EU network of mesocosms facilities for research on marine and freshwater ecosystems open for global collaboration.


NA3: Breaching barriers to open mesocosm science, including open science tools and data

  Work package leader:  NIOO-KNAW
Contacts:  Lisette de Senerpont Domis
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Task 4.1 Recognising the benefits of open science, including FAIR data
Task 4.2 Reducing heterogeneity of data collection and processing
Task 4.3 Centralised portal for primary mesocosm data collection
Task 4.4 Monitoring and promoting use and re-use of data
Task 4.5 Open mesocosm science evaluation


While the mechanisms behind Grand Challenges (GCs) are influenced by factors at continental and global scales, many RIs, including aquatic mesocosm facilities, have typically operated locally, carrying out curiosity driven basic research on limited number of questions. Bridging this mismatch and effectively investigate stressors on a wider scale would provide tools to better inform national to global measures to tackle the GCs. This requires better communication, harmonization and access to the best research tools combined with effective open science collaboration. To foster this development in the mesocosm community, WP3 aims to build on the fundament from AQUACOSM, but strengthen the networking and training activities to further increase cooperation, communication, co-ordination, while providing more effective support and updated best practice advices.

Thus, the future mesocosm-based research will be shaped by enhanced activities of the AQUACOSM-plus community through provision of support and knowledge transfer to potential new users, specifically targeting less strong mesocosms- based research EU Member States so that EU-wide network of scientific culture can thrive, and reach out beyond globally to complimentary facilities and their users (WP2 and in cooperation with WP5, 8 & 9, Fig.1.1a,b). In order to foster globally comparable studies in the future, WP3 will ensure transfer of standardised best practice knowledge through many open channels. In addition to reports, SOPs, manuals and scientific publications produced in AQUACOSM, WP3 will continue to update these, but most importantly will make use of new media, such as online freely accessible Wiki-publications. Specific focus will be given on the training of young researchers and facility users to maximise the benefit gained from mesocosm-based research both through training in new harmonised operation procedures at all facilities such electronic data acquirement and as real-time DB-upload (WP4) as well as supporting transferral of personal skills by exchange of experienced personnel between facilities to enhance Transnational Access provision (cooperation with WP 8.5 & 9). Thus, WP3 will effectively contribute to build human capital and competitiveness of AQUACOSM-plus partner infrastructures in the European Research Area (ERA) and beyond.


D4.1 Plan for centralized data portal for mesocosm data (M06)

D4.2 Strategy documentation (M12, HCMR)

D4.3 Training video and guidance documentation for TA users (M12)

D4.4 Data management plan version 1 (M12)

D4.5 Online script and protocol library available on the project website and also published to and GitHub for ease of access and to encourage community contribution (M18)

D4.6 Improved metadata portal (M18)

D4.7 Minutes of workshop open Science Benefits(M19)

D4.8 Workflow for allocating DOI’s to TA datasets within a European open data portal (M20)

D4.9 Report of centralized data portal launch. (M24)

D4.10 Workflow for applying for AQUACOSM-plus Open Access fund (M24)

D4.11 Tools for automated QA & QC of data. (M24)

D4.12 Data management plan version 2 (M24)

D4.13 Open mesocosm science evaluation – Intermediate impact report 1 (M24)

D4.14 Virtual Access to near real-time data streams (M26)

D4.15 Online training modules on benefits to open science (M36)

D4.16 Report of the primary data portal status and use for open science primary data collection (M42)

D4.17 Open mesocosm science evaluation – Final impact report 2 (M42)

D4.18 Report on TA data available in European open data portals and the AQUACOSM-plus metadata portal and DOI’s assigned (M48)