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ABNJ (GEF)

Description

Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ), commonly called the high seas, are those areas of ocean for which no one nation has sole responsibility for management. In all, these make up 40 percent of the surface of our planet, comprising 64 percent of the surface of the oceans and nearly 95 percent of its volume. Urgent action is needed to improve management of many ABNJ fisheries and strengthen protection of related ecosystems. In this way, we can prevent devastating impacts on marine biodiversity, socio-economic well-being and food security for millions of people directly dependent on those fisheries. BlueBRIDGE was invited to show its contributions in this domain, and discuss collaboration in two main areas; data services for fisheries (FAO, IRD) and data provisioning of environmental data in the high seas (GRID Arendal).

  • February 2016
  • Key organizations and people involved: FAO of the UN (Anton Ellenbroek, Marc Taconet), IRD (Julien Barde), GRID Arendal (Miles McMillan Lawler)

AquaSpace H2020

Description

The project is evaluating tools that facilitate the aquaculture planning process in the context of the FAO endorsed Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture. It considers the effectiveness of these in collaboration with local stakeholders, at a variety of scales and in different environments, with a range of space-related development constraints. BlueBRIDGE is invited to show its contributions in this domain, and discuss collaboration.

  • February 2017
  • Key organizations and people involved: Anton Ellenbroek, FAO of the UN

Attica perfecture

Description

In the framework of the new PA (Partnership Agreement for the Development Framework) 2014-2020 which constitutes the main strategic plan for growth in Greece with the contribution of significant resources originating from the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) of the European Union there are 9 operational programmes, related to specific ministries and 13 peripheral programs related to each Greek prefecture. The Attica prefecture is the largest in Greece and has specific program for the blue Growth. Discussions have been taken place in order to encapsulate new strategic direction for the greek funded projects related to the technology delivered by BlueBRIDGE

  • Key organizations and people involved: Eleni Petra UOA

Bluecarbon

Description

GRID-Arendal liaises with Conservation International that together with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, is​ leading the International Blue Carbon Initiative, which focuses on mitigating climate change by conserving and restoring coastal marine ecosystems globally. Through the Initiative, we are working with partners from national governments, research institutions, nongovernmental organizations and coastal communities around the world. Through GRID Arendal, they are udate on the capacity developed in BlueBRIDGE to autmatically classify coastal vegetation through CLS technologies.

  • March 2017
  • Key organizations and people involved: Miles McMillan Lawler

DRuMFish

Description

DRuMFISH is an EU Project aiming at advising on the status and management of data-poor stocks in mixed fisheries. The project reviews assessment and management approaches for data-poor stocks and identifies relevant approaches for application in the case studies and wider EU fisheries. The approaches are compatible with the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP; EU 2013) in terms of (i) fishing mortality ranges compatible with Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY), (ii) fish caught to be landed, and (iii) addressing uncertainty in significant components of the marine fish ecosystem.
BlueBRIDGE supports the activities of the DRuMFISH participants focussing on the CMSY data-limited stock assessment model, in particular to produce Harvesting Control Rules and exploitation/profitability scenarios for fisheries. Twenty powerful computational machines are provided to this community to make scientists run this computationally demanding model, work together, exchange data and results.

Starting Date:

  • 21 March 2017

Key Organizations and people involved

  • ISMAR-CNR - Giuseppe Scarcella
  • ISTI-CNR - Gianpaolo Coro

EarthServer 2

Description

  • EarthServer (http://www.earthserver.eu/) project is delivering raster management technology that is fully standards' compliant (OGC reference implementation for specific standards).
  • Fields of possible collaboration:
    • Technology reuse (rasdaman).
    • Exchange of ideas on policies / standards / trends.
    • Exchange of experiences on user requirements regarding data and metadata management.
  • Project's baseline technology (rasdaman) has been presented to BB TCom meeting.
  • Rasdaman may be exploited if use cases show a relevant raster management need.
  • Project's perspective on data set metadata management is diffused among the two projects via the participation of CITE in both projects.

Starting Date:

  • TCom presentation performed in Jan 2016 TCom @Rome

Key Organizations and people involved

  • CITE (ES-2/BB Partner) / UOA (BB Partner)
  • Georgios Kakaletris
  • Giota Koltsida

EDISON

Description

EDISON is a project established in September 2015, with the purpose of accelerating the process of establishing the profession of Data Scientist. The effective use of Data Science technologies requires new skills and demands for new professions, usually referred as the Data Scientist: an expert who is capable both to extract meaningful value from the data collected and also manage the whole lifecycle of Data, including supporting Scientific Data e-Infrastructures.The project aims at coordinating the vision and activities of the stakeholders who will contribute to and benefit from Data Science as a professional practice.
In the context of the collaboration BlueBRIDGE offers support to courses for data scientists organized by the EDISON project and EDISON contributes to the e-infrastructure facilities by providing the technology to support the definition and operation of Survey per VRE users and the new live messaging system to support live interactions among VRE users.

Starting Date:

  • Summer 2016

Key Organizations and people involved

  • CNR (Gianpaolo Coro, Leonardo Candela)
  • ENG (Andrea Manieri)
  • Univ. of Amsterdam (Yuri Demchenko)

EGI.eu

Description

EGI.eu is a non-profit organisation based in Amsterdam established to coordinate and manage the infrastructure (EGI) on behalf of its participants: National Grid Initiatives (NGIs) and European Intergovernmental Research Organisations (EIROs).
The aim of this collaboration is the definition of an SLA between D4Science.org and EGI.eu for the support of the BlueBRIDGE communities, including but not limited to the iMarine community.

Starting Date:

  • Spring 2016

Key Organizations and people involved

  • CNR (Pasquale Pagano)
  • EGI-eu (Małgorzata Krakowian, Giuseppe La Rocca, Tiziana Ferrari)

EGI-Engage

Description

EGI-Engage aims to accelerate the implementation of the Open Science Commons by expanding the capabilities of a European backbone of federated services for compute, storage, data, communication, knowledge and expertise, complementing community-specific capabilities.
The aim of this collaboration is scientific and technological. For the former, BlueBRIDGE aims to bring to the EGI community the needs and the feedback of the communities supported and in particular to illustrate the complexity of data management in large, distributed and multi-facet communities. In this first are it is important also to highlight the joint effort spent for the definition of a Joint Service Registry. For the latter, the aim is to design, develop, test, validate, and put in operation the technology to link D4Science to EGI Federated Cloud to let the BlueBRIDGE communities to exploit the computational and storage resources offered by the most prominent data centers in Europe.

Starting Date:

  • Autumn 2015

Key Organizations and people involved

  • CNR (Gianpaolo Coro, Pasquale Pagano, Fabio Sinibaldi)
  • ENG (Nunzio Galante, Paolo Fabriani)
  • EGI-Engage (Sergio Andreozzi, Diego Scardati, Tiziana Ferrari)

EU Joint Research Council (JRC) to tailor the Protected Areas Impact Maps VRE to support their BIOPAMA project (biopama.org).

Description

  • The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA) aims to address threats to biodiversity in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, while reducing poverty in communities in and around protected areas. Specifically, the programme will enhance existing institutions and networks by making the best available science and knowledge available for building capacity to improve policies and better decision-making on biodiversity conservation, protected areas management and access and benefit sharing. The Protected Area Impact Maps VRE will deliver the capacity to rapidly report on which features are represented in protected area networks and other managed areas, with Bahamas being used as a use case.
  • JRC are providing regional data to support the Bahamas use case, which will utilise the power of the BlueBRIDGE platform to provide analysis to support biodiversity management in the target countries

Key Organizations and people involved

  • GridARENDAL (Miles Macmillan-Lawler; Levi.Westerveld)
  • FAO (Marc Taconet, Anton Ellenbroek)

ICRE8

Description

The International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8) is a non-for-profit, private, Research Centre dedicated to interdisciplinary research on the Environment, Energy, Economy and Eco-innovations. The overarching goal of the Centre is to promote the understanding and implementation of Sustainable Development, as the only non-self-destructive path of socio-economic development. BlueBRIDGE and ICRE8 will work together in bringing social / environmental impact into consideration when analyzing aquaculture operation performance. The joint work will act on conceptualizing monetization of social / environmental impact of aquaculture and combining this with the the specific techno-economic and production models of Blue Economy, taking into account data and computational resources in reach.

Starting Date:

  • May 2016

Key Organizations and people involved

  • ICRE8 (Prof. Phoebe Koundouri, Stella Tsani, Klea Morianou)
  • UoA (G. Kakaletris, E. Petra)

ICCAT

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is responsible for the conservation of tunas and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas. It supported the IRD activity to test the usefulness of a VRE for one of its stock assessment working groups using a VPA for Eastern BlueFin Tuna assessment. The results were presented to ICCAT. The Global Tuna Atlas work (related to FAO Tuna Atlas) has been also presented to ICCAT

Key Organizations and people involved

  • IRD (Taha Imzilen, Julien Barde, Paul Taconet, Sylvain Bonhommeau, Laurence T. Kell, Tristan Rouyer)
  • FAO (Enrico Anello)

IOTC

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) is an intergovernmental organization mandated to manage tuna and tuna-like species in the Indian Ocean and adjacent seas.

It supported part of the data collation activities of the Sardara Global Tuna Atlas that are incorporated in the FAO Tuna Atlas VRE using BlueBRIDGE resources. The results (a catch dashboard) are shown to several Tuna Management Oranizations (ICCAT, IATTC). In addition the work done with ICCAT (ICCAT BFT-E VRE) regarding the stock assessment of eastern bluefin Tuna has been presented to IOTC (at the last workin party on metods http://wwaw.iotc.org/meetings/7th-working-party-methods-wpm07) in order to set up a similar approach with other species and models (tropical tunas an billfish in particular and models likes SS3). Finally the work done with Ichthyop modelto simulate Fish Aggregating devices has been presented at the last workin party on methods and statistics (http://www.iotc.org/science/wp/working-party-data-collection-and-statistics-wpdcs).

Key Organizations and people involved

  • IRD (Julien Barde, Paul Taconet, Emmanuel Chassot, Sylvain Bonhommeau)
  • FAO (Enrico Anello)
  • IOTC (Fabio Fiorellato)

IATTC

The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission is an intergovernmental organization mandated for conservancy and management of tuna and tuna-like species in eastern Pacific.
As done for IOTC, the Sardara Global Tuna Atlas (FAO Tuna Atlas VRE) will be presented to IATTC as well as BFT-E stock assessment to discuss if a similar approach could be set up with IATTC.

Key Organizations and people involved

  • IRD (Julien Barde, Paul Taconet, Emmanuel Chassot, Sylvain Bonhommeau, Tristan Rouyer, Laurie Kell)
  • FAO (Enrico Anello)

ISSF (International Seafood Sustainability Foundation)

With the mission to undertake science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health, the ISSF long-term goal is the conservation and sustainable use of global tuna fisheries. Through support to science-based practices, collaboration and advocacy, ISSF actions support sustainable exploiation. It supported part of the data collation activities of the Sardara Global Tuna Atlas that are incorporated in the FAO Tuna Atlas VRE using BlueBRIDGE resources. The results are shown to several Tuna Management Oranizations.

Key Organizations and people involved

  • IRD (Paul Taconet, Julien Barde, Emmanuel Chassot)
  • FAO (Enrico Anello)
  • ISSF (Victor Restrepo, Jerry Scott)

Marine Institute of Ireland (Foras na Mara)

Description

The Marine Institute of Ireland (Foras na Mara) has been endowed with a Virtual Research Environment to support Fisheries and Ecosystems research. Four powerful computational machines are used to make experiment using the data mining and RStudio facilities, as well as the shared workspace to exchange data and results.

Starting Date:

  • 3 March 2017

Key Organizations and people involved

  • CNR (Gianpaolo Coro, Leonardo Candela, Pasquale Pagano)
  • The Marine Institute (Foras na Mara) (David Currie, Guillaume Bal)

MSC

Description

The MSC is an international non-profit organisation established to address the problem of unsustainable fishing, and safeguard seafood supplies for the future. Using fisheries certification and seafood labelling program, the MSC works with partners to promote sustainable fishing and transform markets. MSC asked BlueBRIDGE to prepare a VRE review to support certification and ecolabelling programs by enabling auditors and editors share data and reports.

  • June 2016
  • Key organizations and people involved: FAO of the UN (Anton Ellenbroek, Marc Taconet), CNR (Pasquale Pagano, Massimiliano Assante)

PARTHENOS

Description

PARTHENOS aims at strengthening the cohesion of research in the broad sector of Linguistic Studies, Humanities, Cultural Heritage, History, Archaeology and related fields through a thematic cluster of Research Infrastructures, integrating initiatives, e-infrastructures and other world-class infrastructures, and building bridges between different, although tightly, interrelated fields.

PARTHENOS will achieve this objective through the definition and support of common standards, the coordination of joint activities, the harmonization of policy definition and implementation, and the development of pooled services and of shared solutions to the same problems.
The goal of this collaboration is to define a common framework for designing and implementing the Resource Registry and the accounting facilities.

Starting Date

  • Autumn 2015

Key Organizations and people involved

  • CNR (Leonardo Candela, Luca Frosini, Pasquale Pagano)
  • CNR (not participating in BlueBRIDGE: Alessia Bardi, Carlo Meghini)
  • Forth (not participating in BlueBRIDGE: George Theodore Brusker, Martin Doerr)

RDA Fisheries Data Interoperability;

Description

The RDA Fisheries Data Interoperability aims to create an inventory of relevant data formats and MDM activities, and pilot use cases for data management in the scope of data collection for fisheries.

The initiative (led by IRD and FAO) was submitted for approval in December 2016. It tries to apply data exchange principles to the domain of fisheries data at international level.

During 2017, it will study data formats and structures and registry solutions for hosting standardised data structures, code lists and possibly metadata based on the D4Science infra. This technical support a key to meeting existing and future requirements of RDA. Therefore a central aim will be to explore how central or federated registries could be maintained and updated.

The main objective is to create one or more data structure definitions (DSDs - including code lists) and apply simple validation rules to showcase how an infrastructure can harmonize data across international data requirements.

The outcomes / deliverables are described in the Case statement, but will likely be refined as the first activity of the WG.

Starting Date

  • Autumn 2016 (Draft WG Charter)
  • January 2017 (Action on WG Charter)
  • April 2017 (Formal start of WG activities)

Key Organizations and people involved

  • FAO of the UN (Anton Ellenbroek, Aymen Sherif, Marc Taconet)
  • IRD: Julien Barde

SEIF ;

Description

SDMX is adopted as a data collection format for fisheries in Eurostat, in-line with policy for all statistical domains covered by the European Statistical System. The SEIF initiative (SDMX for Eurostat, ICES and FAO) was started by Eurostat Unit E2 (Agriculture and Fisheries), FAO and ICES in November 2009. It tries to apply SDMX principles to the domain of fisheries statistics at international level. The SEIF Catch 2010 exercise aimed to further strengthen this cooperation and explore possibilities for joint development of tools needed by both organisations.
A central registry hosting standardised data structures, code lists and possibly metadata is a key to meeting existing and future data collection requirements. Therefore a central aim of the exercise was to explore how central or federated SDMX registries could be maintained and updated. FAO are looked to as being the maintenance agency for the code lists where they and the Coordinating Working Party for Fisheries Statistics (CWP) have the lead (on behalf of fisheries organisations globally).
The main objective was to create one or more data structure definitions (DSDs - including code lists) and simple validation rules for the 2010 catch collection in Fishery statistics between Eurostat and FAO as SDMX DSDs. This would also deliver an understanding of how code lists can be managed by different agencies on behalf of the wider fisheries statistics community. The outcomes / deliverables were agreed as follows:
One or more DSDs suitable for creating SDMX-ML files for catch statistics covering the needs of Eurostat and FAO (for data collection only);

  • A single set of code lists for the DSDs (area, species, gear & other cross domain concepts) and a strategy for managing changes to the lists and their dissemination;
  • A proposed strategy how to do similar exercises in the future for closer cooperation between the EC and FAO. This should include a viewpoint on using a single versus multiple SDMX Registries;
  • A list of requests for changes and detected issues for the software tools used.

Starting Date

  • Autumn 2010 (restarted in Oct 2016)

Key Organizations and people involved

  • FAO of the UN (Anton Ellenbroek, Aymen Sherif, Marc Taconet)

SoBigData

Description

SoBigData proposes to create the Social Mining & Big Data Ecosystem: a research infrastructure (RI) providing an integrated ecosystem for ethic-sensitive scientific discoveries and advanced applications of social data mining on the various dimensions of social life, as recorded by 'big data'. Building on several established national infrastructures, SoBigData will open up new research avenues in multiple research fields, including mathematics, ICT, and human, social and economic sciences, by enabling easy comparison, re-use and integration of state-of-the-art big social data, methods, and services, into new research.
The goal of this collaboration is to design and implement the Resource Catalogue capable to support the publication and the discovery of ethic-sensitive scientific products including datasets and methods.

Starting Date

  • Autumn 2015

Key Organizations and people involved

  • CNR (Leonardo Candela, Pasquale Pagano, Francesco Mangiacrapa)
  • CNR (not participating in BlueBRIDGE: Fosca Giannotti, Valerio Grossi, Paolo Manghi, Vittorio Romano)

VRE4EIC

Description

  • VRE4EIC EU project is interviewing selected projects and initiatives to collect requirements, use cases, and success stories in developing VREs. CNR team has been contacted to represent BlueBRIDGE as well as the rich array of VRE-related projects the team has been involved in.
  • The interview took place in December 2015;
  • For VRE4EIC we have been contacted and interviewed by TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT (Yi Yin);

WECAFC Regional project

Description

The general objective of the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) is to promote the effective conservation, management and development of the living marine resources of the area of competence of the Commission, in accordance with the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, and address common problems of fisheries management and development faced by members of the Commission. WECAFC, although not directly involved in the use of BlueBRIDGE data services, but through advisory groups and (e.g. NOAA) consultants operating in the region, is interested in the opportunities of VRE's for reporting (Material collation - operative), stock assessment (CMSY and SS3 - in progress) and regional database (in preparation)

Starting Date

  • Summer 2015

Key Organizations and people involved

  • FAO (Anton Ellenbroek, Enrico Anello, Nazli Demirel, Aureliano Gentile)
  • WECAFC (NOAA consulant Nancy Cummings for development, and WECAFC staff as VRE users)