The webinars are particularly aimed at IT architects, Research Infrastructure (RI) service developers and user support staff, and RI staff working on user interaction and community/network building. Links to the sessions will be provided upon registration.

Webinar #1: Service validation & evaluation: making sure your services are up to the task

Friday 17 June, 10:00-11:30 CEST

Zoom (link to be provided upon registration)


  • Validating services & assessing their TRL – Mark van de Sanden (SURF)
  • Service evaluation: why & how – Yin Chen (EGI)
  • Evaluating ENVRI services: experiences from the ENVRIplus – Maggie Hellström (ICOS)
  • Q&A and general discussion – plenary

Webinar #2: Service documentation & tutorials: rolling out the red carpet for end users

Thursday 23 June, 10:00-11:30 CEST

Zoom (link to be provided upon registration)


  • Writing effective service documentation for EUDAT services – Rob Carillo (EUDAT)
  • Service tutorial design: experiences from EOSC Synergy – Helen Clare (JISC)
  • Using Jupyter Notebooks to introduce services to “new” end users – ENVRI-FAIR expert (TBA)
  • Q&A and general discussion – plenary

Register now!


This page will display the entire programme of the 2022 Summer School.

At the present time, the outline of the programme is as follows:

  1. Introducing the ENVRI-Hub (concept and architecture)
  2. Learning to know your end users and their expectations: requirements elicitation
  3. Create high quality documentation and usage examples to support service end users
  4. Developing Services and Fostering Reusability/Interoperability among them
  5. Validating and evaluating your services
  6. Participants’ Presentations, School Evaluation and Certificates



From Brindisi Airport:

Approximate distance: 50 km

By Bus: Take bus COTRAP (the bus stop is on the right of arrival area). The bus takes about 40 minutes and it stops at Lecce at the Foro Boario/City Terminal.

By Air-Shuttle: Shuttle service specialised in transporting passengers to and from Brindisi Airport and their hotels. You can book your transportation online at airshuttle.

From Bari Airport:

Approximate distance: 150 km

You should take the train from the airport to the central train station and then take the train to Lecce (please visit Trenitalia to check the time schedule).


The Summer School will take place on the city campus of the University of Salento, in Aula 6 from Monday to Thursday, and Aula 4 on Friday, in Building 6 of Studium 2000. Studium 2000 is within walking distance of the old town and airport bus stop.

Address: angolo V.le San Nicola, Via di Valesio, 73100 Lecce LE


Nicola Fiore | LifeWatch ERIC | nicola.fiore(at)lifewatch.eu

Cosimo Vallo | LifeWatch ERIC | cosimo.vallo(at)lifewatch.eu

Maria Teresa Manca | LifeWatch ERIC | mteresa.manca(at)lifewatch.eu

ENVRI Community International Summer School 2022

ENVRI Community International Summer School “Road to a FAIR ENVRI-Hub: Designing and Developing Data Services for End Users”

Lecce, Italy, from 10 to 15 July 2022

Organised by ENVRI-FAIR and LifeWatch ERIC, the School has established itself as an unmissable opportunity to learn about FAIRness in the framework of Research Infrastructures. Having gone into depth on data FAIRness and data management during previous editions, in summer 2022 the school will focus on The ENVRI-Hub for Scientists: Designing and Developing Services, Tools and Applications.

The school will take place over a week, and on top of the time spent with experienced trainers, it will also include optional excursions and social events.

Target audience

The School is mainly aimed at IT architects, Research Infrastructure (RI) service developers and user support staff, and RI staff working on user interaction and community/network building.


Interested persons are invited to apply by 30 May by filling in the sign-up form here.

Participation is free, and successful applicants will be offered full board in the beautiful baroque city of Lecce in Southern Italy, on top of “extracurricular” activities such as restaurant dinners and excursions in the surrounding area. Travel must be self-funded.

What to expect

You can find information about all previous editions of the school on our Training & Education page. Check out the video below of our last in-person School.



LifeWatch ERIC Collection of Data and Services Papers

Edited by Christos Arvanitidis, Juan Miguel González-Aranda, Alberto Basset, Peter van Tienderen, Wouter Los

The Data and Services papers LifeWatch ERIC intends to publish as open access papers on the Biodiversity Data Journal web page, will describe the resources and assets developed, upgraded and used during the implementation of the flagship project of LifeWatch ERIC, the Internal Joint Initiative (IJI).

The IJI deals with the impacts of non-indigenous invasive species (NIS) on European native species, genetic diversity, habitats, ecosystem functioning and services, as well as with our current practices in environmental management and policy implementation.

This approach is entirely interdisciplinary and makes use of disruptive technologies.

DOI: 10.3897/bdj.coll.109


ETN Virtual Research Environment

This online and interactive environment provides access to all data of the European Tracking Network. The VRE includes: a database for storage and integration of acoustic telemetry data and a number of analytical tools for analysing the data using R that are:

  • the LifeWatch Data Explorer for fish telemetry, a RShiny GUI for data exploration;
  • an RStudio IDE that allows the user to develop and run R scripts online on the available telemetry data;
  • an Rpackage that incorporates specific functions to start a smooth analysis of telemetry data.

Point of contact: Jan Reubens, Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), info[at]lifewatch.be

Access to VRE: https://europeantrackingnetwork.org/en/virtual-research-environment


  • Stanca, E., Cellamare, M., & Basset, A. (2013) “Geometric shape as a trait to study phytoplankton distributions in aquatic ecosystems”. Hydrobiologia, 701(1), 99-116.
  • Stanca E., Roselli L., Cozzoli F., Rosati I., Fiore N. and Basset A. (2017) “Phytoplankton morphological and demographic traits computation in a virtual research environment Phyto VRE”, Abstract book of 52nd European Marine Biology Symposium, September 2017 Slovenia. ISBN 978-961-93486-5-9.
  • Stanca, E.; Fiore, N.; Rosati, I.; Vaira, L.; Cozzoli, F.; Basset, A. (2020) “Case study: LifeWatch Italy Phytoplankton VRE”, in: Zhao, Z. et al. Towards interoperable research infrastructures for environmental and earth sciences. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 12003: pp. 324-341. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-3-030-52829-4_18.
  • Ilaria Rosati et al., 2017, A thesaurus for phytoplankton trait-based approaches: Development and applicability, Ecological Informatics, 42, 129-138, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoinf.2017.10.014.