The VRE4EIC project invites researchers to evaluate Virtual Research Environment architectures

VRE4EIC, an H2020 European research project, invites researchers to evaluate e-VRE, the Virtual Research Environment architecture developed by the project. The workshop will be held on 15 June in Edinburgh, in conjunction with IWSG’18, the 10th International Workshop on Science Gateways.

Researchers can access and use more and more research data in the digital age. They can use this data to obtain new insights, especially by combining datasets with other data. Discoverability of data is very important as a precondition for combining datasets and data. Data could be described by metadata in many ways and searching those metadata improves discoverability. Various projects are already producing e-Research Infrastructures to give researchers access to publicly funded research and open research data, and are developing towards Virtual Research Environments (VREs). VREs provide access to data, tools, and resources from different research infrastructures, and facilitate co-operation or collaboration between researchers at the same or different institutions, at the intra- and inter-institutional levels, and preserve data and other outputs

The objective of this half-day workshop, which will take place in the afternoon following the close of the IWSG 2018 international workshop, is to review the architectural requirements for virtual research environments and their relationship to science gateways, virtual laboratories and collaboratories. The workshop targets people interested in using, developing and extending virtual research environments. Participants will have the opportunity to test a preliminary version of e-VRE - the interoperable and easy to deploy VRE architecture for multi-disciplinary communities, developed by the project.

Keith Jeffery (ERCIM), Scientific Coordinator of the VRE4EIC project, says: “The workshop will demonstrate the huge potential of e-VRE. It can change the life of thousands of European researchers, by providing them with supporting tools for collaborative, multi-disciplinary data-driven science, as needed to tackle critical societal challenges such as climate change and energy sustainability”.

e-VRE is the project software outcome, available under an open source software license for maximum uptake and community building. Preliminary versions are available on github

Participation is free but registration is required.

Attendees of IWSG can simply register via the IWSG registration form.


VRE4EIC is a 3-year Horizon 2020 research & innovation action (EINFRA-9-2015) coordinated by ERCIM and carried out with partners from The Netherlands (CWI, TU Delft, EuroCRIS and UvA), Italy (CNR and INGV) and Greece (FORTH).  VRE4EIC stands for a Europe-wide interoperable Virtual Research Environment to Empower multidisciplinary research communities and accelerate Innovation and Collaboration. VRE4EIC is a 4,37m€ investment that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 676247.

e-VRE designates the technology that will result from the VRE4EIC project.

VRE4EIC develops a reference architecture and software components for VREs (Virtual Research Environments). e-VRE bridges across existing e-RIs (e-Research Infrastructures) such as EPOS and ENVRIplus, both represented in the project, themselves supported by e-Is (e-Infrastructures) such as GEANT, EUDAT, PRACE, EGI, OpenAIRE. The e-VRE provides a comfortable homogeneous interface for users by virtualising access to the heterogeneous datasets, software services, and resources of the e-RIs and provides collaboration/communication facilities for users to improve research communication. Finally, it provides access to research management /administrative facilities so that the end-user has a complete research environment.

More information:

Keith Jeffery, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Peter Kunz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.