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Providing computing platforms and analytical services to facilitate the collaboration between researchers

  • 1. Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
  • 2. Trust-IT Services


There are several research infrastructures or other data services running in Europe that cover a multitude of marine-related sciences, providing specific datasets coming from observations collected with different methods. These infrastructures constitute a diverse world, each looking at a piece of the big picture, sometimes hindering collaboration and data sharing. Blue-Cloud aims to overcome fragmentation and build a bridge between thematic science clusters - such as marine, climate, food and agriculture sciences - and EOSC, creating a data federation and providing a common access to a so-called thematic EOSC for marine
data. By connecting leading marine data management infrastructures with horizontal e-infrastructures, the project aims to maximise the exploitation of data resources available from different sources. The Blue-Cloud framework consists of two major technical components:
(1) a Blue-Cloud Data Discovery and Access service, already presented in a previous EOSC in practice story, to serve federated discovery and access to blue data infrastructures, and
(2) a Blue-Cloud Virtual Research Environment (VRE) to provide computing platforms and analytical services facilitating the
collaboration between researchers, which is detailed hereafter.

The Blue-Cloud VRE is powered by the D4Science Infrastructure. [M. Assante et al. (2019) Enacting open science by D4Science. Future Gener. Comput. Syst. 101: 555-563 10.1016/j.future.2019.05.063 ]


The full list of EOSC in practice stories is available here


InPractice_BlueCloud VRE.pdf

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EOSC Future – EOSC Future 101017536
European Commission
Blue Cloud – Blue-Cloud: Piloting innovative services for Marine Research & the Blue Economy 862409
European Commission