SciDataCon 2022 at the International Data Week is an event that brings together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and data stewards from disciplines across the globe to explore how best to exploit the data revolution to improve science and society through data-driven discovery and innovation.
The theme chosen for this edition is DATA TO IMPROVE OUR WORLD. Access to trustworthy and FAIR data is a precondition to the science needed to enable us to reduce the impact of diseases, mitigate climate change, and become more resilient to risks posed by natural and human-made disasters.
Massimiliano Assante, CNR, presented our poster introducing the three main Blue-Cloud technical outputs:
- The Blue-Cloud Data Discovery and Access Service (DD&AS) facilitates access to multi-disciplinary datasets. The DD&AS functions as a broker both for metadata and for data access, interacting with web services and APIs from each of the Blue Data Infrastructures federated in Blue-Cloud. This way, it enables users to discover first at the collection level which infrastructures might have data sets interesting for their use case, and next, to identify and download relevant data sets at granule level from those selected infrastructures, by means of a common interface.
- The Blue-Cloud Virtual Research Environment (VRE) enhances collaborative research. Services include Data Analytics (Data Miner, Software and Algorithms Importer (SAI), RStudio, JupyterHub), facilitating to build and run analytical pipelines, Spatial Data Infrastructure to store, discover, access, and manage vectorial and raster georeferenced datasets, and services for provenance, documenting, and either sharing with selected colleagues or make available online any generated product (e.g. analytical methods, workflows, data products, publications, notebooks).
- This innovation potential is explored and unlocked by a series of Virtual Labs developed by five teams of experts, addressing societal challenges in the domains of biodiversity, genomics, marine environment, fisheries, and aquaculture.
The Virtual Labs showcase how Blue-Cloud can foster collaborative research in support of the EU Green Deal, the new EU Mission “Restore our ocean and waters”, and key international initiatives, such as the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
The poster highlights the key services developed within the Blue-Cloud technical framework and their potential impact on marine research, ultimately promoting a sustainable and data-driven management of the ocean.
"SciDataCon 2022 participants discovered how Blue-Cloud can enable collaborative research and offer top-tier cloud computing resources for such heterogeneous domains, as our Virtual Labs developed on D4Science already cover biodiversity, genomics, environmental science, fisheries and aquaculture in an integrated environment." - Massimiliano Assante, CNR