Report from the eROSA 1st Stakeholder Workshop (6-7 July, 2017)

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Monday, September 4, 2017 - 14:47

e-ROSA held its first Stakeholder Workshop “Community building and mapping of the research infrastructures for agro-food research” at Montpellier SupAgro on 6-7 July 2017.

The goal of this workshop was to bring together scientific communities and existing data-related infrastructures and initiatives that can support researchers throughout the data life cycle in the context of their research activities.

It gathered various stakeholders such as IT specialists, Knowledge managers, semantic experts and researchers from disciplinary fields related to the agri-food domain. In particular, the workshop sought to:

  • Initiate a community building process around the issue of Open & Big Data in agri-food;
  • Improve our knowledge on the current landscape of existing research infrastructures and e-infrastructures, networks, initiatives and policies;
  • Justify the need for a common e-infrastructure in agri-food by identifying gaps and key collaboration actions to implement;
  • Link the envisioned e-infrastructure for agri-food with the EOSC vision and architecture;
  • Prepare for the next e-ROSA Stakeholder Workshops during which we will elaborate our vision for the future and identify related needs (2nd workshop), and develop a common roadmap on how we can achieve this vision (3rd workshop).

The opening plenary provided the opportunity to present the overarching data challenges in the agri-food sector from various perspectives, i.e. from the research point of view, from the private sector’s perspective, as well as throughout the food supply chain. It focused on how e-infrastructures can benefit to agri-food science, especially in the context of the implementation of EOSC.

The workshop was organised around three main parallel sessions as follows:

Session 1. FAIRifying data. The first session focused on experiences and difficulties encountered in making data FAIR. In particular, it highlighted the role of semantics, accepted standards and efficient tools as well as adapted mechanisms to support and incentivise researchers to make their data FAIR.

Session 2. Data repositories and discovery services. This session focused on the role of (i) local data repositories in making data and metadata FAIR, (ii) federated dataset catalogues and standardised semantic resources in providing efficient discovery services, and (iii) policy support and sustainable business models in creating an effective change of culture for data sharing.

Session 3. E-infrastructures and data services. The goal of this session was to give a first approach on how to connect EU generic e-infrastructures (e.g. EUDAT, EGI, OpenMinTeD ) to domain-specific infrastructures and services (e.g. ELIXIR, Agrisemantics ) in the context of EOSC.

During these parallel sessions, dedicated presentations provided food for thought for discussions in each of the three breakout groups. All three breakout groups reported to the rest of the workshop participants in plenary in order to initiate further discussions. Final group discussions took place in order to identify trends, gaps and disruptions, as well as to discuss high-impact demonstrators and use cases that we should focus on in the near future.

The complete workshop report is available here

All workshop presentations are available here