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LifeWatch E-Science European Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (LifeWatch)
Hosting Legal Entity
Estación Biológica de Doñana-CSIC
Americo Vespucio, Sevilla, PO: 41092, Andalucia (Spain)
Type Of RI
Current Status:
Under construction since 2011
Contact Person
Los Wouter
Scientific Description
LifeWatch is a developing e-Infrastructure for research on biodiversity and ecosystems, including their protection, management and sustainable use. The infrastructure includes facilities for data integration and interoperability; capabilities to create workflows of analytical and modelling tools; and a Service Centre providing special services for scientific and policy users, including training and research opportunities for young scientists. Its Grid-enabled design supports access to, and the integration of, external resources such as data from associated infrastructures and distributed computational capacity from high performance clusters. User groups may create their own e-laboratories or e-services within the common architecture of the infrastructure. LifeWatch enables distributed large scale and collaborative research on complex and multidisciplinary problems.

RI Keywords
Biodiversity, Integration models, Data, Environment, Ecosystems, E-Infrastructures
RI Category
Distributed Computing Facilities
Natural History Collections
Data Mining and Analysis (Methodological) Centers, including statistical analysis
Earth Observation satellites
Conceptual Models
Earth, Ocean, Marine, Freshwater, and Atmosphere Data Centres
Genomic, Transcriptomic, Proteomics and Metabolomics Facilities
Agronomy, Forestry, Plant Breeding Centres
Systems Biology/Computational Biology Facilities
Research Data Service Facilities
Software Service Facilities
Data Archives, Data Repositories and Collections
In situ Marine/Freshwater Observatories
Scientific Domain
Information Science and Technology
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Biological and Medical Sciences
Data integration

Biodiversity data services in other facilities can be accessed. Data from different origins integrated for use.

Service Centre

Centralised support services for end-users.

Workflows for data analysis and modeling

Users may benefit from or create workflows for processing (analising or modeling) selected data sets.

Virtual Laboratories

Users can subscribe to or construct Virtual Laboratories allowing for data discovery, data integration and processing, together with a suite of collaborative tools.

Virtual Laboratories

Virtual Laboratories allow users to collaborate on-line while exploiting data resources, data processing and analytical and modeling facilities, together with computational capacity.

Societal Grand Challenges
Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials
Secure, clean and efficient energy
Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine research and the bio-economy
National Public Funding Organisations
Junta de Andaluciá
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) [Italian National Research Council]
Nederlandse organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) [Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research]
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) [Spanish National Research Council]
FP7 (Infrastructures)
EU Structural Funds
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (MINECO) [Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness
Date of last update: 20/06/2013