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AGINFRA PLUS D6.4 - Food Safety Risk Assessment Pilot Evaluation Report

Filter, Matthias; Lopez de Abechuco, Estíbaliz; Sundermann, Esther

This document describes the evaluation procedures and evaluation outcomes performed in the AGINFRA+ project to assess the food safety risk assessment Virtual Research Environments (VREs) and the pilot applications developed for the Food Safety Risk Assessment community.

The evaluation process was performed in alignment with the specific stages of the different VRE piloting phases. During all evaluation phases community experts attended hands-on workshops that allowed them to practically work with the web-based software pilots and to obtain practical experience on the advantages of working with the proposed environments. To collect relevant end-user feedback these evaluation activities always combined introductory lectures with practical hands-on training session for specific VRE features.

Evaluation results were collected via online or printed surveys. Survey questions were aligned with the other AGINFRA+ use-case WPs and were only customized in case the specific settings of the evaluation event required this. A detailed description of the evaluation methodology is described in the Deliverable “Food Safety Risk Assessment Community-Centred Assessment Plan (D6.3)”.

WP6 performed also two additional “validation events” with the final VRE solutions. The feedback received from the end-users in evaluation and validation events clearly shows that the VREs designed for the different Food Safety Risk Assessment communities were very well received and embraced by each targeted scientific community and can therefore be considered a promising infrastructure to promote the open science paradigm, efficient knowledge exchange and scientific collaboration.

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