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Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research. Introduction to LifeWatch LifeWatch as a European research infrastructure Structure of the proposed ERIC LifeWatch (draft) Statutes Current status and implementation. 1. Introduction to LifeWatch. Concept - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<ul><li><p>Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research</p></li><li><p>Introduction to LifeWatch</p><p>LifeWatch as a European research infrastructure</p><p>Structure of the proposed ERIC</p><p>LifeWatch (draft) Statutes</p><p>Current status and implementation</p></li><li><p>1. Introduction to LifeWatchConceptDevelopments up to date and challenges aheadLandscape of stakeholdersEuropean and international position of LifeWatch</p></li><li><p>The big questions in biodiversity researchScaleEcosystemsSpecies DNA, proteins and genesTime andevolution@ Robert Guralnick &amp; Andrew Hill (Univ Colorado)</p></li><li><p>doing what IPCC did for Climate Change for biodiversity</p><p>Nagoya 2010 CBD targets </p><p>The mission of the Strategic Plan is to take effective and urgent action to halt the loss of biodiversity in order to ensure that by 2020 ecosystems are resilient and continue to provide essential services, </p><p>Thereby securing the planets variety of life, and contributing to human well-being, and poverty eradication </p></li><li><p>Biodiversity Observation Network</p></li><li><p>Experimentation on a fewparameters is not enough:</p><p>Limitations to scaling up results for understanding system properties The biodiversity system is complex and cannot be described by the simple sum of its components and relations LifeWatch adds a new technology to support the generation and analysis of large-scale data-sets on biodiversity.Find patterns and learn processes. </p></li><li><p>4a. Technical architecture</p><p>Composition: Sharing data and algorithms;scientists can address questions nototherwise considered.</p><p>User groups can create their own e-laboratories or e-services within a common architecture of the infrastructure</p><p>A Service Centre supports the community driven infrastructure, which promotes innovation E-Infrastructure secures fast access to data, data integration and operational performance.</p></li><li><p>Some external relations</p></li><li><p>International liaisonsGlobalGEO BON GEO Biodiversity Observatory NetworkGBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility</p><p>InternationalUS DataOne environmental data infrastructureBrazil CRIA Centro de Referencia em Informao AmbientalChina Chinese Academy of SciencesSouth Africa Ministry of S&amp;T; SA National Biodiversity InstituteUS- DataONE</p><p>Cooperation in EU funded project:Coordination of Research e-Infrastructures Activities Toward an International Virtual Environment for Biodiversity </p></li><li><p>2. LifeWatch as a European ERICLifeWatch necessary for European researchAdded value for the ERAUsers access to LifeWatchMobility of knowledge and researchInnovation, dissemination and knowledge transfer</p></li><li><p>2a. LifeWatch necessary for European researchLeague of European Research Universities (LERU), June 2010:Biodiversity research would greatly profit from a synthesis of the data on taxonomic identity, species indicator values, geo- physical data, distribution data, climate data, remote sensing observations, and sensor networks. The transition to a transparent, efficient, open access infrastructure where data, resources, analytical and modelling tools and, foremost, people and expertise come together is imperative to meet the challenges of the future. Europe must invest in adequate infrastructures to support biodiversity research European-wide biodiversity infrastructures, such as the ESFRI LifeWatch project, are of key importance.</p><p>The main concerned EU Networks of Excellence initiated the design plan for LifeWatch with their understanding that breakthroughs in biodiversity science require a sufficient large European-scale research infrastructure capable of providing the advanced capabilities for data integration, analysis and simulations to complement reductionist experimentation. </p></li><li><p>2b. Added value for the ERAERA 2009 report Preparing Europe for a New Renaissance: A new, holistic way of thinking is required. We need to develop better tools to predict trends, to supply evidence for decisions. </p><p>This is exactly for which the LifeWatch infrastructure provides the instruments to empower scientists and other users. </p><p>Opportunities for joint large-scale projects and servicesPrioritisation of data capture plans at the European scale Change the ways we are doing our scienceFacilitate large scale cooperation in virtual environments and physical exchange of researchersIncrease the scientific, technological and economic spin-off and competitiveness</p></li><li><p>2c. Users access to LifeWatchAccess to LifeWatch is open and effective for any user through the infrastructure portal. This facilitates joining existing virtual labs or the creation of new virtual labs, while benefitting from data sources and analytical tools. In case of limited infrastructure capacity, a selection process with focus on excellence provides access under the independent scientific evaluation policy.</p></li><li><p>2d. Mobility of knowledge and researchUnrestricted access with respect to the mobility of knowledge within the infrastructure digital environment. Virtual laboratories are promoting mobility with new approaches for collaboration and interaction. Physical access supported in the distributed LifeWatch Centres of choice.Independent scientific evaluation supports the priority for excellent researchers and their ideas.</p></li><li><p>2e. Innovation, dissemination and knowledge transfer</p><p>Infrastructure support for (open access) publications with on-line availability of the data and algorithms underpinning the conclusions in the publications.Sharing of data and algorithms users as public domain policy embedded in the LifeWatch operations.Encouraging the publication of scientific results in open access journals and comparable media.Facilitation of the dissemination and transfer of results for community research, technological development and demonstration, as well innovation.</p></li><li><p>3. Structure of the proposed LifeWatch ERIC </p><p>Outline of the technical structureConstruction planLifeWatch as a distributed research infrastructureLegal and financial implications</p></li><li><p>LifeWatch comprises an infrastructure with access to distributed observatories/sensors Interoperable and integrated databases computational capability and computational capacity.A single portal for researchers, policy makers, industries and public at largeFind data and model to analyse statistical relationshipsAccelerate data capture with new technologiesStructure the scientific community with new opportunities for large-scale projects</p></li><li><p>4c. LifeWatch is a distributed research infrastructure Data gridmonitoring sitessensorscollections</p><p>Soft/Middleware grid</p><p>Computing grid</p><p>Part of an international infrastructure grid</p></li><li><p>General AssemblyRepresentation of member states</p></li><li><p>4. LifeWatch ERIC Statutes Meets the ERIC regulation.Concerns the LifeWatch Common Facilities as owned and controlled by the ERIC.Not-ERIC entities operating within a service-level-agreement.Open access; quality selection when limited service capacity.</p></li><li><p>Governance and managementGENERAL ASSEMBLYEXECUTIVE OFFICERSMANAGERS</p><p>Operating the organisationBOARD OFDIRECTORS</p></li><li><p>Cost book based on Construction projectsConstruction Start-up and Management (STARTUP) Organisation and governance (ORG) Corporate Communication (COMM) Technical construction (TECH) Service Centre (SERV) Application Services (ICTSERV) Biodiversity Themed Research Tasks (RESTASKS) Enabling accelerated and targeted data generation (DATAGEN) Innovation Lab (ILAB) Scientific Networks Community Engagement (SCSUPP) Breeding environment for Temporary Collaborative Networks (BTCN)</p></li><li><p>Cost Book principlesAll investments and activities recorded on full costsIncludes building space, equipment, hardware, software (development), licences, overhead costs </p><p>Construction costs time lineAssumed start in 2011; 5 years construction; year 6 is full operation</p><p>Costs assessed for different categoriesCapital, staff, service, running, third party, overhead and depreciation costs</p><p>Release planning to accommodate real cash flow developmentCore and not coreLow and high priority</p></li><li><p>Model for country contributionsCost book adds up to 219.910.000 over 5 years.</p><p>The minimal contribution of a country is based on its relative GDP, with a minimal threshold and % reduction for countries with highest GDP.</p><p>15% of calculated contribution is in-cash for the ERIC (Common Facilities); 85% is in-kind (in country).</p><p>All contributions are fixed for 5 years.</p></li><li><p>5. Where is LifeWatch now?Policy &amp; ScienceBoardProjectConsortiumStakeholdersBoardGeneralAssemblyStart-up Teamin 3 countriesERIC OrganisationGovernanceExecutionPreparatory PhaseStart-up phaseConstruction phaseDistributedLW Centres1 Feb 20081 Feb 20111 Sept 2012</p></li><li><p>21 Letters of Interest (2007 2010)</p><p>Memorandum of Understanding (Jan 2011, for the Start up phase)Hungary Italy Netherlands Romania Spain</p><p>European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC)(starting with a MoU for the ERIC application)AlbaniaAustriaBelgiumDenmark</p><p>FinlandFranceGeorgiaGermanyGreece</p><p>HungaryItalyNetherlandsNorway</p><p>PolandPortugalRomaniaSlovak Rep.</p><p>SloveniaSpainSwedenTurkeyUnited Kingdom</p><p>Country status</p></li><li><p>MoU to start the pre-application procedure19th October 2011: 5 countries (and at least two following) agreed to sign a MoU, stating:</p><p>Proposed Statutes to establish the LifeWatch ERIC are concluded.The Kingdom of Spain acts as the Statutory Seat of the LifeWatch ERIC.The Technical and Scientific Description of LifeWatch explains the principal tasks and the boundaries and the planned agreements between the LifeWatch ERIC and its distributed legal entities.Tax exemptions of the future ERIC, as foreseen in the ERIC regulation, are according to the limits and conditions of these tax exemptions as specified in the ERIC Statutes, Annex 3</p></li><li><p>ERIC Common Facilities:LifeWatch ERIC organisation in three sites </p></li><li><p>Currently an one year start-up phase: also to put the administrative organisation in place</p></li><li><p>Further tentative scheduleFinal draft of Statutes to be confirmed by the Stakeholders Board in mid November 2011.</p><p>Agreement with Spanish authorities about taxes exemption declaration by end of November 2011.</p><p>Pre-submission of the ERIC documents to the Commission by December 2011.</p><p>Official application (step 1) for the ERIC by January-February 2012.</p></li><li><p>Thank you for your attention</p><p>*************ONE OPTION*********</p></li></ul>

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