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Case study: LifeWatch Italy Phytoplankton VRE
Stanca, E.; Fiore, N.; Rosati, I.; Vaira, L.; Cozzoli, F.; Basset, A. (2020). Case study: LifeWatch Italy Phytoplankton VRE, in: Zhao, Z. et al. Towards interoperable research infrastructures for environmental and earth sciences. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 12003: pp. 324-341. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-52829-4_18
In: Zhao, Z.; Hellström, M. (Ed.) (2020). Towards interoperable research infrastructures for environmental and earth sciences. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 12003. Springer: Cham. ISBN 978-3-030-52828-7. X, 373 pp. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-52829-4, more
In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer-Verlag: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0302-9743; e-ISSN 1611-3349, more
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Author keywords
    Phytoplankton; Virtual Research Environment; Data management

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  • Stanca, E.
  • Fiore, N.
  • Rosati, I.
  • Vaira, L.
  • Cozzoli, F., more
  • Basset, A.

Abstract
    LifeWatch Italy, the Italian node of LifeWatch ERIC, has promoted and stimulated the debate on the use of semantics in biodiversity data management. Actually, biodiversity and ecosystems data are very heterogeneous and need to be better managed to improve the actual scientific knowledge extracted, as well as to address the urgent societal challenges concerning environmental issues. LifeWatch Italy has realized the Phytoplankton Virtual Research Environment (hereafter Phytoplankton VRE), a collaborative working environment supporting researchers to address basic and applied studies on phytoplankton ecology. The Phytoplankton VRE provides the IT infrastructure to enable researchers to obtain, share and analyse phytoplankton data at a level of resolution from individual cells to whole assemblages. A semantic approach has been used to address data harmonisation, integration and discovery: an interdisciplinary team has developed a thesaurus on phytoplankton functional traits and linked its concepts to other existing conceptual schemas related to the specific domain.

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