The Blue-Cloud Project is the component of ‘The Future of Seas and Oceans Flagship Initiative’ that will demonstrate the potential of web-based open science in the domain of ocean sustainability. Blue-Cloud will pilot a cyber platform that will deliver innovative data discovery and access, together with Virtual Research Environments for conducting marine and maritime-related research, modelling and wider analyses, utilising shared computing and analytical services. This will be achieved through federation of existing blue data infrastructures (such as Copernicus Marine Services, EMODnet, ELIXIR-ENA, Euro-Argo, Argo GDAC, EuroBioImaging, EcoTaxa, EurOBIS, ICOS-Marine and SeaDataNet) and einfrastructures (such as WEkEO, D4Science and EUDAT) in Europe, committed to the project, to enhance interoperability and offer users from marine research, the blue economy, and wider stakeholders more streamlined and innovative services.
The project will showcase five Blue-Cloud Demonstrators as Virtual Labs co-designed with top-level marine researchers to advance applications that are specific for oceans and seas, but also potentially expanded to fresh water bodies. The Blue-Cloud Demonstrators will be instrumental in showing the benefits of web-based science and how complex challenges can be analysed and solved by researchers combining multi-disciplinary data and data products and algorithms, supported by a common collaborative environment and powerful computing resources.
To guide the long-term development of this ambitious initiative, the project Partners will be producing the Blue-Cloud Strategic Roadmap to 2030, as a stakeholder driven, co-created vision towards advancing the pilot Blue-Cloud platform into a leading and multi-functional blue knowledge system for the wider marine community in Europe and beyond, as a marine thematic component of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and as a potential component of a future Digital Twin for the Ocean.
As part of the process towards building the Blue-Cloud Strategic Roadmap to 2030, the Blue-Cloud consortium has organized an Information & Policy Dialogue Session with relevant representatives across different Directorate Generals (DGs) of the European Commission (DG RTD, DG GROW, DG DEFIS, DG MARE DG CONNECT and any other relevant DGs). The purpose of the session is to start a dialogue on how the development of the Blue-Cloud can contribute to meet relevant EU policy priorities by supporting marine research, environment, economy, policy making, and decisioning in an innovative manner. The visions, priorities and contributions gathered during the meeting will feed into the production of the first draft release of the Blue-Cloud Roadmap 2030, to be issued by March 2021 for consultation.