(8th September 2016)

In this issue, we would like to bring to your attention the dual nature of BlueBRIDGE:

  • While waiting for the final release of the Commission High Level Expert Group on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), we would like to describe to you how the data management solutions developed by BlueBRIDGE and its underlying infrastructure can contribute to the establishment of the EOSC;
  • secondly, as BlueBRIDGE primarily supports the H2020 Blue Growth Societal Challenge, you must know that the BlueBRIDGE technologies (also used by iMarine) have been showcased alongside Google during one of the most important event on the international landscape for the fisheries community: the Committee of Fisheries (COFI 2016).

If we have piqued your interest, September and October are the right months to meet us! BlueBRIDGE is organising three different workshops in Latvia, Poland, and France and will be also present at the Bratislava ICT Proposers' Day!


How BlueBRIDGE can effectively support the establishment of a European Open Science Cloud

Research communities, public sector organisations, and private companies - globally and in all sectors - are facing a flood of data unlike anything up to this point. This "Big Data" explosion creates new possibilities to share knowledge and carry out research. However, these new possibilities have not yet been fully exploited because almost all the datasets, models, papers, and statistics produced are usually available exclusively within the community that has generated them. The recent Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, and the European Economic and Social Committee of the regions on the European Cloud Initiative - Building a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe - calls for the establishment of a European Open Science Cloud that “makes it possible to move, share and re-use data seamlessly across global markets and borders, and among institutions and research disciplines”. BlueBRIDGE moves in this direction....

Innovative IT solutions to support Data needs for Blue Growth – Google and iMarine examples

In the context of Blue Growth, there is increasing demand for timely cross-disciplinary data and data management solutions able to support evidence-based decision making. This is a key step towards social, economic and environmental sustainability. Today Blue Growth data needs are only partially met, but there are very promising innovative technologies on the horizon that can help to solve the current issues. During COFI 2016, a side event on innovative IT solutions to support Data needs for Blue Growth took place. This side event presented partnerships and IT strategies of FAO to support informed decision-making for social, economic and environmental sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture...

New BlueBRIDGE Website: Communities, news from the technical team, and much more!

Recently, the BlueBRIDGE website underwent a comprehensive revamp. Beside a graphic revamp, the new website offers new sections that can help users to gain a better understanding of all that BlueBRIDGE has to offer. Have a look, for example, at the pages related to the Communities describing how BlueBRIDGE can serve the aquaculture , ecosystem...