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Success Stories
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EU and Russian researchers develop new software to help coordinate Europe's marine data

With the help of a Russian marine research institute, the EU-funded SeaDataCloud project is further developing infrastructure built to better manage the collection and organisation of marine data across Europe.

Having ready access to marine data is of vital importance for marine research. However, due to the fragmentation of the current marine observing system, getting access can be a challenge. For example, Europe and its neighbouring countries have more than 600 governmental organisations and private labs collecting marine data. Although massive amounts of data are being collected by vessels, submarines, fixed and drifting platforms, aeroplanes and satellites, the data are neither accessible nor standardised – while their validity and security are often questionable.

To remedy this, the EU-funded SeaDataCloud project brought together 111 data centres from countries bordering Europe’s seas and oceans. These data centres all share a commitment to developing a standardised infrastructure for managing the collection and organisation of marine data.

Supporting EU-Russian scientific collaboration
An EU-funded project has fostered in-depth dialogue between Europe and Russia on stepping up scientific collaboration. With a focus on specialised Russian facilities that are of interest to European researchers, it has resulted in a set of practical recommendations on how best to proceed.
 In 2011, Russia announced plans to build six large-scale research facilities in a bid to boost its standing within the global scientific community. This ‘megascience’ projects initiative – focused among other things on construction of a research reactor, a high-power laser and an ion collider facility – sought collaborators from the EU and other potential international partners.
A report by European scientific experts subsequently advised the European Commission that this opportunity held much potential and was worth pursuing.
That is where the EU-funded CREMLIN project came in. At a number of workshops, seminars, training sessions and other activities spanning three years, Russian stakeholders and scientists from most of the ‘megascience’ projects met on a regular basis with European experts and counterparts to lay the foundations for teaming up.
The outcome? Better understanding of each other’s research systems, policies, processes and practices as they relate to large-scale scientific projects, as well as recommendations for boosting cooperation in this realm. Among other things, a knowledge-sharing platform was also set up.
‘CREMLIN has substantially contributed to taking European-Russian collaboration in the area of research infrastructures to a new level by catalysing closer scientific cooperation and paving the way for more effective means to organise it,’ says project coordinator Martin Sandhop of the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY research centre in Germany.

Roadmap for EU - Russia S&T cooperation 2018

The document was adopted in October 2018


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