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The e-Infrastructures and Data Management project consisted of scoping activities and has produced a Community Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP). This report identified funding investments and strategic science policies that the Belmont Forum can implement to support global change research in a multilateral way.


This timeline lists the most recent activities of the e-Infrastructures and Data Management at the top. Please scroll down for older activities.

June 23, 2017: The Data Planning Action Theme, with the generous support of the Institute of Physics, hosted an Open Data Publishing Policy Workshop in London, England to explore the role for and contributions by publishers in the realm of open research data.

April 29, 2017:  The Coordination Office (C3O) hosted the Secretariat Coordinating Group and Oversight Committee at a meeting in Vienna, Austria to evaluate project progress, identify internal and external points of collaboration, and determine next steps.  

April 28, 2017: Capacity Building Action Theme hosted a Data Skills Curricula Development Workshop in Vienna, Austria adjacent to EGU 2017. The workshop gathered 25+ experts in data management and e-infrastructures training to analyse the results of a skills gap survey and determine priorities and pathways for developing an effective training curriculum for Belmont Forum researchers.

March 2017: Barron Orr joined project as U.S. co-lead.

March 2017: Data Planning Action Theme releases V1 of a data management template to guide data management planning for potential Belmont Forum projects during the pre-proposal stage.  

December 2016: Members of the Coordination Office (C3O) and the Belmont Forum jointly hosted a booth at AGU 2017; C3O members presented the poster "Collaborative Development of e-Infrastructures and Data Management Priorities for Global Change Research."

November 2016: Capacity Building Action Theme circulated a Data Skills Gap Survey (now closed) to data managers and scientific researchers to determine initial gaps in training and barriers to data sharing from a human dimensions viewpoint.  

November 2016: 40+ participants (funded project PIs and team members, observers, and potential collaborators) met at 2-day Exemplars Scoping Workshop in Paris to identify most pressing data management challenges, barriers and possible solutions that will form the basis for a possible 2017 Belmont Forum call. Workshop sponsored and organized by e-Infrastructures Action Theme leaders Jean-Pierre Vilotte and Mark Asch of ANR/France.

September 2016: The Secretariat Coordinating Group and Oversight Committee met in Denver, Colorado, USA, during International Data Week to plan and coordinate execution of the upcoming Exemplars Workshops (AT3); discussions with potential collaborators (GEO, RDA, ICSU-WDS, Future Earth, and CODATA, others) regarding potential synergies for development of policies and guidelines for Data Security and Data Publishing.

March 2016: The Phase II Implementation Plan describing activities to be undertaken was released.

End Scoping Phase (Phase I)

December 2015: The Phase I participants held their final in-person meeting in San Francisco, USA, the weekend before the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting. The purpose was to define the path for the successful delivery of the Community Strategy and Implementation Plan.

October 2015: The Belmont Forum Annual Meeting in Oslo, Norway. The Belmont Forum reviewed and accepted the Community Strategy and Implementation Plan, officially adopting a Data Policy and Principles to encourage access to and reuse of research data. Planning began immediately for execution of four Action Themes to implement the project on a global level.

August 2015: The Secretariat released a Community Edition of the Community Strategy and Implementation Plan to summarize the final report while giving added context for the general reader. The Secretariat circulated the Community Strategy and Implementation Plan and slidesets among the broader global change research community and policymakers.  

June 30, 2015: The Steering Committee and the Secretariat submitted the final Community Strategy and Implementation Plan to the Belmont Forum.

June 2015: The Secretariat and Steering Committee incorporated feedback and drafted the Community Strategy and Implementation Plan for final review.

May 2015: The draft Community Strategy and Implementation Plan was circulated among Work Package members for feedback and review.

April 13-16, 2015: The Secretariat held a writing session immediately following the Steering Committee meeting to draft  the Community Strategy and Implementation Plan.

April 9-11, 2015: The Steering Committee held its fifth in-person meeting at the Japan Science and Tecnology Agency (JST) in Tokyo, Japan, to review and finalize recommendations and actions for inclusion in the Community Strategy and Implementation Plan.

December 13-14, 2014: The Steering Committee held its fourth in-person meeting just prior to the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco, USA. This meeting was hosted by the US Secretariat. Key outcomes are summarized in the meeting report.

November 2014: The Belmont Forum provided positive feedback on the Interim Report with guidance for the final Community Strategy and Implementation Plan.

October 8-10, 2014: The Belmont Forum reviewed the Interim Report during its annual meeting in Beijing, China.

September 2014: The Steering Committee and Secretariat submitted the Interim Report to the Belmont Forum.

August 21-22, 2014: The Steering Committee held its third in-person meeting in Paris, France at the ICSU World Headquarters to synthesize Work Package findings into a cohesive interim report outlining initial Work Package conclusions and proposed actions.

April 26-27, 2014: The Steering Committee co-located its second meeting just prior to the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna, Austria. This meeting successfully achieved its goals: review the project timeline and deliverables; report on Work Package progress; share best practices and lessons learned; identify synergies, overlaps, and gaps; identify emerging ideas, concepts and issues, and their potential impact on project deliverables. The full meeting report is available in the document repository.

February 2014 – March 2015: Work Package scoping activities began. Most activities were carried out virtually and consisted of teleconferences, shared online discussion boards and shared documents (such as inventories and reports). Some Work Packages held in-person meetings. Group of Program Coordinators members also held virtual and in-person meetings to support their national delegations, with the aim of promoting greater understanding of the role of the Work Packages and the project as a whole.

November 2013 – February 2014: Each participating Belmont Forum member finalized their national delegation (approximately 10 experts per country), forming a 120+ member Assembly. Assembly members were divided among the six Work Packages. Work Package work plans were finalized and accepted by the Belmont Forum Group of Program Coordinators (funding agency representatives).

October 2013: Steering Committee members met in Windsor, United Kingdom, to define Work Package focus areas and determine Work Package leadership. Six Work Packages were formed, each to be led by at least one Steering Committee member. Key outcomes are summarized in the full meeting report.

August 2013: Steering Committee members were selected by participating Belmont Forum members (one per participating Belmont Forum member).

June 2013: The joint United States-United Kingdom Secretariat was formed, led by Lee Allison of the Arizona Geological Survey (US), and Robert Gurney of the University of Reading (UK).