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Nordic-Baltic collaboration on eInfrastructures for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research

Frank Hanssen
TrackConference
DescriptionLarge European research infrastructures are presently being developed on the Roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). The Nordic countries have followed the European LifeWatch ESFRI initiative closely on its way from the preparatory phase towards the realization of LifeWatch ERIC in 2015. In 2012-2013 the Nordic LifeWatch consortium (representatives from several Nordic research institutions) performed a LifeWatch pilot project with financial support from NordForsk.  The pilot project identified needs, bottlenecks and possibilities; and developed strategies for future construction of a common Nordic- Baltic eInfrastructure dedicated to enhance the scientific collaboration and the science-policy interface between the individual countries. A Nordic-Baltic collaboration can support and improve the coordination of the national eInfrastructure initiatives, provide a common Nordic-Baltic interface at the European level; and develop overarching cost-efficient eInfrastructures and Virtual Research Environments (VRE) for the benefit of improved Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research both at national, Nordic/Baltic and European level. Through the collaboration with the national stakeholders and the Nordic eInfrastructure Collaboration (NeIC) these ambitions will be addressed at the NeIC 2015 Environment Workshop.

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