About 70 environmental and TIC experts from 12 countries meet in Granada to boost LifeWatch
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About 70 environmental researchers and TIC experts from 12 countries met in Granada for two days to boost LifeWatch, the european technological infrastructure which will connect biodiversity data, observatories and researchers from all over the continent, aimed at upgrading the management and protection of natural resources and sustainability policies.

ICT musts: security, access, semantics and integration
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LifeWatch has clear technological requirements to create its infrastructure backbone in five essential areas: security, data, support and storage, semantics enhancement and integration activities, as Peter van Tienderen explained.

Spanish authorities highlighted the importance of this project
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The '2nd e-Infrastructure Construction Operational Meeting' of LifeWatch was opened by Spanish authorities, who enhanced the usefulness of this project to support the European policies.

Moving from “satellite” projects to distributed e-Infrastructure
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LifeWatch means 'moving from "satellite" projects to distributed and federated e-Infrastructure concept', says Juan Miguel González Aranda, deputy directorate-general of International Relations and European Affairs on the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

LifeWatch will secure the EU's role as a leader in biodiversity and ecosystem research
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European Union is a world leader on biodiversity and ecosystem research and LifeWatch's will secure that this role will be mantained. This is one message of the project meeting held in the italian city of Lecce...

iMarine, a fully-functioning virtual lab
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iMarine, a fully-functioning virtual lab

Pillars on LifeWatch foundation: EUDAT, GBIF and LTER
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LifeWatch will lean in some existing organizations, they are going to be pillars of this distributed infrastructure. They will supply essential data flow.

Creative-B and Rediam, two projects for composition layer
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LifeWatch's builders have many challenges: 1) Deal with a huge amount of databases and information from sensors spanning from weather to marine, and earth sciences 2) make them available for the scientist European community 3) create ways to mix them on an appropriate and useful way for researchers different needs providing analytical resources….

Developed infrastructures and projects in each country
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LifeWatch members contributes with resources to build this electronic infrastructure for biodiversity research and policy in Europe. For the last few years, supported by 7th Framework Programme and other funds, many technological appliances and instruments that have been developed could be included in this european network, once tailored to certain standards.

Parallel sessions, working groups, discussion areas
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The Carme de la Victoria was fully occupied by LifeWatch working groups the second day of the meeting. Participants debated their views in four parallel sessions related with the four identified components associated to LifeWatch's core: Resources, e-infrastructure, Composition and e-Services & Virtual Research environments.

From Ibergrid to EuBrazil-Openbio, an array of e-projects
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LifeWatch is an e-infrastructure, and in this aspect there are three tentative contributions that have been developed with the objective to encourage the collaborative work and cut down research time: EGI-InSpire; Ibergrid and ViBrant.

Conclussions and actions to LifeWatch ICT-Core construction
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The "2nd Construction Operational Meeting" concluded after two days of intense analysis an debate with a clear framework and also the path to take in the next months up to LifeWatch's legal constitution as a research infrastructure for Europe (Esfri) at the end of the year. The main conclusions of this reunion held in Granada where presented to representatives of the European Commission in a virtual conference. It was attended by the officers Anna-Maria Johansson and Paul Tuinderfrom, from the Directorate General for Research and Innovation (RTD) and Luis Carlos Busquets and Carlos Morais-Pires from the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (Connect). A spokesman of Spain, as project leader, explained the work that have been done in Granada and the next actions to take forward.