Research Objects: New EU-Funded Platform Helps Earth Scientists Manage and Share Data
Earth sciences cover a range of related subjects. Scientists working in areas such as climatology, oceanology and geology produce vast amounts of data about the planet every year. However, in such a diverse field, it is not always easy to preserve the results of research activities or to share knowledge with peers and policymakers.
The EU-funded EVER-EST project has implemented a solution to this problem based on research objects (RO) technology. ROs help manage research life cycles, allowing scientists and operational users to preserve and share data, models, workflows and results on issues such as climate change, the threat from natural hazards and the sustainable use of natural resources. EVER-EST is the first e-infrastructure service to use ROs in observational rather than experimental disciplines.
‘EVER-EST provides stakeholders with all the services necessary to fulfil their research activities and to preserve and share scientific data and processes,’ says project coordinator Mirko Albani from the European Space Agency. ‘We have developed a user interface, along with data-detection services, cloud access and processing facilities, which build on more than 15 years of research and development in the field of earth sciences.’
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