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Welcome to the LifeWatch ERIC consultation
Welcome to the LifeWatch ERIC consultation
Do you have questions regarding the organisation and functioning of LifeWatch ERIC?
Consult our FAQ.
LifeWatch ERIC is the e-Science European infrastructure for biodiversity & ecosystem research, investing in three essential components: open access resources, reproducible analytics and mobilised communities. It tackles the constraints affecting biodiversity and ecosystem research, enabling the exploration of new frontiers in ecological science and supporting society in addressing planetary challenges.
LifeWatch ERIC offers scientists access to data, web-services, VREs, workflows and training opportunities to support biodiversity and ecosystem research.
You can access all LifeWatch ERIC Resources through its MetaData Catalogue. Please send an email to our Web Portal Officer to receive access: lucia.vaira[at]lifewatch.eu.
You can share your research outputs by publishing metadata of datasets, services, VREs and workflows on the LifeWatch ERIC MetaData Catalogue. Get in touch with our Web Portal Officer to request access: lucia.vaira[at]lifewatch.eu.
No, all LifeWatch ERIC resources are free of charge.
EcoPortal is one of our intiatives. In the last decade, ecological research groups and infrastructures have contributed to the definition and the production of core and domain ontologies as well as of vocabularies and domain-relevant reference lists.
In order to support the scientific community in the management and integration of these different approaches, LifeWatch ERIC has created EcoPortal, an online space designed to collect semantic resources and provide the necessary services for enabling discovery and interoperability.
LifeWatch ERIC envisages the creation of a repository for semantic resources with associated essential curation services.
LifeBlock is a Blockchain-based platform for engaging, tracking and securing biodiversity and ecosystem research resources worldwide, making use of anti-tampering, provenance and traceability e-Services to guarantee the availability of FAIR-compliant data. It allows for the analysis of multiple unstructured inputs from remote and in-field sensing, Remote Sensing-GIS datasets and original studies in order to produce value estimates.
Click here for a comprehensive presentation on LifeBlock.
The Internal Joint and Collaborative Initiative (IJI) has been created in order to:
- Boost the integration of tools and services into the LifeWatch ERIC web portal;
- Focus on a major scientific issue in biodiversity and ecosystem research with relevant socio-economic implications in different fields;
- Produce the new and synthetic knowledge that is needed by institutions, administrations and managers to find solutions for major environmental problems on various scales;
- Involve the LifeWatch ERIC national scientific communities, key international research groups and other European research Infrastructures with related interests and running activities; and,
- Make this effort an example of the functioning of the LifeWatch ERIC e-Infrastructure through its dissemination and outreach activities.
The topic of non-indigenous and invasive species (NIS) has been chosen as the first demonstration case of the functioning of the LifeWatch ERIC e-Infrastructure. The development of virtual research environments within the e-Infrastructure will help address some of the main issues on NIS in the field of ecosystem and habitat type vulnerability and in the context of climate change, as well as help highlight societal needs and potential solutions to be tested.
Training and support materials are available on our Training Platform. Please click and register to enrol in courses and browse our resources.
LifeWatch ERIC is currently working on its Community Platform, where you will be able to join and create working groups, browse our calls and submit opportunities on our board, as well as access our directory of scientific skills. Stay tuned for its release!