The ERCIM News No.109 featured an article on Virtual Research Environments (VREs), written by Donatella Castelli, Pasquale Pagano and Leonardo Candela, CNR-ISTI & BlueBRIDGE consortium.
The article, titled “Making the development and deployment of Virtual Research Environments Easy and Effective”,  aims to explain what VREs are and how they can enable professionals in different fields to access and use  resources (computing, datasets, services) and boost the collaboration among scientific communities.
To make the VREs easily and effectively usable, the development of a set of interoperability solutions that can interface the VRE services with the subset of existing resources, together with the creation of a set of basic user-friendly services, is necessary.
For this purpose gCube, the open source software toolkit enacting the D4Science e-Infrastructure, has been created. gCube is also exploited to create and operate more than 70 different VREs, which are currently serving more than 3,100 (returning) scientists in 44 countries across a rich array  of diverse communities (usually associated with international projects; BlueBRIDGE is one of this).

Here is an extract of the article:

Making the development and deployment of Virtual Research Environments Easy and Effective - by Leonardo Candela, Donatella Castelli and Pasquale Pagano (ISTI-CNR)

Virtual research environments are emerging as an invaluable tool for scientists, enabling professionals in different fields to collaboratively and seamlessly access and use resources (computing, datasets, services) spread across several providers. This solution is particularly relevant in long-tail science contexts, i.e., when researchers and practitioner communities lack dedicated resources to perform their research. Implementing such a solution requires an approach that is open, flexible, and can easily evolve.”

To read the ERCIM News no.109, click here. 

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