LifeWatch (e-Science infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research) is a research infrastructure proposed by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). LifeWatch itself is not an infrastructure generating data, but an environment, mainly for the biodiversity community, for discovering, processing, modelling and collaborating on data (including software tools).

The LifeWatch Reference Model provides guidelines and specifications for an infrastructure based on proven concepts and standards.

Based on the ORCHESTRA Reference Model which itself extends the OGC Reference Model and complies with the INSPIRE Directive and Implementation Guidelines, the LifeWatch Reference Model addresses both syntactic and semantic interoperability for managing information across data models, data sets, services and workflows.

We are happy to announce the launch of the website of the Marine LifeWatch Virtual Research Environment.

The Marine LifeWatch Virtual Research Environment (VRE) aims to bring together some highly relevant marine resources, data systems, web services, online tools, etc. into one environment in the context of LifeWatch. The LifeWatch Marine VRE portal is organized in three interlinked sections: Access, Analyze and Develop.

The Access section describes a range of data bases and data systems offering data on species names, traits, distributions, genes, etc. All resources were developed or are being maintained in the framework of LifeWatch.

The Analyze section gives an overview of online tools for data analysis. For each tool it is described which LifeWatch resources and/or web services are used.

Within the Develop section it is explained how to build your own marine virtual lab making use of a range of available web services that access and process data. Here information is given about what web services are, where to find the web services, how to access the web services, and how to connect web services into workflows.

EU BON will adopt the LifeWatch concepts and Service Model to enhance interoperability for data, protocols and services and to promote syntactic and semantic interoperability between services and applications.

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