This gateway is an access point to a number of Virtual Research Environments deployed and operated in the context of the iMarine project to support the Ecosystem Approach to fisheries management and conservation of marine living resources. It empowers practitioners and policy makers from multiple scientific fields such as fisheries, biodiversity and ocean observation by ensuring that otherwise dispersed and heterogeneous data is available to all stakeholder communities through a shared virtual environment that brings together multidisciplinary data sources, supports cross-cutting scientific analysis, and assists communication.
Each Virtual Research Environment is a "system" per-se aiming at providing their users with a web-based working environment offering the entire spectrum of applications and facilities (including services, data and computational facilities) needed to accomplish a given task. It offer specialized functionalities for the management, processing, and visualization of scientific data and textual content.
This gateway benefits from the D4Science infrastructure, a Hybrid Data Infrastructure specifically conceived to interface with a rich array of Information Systems, Infrastructures and technologies, and offer them "as-a-Service". Among the Infrastructures and Information Systems bridged by the D4Science infrastructure, the following deserve a special mention: the Catalogue of Life (CoL), the FAO Geospatial Data Catalogue (FAO GeoNetwork), the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS), the Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera (IRMNG), the Marine Species Distribution Infrastructure (AquaMaps), the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS).
The gateway and the D4Science infrastructure are developed and operated by using the gCube technology.
Find out more about the iMarine project, its objectives and the people behind it on the iMarine website.
iMarine is partially funded by the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Programme.