Virtual Research Environment IG (VRE-IG)


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Timea Biro
TAB Liaison: 
Rainer Stotzka
IG Established

VREs are synonymous with Science Gateways (SGs) in the USA and Virtual Laboratories (VLs) in Australia, and are increasingly being used to support a more dynamic approach to collaborative working across the internet. The proposed VRE-IG will explore all aspects of existing and planned future VRE/SG/VLs with the aim of moving towards common policies and best practices, such as those now being promoted by the European EOSC, the US XSEDE and the Australian NRDC. There is currently no coordination of the development of the underlying architectures, as well as specifications for components and interfaces in any of these initiatives, nor is there any agreed best practice way to connect to the major research infrastructures, in particular data to compute resources. Likewise there is also no mechanism for sharing best practice, skills, tools and software that connect tools to data in online environments that could ultimately allow these individual VREs to interoperate on a global scale. The goal is to create "building blocks" of common data infrastructures and building specific "data bridges" to enable online sharing and in situ processing of data. The US SGCI - started in August 2016 - starts to work on these challenges for the US and will closely collaborate with this IG.


The VRE IG will aim to act as a longer-term organization responsible for tracking and contributing to the evolution of VRE/SG/VL technologies, particularly as they relate to data access. It will also seek to engage with those seeking to make use of these online technologies in an effort to identify the necessary technical aspects, social and community building practices, required skills, as well as governance issues and best practice required to support a more coordinated approach to the development of the collaborative environments that enable data sharing and in situ online processing.


The proposed VRE-IGgroup is in effect, an ‘umbrella group’ would bring together:

  1. Those initiatives that are actively developing VRE/SGs/VLs internationally;

  2. Representatives of the common e Infrastructure (eIs) services e.g.,  European Data Infrastructure (EUDAT); European Open Science Cloud (EOSC); US XSEDE; and the Australian National Research Data Cloud (NRDC); and

  3. Specific RDA groups (e.g., software citation, metadata IG, Versioning IG, etc.) that are developing outputs that themselves are best practice inputs to groups developing VREs.

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Recent Activity

29 Jun 2018

Gateways 2018: Early-bird rates until August 6; register by Fr., Sept. 7

Gateways 2018
Tuesday through Thursday, September 25–27, 2018
Hosted at the University of Texas, Austin

Science gateways connect components of advanced cyberinfrastructure behind streamlined, user-friendly interfaces. Join gateway creators and enthusiasts to learn, share, connect, and shape the future of gateways.

20 Jun 2018

Science Gateways Bootcamp: Deadline now 6/29 + 6/27 Webinar "Takeaways from Bootcamp"

The deadline for the next Science Gateways Bootcamp, taking place August 13-17, 2018 in Chicago, IL, has been extended to June 29, 2018!

Want to learn more about what the Bootcamp offers? Trying to figure out how the Bootcamp might benefit you or someone you know?

01 May 2018

SeedMe workshop: Collaborative data sharing infrastructure for researchers

SeedMe workshop: Collaborative data sharing infrastructure for researchers

Date: Aug 24, 2018 (9am - 5pm PDT)

Venue: San Diego Supercomputer Center

Max attendees: 25 (20 spots available as of May 1, 2018)

Workshop information:

Workshop abstract:

30 Apr 2018

Gateways 2018 Call for Participation: Extended to May 16!


The deadline for the Gateways 2018 Call for Participation has been extended to May 16, 2018.

Gateways 2018 (September 25-27, at the University of Texas at Austin) is accepting submissions of papers, demos, tutorials, and panels (2-4 pages) on the topic of science or engineering gateways.

02 Apr 2018

Virtual Research Environment Sessions at EGU

Dear all
For those of you going to EGU, these sessions, ESSI2.4 Virtual Research Environments: creating online collaborative environments to support research in the Earth Sciences and beyond (co-organised with American Geophysical Union) may be of interest.
The Orals are on Thursday, 12 Apr, 15:30–17:00 in Room M2
The Posters are on Wednesday, 11 Apr, 15:30–17:00 in Hall X3, poster numbers X3.25 to X3.33
Take care

22 Mar 2018

Follow-Up to Session on Skills: Mini Science Gateways Bootcamp at IWSG 2018!

Here's a great opportunity to sharpen those skills you learned during today's session! The Science Gateways Community Institute is offering a "mini" version of Science Gateways Bootcamp, colocated with the International Workshop on Science Gateways (IWSG) 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

21 Mar 2018

RE: [vre_ig] Meeting of VRE-IG is coming up on Thursday at the RDA 11th...

Hi Daniele
All slides will be on the VRE-IG pages of the RDA website after the meeting.
Best wishes
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19 Mar 2018

Meeting of VRE-IG is coming up on Thursday at the RDA 11th Plenary

Dear all,

It's our pleasure to announce that the Virtual Research Environment Interest Group has been endorsed and that we will have a meeting at the RDA 11th Plenary on Thursday in the Breakout 5 (13:30-15:00) in Room A03. 

The main theme of the meeting will be "Virtual Research Environments – How do I find them and what skills do I need to build and use them?"