ENVironmental Research Infrastructures building Fair services Accessible for society, Innovation and Research



Dr. Markus Stocker


Dr. Markus Stocker


EU (Horizon 2020)


2019 – 2022



ENVRI-FAIR is the connection of the Cluster of Environmental Research Infrastructures (ENVRI) to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The overarching goal is that at the end of the project, all participating RIs have built a set of FAIR data services which enhances the efficiency and productivity of researchers, supports innovation, enables data- and knowledge-based decisions and connects the ENVRI Cluster to the EOSC.


Forschungszentrum Jülich (coordinator), University of Amsterdam and 34 additional partners


Natural and anthropogenic factors lead to environmental changes on all scales from local to global. Understanding and quantification of these changes is a necessary requirement for the development of mitigation and adaptation options and for fact-based decision making. Reliable predictions of environmental change must be based on trustworthy, well-documented observations which capture the entire complexity of the earth system and the manifold interactions between the atmosphere, the land, and the ocean, and the impacts from and onto life in all its forms. Environmental data provides the scientific basis for analysing the physical, biological, and economic processes in the earth system which are affecting all sectors of society as well as wildlife and biodiversity. Easy and fast access to reliable, high quality environmental data is fundamental for research, and for the development of environmental prediction and assessment services, but also for assessing past and defining future policies and the development of environment-friendly innovations. The demand for earth system observation data is rapidly increasing, but the tools to manage, document, provide, find, access, and use such data are still underdeveloped owing to the combination of data complexity and data volumes.

Research Infrastructures (RI) of the Environment Domain as defined by ESFRI cover the main four subdomains of the complex Earth system (Atmosphere, Marine, Solid Earth, and Biodiversity/Terrestrial Ecosystems), thus forming the cluster of European Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures (ENVRIs). ENVRIs are crucial pillars for environmental scientists in their quest for understanding and interpreting the complex Earth System. They are the larger producers and providers of environmental research data in Europe collected from in-situ and space-based observing systems. ENVRIs often contribute to global observing systems and they generate relevant information for Europe and worldwide. The RI facilities were developed to respond to the needs of specific research communities, following individual requirements and methods of specific disciplines. However, the necessity of interdisciplinary cooperation has been evident for decades. Therefore, the ENVRI community has increasingly cooperated within the cluster projects ENVRI (2011-2014, FP7), which paved the way for the ENVRIplus project (2015-2019, H2020). ENVRIplus gathers all subdomains of the Earth system science to work together, capitalize the progress made in the various disciplines, and strengthen interoperability amongst RIs and subdomains.

The overarching goal of ENVRI-FAIR is to implement the FAIR principles in the ENVRI community and connect it to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Common policies, open standards, interoperability solutions, operational services, and stewardship of data on the basis of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable) principles require a common approach. The final goal is to provide the open access platform for interdisciplinary environmental research data in the European Research Area utilising the EOSC.

In ENVRI-FAIR, TIB builds on its expertise in FAIR Guiding Principles and Semantic Web Technologies, and will work on customized consultation and support to RIs for FAIR data service co-design as well as further development of the ENVRI-FAIR Knowledge Base. TIB leads WP7.1 and D7.1.1 and D7.1.3.

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