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Frontier environmental research increasingly depends on a wide range of data and advanced capabilities to process and analyse them. The original ENVRI project, "Common Operations of Environmental Research infrastructures" (2011 - 2014) was a collaboration in the ESFRI Environment Cluster, with support from ICT experts, to develop common e-science components and services for their facilities. The results are intended to speed up the construction of these Environmental Sciences research infrastructures and to allow scientists to use the data and software from each facility to enable multi-disciplinary science. The work is continuing (2015 - 2019) as part of the ENVRIplus project "Environmental Research Infrastructures Providing Shared Solutions for Science and Society".

The focus is on developing common capabilities including software and services for environmental and e-infrastructure communities. While the Environmental Sciences research infrastructures are very diverse, they face common challenges including data capture from distributed sensors, metadata standardisation, management of high volume data, workflow execution and data visualisation. Common standards, deployable services and tools will be adopted by each infrastructure as it progresses into its construction phase.

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