An Evaluation Matrix will be developed to help map the broader scope of the relationship between environmental science, data and e-infrastructure.
Action Theme 3 intends to hold a series of workshops to identify the most critical issues to address, including interoperability at system and service levels, for a variety of cross-disciplinary research applications and communities. Action Theme 3 plans to identify existing cross-disciplinary research projects already being carried out under the Belmont Forum, Future Earth, GEO or other international initiatives and build on them. Two back-to-back workshops are planned in Phase 1. Subjects include matrix analysis preparation, use cases analysis, and DMIP and call scoping.
These case studies into the way researchers are using data and e-infrastructures in large interdisciplinary investigations will determine community best practice. Reports from the case studies will be used to inform the development of the Enhanced Data Plans (Data Planning Action Theme), to illustrate weaknesses (and strengths) in existing e-infrastructures and so provide evidence to advise on the technical implementation of future e-infrastructures. Results will be presented to the Belmont Forum Principals with the hopeful outcome of integration into future funding calls.
An e-infrastructure “champion” will liaise with the Communication, Collaboration and Coordination Officer (Coordination Action Theme) and will drive the activities within this Action Theme, analyzing the results from the scoping workshops and reports from the case studies to enhance the Evaluation Matrix, identifying the gaps to be addressed in further Case Studies and informing the Enhanced Data Plan and Training requirements.