Master plan to facilitate and encourage access to RIs

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D10.2 Master plan to facilitate and encourage access to RIs
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Project ENVRIplus
Deliverable nr D10.2
Submission date 2019-03-01
Type Strategy

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This deliverable is meant to propose to Environmental Research Infrastructures the key elements that will enable the provision of access for users to the Research Infrastructure’s facilities, resources, and services in the most efficient and sustainable manner. Environmental research infrastructures comprise a variety of research infrastructures offering resources and services are often geographically distributed. Aiming at improving the understanding of the complex Earth system and covering the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and the lithosphere, the distributed nature of the Environmental research infrastructures presents specific challenges and opportunities. Master tools that facilitate access, which are outlined herein, mostly refer to physical and remote access, as virtual access is wide access and requires different tools. The primary focus of this deliverable is, therefore, the access process for physical and remote access.

Tools that facilitate access in the document are derived from work and experience from the Research Infrastructures participating in ENVRIplus, as well as from contributions from distributed service providing infrastructures. Environmental Research Infrastructures provide access to their services and rely on the user`s will and motivation to use them. Moreover, physical and remote access requires additional resources and the staff of the RIs encounter a diversity of tasks in order to make access possible and smooth. The access management plan and data management plan help the staff in the provision of efficient access. Subsequently, the conception of an access provision plan for distributed RIs is challenging. This present deliverable aims at providing advice and information about possible solutions.

Strategies put in place for access to Environmental Research Infrastructures must allow the facilitation of an efficient and effective access process to respond and integrate the user needs towards service-oriented Research Infrastructure operations, taking into account the needs not only of the relevant scientific communities but the society at large. This is especially important for Environmental RIs having the primary aim of providing near real time data and access for Earth observation and forecasting of hazardous events of great immediate societal impact such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and other.

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