status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Kheeran Dharmawardena, Andreas Rauber, Zhiming Zhao, Sandra Gesing

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison:

VREs are synonymous with Science Gateways (SGs) in the USA and Virtual Laboratories (VLs) in Australia, and are increasingly being used to support a more dynamic approach to collaborative working across the internet. The proposed VRE-IG will explore all aspects of existing and planned future VRE/SG/VLs with the aim of moving towards common policies and best practices, such as those now being promoted by the European EOSC, the US XSEDE and the Australian NRDC. There is currently no coordination of the development of the underlying architectures, as well as specifications for components and interfaces in any of these initiatives, nor is there any agreed best practice way to connect to the major research infrastructures, in particular data to compute resources. Likewise there is also no mechanism for sharing best practice, skills, tools and software that connect tools to data in online environments that could ultimately allow these individual VREs to interoperate on a global scale. The goal is to create "building blocks" of common data infrastructures and building specific "data bridges" to enable online sharing and in situ processing of data. The US SGCI - started in August 2016 - starts to work on these challenges for the US and will closely collaborate with this IG.


The VRE IG will aim to act as a longer-term organization responsible for tracking and contributing to the evolution of VRE/SG/VL technologies, particularly as they relate to data access. It will also seek to engage with those seeking to make use of these online technologies in an effort to identify the necessary technical aspects, social and community building practices, required skills, as well as governance issues and best practice required to support a more coordinated approach to the development of the collaborative environments that enable data sharing and in situ online processing.


The proposed VRE-IGgroup is in effect, an ‘umbrella group’ would bring together:

  1. Those initiatives that are actively developing VRE/SGs/VLs internationally;

  2. Representatives of the common e Infrastructure (eIs) services e.g.,  European Data Infrastructure (EUDAT); European Open Science Cloud (EOSC); US XSEDE; and the Australian National Research Data Cloud (NRDC); and

  3. Specific RDA groups (e.g., software citation, metadata IG, Versioning IG, etc.) that are developing outputs that themselves are best practice inputs to groups developing VREs.

Past Plenaries:

File Repository


RDA P10 VRE IG presentations

by Helen Glaves

Presentations made during the VRE interest group session at the P10 in Montreal. The VRE IG title slide file provides a list and running order for the individual presentations.

File 2 VRE-IG Differences and commonalities.pptx255.99 KB
File VRE IG title slide and program.pptx204.95 KB
File 3 VRE-IG Scratchpads Koureas.pptx1.77 MB
File 6 VRE IG BCC VL_Holewa.pptx46.54 MB
File 7 VRE IG SustainabilityCollaborativePlatforms_Gesing.pptx472.09 KB
File 8 VRE IG CIPRES_MarkMiller.pptx2.12 MB
File 9 VRE IG Sustainability VLs_Wyborn.pptx1.41 MB
File 11 VRE IG Sustainability_VRE_Jeffery.pptx223.7 KB

RDA P7 201603 Introductory Presentation VRE BoF

by Keith Jeffery

This is the introductory presentation and the presentation of the draft charter

File BoF VREs 20160227.pptx311.83 KB
File BoF VREs Charter.pptx289.22 KB