Road to a FAIR ENVRI-Hub: Designing and Developing Data Services for End Users

The ENVRI Community International Summer School 2022 "Road to a FAIR ENVRI-Hub: Designing and Developing Data Services for End Users" will take place in Lecce, Italy, from 10–15 July. It will cover topics such as user interfaces, packaging of services, reusability and validation of services, and building and supporting networks through the lens of the ENVRI-Hub approach.

Road to a FAIR ENVRI-Hub


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Angeliki Adamaki's Bio

Angeliki Adamaki (PhD) is a scientist and a project manager at the ICOS Carbon Portal and the University of Lund in Sweden. She has been educated in Natural Sciences studying Nuclear Physics and Geophysics, including modern pedagogics and teaching of the exact sciences. As a researcher she worked with catalogue statistics, data quality controls, data analysis and probabilistic modeling in Statistical Seismology. For the last 5 years she has been working for European Projects with a particular interest in Open Science practices, FAIR data management and interdisciplinary research.

Riccardo Bianchi's Bio

Riccardo Bianchi obtained his joint MSc in Big Data Engineering from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in 2020. Currently, he is a research associate at the LifeWatch vLab & Innovations Centre. His research interests include distributed and parallel systems, workflow systems as well as scientific data management.

Nicola Fiore's Bio

Nicola Fiore is the ICT Coordinator of the LifeWatch ERIC Service Centre. He is Dr. Eng. Computer Science and PhD in Computer Engineering. He has 17 years of working experience in IT, in the field of the design and development of Information Systems in both the private and public sectors, and 10 years of accredited professional experience in the area of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Bioinformatics research. His research activities include the definition of common policies, models and e-infrastructure to optimise technological implementation; definition of workflows; and coordination, harmonisation, integration and interoperability of data, applications and other services. He is one of the member of the Vocabulary Services Interest Group leading the Ontology Market Place working group in the framework of the Research Data Alliance.

Rita Gomes's Bio

Rita Gomes is a Software Engineer with a strong focus in Data Science. Having majored in Information Technologies and in later Data Science, she has worked for different industries during several years, in fields like telecommunications and insurance. Driven by her passion for the environment, she joined IAGOS almost 2 years ago, where she mostly works with software development and data analysis, in a close connection with scientists. She is currently taking an MSc in Artificial Intelligence and is the technical co-lead of the exciting ENVRI-Hub project, where she gets to work with all the ENVRI community.

Maggie Hellström's Bio

Maggie Hellström (PhD) is a scientist and data management specialist at the ICOS Carbon Portal and Lund University, Sweden. For the last decade, Maggie has been working with research data management questions for ICOS, and the wider community of European research infrastructures in environmental and Earth sciences (ENVRIs). Her special interests include Open Science and FAIR, persistent identification & citation of research resources, and designing & delivering training on how to best manage research data.

Maria Teresa Manca's Bio

Maria Teresa Manca is a computer engineer and training officer at the LifeWatch ERIC Service Centre in Lecce. Maria Teresa is an Oracle Database Certified Specialist, is certified in Prince 2 Foundation Project Management, and for almost fifteen years she has been working in IT companies in the field of software development and team coordination. Among her experiences in waterfall and agile development is the implementation of java web services, big data manipulation, and the analysis, design and development of information systems.

Lucia Vaira's Bio

Lucia Vaira is the Web Portal Officer of the LifeWatch ERIC Service Centre. She is a Computer Engineer and received her PhD from the University of Salento in 2016. Her research interests include (meta)data modelling, data warehouses, bioinformatics, and all aspects related to the main issues existing when dealing with data (security, quality, incompleteness, inconsistency, integrity, uncertainty, etc.). She has more than 10 years of experience in training and education for courses dealing with information systems, databases and information security. She is author of more than 30 scientific publications and serves as Programme Committee member of several workshops and conferences in the Computer Science field. 

Zhiming Zhao's Bio

Zhiming Zhao is an assistant professor at University of Amsterdam (UvA). He leads the “Quality Critical Distributed Computing” research team in the group of Multiscale Networked Systems (MNS) at the System and Networking Lab (SNE). His research interests include big data management, Cloud and edge computing, software engineering, and blockchain. He leads the development support WP in ENVRI-FAIR and the VRE development in the LifeWatch ERIC Dutch Virtual Laboratory Innovation Centre (VLIC). He is also the UvA PI in SWITCH, ENVRIplus, ARTICONF and several other projects.

Xeni Kechagioglou's Bio

Xeni Kechagioglou is the Ontology Developer of LifeWatch ERIC. She has a PhD in Urban Planning, an MSc in Geoinformatics and a BSc in Biology, and has been part of the INSPIRE GeoPortal team, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, and the American Citizen Science Association. Semantic Web Technologies has been the thread connecting all her fields of interest, for data and software interoperability and for knowledge organisation, exploration and findability.


The Bulgarian National Distributed Centre is represented by the  Agricultural University-Plovdiv.

To know more about how Bulgaria contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.


The Spanish National Distributed Centre is supported by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, the Regional Government of Andalusia and the Guadalquivir River Basin Authority (Ministry for Ecological Transition-MITECO). Moreover, Spain is the hosting Member State of LifeWatch ERIC, the location of its Statutory Seat & ICT e-Infrastructure Technical Office (LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities). 

To know more about how Spain contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.


The Slovenian National Distributed Centre is led by the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU). It focuses on the development of technological solutions in the field of biodiversity and socio-ecosystem research.

To know more about how Slovenia contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.


The Portuguese National Distributed Centre is managed by PORBIOTA, the Portuguese e-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity. Led by BIOPOLIS/CIBIO-InBIO – Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, PORBIOTA connects the principal Portuguese research institutions working in biodiversity.

To know more about how Portugal contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.


The Dutch National Distributed Centre is hosted by the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam. Moreover, The Netherlands hosts one of the LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities, the Virtual Laboratory and Innovation Centre.

To know more about how The Netherlands contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.


The Italian National Distributed Centre is led and managed by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and is coordinated by a Joint Research Unit, currently comprising 35 members. Moreover, Italy hosts one of the LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities, the Service Centre.

To know more about how Italy contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.


The Greek National Distributed Centre is funded by the Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology and is coordinated by the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, in conjunction with 47 associated partner institutions.

To know more about how Greece contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.


The Belgian National Distributed Centre makes varied and complementary in-kind contributions to LifeWatch ERIC. These are implemented in the form of long-lasting projects by various research centres and universities distributed throughout the country and supported by each respective political authority.

To know more about how Belgium contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.