Current activities in the Implementation Phase (2016 - 2018) are based on recommendations developed for the Community Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP), the final report produced for the Belmont Secretariat during the Scoping Phase (2013-2015).
The Belmont Forum can help blaze a path towards achieving high quality, reliable and multidisciplinary global change research enabled by a sustained human and technical, internationally coordinated and data-intensive e-infrastructures by implementing the recommendations laid out in the CSIP. To find public events, you may view the BF e-I&DM teamup calendar here. Please use this form if you would like to add a calendar event.
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
The CSIP has been released in two versions, both of which participants are encouraged to download and distribute.
The Final Report, 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 April 2016, an Implementation Plan was publicly circulated as a living document describing objectives, tasks, and roles for implementaion of the recommendations ourtlined in the CSIP.
As identified in the first Recommendation, adoption of the five Data Principles will help establish a global and interoperable e-infrastructure to widen access to data and ensure its long-term preservation in global change research. In summary, data must be: Discoverable; Accessible; Understandable and Interoperable; Manageable; and Supported. Please use the link to find out more.
The remaining Recommendations define the four Action Themes that together will create a blueprint for the implementation of the Recommendations through a Communication, Collaboration and Coordination Office (Action Theme 1) that is supported on an international level by the Belmont Forum. This function, a virtual office, would coordinate and oversee key positions to guide data planning and data stewardship (Action Theme 2), manage workshops and calls for best practices or common barriers in e-infrastructures (Action Theme 3), and support the human dimensions required to develop and support a training curriculum (Action Theme 4). Please click on each of the links for more details.
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.