EMBRC collated requirements
Introduction to EMBRC
EMBRC, the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (http://www.embrc.eu/) is a distributed European RI that is set up to become the major RI for marine biological research, covering everything from basic biology, marine model organisms, biomedical applications, biotechnological applications, environmental data, ecology, etc. Having successfully completed a 3-year Preparatory phase (2011-2014), it is now in its Implementation phase (2014-2016), and operation is planned to start in 2016-2017. It has 9 European countries and associated countries as full members, the stations and laboratories of which contribute their facilities, equipment and human capital to the infrastructure.
The main purpose of EMBRC is to promote marine biological science and the application of marine experimental models in mainstream research by providing the facilities (lab space), equipment (e.g. electron microscopes, real time PCR machines, crystallography, lab equipment, equipment for accessing the environments such as research vessels, scientific divers, ROVs etc.), expertise and biological resources that are necessary for carrying out biological research. Users (scientists, the private sector, SMEs) who are interested in working on a particular marine organism can browse through the EMBRC catalogue of labs and facilities and submit an application for visiting one or more sites (from one of the EMBRC member countries). If their application is accepted, during their visit they can either collect organisms using the EMBRC equipment, or EMBRC can collect them for them, and train them on working on them. They can also set up cultures for which EMBRC provides the access, or EMBRC can set them for them. The users can then perform the experiments that they like, depending on the purposes of their research. They can take away the preserved organisms, or they can work in the EMBRC labs to produce the data that they need for their research. The role of EMBRC is to generate data and make it available. It does not usually do any analysis on the data, unless it is contracted to do so. Data is usually generated through sensors in site in the sea or samples that are collected and then measured in the lab.
Apart from ENVRIplus, EMBRC is also involved in the biomedical cluster CORBEL, and in the marine cluster, EMBRIC.
General requirements for EMBRC
EMBRC would like to achieve several objectives through participation to ENVRIplus:
The biggest challenge for EMBRC will be looking at the different standards and workflows of the 3 clusters that it is involved in, and deciding on common ones, both for its member institutes, but also with other RIs across domains to facilitate collaboration.