Describing a data management plan for your Horizon 2020 proposal


For those interested in submitting a proposal in the next Horizon 2020 calls on Blue Growth, Sustainable Food Security & Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy they have to hurry; these calls have a deadline on 11/6/2015, so in less than one month.

Agro-Know has a long experience in the aforementioned thematic areas, through its involvement in related projects and initiatives; for example, as regards the Blue Growth, we were involved in the iMarine project (mostly through our agINFRA FP7 project as well as the role of our CEO Nikos Manouselis in iMarine’s advisory board) while our collaboration with the Hasselt University (Belgium) during the VOA3R ICT-PSP project brought our attention to the wealth of bibliographic data available in the oceanography, marine science, fisheries and aquaculture context through the OceanDocs repository (among others).… Click to read the full post

The iMarine project: Open access, blue growth and infrastructure


According to the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission, Blue Growth is defined as “the long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole. Seas and oceans are drivers for the European economy and have great potential for innovation and growth. It is the maritime contribution to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth“. The importance of the Blue Growth is obvious, taking into consideration that “the ‘blue’ economy represents roughly 5.4 million jobs and generates a gross added value of almost €500 billion a year“.… Click to read the full post

Why should data-powered small businesses be interested in research e-infrastructures?

Sfakia fisherman

A few days ago, I was invited by the iMarine project team to give a talk on different types of services and tools that may be developed on top of e-infrastructures, as part of their Ecosystem approach to marine and fishery data management workshop that took place as a satellite event of the 2014 edition of the International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI’14).

I have to admit that talking about a topic like “Specialised set of tools and services over an e-infrastructure” seems too boring for a group of great people (like the amazing Christos Arvanitidis from the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research) that are trying to solve really difficult problems like the observation, modelling, documentation and preservation of marine biodiversity and fishery ecosystems.… Click to read the full post