Collaborative Virtual Research Environment

Themes: Software technology & Intelligent Systems

Early prototype

A TRL is a measure to indicate the matureness of a developing technology. When an innovative idea is discovered it is often not directly suitable for application. Usually such novel idea is subjected to further experimentation, testing and prototyping before it can be implemented. The image below shows how to read TRL’s to categorise the innovative ideas.

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Virtual Research Environments (VREs) are required for efficient collaboration between scientific disciplines to solve societal challenges. Current VREs suffer from data heterogeneity, user experience issues, and data context issues.


This novel collaborative VRE architecture and prototype integrate existing VRE tools, standardized building blocks and workflows where appropriate, and develops innovative new ones where needed. This results in improved VRE usability, interoperability and deployment.


The VRE will be demonstrated for research in various scientific domains, including the environmental and earth science domain (e.g. environmental pollution, climate change, earthquakes), building on 25 real use cases.

Dr. Anneke Zuiderwijk-van Eijk


Yi Yin MSc