First Workshop IODE - Expanding OBIS with environmental data

Mrs Matina Nikolopoulou from the LifewatchGreece core team participated in the First Workshop IODE - Expanding OBIS with environmental data that took place in Oostende, Belgium at 5 - 7 October 2015.

Expanding OBIS with environmental data is a small-scale pilot project. The main objectives of this project are to ensure mixed data sets stay together,  to demonstrate that OBIS nodes, which hold mixed data sets, can collaborate on the joint management and exchange of biodiversity observation data including environmental measurements, and to show what the benefit of this approach is for marine sciences, biological analysis and modeling.

Euromarine Foresight Symposium "Future Coast - Europe"

The Euromarine Foresight Symposium "Future Coast - Europe" ( was held in the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), from the 5th to the 7th of October 2015.
Dr Christos Arvanitidis participated in the symposium and presented an new approach for the integrated management of coastal ecosystems supported by the LifewatchGreece Infrastructure.

The presentation can be found below.

European Researchers' Night

The European Researchers' Night celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015. All the events took place - simultaneously - on 25 September, in 280 cities across Europe and beyond. The Hellenic Centre of Marine Research, again this year welcomed the Researcher's Night at Rhodes island with many games, photography, painting, poster, experiments and visits to laboratories, at the Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes. LifeWatch Greece team participated actively to this event by presenting part of the LifewatchGreece portal, including MicroCT and RvLAB for educational purposes.

Photos fo the event can be found here.

50th European Marine Biology Symposium on Helgoland

The 50th European Marine Biology Symposium ( was held in Helgoland (Germany) between the 21st and 25th of September 2015. Dr Christos Arvanitidis, coordinator of LifeWatchGreece, presented the aims and scope of the project to the congress participants'. In addition, Dr Arvanitidis presented the R Virtual Laboratory (R vLab) and its optimized functions for analysis of ecological community data. Furthermore, one of the sessions in the symposium was dedicated to the EMBOS project ( In that session, Dr Arvanitidis presented an analysis of the structural vs functional patterns in the European soft bottom communities, using data derived from the EMBOS project and the analytical tools of the RvLab.

MTSR 2015: 9th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference

The ninth International Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research (MTSR'15), that was hosted in Manchester Metropolitan University, on 9 - 11 of September 2015, aimed to bring together scholars and practitioners that share a common interest in the interdisciplinary field of metadata, semantics, linked data and ontologies. Dr Panagiotis Papadakos from the Lifewatch Greece Team of FORTH presented "Species Identification through Preference-enriched Faceted Search", a work based on the Preference-enriched Faceted Search system Hippalus. The paper was presented in the "Semantic Web and Metadata Extraction, Modelling, Interoperability and Exploratory Search" session of the conference.

BioCreative V Scientific challenge workshop

Dr. Pafilis Evangelos from the LifeWatchGreece team participated in the BioCreative V Scientific challenge workshop that took place in Seville, Spain during 9-11 September 2015.

The methods EXTRACT, ENVIRONMENTS and SPECIES co-developed by the LWG Literature Mining Vlab and the Center for Protein Research Novo Nordisk Foundation (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) were presented. In particular it was shown how they may be employed for the annotation of metagenomics sample records following Genomics Standards Consortium recommendations.

EGI-LifeWatch meeting

The EGI-LifeWatch meeting was organized by the Competence Center in the Instituto de Física de Cantabria in Santander between the 2nd and 4th of September 2015. During the meeting the progress of the ESFRI construction was analyzed, the next actions were discussed and the following topics were specifically addressed: 1) Pattern recognition tools for Citizen Science, 2) Data flow handling, from the instrumentation to the repositories, 3) Use of R-tools, 4) Workflows: Galaxy and TRUFA.

The LifewatchGreece Project Coordinator, Dr Christos Arvanitidis, presented The R Virtual Laboratory (R vLab) and Mrs Emmanouela Panteri from HCMR also presented the MicroCT Virtual Laboratory (MicroCT vLab). The R vLab and the MicroCT are primary components of the LifewatchGreece Infrastructure, which are currently under development within the context of the LifeWatch ESFRI Project.

Open GIS Symposium

The Open GIS Symposium and Summer School was held in Chania between 20th-24th July 2015 with participants from many countries, mostly European and African. The event started with the Open GIS symposium which included a number of interesting talks on the value and the future of GIS and some posters about recent GIS-related work and applications based on real-life needs. The summer school included an introduction to the geographical data science and then it mainly focused to open source software like QGIS and ARCSWAT. QGIS (Quantum GIS) is a cross-platform free and open-source desktop geographic information system (GIS) application that provides data viewing, editing, and analysis capabilities.

The R vLab in ECODAR

The R Virtual Laboratory (R vLab) was presented to the participants of the ECODAR summer school in Mytilene (Lesbos, Greece) which took place during the 11th of July 2015.
The R vLab is a primary component of the LifewatchGreece Infrastructure, which is under development in the context of the LifeWatch ESFRI Project. The audience included students, researchers, academics, environmental managers and policy makers from many countries around the world.

useR! 2015 in Aalborg, Denmark

Dr. Patkos Theodore and Mr Varsos Constantinos from the LifeWatchGreece team participated in the annual useR! international R User conference conducted in Aalborg during June 30 – July 03 2015. The methodology and infrastructure of the R vlab that was developed within LifeWatchGreece were presented in a multivariate audience, including students, researchers, academics and entrepreneurs from around the world, with different interests, since the conference had a pluralistic thematology. This presentation can be found below.

The annual useR! international R User conference is the main meeting of the R user and developer community. The agenda included both invited and user-contributed presentations: