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AGINFRA PLUS D5.4 - Agro-climatic and Economic Modelling Pilot Evaluation Report

Lokers, Rob; Knapen, Rob

This document describes the evaluation indicators and evaluation procedure of the first AGINFRA PLUS evaluation of the VRE pilot developed for the agro-climatic modelling community and reports on the outcomes of the evaluation.

An evaluation procedure was developed that is specifically aimed at the group of users that are most likely to use the components that are currently available, but also looks forward to the next evaluation rounds, where a broader group of less technically experienced users will be addressed. The evaluation procedure has also taken into account the current state of development of both the capacities of the D4Science environment and the specific VRE set up to support the agro-climatic use cases and the associated modelling components developed on these VRE functions.

The first pilot evaluation show that the VRE concept is seen by the evaluators as a very useful for future collaborative research in the area of agro-climatic modelling, especially where it concerns international collaborations that require sharing and reuse of resources. It also reveals that the current implementation of the agro-climatic VRE on the D4Science platform has substantial shortcomings when it comes to realworld applications of agro-climatic modelling. These reside in the limited functionality that is currently available for essential analysis and visualization components, and in the lack of connectivity between individual VRE components. The evaluation results provide useful comments and recommendations for implementation towards better support of the modelling process.

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