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CSC supports the national FIN-EPOS consortium in data management

EPOS-ERIC (European Plate Observing System - European Research Infrastructure Consortium) is a distributed research infrastructure for Earth science in Europe. EPOS brings together European Earth science observing systems to form a single, coherent observation network, whose geophysical data is collected from a single network service.

The aim of the observing system is to gather data and knowledge on movements in the European Plate and ongoing geological-geophysical processes as well as natural disasters and other socioeconomic impacts related to them.

The national FIN-EPOS consortium is a joint community of universities and research institutes with a task of maintaining geophysical observatories and laboratories in Finland. The consortium serves as a national observing and laboratory system within the EPOS-ERIC research infrastructure as well as a research coordination organization. The FIN-EPOS project is coordinated by the University of Helsinki Institute of Seismology.

– EPOS promotes the joint use of Earth science data in Europe by making new data available, standardizing file formats and building joint metadata structures.  This opens up entirely new opportunities for conducting research on geological processes regardless of time or place, both within Europe and Finland, explains consortium head Annakaisa Korja of the University of Helsinki Institute of Seismology.

The umbrella organization EPOS-ERIC was founded after comprehensive preparation at the end of 2018. FIN-EPOS participated in its preparatory phase. Finland is making its own preparations to become a full member of EPOS-ERIC in 2020. Steps toward gaining membership have been taken by, for example, updating the annexes to the FIN-EPOS consortium agreement to bring them in line with EPOS-ERIC requirements.

CSC's role is to support the consortium in the planning and implementation of data management.

– CSC has consierable expertise in the management of research data and development of international data services. Our goal is to make European databases even more accessible to Finnish research and raise the profile of national research, says Program Director Antti Pursula of  CSC.

FIN-EPOS' observation data will be sent to international data centers and the European EPOS data center. Through the FIN-EPOS portal and website, Finnish researchers, students, authorities and citizens may visit the EPOS website, where they will have access to extensive multidisciplinary research data. EPOS data is primarily open and free of charge to all.

FIN-EPOS consortium partners:

  • University of Helsinki (Institute of Seismology, Geophysics Research Laboratory)
  • Finnish Meteorological Institute
  • Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)
  • CSC – IT Center for Science
  • National Land Survey of Finland, Geospatial Research Institute (FGI)
  • University of Oulu (Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory, Oulu Mining School, Kerttu Saalasti Institute)
  • VTT-Mikes (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
  • Aalto University

Further information

Program Director Antti Pursula, CSC
+358 (0)50 381 9537, antti.pursula at csc.fi

FIN-EPOS consortium homepage www.helsinki.fi/fin-epos