Blue-Cloud E-Infrastructures

The Blue-Cloud project brings together a rich range of marine data infrastructures with a series of quality horizontal e-infrastructures and selected marine researchers.

The project capitalises on existing frameworks and resources to develop and deploy the pilot Blue-Cloud as a cyber platform bringing together and providing access to:

  • multidisciplinary data from observations and models
  • analytical tools
  • computing facilities that are essential for key blue science use cases

The horizontal e-infrastructures

They are exploiting already existing resources to develop and deploy the Blue-Cloud framework. The federation happens at the levels of data resources, computing resources and analytical service resources. The Blue-Cloud Data Discovery and Access Service was developed to facilitate sharing with users of multi-disciplinary datasets.


Developing and deploying a Virtual Lab for each demonstrator, which will become part of the Blue-Cloud Virtual Research Environment (VRE) and as such will be made accessible for users.

Blue-Cloud Virtual Research Environment (VRE) has been established to facilitate the sharing and combining of computing and analytical services for specific applications. D4Science is the core platform providing a central VRE with many core services for building and running multiple thematic Virtual Labs.


D4Science promotes Open Science through the operation of a innovative Data Infrastructure service. The D4Science e-infrastructure is at the core of the Blue-Cloud VRE’s. D4Science core services are used for building and running Virtual Labs dedicated to specific research objectives.


The EGI Federation is an international e-infrastructure set up to provide advanced computing and data analytics services for research and innovation.


EUDAT offers heterogeneous research data management services and storage resources, supporting multiple research communities, through its network of academic computing and data centres across 15 European nations, whereby data is stored alongside some of Europe’s most powerful supercomputers. European researchers can preserve, find, access, and process data in a trusted environment, as part of the EUDAT Collaborative Data Infrastructure. One of EUDAT’s main ambitions is to bridge the gap between research infrastructures and e- Infrastructures through an active engagement strategy. It is supported by EU DG RTD and EU DG CONNECT.


WEkEO is one of the 5 Copernicus DIAS (Data and Information Access Services). The overarching objective of DIAS is to enhance access to Copernicus data and information for further use in an efficient computing environment implementing the paradigm of “bringing the user to the data”, as one condition for unlocking the potential value of Copernicus for innovation, science, new business, implementation of public policies and economic growth.