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International Summer School “Data Management in Environmental & Earth Science Infrastructures: Theory & Practice” July 9 – July 13

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 09:00 to Friday, July 13, 2018 - 12:30

In recent years, one of the major challenges in the Environmental and Earth Science has been managing and searching ever larger volumes of data, collected across multiple disciplines. The ENVRIplus project investigated a collection of more than 20 representative environmental research infrastructures (RIs) from different areas. By examining these research infrastructures and their characteristics, a common data lifecycle was identified. The data lifecycle is structured in five phases: Data Acquisition, Data Curation, Data Publishing, Data Processing and Data Use. Many different standards, approaches, and tools have been developed to support the Data Lifecycle. In particular, modern semantic technologies provide a promising way to properly describe and interrelate different data sources in ways that reduce barriers to data discovery, integration, and exchange among biodiversity and ecosystem resources and researchers.

The course is built as a five-day summer school providing a unique insight into the contemporary debate on Data Management in the environmental and earth sciences.  Leading scientists and experienced technical specialists will address this topic from different angles, attempting to gather what we consider the most interesting perspectives of our time. We offer a cutting edge and high-quality programme, aimed at fostering a rich and lively intellectual exchange.

Learning goal: 

During a five days summer school, leading scientists will be addressing the contemporary debate on the Data Management in the Environmental and Earth Science and on the different approaches adopted by research infrastructures.

Highlight for Day 2, the course will focus on Data Processing on e-Infrastructures, in particular, how to use EGI fedcloud and Jupyter hub service will be introduced.


The Summer School will take place in the city campus of University of Salento, in Building 6 of Studium 2000. Studium 2000 is located at walking distance from the old town and airport bus stop.

Approximate distance: 50 km

By Bus: Take bus COTRAP (the bus stop is on the right of arrival area). The bus takes about 40 minutes and it stops to Lecce at the Foro Boario/City Terminal.

By Air-Shuttle: Shuttle service specialised in transporting passengers to and from Brindisi Airport and their Hotels with rates of 20 euros. You can book your transportation online at


From Bari Airport:

Approximate distance: 150 km

You should take the train from the airport to the central train station and then take the train to Lecce (please visit to check the time schedule).