By implementing the recommendations laid out in the Community Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP), the Belmont Forum can blaze a path toward achieving high quality, reliable and multidisciplinary global change research enabled by a sustained human and technical, internationally coordinated and data-intensive e-infrastructures. Current activities are undertaken by separately funded Action Themes. These activities are coordinated and supported by a virtual Communication, Collaboration and Coordination Office (Action Theme 1). Data planning and data stewardship (Action Theme 2) develops data management outlines, templates, and methodologies; e-infrastructures (Action Theme 3) has held a series of scoping activities to identify and explore common barriers to data sharing; and the human dimensions/capacity building action is identifying elements for an optimal training curriculum (Action Theme 4).
These themes work together to reach medium-term goals such as creating a data management template for Belmont Forum projects, identifying best practice exemplars in data sharing, training methods, and curation through workshops, and ongoing outreach to collaborate with groups connected to data management and global change research.
Collective outputs of these Action Themes to date are listed below.
To find public events, you may view the BF e-I&DM teamup calendar here.
- A basic Data Management Template is available foster long term management and organization of project-generated data. Questions from this template have been included in the Belmont Forum Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative and Transformations to Sustainability Collaborative Research Actions. The template asks funded project participants to consider the type of data collected, standards and protocols used for storing data, plans for sharing, reuse, and archiving, and expected costs.
- A Skills Gap Analysis released in April 2017 is based on a survey conducted among over 150 domain and data scientists to identify priority challenges in data management by researchers.
- Lightning talk presentations from the Data Skills Curricula Development Workshop (Vienna, Austria 2017) feature training and capacity building ideas from international experts
- Presentations from the e-Infrastructures Scoping Workshop (Paris, France, 2016) by multi and transdisciplinary projects in the field of global change research.reports input on the barriers, training gaps and challenges, as well as the innovations and solutions, that researchers are finding with relation to e-Infrastructures and Data Management.
- The Community Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP), the final report of the scoping phase, written for the Belmont Forum Principals, describes the recommendations and the rationale for Belmont Forum adoption. It provides detailed appendices with precise descriptions of the Action Themes, their implementation and validation.
- The Community Edition is a shorter document overall but includes the background of the Belmont Forum and summarizes the steps toward implementation in the body of the text.
A slide set on the conclusions and recommendations of the final report is available for any one to use, either whole, in part, or as a basis for an original presentation.
- The project Secretariat is developing a list of news media which may be interested in following progress of the project. If you have an idea for a publication, a story, or a media contact, please contact the Coordination Office.
In March 2017, a revised Implementation Plan was publicly circulated as a living document describing objectives, tasks, and roles for implementaion of the recommendations outlined in the CSIP.
The CSIP specified five recommendations that could be best carried out by the Belmont Forum:
- Adopt Data Principles
- Foster communication, collaboration and coordination between the wider research community and the Belmont Forum
- Promote effective data planning and stewardship in all research funded by Belmont Forum agencies
- Determine international and community best practice to inform e-infrastructure policy for all Belmont Forum research
- Support the development of a cross-disciplinary training curriculum to expand human capacity in technology and data-intensive analysis methods for global change research
Thank you to everyone who participated in Phase I of the Belmont Forum e-Infrastructure and Data Management CRA. For information on how your country or organization can participate, please contact the Coordination Office and a representative will respond directly or schedule a discussion to answer your questions.