Institut de Recherche pour le Dévelopement (IRD)

The Institut de Recherche pour le Dévelopement (IRD) is a non-profit government-funded public organisation under the joint supervision of the Ministries of Research and Foreign Affairs. The IRD’s general missions are to conduct research and training with a view to promoting economic, social and cultural development in the Southern Countries. Research performed in IRD covers a wide range of areas and disciplines and addresses major development challenges such as human health, food security, climate change, water resources, vulnerability and social inequality. IRD consists of about 56 research laboratories, operating jointly with academic partners in France, in the French overseas territories and in 35 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean Basin. About 40% of the 2363 IRD's staff (including 854 researchers) is based in Southern countries. IRD has been involved as partner or coordinator in about 80 FP7 projects jointly run with Southern partners and based on an interdisciplinary approach. Specifically, the Research Unit EME (Exploited Marine Ecosystems - 65 permanent staff) hosted in the CRH (Mediterranean and Tropical Fisheries Research Centre) focuses on the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries, the impacts of global change on marine ecosystems, the governance and the exploitation of the latter, and the construction of scenarios for marine ecosystems under anthropogenic and environmental pressures.

IRD will help to bridge the gap between the IT part of the project running and developing the e-infrastructure and some targets of the infrastructure (scientists, students) with low IT skills and strong expectations regarding user interfaces. IRD will help in providing data and models and integrate them in the infrastructure by complying with standards for interoperability and best practices. IRD aims as well at disseminating the infrastructure results in different ways including other projects with its partners (Ocean Observatories for example).


Key members

Dr. Julien Barde has a PhD in Computer sciences (2005, University Montpellier II, France) and a Master in Fisheries Sciences as well as a Master in Spatial Information Management at (Agrocacampus, Rennes, France). The focus of his work is the interoperability of information systems for ecological observations and environmental parameters (applied to marine domain, spatial information and biodiversity. Julien is in charge of Ecoscope project: improving the data management of EME research unit by complying with different standards for data interoperability. He was leader of a data management Work Package for the MACROES (Macroscope for Oceanic Systems) project funded by French National Research Agency (ANR). He was representative of IRD (member of the board) as a partner of the iMarine European research project (FP7): Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources.