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Issue n. 02 | April 2017  |
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Keith Jeffery | BGS, UK
Daniele Bailo |
INGV, Italy
Kuvvet Atakan | UiB, Norway
Matthew Harrison | BGS, UK

ICS-C (Integrated Core Services-Central) is the heart of EPOS; it provides end-users with their view of what EPOS has to offer and it allows TCS...

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ESM and RRSM - two world class strong motion databases for seismologists and engineers

Lucia Luzi, Alberto Michelini,
Rodolfo Puglia
INGV, Italy
John Clinton, Carlo Cauzzi | SED - ETHZ, Zurich
Reinoud Sleeman | KNMI, The Netherlands

Seismic strong-motion data play a fundamental role in Seismology and Engineering Seismology.

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The H2020 Marie Sklodowska - Curie CREEP Innovative Training Network meets EPOS

Andrea Tommasi | CREEP Project Coordinator, University of Montpellier, France

Last February, in Rome, the H2020 Marie Sklodowska - Curie CREEP Innovative Training Network met EPOS. But, let's start from the beginning…

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Dear EPOS community,
We are glad to announce that on February the 24th, 2017 during its 8th meeting in Warsaw the Board of Governmental Representatives endorsed EPOS to proceed with the STEP 1 submission of the EPOS ERIC establishment.
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EPOS @ the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017


EPOS will be at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017 that will be held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) (Vienna, Austria) from the 23rd to the 28th of April 2017.
EPOS will lead a co-organized session on Integrated Research Infrastructures and Services in Geosciences (SM5.1/ESSI2.10/GI1.6), on Monday
24th April 2017, 08:30–12:00 | Room 0.96
Download here the EPOS Session programme.

You can find here other relevant sessions of interest for EPOS.
Visit the EPOS stand #112 and #113 at Green Level 1, First floor.
Here you can meet and talk to people about the topic of your specific Research Infrastructure, or project or be informed by the EPOS achievements. In the booth will be organized “demonstrator sessions” by the EPOS community to present their Research Infrastructure, services or other specific topic.
Download here the talk programme.

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Integrated Core Services (ICS) system demonstrator in Prague Integration Workshop

Kuvvet Atakan, Daniele Bailo, Keith Jeffery and Matt Harrison

During the EPOS-IP Integration Workshop in Prague WP6 and WP7 held an IT-team meeting for consolidating the efforts on interactions with the Thematic Core Services Services (TCS) and finalising the Integrated Core Services (ICS) demonstrator to be presented to the plenum.

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The EPOS website has been greatly enhanced by implementing new sections dedicated to the 10 thematic communities involved in the project. The  TCS web pages have been finalized and published the the first week of May 2017.
These sections are as 10 TCS dedicated web sites: actual web sites in the website, allowing each community to communicate their specific services, data and information, with personalised style, independent content input, smoothly integrated in the overall website concept.
The EPOS webmaster (PMO-INGV team and TRUST-IT staff) has created the structure and populated the pages with the material provided by each TCS. The EPOS webmaster has, furthermore, organized on April the 4th, 2017 an online webinar for all EPOS TCS communication contacts persons (and proxies) to learn how to use the EPOS Drupal platform website; they will be the responsible of the updating of the contents.

Visit the EPOS website to be updated on the detailed scientific content specific to each of the community and their goals, achievements and scheduled events.

IS-EPOS Platform Workshop on May 12, 2017 in Potsdam, Germany
Thematic Core Service Anthropogenic Hazarads announces its workshop on "IS-EPOS Platform" to be conducted on May 12, 2017 in Potsdam, Germany.
During the workshop the TCS will present the e-research platform that allows to perform the online research on triggered and induced seismicity.
The workshop highlights the practical benefits of integrated EPOS e-research environment.
It unveils to the participants the educational elements of the developed research platform, and provides information on the available scientific data and resources related to anthropogenic seismicity. During the workshop, all participants will have an opportunity to learn how to use the available data and data services to study the anthropogenic hazards related to triggered and induced seismicity available at IS-EPOS platform.
The workshop targets primarily at Master and PhD students, as well as anyone interested in learning how to perform the e-research studies using the developed IS-EPOS Platform.
The EPOS IP Harmonization Meeting in Milan, 16 - 18 May 2017
The EPOS IP Harmonization Meeting will be held at INGV in the city of Milan (Italy) from the 16th until the 18th of May 2017.
The aim of this meeting is the harmonization of metadata and parameters included in the EPOS Thematic Core Services. This will be done for those Data, Data products, Software and Services (DDSS) that involve seismology and are common to other TCSs.
More information here.
Next EPOS IT hackathons: May 9th to 11th in Bergen and September 11th to 15th in Rome, save the dates!
The EPOS IT team has scheduled two important events in the following months trying to maximise interaction and synergies between EPOS and other initiatives such as ENVRIplus and VRE4EIC. The IT hackathons will be: the EPOS IT Team Meeting in Bergen on May 2017 and the EPOS-ENVRIplus-VRE4EIC IT meeting in Rome on September 2017.  
Visit the EPOS website to have additional information about the EPOS IT Team Meeting in Bergen and about the second IT hackathon.

WP14 Annual Meeting in Potsdam, Germany
Thematic Core Service Anthropogenic Hazards will have a two-day meeting in GFZ, Potsdam, Germany to be held from 11th to 12th of May 2017. The annual meeting will be preceded by IPR & Data Policy Group meeting (09.05.2017) and followed by IS-EPOS Platform Workshop (12.05.2017). During two days of annual meeting, it is expected to discuss all crucial issues concerning legal & governance, validation and further steps of integration.
SERA project kick-off meeting in Zurich, May 31st - June 1st 2017
SERA – Seismology and Earthquake Engineering Research Infrastructure Alliance for Europe – is a European project starting in spring 2017 for a duration of three years. SERA was granted by the EC-H2020 program for Integrating Activities for Advanced Communities (INFRAIA-01-2016-2017), and it builds on precursor projects like NERA, SHARE, NERIES, SERIES. The project will allow to develop Networking Activities, Joint Research Activities, Virtual Access and Trans-national Access to earthquake engineering facilities. 
SERA and EPOS-IP will run in parallel, giving SERA the capacity to develop building blocks for EPOS in the areas of seismology, anthropogenic hazards and seismic engineering. The SERA kick-off meeting will gather the 31 participating institutions at ETH-Zurich (leading partner) on May 31st and June 1st 2017.

TREES lab (Laboratory for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering and Seismology
The 2nd EPOS BNSR meeting, Athens, 6 - 7 June 2017
The EPOS IP Board of National Scientific Representatives (BNSR) will meet for the second time in Athens (Greece) the 6th and the 7th June 2017. The meeting will take place right before the EPOS Board of Governmental Representatives (BGR) meeting.
The main goal of the meeting is to discuss the TCS-ICS Validation methodology, criteria and timeline that the EPOS Project Development Board (PDB) and EPOS Service Coordination Board (SCB) have finalized and that the BGR has to approve.
The  validation process is aimed at identifying the Data, Data-products, Services and Software (DDSS) elements that will enter into the pre-operation and testing phase in fall 2018. Validation involves technical, legal, governance and financial eligibility. The EPOS PDB, SCB and IPC have already discussed the methodology and the criteria.
The validation process will last one year: October 2017 – September 2018. Three validation checkpoints have been proposed: October 2017 (launching validation), February 2018 (intermediate validation) and September 2018 (closing validation).
9th EPOS Board of Governmental Representatives meeting, Athens, 7 - 8 June 2017
The 9th EPOS Board of Governmental Representatives meeting will be held on June the 7th and  8th, 2017 in Athens (Greece).
The meeting will mainly focus on the following key points:
  • the ICS-C hosting in the ERIC framework;
  • EPOS response to ESFRI evaluation;
  • approval of the TCS-ICS Validation methodology, criteria and timeline;
  • status of EPOS Business plan to move toward Step2 submission;
  • discuss any changes to the Statutes suggested by the European Commission and/or Member countries for the Step2 submission.
A further BGR meeting is envisioned in the Fall of 2017 to approve all documents required for Step2 submission.

Please visit the EPOS website to remain informed.
Virtual Research Environments, Science Gateways and Virtual Laboratories
Keith Jeffery, BGS, UK | Daniele Bailo, INGV, Italy

A debate is currently active, mostly between some of the major players in the field of Virtual Research Environments, i.e. VRE4EIC and other European project teams.

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Editor in Chief: Silvia Filosa (INGV, Italy)
Scientific Committee: Grzegorz Lizurek (IGF PAS, Poland), Nataša Ravbar (ZRC SAZU, Slovenia)
Graphics: Barbara Angioni (INGV, Italy), IT Support: Luca Postpischl (INGV, Italy)

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 676564 

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