The distributed eLTER RI will consist of the national and the central services.
The national services (NRIs) perform research and observations and deliver eLTER data, and can be physically, remotely, and virtually accessed by users through the service portal.
The eLTER RI foresees central services of a general nature and service-oriented topic centres and potential other units the eLTER Interim Council might agree on. This planning is currently being further developed and refined in the framework of the eLTER PPP (Preparatory Phase Project). Thus, the below description is tentative.
The eLTER Head Office will provide overall leadership for the eLTER RI and conduct the coordination of major RI activities and coordinate the scientific and strategic planning. It will handle the RI budget, and be the central contact point of the RI towards all its stakeholders. It will perform training and outreach activities and oversee the functionality of the eLTER Service Portal.
The eLTER Services Portal will be the interface and information hub for the eLTER users and provide one-stop access to all eLTER services, such as VA (Virtual Access), TA-RA (Transnational and Remote Access), and all further capabilities of the RI. The eLTER DIP (Data Integration Platform) which is a part of the eLTER Services Portal, will enable all data discovery, analyses, visualisation and download services (including access to all modules of the eLTER IT architecture like the site registry DEIMS-SDR).
Quality Assurance for Data (QAD) will develop, consult and implement the eLTER RI data policy and ensure validity, quality and interoperability of data within the RI, accessibility through the eLTER Service Portal and interoperability with collaborating RIs. It will oversee the implementation of data standards across the RI, quality checks for metadata and calibration and validation of observational data coming from eLTER sites. Other activities will include the creation of eLTER Information Clusters, drawing from a wide range of other sources.
Modelling and Analysis Tools (MAT) will operate a range of modelling and analysis tools accessible through a platform and will create new methods to explore, analyse and present the eLTER network data, including construction of synthesised historic site records, and prediction of future scenarios on the basis of historic and current trends. In collaboration with QAD, it will provide tools to synthesise data products at the network level across Europe and beyond, working jointly with other networks and RIs.
Design, Interoperability and Synthesis (DIS) will ensure research synergies internally and externally. It will oversee the ongoing integration of the eLTER RI network design as well as the close interaction with related RIs. It will also mplement the transdisciplinary research approach advocated by the LTSER component of eLTER RI. It will closely collaborate with MAT and QAD in this regard. Among other activities, it will be interfacing and collaborating with other networks and RIs for co-design and joint management of in situ sites and will organise multi-stakeholder collaborative research programmes.
Technical Innovation and Development (TID) will liaise with industrial partners and public bodies to enable research and development of novel technologies for data capture, analyses and exploitation. Through these collaborations, the RI will explore options to develop new sensors, earth observation, and analytics technologies with a range of partners in the commercial and public sector on the basis of users’ feedback of such equipment and programs.