Realizing virtual research environments for the agri-food community: The AGINFRA PLUS experience

Massimiliano Assante, Alice Boizet, Leonardo Candela*, Donatella Castelli, Roberto Cirillo, Gianpaolo Coro, Enol Fernández, Matthias Filter, Luca Frosini, Teodor Georgiev, George Kakaletris, Panagis Katsivelis, Rob Knapen, Lucio Lelii, Rob M. Lokers, Francesco Mangiacrapa, Nikos Manouselis, Pasquale Pagano, Giancarlo Panichi, Lyubomir PenevFabio Sinibaldi

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The enhancements in IT solutions and the open science movement are injecting changes in the practices dealing with data collection, collation, processing, analytics, and publishing in all the domains, including agri-food. However, in implementing these changes one of the major issues faced by the agri-food researchers is the fragmentation of the “assets” to be exploited when performing research tasks, for example, data of interest are heterogeneous and scattered across several repositories, the tools modelers rely on are diverse and often make use of limited computing capacity, the publishing practices are various and rarely aim at making available the “whole story” including datasets, processes, and results. This paper presents the AGINFRA PLUS endeavor to overcome these limitations by providing researchers in three designated communities with Virtual Research Environments facilitating the use of the “assets” of interest and promote collaboration.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere6087
JournalConcurrency Computation
Issue number19
Early online date25 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • agroclimatic modeling
  • food safety risks assessment
  • food security
  • virtual research environment


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