Action Theme 3 is tasked with identifying the most critical e-infrastructure issues to address in order to facilitate adherence to the Belmont Forum open Data Policy and Principles. A scoping workshop in Paris, France was hosted by ANR in November 2016 to identify existing data management strategies for cross-disciplinary research projects already being carried out under the Belmont Forum, Future Earth, GEO or other international initiatives and build on them. Subjects included matrix analysis preparation, use cases analysis, and DMIP and call scoping.
Examination case studies into the way researchers are using data and e-infrastructures in large interdisciplinary investigations will help determine community best practice. Reports from the case studies will be used to inform the development of the data management template developed by the Data Planning Action Theme, to illustrate weaknesses (and strengths) in existing e-infrastructures and to provide evidence to advise on the technical implementation of future e-infrastructures. Ideally, workflow issues identified will also be considered by the Capacity Building Action Theme to address with training where possible.
Once barriers to effective data sharing and best practices in data management have been identified and evaluated, the next step is to work with the Belmont Forum Principals to secure funding for development of an e-infrastructures-oriented project or integration of data management tools into existing calls.
Action Theme 3 Leadership
From January 2016 to July 2017, the role of e-Infrastructures Champion was dually fulfilled by Mark Asch and Jean Pierre Vilotte of ANR, in collaboration with team members from MoST and JST.