Developing International e-Infrastructure for Global Change Research RDA 8th Plenary BoF meeting

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31 May 2016 1580 reads

Meeting title: Developing International e-Infrastructure for Global Change Research

Please give a short introduction describing the scope of the group and if any previous activities

The Belmont Forum consortium of science funding agencies in 20+ countries, and the European Commission, in Fall 2015, adopted a set of data principles and policy, as part of an international effort to implement an e-infrastructure in support of global change research funded by the agencies. A global Communication, Coordination, and Collaboration Office (C3O) was established in 2016 as part of an implementation plan funded by Belmont Forum members in an integrated approach to developing e-infrastructures to facilitate global change research. The C3O is currently building an extended outreach network to connect developments in open and interoperable data e-infrastructures and policy, and is helping coordinate an iterative series of workshops to determine best practices for training, data management templates, and science users’ needs.

Please provide additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. Case statements, working documents etc

“Belmont Forum E-Infrastructure and Data Management” Phase 2: Implementation Plan:

“Open Data in Global Environmental Research: The Belmont Forum’s Open Data Survey,”

"A Place to Stand: e-Infrastructures and Data Management for Global Change Research - Community Edition,"

Original report submitted to Belmont Forum,

Meeting objectives:

Inform RDA members and others of the e-infrastructure initiative, roles of participating countries, and opportunities for collaboration
Seek input on the implementation of the four Belmont Forum Action Themes on Coordination, Data Planning, e-Infrastructure, and Capacity-building
Identify participants for the Strategic Coordination Network
Strategize next steps in working with the global community

Meeting agenda:

Overview of Belmont Forum and e-Infrastructure Initiative

Summary of Data Principles, Recommendations Adopted by Belmont Forum, and Action Theme directives under the Implementation Plan
Present findings from workshops and next steps

Discuss options for developing training
Present opportunities for participation and collaboration
Open discussion
Summary of feedback and recommendations


Representatives of potential stakeholder groups
Global change researchers
Science funding agencies

Come to learn, ask questions, and recommend how the Belmont Forum can leverage existing programs, capabilities, and organizations; propose what actions should BF take next, which groups to target for participation.


Bob Samors (formerly of GEO), Mark Thorley (CODATA), Vicky Lucas (Institute for Environmental Analytics)