WP6 M01 Monthly Progress Report (Sep 2015)

Links: WP Issue: [#654]. Next month: WP6-M02-MonthlyProgressReport

Note: Use bullets in sections

WP Summary

During September, partners involved in WP6 spent the first days of the month preparing for the kick off meeting.
New partners devoted some time familiarizing themselves with procedures, tools and the iMarine Gateway and services.

During the kick off meeting, the objectives of the tasks and of the entire Blue Economy pillar were presented as well as the roles and to objectives of the individual partners involved in the pillar. Background technology (AquaManager/Aquatracker from I2S and Geopolis from CITE) was presented as well as techniques that may be employed in order for the project to meet its challenges. The connection of WP6 with WP8 has also been the topic of discussion as the potential handing of simulation tools for Skill building can be a valuable contribution to WP8. Initial positions on data sets to be need and methods to be acquired and used were made by partners. Potential data confidentiality concerns, obstacles and solutions were presented. Discussion on technologies to be employed, as WP6 can have its own s/w production process and timeline, has been discussed. Initial approach is to use technologies close to the infrastructure (Java, R etc) yet, final decisions will be taken at later stages. Software licensing schemes have been discussed. The observation is that significant part of the software of the pillar will be released under a FOSS license, while free access to the services will be guaranteed by S/W providers. Potential commercialization opportunities/ benefits / objectives for SME partners of WP6 were also briefly mentioned. Finally a coarse timeline for Year 1 activities has been introduced, that will allow deliveries of fully operable software at about M12 of the project.

As a followup an internal WP6 meeting was scheduled and the time plan was further refined and presented to the WP partners. In preparation of the upcoming face-to-face meeting between UOA, CITE and I2S, existing technologies were evaluated, while a more focused survey of the technologies to be used and on datasets to be exploited was performed and classification criteria on aquaculture datasets as well as methodologies for calculating biological models were investigated.

T6.1 Performance evaluation, benchmarking and decision making in aquaculture VRE

Note: To be completed by Task Leader

Progress of work

UOA

  • Preparation for Kick off meeting
  • Evaluation of existing technologies and protocols within and outside of the infrastructure
  • Participation to Kick off meeting
  • Identification of potential data sources for feeding models and processes (Eurostat)

I2S

  • Preparation for Kick off meeting
  • Participation to Kick off meeting
  • Briefing of I2S RnD team
  • Evaluation of Aquaculture Industry business needs that can be addressed to our VRE
  • Familiarization with the I-marine services and the VRE environment
  • Investigation of classification criteria on aquaculture datasets
  • Investigation of methodologies for calculating biological models
  • Identification of potential data sources for feeding models and processes (FAO archives)

Deviations from plans and corrective actions

UOA

None

I2S

None

Plans for next 6 months

Note: this is a special section for this month's report only.

UOA

  • Perform knowledge transfer to I2S for infrastructure use
  • Contribute in adapting I2S technologies onto the infrastructure
  • Build enabling technologies for
  • Port data onto the infrastructure
  • Contribute to the analysis of user requirements
  • Contribute to authoring specifications
  • Contribute to designing, authoring and releasing the VRE S/W

I2S

  • Lead the user requirements elicitation process, introducing also the subcontractors to the activity.
  • Lead the analysis of user requirements
  • Lead authoring specifications
  • Lead the selection of data sets
  • Adapt existing technologies and techniques to the infrastructure
  • Contribute in designing, authoring and releasing the VRE S/W

Plans for next month

Note: add any short term plans for the activity

UOA

  • A face to face meeting among major VRE partners for coordinating the activity
  • Deliver a more detailed task plan for the entire duration of the project

I2S

  • Launch the requirements elicitation process
  • Deliver a more detailed task plan for the entire duration of the project
  • Work around the data confidentiality and availability issue

Risks

Note: identify any new, rising or diminishing risks

  • Commercial data availability and handling of their confidentiality can be a major risk for the project and countermeasures have to be designed.
  • Existing code of I2S is in .Net and R and a solution needs to be sought to minimize rewriting of existing code.

T6.2 Strategic Investment analysis and Scientific Planning/Alerting VRE

Note: To be completed by Task Leader

Progress of work

UOA

  • Preparation for Kick off meeting
  • Evaluation of existing technologies and protocols within and outside of the infrastructure (Spark)
  • Participation to Kick off meeting

CITE

  • Preparation for Kick off meeting
  • Participation to Kick off meeting
  • Evaluation of existing technologies and protocols within and outside of the infrastructure (GeoServer performance)
  • Identification of potential data sources for feeding models and processes (ECMWF and Plymouth Marine Laboratory)

I2S

  • Preparation for Kick off meeting
  • Participation to Kick off meeting

FAO

Deviations from plans and corrective actions

Note: if any. Use bullets. Any references to partners should be in a parenthesis at the end of the bullet

UOA

none

CITE

none

I2S

none

FAO

none

Plans for next 6 months

Note: this is a special section for this month's report only.

UOA

  • Perform knowledge transfer to I2S for infrastructure use
  • Contribute in adapting I2S technologies onto the infrastructure
  • Contribute to the analysis of user requirements
  • Contribute to authoring specifications
  • Contribute to designing, authoring and releasing the VRE S/W

CITE

  • Start porting Geopolis software to the infrastructure
  • Analyze aquaculture performance models for utilizing those on Strategic Investment Analysis
  • Pick scientific problems to be fed into the analysis tools, from other project's pillars.
  • Select protocols and technologies for supporting the analysis platform.
  • Launch the implementation of the platform
  • Contribute to the analysis of user requirements
  • Contribute to authoring specifications
  • Contribute to designing, authoring and releasing the VRE S/W

I2S

  • Contribute to the analysis of user requirements
  • Contribute to authoring specifications

FAO

  • Contribute in identifying scientific challenges that are candidate cases for the analysis platform

Plans for next month

Note: add any short term plans for the activity

UOA

  • Coordinate a face to face meeting among major VRE partners for coordinating the activity
  • Deliver a more detailed task plan for the entire duration of the project

CITE

  • Contribute to a face to face meeting among major VRE partners for coordinating the activity
  • Deliver a more detailed task plan for the entire duration of the project
  • Perform a gap analysis for porting geopolis to the platform.

I2S

  • Contribute with more information on performance models and requirements for their operation.

FAO

Risks

Note: identify any new, rising or diminishing risks

Meetings