresponding user requirements.
EVER-EST is a research and development project that will offer a framework based on advanced services to support each phase of the Earth Science research and information lifecycle. The project follows a user-centric approach leveraging on the results of several FP7 projects which have produced a wealth of innovative and state-of-the-art technologies, systems and tools for e-collaboration, e-learning, e-research and long term data preservation. It will provide innovative services to Earth Science user communities for the generation, communication, cross-validation and sharing of knowledge and science outputs. This document describes the EVER-EST pre-selected virtual research communities, their use cases, service requirements needs and challenges. User requirements elicited from these communities and the functionalities of the re-used components will be translated into specifications for the services supported by EVEREST Virtual Research Environment to ensure that the technical developments are well aligned with the needs of the individual use cases and also the overall scope of the EVER-EST project.
Workflows and research objects in Earth Science — Concepts and Definitions
Outline of the definitions and main concepts of workflows and research objects (ROs) for the Earth Sciences.
This deliverable introduces the Research Object (RO) concept into the Earth Science Virtual Research Communities (VRCs) participating in the EVER-EST project. An overview of the main concepts, technologies and models related to research objects is provided along with their contextualization and extension in line with the set of initial requirements elicited from the VRCs about the representation of such objects, their lifecycle management, and exploitation through the EVER-EST VRE. This work has been conducted in close collaboration with WP3 and WP5, and establishes a link between the requirements of the user communities and the technological solutions provided by the VRE infrastructure around the concept of research objects. The outcomes of this analysis provide the basis for the implementation of the subsequent tasks of WP4 and are expected to evolve throughout the project, taking into account the continuous software development and integration model that is applied.
VRE Architecture and Interfaces Definition
Description of the EVER-EST virtual research environment (VRE) architecture and interfaces.
This deliverable provides a high level description of the EVER-EST Virtual Research Environment (VRE) architecture along with its components and provides a common understanding concerning the technical approach and available technologies. The deliverable addresses a Research Object centric approach applied to the Earth Science domain including analyzing how the e-infrastructure can serve its users and allow them to better understand its potential whilst anticipating the risks. It introduces a consistent part of the infrastructure that is based on modules and experience derived from previous Earth Science EU projects, including among others, SCIDIP-ES, GEOWOW and EarthServer. The focus is on the definition of the generic e-infrastructure architecture that will be subsequently validated by the VRC’s during the project based upon the specific requirements that have been documented within Work Package 3.