Blue-Cloud is the thematic entry point for marine research in the growing European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).
This prominent role is underpinned by ensuring interoperability between the Blue-Cloud technical framework and key elements of the EOSC ecosystem, such as the EOSC Portal. The service platform features a range of services and resources that can be used for undertaking world-class science in EOSC by involving leading operational marine research infrastructures and e-infrastructures.
D4Science in the EGI Federation
The technical framework consists of two main components, the Data Discovery and Access Service (DDAS) and the Virtual Research Environment (VRE), which are being fine tuned in collaboration with the marine research community in Europe and beyond.
The VRE is hosted on the D4Science infrastructure, and its core services are used for building and running Virtual Labs.
The D4Science platform has always been well-embedded in the international research community, allowing for seamless access via a range of digital identities. Recently, the VRE has been made accessible via the popular EGI federation of identities – see EGI Check-in – one of the main logins for the wider EOSC ecosystem, and as a consequence Blue-Cloud users can use their Blue-Cloud credentials to access any other EOSC service which recognises the EGI federation of identities.
This marked another step towards making the Blue-Cloud services easier to reach and useful for the marine research community.