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10 Mar 2022

ANSWERING RESEARCH QUESTIONS WITH EOSC

The European Open Science Cloud aims to grant researchers access to a web of FAIR data and related services. Researchers from anywhere in Europe, in all domains, can consult datasets to help answer pressing research questions as well as create and share new research objects with other research communities.

Recently, Climate Data Scientist Anne Fouilloux and her team were faced with a research question: In France, have there been changes in air quality over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Let’s follow her search for European air quality data analysis, with the help of compute services available through EOSC…

START THE SEARCH

Anne starts off by searching for European air quality monitoring services from Copernicus, the EU’s Earth Observation Programme, in OpenAIRE|Explore.

NOTE: Publications, research data, software, other – all search outcomes are localised in one central location!

CHOOSE A SOFTWARE

Anne has found what she’s looking for: an EOSC Jupyter notebook (a Python-based EGI notebook) with Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring products made available by the RELIANCE project. On the ‘Resource offers’ page, she can check the details on the technical parameters of the service and other services that are compatible with this notebook.

NOTE:

  • 2 services in 1: By clicking on the notebook, she has direct access to a bundle service (EGI notebook and B2Drop). Still, she must configure her B2Drop credentials before she can use the EGI notebook.
  • ‘Try again!’: Haven’t found what you are looking for? At this point, you can always keep scrolling for other notebooks, publications and datasets through the EOSC platform!

SELECT THE NOTEBOOK

Anne is already logged into EOSC (via ORCID) and has requested access to the monitoring data.

REMEMBER: You always need authorisation to access services that appear in your EOSC portal search. You can either sign in directly to EOSC or through your institution’s portal. For Anne, she used her ORCID identifier, but you should check which research PIDs are available with your home institution.

PLACE AN ORDER

Before she can start using the notebook, Anne must place an order to request the service or resources. She places the order and waits for the relevant administrator to grant her access to the service (and, in some cases, the administrator may ask for a reason for a request).

NOTE: Via the EOSC platform, you will not only be able to place your order but also track it directly on the project’s dashboard. Once you have placed an order, you will receive a summary of your order by email and will be contacted once it’s ready for use! Plus: Keep an eye on your mailbox (and spam folder) for updates.

ACCESS & AGGREGATE EU PROJECT RESEARCH

Now, Anne is ready to access and aggregate the RELIANCE project research linked to air quality data monitoring by exploring the ADAM-API and RoHUB-API Python Jupyter notebooks. Once in the RELIANCE project dataset, she has access to a series of pre-filtered air quality mapping datasets and visuals from the Italian Peninsula for 2019-2021.

NOTE: In Anne’s case, there are 2 access paths through EOSC to access the research that she seeks.

  • The ADAM-API platform can be searched for by following similar steps (order and access) as the EGI notebook.
  • Accessing the RELIANCE project platform follows a slightly different path. You will need to go directly to the RELIANCE ADAM platform and authenticate your research profile with your PID.

PERFORM DATA ANALYSIS

Remember, Anne is interested in air quality monitoring data in France…not Italy. She can duplicate the notebook with data from Italy to perform her own data visualisation and analysis of air quality developments in France.

REMEMBER: When you duplicate a notebook, you can change certain variables, e.g., the geographic scope, different years and periods, the geometry. Other selections in the notebook will remain unchanged.

SHARE RESEARCH OBJECT

Once she has saved her research results, Anne can share her work immediately with her team and other colleagues. To publish a new research object, all she has to do is save them in RoHUB and aggregate the resources (as external resources) in a B2Drop folder.

NOTE: For Anne’s specific research question, she needs to get access to the RoHUB service through EOSC.

 

Check out the infographic find out how the EOSC platform can complement your research.

Or contact Anne and her team about the EOSC services mentioned above: annefou@geo.uio.no