1st International Workshop on
Interoperable infrastructures for interdisciplinary big data sciences

(IT4RIs 15)

in conjunction with

11th IEEE International Conference on eScience


workshop flyer


 September 3, 2015, Munich, Germany

(Submission deadline extended to May 10 25, 2015)


Aims and scope

Research infrastructures are expected to become important pillars not only for supporting their own communities, but also for inter-disciplinary research.  This requires policies, models and e-infrastructure to optimize technological implementation, define workflows, and ensure coordination, harmonization, integration and interoperability of data, applications and other services between research infrastructure initiatives in the specific thematic area. This workshop focuses on practical aspects of research infrastructure design, development, operation and user community support. The workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers and developers to exchange the latest experience and research ideas on requirements and on building common operations, interoperability solutions, semantic linking framework and data/service harmonization that support interdisciplinary big data sciences.



Authors are invited to submit original manuscripts that demonstrate current research on a broad range of topics related to interoperable infrastructures for interdisciplinary big data sciences, including but not limited to:

·      Research community requirements and support

·      The nature and potential of data-intensive (interdisciplinary) scientific methods

·      Strategies for linking and reusing combinations of simulation-result and observational data

·      Research Infrastructure reference model

·      Semantic linking among research infrastructures

·      Interoperable data citation and identification

·      Data harmonization

·      Interoperable data processing workflows and provenance

·      Interoperable data and service catalogues

·      Interoperable infrastructure operation including policy and security models

·      Interoperable infrastructure trust models

·      Interoperable data access and transport services

Paper submission and publication

The papers must follow the IEEE 8.5"x11" two-column format, and submit via online submission system. We welcome full papers (up to 10 pages, substantive work) and short papers (up to 6 pages, work in progress). Submissions will be carefully evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of expression. An author of each accepted paper is required to register and present the paper in the workshop. Accepted papers will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press, US. Selected high quality papers will be considered for a special journal issue.



Program (draft)


Session 1: Interdisciplinary sciences and applications (90m, Zhiming Zhao)

      Opening (10 minutes)

      Key note speaker (50), Peter Wittenburg, Data fabric and infrastructure interoperability

     (30) James Myers, Towards Sustainable Curation and Preservation: The SEAD Project’s Data Services Approach


Session 2:  Infrastructure services (90m, Daniele Bailo)

     (30) Gary McGilvary, Enhanced Usability of Managing Workflows in an Industrial Data Gateway,

     (20) Regina Braga, A Semantic Peer to Peer Network to Support e-Science  

     (20) Paul Martin, Open Information Linking for Environmental Research Infrastructures

     (20) Qi Zhang      WIP: Provenance Support for Interdisciplinary Research on the North Creek Wetlands


Session 3: Interoperable infrastructure engineering (90m, Malcolm Atkinson)

     (30) Daniele Bailo, Interoperability oriented architecture: the approach of EPOS for Solid Earth e-Infrastructures

     (20) Patrick Huck, A Community Contribution Framework for Sharing Materials Data with Materials Project

     (20) Antonio Giardina, Multi-Node Multi-Agent Cloud Simulation: Approximating Synchronisation

     (20) Zhao Zhiming, Reference Model Guided System Design and Implementation for Interoperable Environmental Research Infrastructures


Session 4: Interoperable infrastructure and interdisciplinary sciences: challenges and future directions (90m, Malcolm Atkinson)

     (20) Short presentations: requirements and expectations from Research Infrastructures

     (60) Panel discussion

     The panel will explore the extent to which Research Infrastructures really have common requirements and the feasibility of meeting these with shared solutions. This will be addressed through questions such as:

1.     What are the requirements your Research Infrastructure has that you expect to be met by a shared solution for common problems? Follow up: Which other Research Infrastructures will you share that solution with?

2.     Is the culture in your community open to such sharing? Follow up: How quickly will investment and training open up (or close) this opportunity for sharing?

3.     How widely do you expect shared solutions and methods to be adopted? Follow up: How widely would they need to be adopted to be economically sustainable?

4.     Do you see emerging technical solutions or services that will meet these needs? Follow up: How will their deployment, support and maintenance be funded?

5.     Is there an identifiable path for your research and support community from your current working practices to such a solution? Follow up: What would the first step be and when will you take it?

     On the day different questions will be used, partly shaped by the day’s presentations, but these indicate the gist of the discussion. The discussion will be recorded and we will distil insights about the future form of shared Research Infrastructure ICT solutions.

     Panellists: to be invited.

    (10) Closing


Important Dates

       Submission deadline: May 25, 2015

       Notification: June 10, 2015

       Camera ready: July 24, 2015

       Workshop: September 3, 2015


Programme committee

       Adam Belloum, University of Amsterdam, NL

       Alessandro Spinuso, Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut, NL

       Alex Vermeulen, Lund University, SE

       Andrew Jones, Cardiff University, UK

       Anneke Zuiderwijk-van Eijk, Delft University of Technology, NL

       Ari Asmi, University of Helsinki, FI

       Cees de Laat, University of Amsterdam, NL

       Chee Sun Liew, University of Malaya, MY

       Damien Lecarpentier, CSC IT center for science LTD, FI

       Donatella Castelli, National Research Council, IT

       Federica Magnoni, INGV, IT

       Hai Jin, Huazhong Scientific Technology University, CN

       Ian Taylor, Cardiff University, UK

       Ingrid Mann, EISCAT ERIC, SE

       Jean Daniel Paris, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, FR

       Jian Cao, Shanghai Jiaotong University, CN

       Mairi Best, EMSO ERIC, IT

       Paola Grosso, University of Amsterdam, NL

       Paolo Laj, the Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement (LGGE), FR

       Peter van Tienderen, University of Amsterdam, NL

       Ricardo Graciani, University of Barcelona, ES

       Rosa Filgueira, University of Edinburgh, UK

       Sandra Gesing, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, US

       Vlado Stankovski, Univerza v Ljubljani, SI

       Werner Kutsch, ICOS Headoffice, FI

       Wo Chang, National Institute of Standards and Technology, US

       Wouter Los, University of Amsterdam, NL

       Yannick Legre, Egi.eu, the NL



Dr. Zhiming Zhao
email: z.zhao@uva.nl

Tel: +31 20 5257599

Fax: +31 20 5257490

www: staff.fnwi.uva.nl/zzhao

Informatics Institute, University of Amsterdam
1098SJ, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Prof. Malcolm Atkinson
email: Malcolm.Atkinson@ed.ac.uk 

School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK


Prof. Keith Jeffery
Email: Keith.Jeffery@keithgjefferyconsultants.co.uk 

Natural Environmental Research Council, EPOS Project, UK