Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance

Research Infrastructures Strategy Meeting

JPIAMR organised a Strategy Meeting on Research Infrastructures (RIs), on 28 October 2015, in Amsterdam/Schiphol, the Netherlands. The overarching aim of the workshop is to devise a plan of approach to (better) share data, collections, samples and re-use them in the AMR domain. As preparation for the meeting, JPIAMR carried a short survey on knowledge about and use of Research Infrastructures (RI’s) within the field of antimicrobial resistance. The survey was open to all scientists and other interested parties who are involved in this field. The answers from this survey will be presented at the meeting.

During the meeting, participants will be guided through discussions surrounding the following topics:

  • What should the vision be – the optimal one and ‘must have’ – which will enable sharing and re-using of data, collections and bio-bank materials within AMR?
  • What would a pragmatic approach be of capturing the various data collections related to AMR?
  • Are there lessons to be learned from other domains, initiatives?
  • What hurdles and barriers exist? And how can we tackle these?
  • What is necessary to ensure and enhance ease of data access and to achieve data consistency across the board?
  • Who are the necessary players to include to accomplish this?
  • How can we increase the awareness of existing databases (next to the mapping exercise Infect-ERA is executing)?

JPIAMR strives to promote open-access to data, research results, and materials. The initiative also wants to reduce research duplication, enhance coordination of research efforts, and advance collaboration between parties, e.g. between scientists and Research Infrastructures (RIs).

The European Commission uses the following definition of Research Infrastructures in relation to its Framework Programme: RIs are ”facilities, resources and related services used by the scientific community to conduct top-level research in their respective fields, ranging from social sciences to astronomy, genomics to nanotechnologies”.

Examples include singular large-scale research installations, collections, special habitats, libraries, databases, biological archives, clean rooms, integrated arrays of small research installations, high-capacity/high speed communication networks, highly distributed capacity and capability computing facilities, data infrastructure, research vessels, satellite and aircraft observation facilities, coastal observatories, telescopes, synchrotrons and accelerators, networks of computing facilities, as well as infrastructural centres of competence which provide a service for the wider research community based on an assembly of techniques and know-how” (1).

RIs may be ‘single-sited’ (a single resource at a single location), ‘distributed’ (a network of distributed resources), or ‘virtual’ (the service is provided electronically). Examples of RIs include the CERN (2), which is the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, as an example of a single-sited European RI. The European Mouse Mutant Archive (EMMA) (3) is a typical example of a so-called distributed infrastructure, consisting of a large scale repository of mouse lines, with nodes in six different countries yet appearing as one unique centre to the users, via a single web interface. Finally the GÉANT high-speed network (4) is one example of an e-Infrastructure initiative launched to facilitate cooperation among researchers.

Apart from the above mentioned European RIs, other research infrastructures also exist which are located in and operated by (European) countries at a national level. JPIAMR is also interested in collaborations with these infrastructures as well.

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