Belmont Forum e-Infrastructures and Data Management Collaborative Research Action
Establishing Sustainable e-Infrastructures for Global Change Research
About the Belmont Forum
The Belmont Forum, established in 2009, is comprised of 25 of the world’s major funding agencies and international science councils. The Belmont Forum serves as a roundtable for these agencies to collectively address the challenges and opportunities associated with global change. Goals are guided by the Belmont Challenge, which aims “To deliver knowledge needed for action to avoid and adapt to detrimental environmental change including extreme hazardous events.”
To meet the goals of the Belmont Challenge, the Belmont Forum coordinates funding for Collaborative Research Actions (CRAs), transdisciplinary research activities to improve the way funding agencies collaborate with each other and develop opportunities for research. For detailed information about the Belmont Forum, the Belmont Challenge and CRAs, visit belmontforum.org.
e-Infrastructures and Data Management CRA
In 2013, the Belmont Forum initiated the e-Infrastructures and Data Management CRA, which brought together domain scientists, computer and information scientists, legal scholars, social scientists, and other experts from more than fourteen countries to establish recommendations on how the Belmont Forum can implement a more coordinated, holistic and sustainable approach to the funding and support of global change research.
The e-Infrastructures and Data Management Scoping Phase (October 2013 – April 2015) produced a Community Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP) that outlines actions necessary to achieve convergence on paths toward open access to research data.
The Belmont Forum Secretariat fulfilled the CSIP's first recommendation by adopting a data policy in October, 2015. Additional actions during the Implementation Phase (2016-2018) will align and leverage existing breakthroughs in data sharing in order to facilitate Belmont Forum researchers and stakeholders access to and reuse of data generated by Belmont Forum projects. Recommendations from this project will influence how the Belmont Forum operates by promoting more coordinated and sustainable policies, procedures and funding mechanisms to support global e-infrastructure for global change research.
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