Strategic Collaboration Council (SCC)


The Strategic Cooperation Council (SCC) is the integration of CoopEUS Strategic Cooperation Board and Coop+ Open Board. The SCC works to ensure the seamless integration of the strategies developed within the COOPEUS project. The role of the SCC is to give advice, guidance, and direction on the integration process between research infrastructures in the environmental field on both sides of the Atlantic.  The SCC goes beyond an advisory board as it will be composed of representatives of Research Infrastructures (RI) to bring the perspective of organizations that are involved in the development of funding strategies. 

The initial COOPEUS effort was unique among intra- and inter-institutional efforts to foster alignment and integration of environmental research infrastructures. Most efforts take a largely top-down approach to the identification of requirements and fostering cyberinfrastructure re-use and integration. COOPEUS is designed to identify specific research domains that can benefit from efforts to align international cyberinfrastructure. COOPEUS then facilitates the process of doing the work to align domain cyberinfrastructure. Arguably this method is more direct and produces clear results as compared to approaches designed to address cyberinfrastructure integration from a more abstract starting point. 


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Based on the premise that COOPEUS can continue to change positively the landscape of international science infrastructure and with a goal to ameliorate some of the challenges encountered by COOPEUS to date, we propose a short working meeting bringing together COOPEUS principals to review and as necessary redefine the purpose, structure, and activities for a COOPEUS governance framework. Governance is defined as the methods for bringing stakeholders together and aligning their sets of interests in a way that supports the COOPEUS mission. 

As a starting point, we propose a shift in the goal of governance from oversight and management to a goal of creating an appropriate set of activities and governance structures to operationalize, sustain, and foster knowledge sharing in support of COOPEUS mission/goals. More particularly, the SCC should provide the framework and process to catalyze the identification and facilitation of specific joint projects, as well as the identification of new research infrastructures to become potential members, and create a framework for knowledge sharing. Governance should be lightweight and designed to support middle-out engagement of stakeholders.

The exact charge, form, and processes of this entity needs to be defined in a focused and interactive face-to-face process that facilitates the alignment of stakeholder goals, and to identify: What processes need to be in place, the structure, how to operationalize, and how to sustain the activity.

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Calendar of Events

May 8, 2018

OceanBestPractices Webinar

The AtlantOS/NSF/IOC Best Practice Working Group has been building an OceanBestPractices System to provide sustained, open access to ocean observation best practices. This is being done for you in collaboration with well-known networks and institutions. The objective is to provide an easy means of discovery and access to support comparison and broader implementation of our community best practices. A vital part of the implementation process is to ensure community engagement and value from the system, and so they would like to invite you to a one hour meeting on Tuesday 8 May 2018 @ 07:00 PDT, 10:00 EDT and 16:00 CEST to bring you up-to-date with developments, demonstrate the new semantic search interface and discuss next steps and issues.
Please contact if you are interested.

May 14-16, 2018

6th ENVRI Week 

ENVRI week is dedicated to Environmental Research Infrastructures. This 6th ENVRI week will host three Hands-on Workshops and Training events. The events are tailored to different staff working in the Research Infrastructures.
1. Training/Workshop for RI Management staff focusing on how to build a sustainable governance and funding model for your research infrastructure;
2. Communications Workshop, organized for RI communication managers/officers. The WS will focus on sharing best practices and boosting the cooperation with industry by improving RI communications strategies;
3. Workshop for the RI station managers / Station Principal Investigators to share their experiences, challenges, and solutions on operating RI site.
For more information about these three events, either visit this page or download this brochure.

June 6-8, 2018

June 6-8: EARTHCUBE All Hands Meeting

EarthCube welcomes project participants, new PIs, early career researchers and scientists, and all other interested parties to the 2018 All Hands Meeting (AHM) June 6-8, 2018 in Washington DC. The meeting begins on Wednesday morning and ends on Friday after lunch.
Since the first AHM in 2014, the meeting has been a critical opportunity to make connections, communicate advances, and help plan the future of EarthCube. The 2018 AHM, “Platform for Integration,” focuses on the many successes achieved so far by the EarthCube Community. Highlights will feature a demonstration of the pilot registry work (Project 418,) technology integration, how EarthCube defines its own success, and ways to enhance engagement in the scientific community and with external partners.
For more information and registration please visit this page.

June 11-12, 2018

Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Symposium

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the future of the GEO Work Programmes, share knowledge and connect with others from the global GEO community. Anyone working to ensure Earth observations play a central role in decision making across environmental and development domains is welcome to attend. The encourage participation from those already involved in the GEO Work Programme, as well as those interested in getting involved.
For more information and registration please visit this page.

August 5-10, 2018

ESA 103rd Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA

September 12-14

September 12-14: ICRI 2018 - 4th International Conference on Research Infrastructures. Vienna, Austria

September 12-14, 2018

Phenology 2018 Conference. Melbourne, Australia

October 29-November 1, 2018

IEEE eScience Conference. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

November 5-9, 2018

7th ENVRI Week

November 5-8, 2018

RDA 12th Plenary Meeting - part of International Data Week. Bostwana, Africa

December 10-14, 2018

AGU 2018, Washington DC


  • W. Christopher Lenhardt, Chair (Domain Scientist, Environmental Data Science and Systems, Renaissance Computing Institute RENCI, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
  • Dr. Tim Ahern (Director of Data Services, IRIS)
  • Dr. Diana Wall, (Colorado State University, USA)
  • Dr. Pierre-Philippe Mathieu (European Space Agency)
  • Dr. Fiona Grant (Marine Institute, Ireland) [Diarmuid O’Conchubhair, Deirdre]
  • Dr. Ari Asmi (University of Helsinki, ENVRI+)
  • Dr. Francisco Javier Bonet Garcia (University of Granada, COOP+)
  • Dr. Paola Materia (INGV, Italy, COOP+)
  • Dr. Laura Beranzoli (INGV, Italy, COOP+)
  • Dr. Henry Loescher (Battelle-NEON) Ex-officio
  • Dr. Christoph Waldmann (University of Bremen, MARUM) Ex-officio
  • Dr. Ketil Koop-Jakobsen (Marum) Ex-officio
  • Dr. Ulpu Leijala (Finnish Meterological Institute) Ex-officio
  • Ms. Melissa Genazzio (NEON) Ex-officio

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