Want to find out more about the RDA - Europe BlueBRIDGE Datathon in Heraklion? Read the post-event report now!


Following the RDA-Europe / BlueBRIDGE Datathon on Fisheries and Aquaculture on the 15th and 16th June 2017 in Heraklion, Crete, a Report has been created which describes the results of the Datathon.

The datathon was structured in such a way that initiated extremely interesting discussions, which in particular helped in knowledge transfer from the experts to the 75 participants. Not only can the event be considered very successful by the organisers, but the participants also believed that the event was very productive as they proactively participated in the event and worked for two full days, exploiting the tools and datasets suggested by the organisers.

Can Earth Observation data help Blue Growth? Read the outcomes of the VRE for Aquaculture session at the EO Open Science Conference


On Thursday 28 September, Anton Ellenbroek, FAO & BlueBRIDGE, presented the Aquaculture Atlas Production System VRE during the Visualization and Virtual Lab session. The progress of BlueBRIDGE data services and the integration with the CLS EODA and MAESTRO was demonstrated. The support of the eInfrastructure for the AAPS services to acquire and analyze EO data, and to store, describe, and share the aquaculture maps was explained. In particular, the capacity of the tool to combine data from different missions, such as Landsat, Sentinel 1 and Sentinel 2, and the use of Copernicus data services was explained during the presentation.

EMODnet launches its first hackathon on open marine data and BlueBRIDGE contributes to it


Sara Garavelli, Trust-IT Services & BlueBRIDGE, contributed to the panel 'From Open Data to Innovation –  How to increase the flow?' – Moderated by Pieter Colpaert. The panel focused on open data, the existing barriers in data sharing and inspired the hackathon participants with examples of applications built on open data. Watch the recording of the webcast at http://www.opensealab.eu/stream

Attending the Montreal RDA Plenary? Join the session on "R" as orchestrator to manage OGC compliant metadata & data, 19 Sept. @ 11:30, room: Mansfield 10


The Fisheries Data Interoperability Working Group will present its early achievements at the upcoming  RDA Plenary meeting in Montreal, Canada.

The session will explain how the usage of the R programming language as orchestrator to manage metadata, data complying with OGC standards and controlled vocabularies is supporting the Tuna Fisheries Use Case. But it doesn’t stop there. The session is organised as a side event to extend its scope to other fishery-related fields and beyond: for example to the marine or earth observations domain.

A sneak preview of the BlueBRIDGE Catalogue at the upcoming Open Science FAIR conference


The Open Science FAIR conference, 6-8 September 2017, Athens, hosts the second edition of the How FAIR friendly is your data catalogue? workshop. The first workshop was organised by BlueBRIDGE on 3 April 2017 in Barcelona co-located with the RDA Plenary Meeting. Donatella Castelli, Research Director at CNR-ISTI (Italy) & BlueBRIDGE Project Coordinator, will contribute to the Athens workshop giving a sneak preview of the BlueBRIDGE catalogue.

Science fueling the growth of European private companies - Meet the winners of the BlueBRIDGE Competitive Call for SMEs


The 4 winners of the call AquaBioTech Group, Flyby, Sinay and StatnMap were selected based on strict criteria, prioritizing the business growth potential for the blue sector all 4 winning companies belong to.  The companies selected are very diverse in terms of business areas and they represent a perfect sample of the variety of applications that BlueBRIDGE can support. Meet the companies that have started collaboration with BlueBRIDGE as of July 2017...

RDA Europe-BlueBRIDGE Datathon on Fisheries and Aquaculture: main outcomes and datathon material


On 15 and 16 June 2017, more than 70 data enthusiasts came to Heraklion, Crete, to participate in the RDA Europe-BlueBRIDGE datathon for fisheries and aquaculture. The event was kindly hosted by the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (IMBBC/HCMR) and allowed participants to brainstorm on three main challenges: i) Developing a holistic approach to spatial planning for marine protected areas based on knowledge transfer and integration; ii) Assessing new fisheries and aquaculture activities and mainstreaming environmental and socio-economic indicators; iii) Incorporating socio-economic and environmental data in aquaculture assessment, strategic planning and performance analysis. After a first introductory session chaired by Yannis Ioannidis, President and Gen. Director, Athena RIC, and Professor of Informatics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, six initiatives, including EMODnet, the RDA Geospatial Interest Group and Fisheries Data Interoperability Working Group, LifeWatchGreece, the PHYSIS project and BlueBRIDGE presented their tools and datasets...

The report of the April Workshop “FAIR Friendly Research Data Catalogue: how far are we?” is out


The main outcomes of the BlueBRIDGE April workshop “FAIR Friendly Research Data Catalogue: how far are we?” are now available in our report (Download the report here).  
The workshop took place on 3 April 2017, in Barcelona (co-located with the 9th RDA Plenary Meeting) and brought together over 40 representatives of H2020 projects, e-infrastructures, European initiatives (such as ELIXIREPOSEUDATGEOSS, GOFAIR, ICOS) and data users, to understand how they are approaching the FAIR principles, what status they are at and to discuss together how to move forward.

When myth encounters science: the Kraken’s timeline on the Biodiversity Lab VRE


On the BlueBRIDGE Biodiversity Lab VRE is now available a timeline to show how information about the mysterious Giant Squid (Architeuthis), also know as Kraken, has evolved from legend to science fiction and finally to scientific investigation.

Cross e-infrastructures collaboration: enhancing the BlueBRIDGE services through the EGI computing & storage resources


Last week, Tiziana Ferrari, Technical Director of the EGI foundation[1] (www.egi.eu), opened the EGI Conference 2017 (9-12 May 2017, Catania, Italy) highlighting the importance of collaboration among e-infrastructures.