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					        2008 - LTER-Europe at a turning point
           Status, perspectives & challanges
ILTER




                               Foundation of LTER-Europe, 14th June 2007




             LTER-Europe Natoinal Networks Representatives
                          Conference (NNRC)
                       Sevilla, 21. January 2008

                           Michael Mirtl
                               UBA
                                                       Federal Environment Agency
                                            Technicalities
ILTER




LTER-Europe documents
 Database of documents
 Standardization of document names
     AAxxxvxx_Author/Topic_free_text
     ArchiveIDVersVersNr_Author/Topic_free_text
     I3040v03_Krauze_Research_priorities.pps
     I3035v05_LTER_Bylaws.doc


   Documents of this meeting
     http://www.lter-spain.net/lter-europe/programme.htm
     http://www.lter-europe.ceh.ac.uk/index.htm
     http://www.alter-net.info/




                                                     Federal Environment Agency
        Who are WE? Bodies of LTER-Europe
ILTER




            National Networks
        Representatives Conference
                  (NNRC)

               Co-ordinating
                Committee                            Structure?
                   (CC)                              Governance?



                       EC
                                     Scientific Site Co-ordinator
                                         Conference (SSCC)




                                                          Federal Environment Agency
                   Structure of LTER-Europe
ILTER



         Global
        (I)LTER

    Regional              LTER-Europe
     Groups          (and its LTER-facilities)

    National
    Networks

    Level of                      LTSER          LTSER
  PLATFORMS                       Region         Region

        Level of
         SITES



                                             Federal Environment Agency
                    ILTER: Actors – structures - contexts
 ILTER



NoE: ALTER-Net                   EEA

                                                      ILTERN_Europe
         EU:                                 LTER_A
  EC/DG XII; FP 6                                        (Reg. Group)
                                   LTER_UK
                                    LTER_UK
                                                                                  BALTIC-
                                  LTER_F
                                                              EoI                SKANDIN.
                                 LTER_F                                          Reg.Group

     ?NSF   ILTERN                 LTER_CH
                                    LTER_CH
                                                        Central and                  SF
                                              Eastern Europe Reg.Group:
                                               Central and Eastern Europe Reg. Group
                                                            SK, H, CZ, PL H, CZ, PL
                                                                     SK,
                                                                                   EST, LAT,
   Latin   South     East Asia     North                                           LIT
   America Africa    Pacific       America



                    iltern   NoE     miles    ALTER
                                                       main              Federal Environment Agency
                                                    2007
              Network vs. Spider Web
ILTER

            2003      2007 2008




                                  23
                      17
                                                ILTERN
     ILTERN                            Central/Eastern Europe (8)
Western Europe (5)




              main                      Federal Environment Agency
                                  LTER Time-lapse 2001
     ILTER




                                                   2001
discussion started    W   E
first concepts
network implementation
formal ILTER member




                              ALTER-I3/ M. Mirtl   Federal Environment Agency
                                  LTER Time-lapse 2001
     ILTER




                                                   2001
discussion started    W   E
first concepts
network implementation
formal ILTER member




                              ALTER-I3/ M. Mirtl   Federal Environment Agency
                                  LTER Time-lapse 2002
     ILTER




                                                   2002
discussion started    W   E
first concepts
network implementation
formal ILTER member




                              ALTER-I3/ M. Mirtl   Federal Environment Agency
                                  LTER Time-lapse 2003
     ILTER




                                                   2003
discussion started    W   E
first concepts
network implementation
formal ILTER member




                              ALTER-I3/ M. Mirtl   Federal Environment Agency
                                  LTER Time-lapse 2004
     ILTER




                                                   2004
discussion started    W   E
first concepts
network implementation
formal ILTER member




                              ALTER-I3/ M. Mirtl   Federal Environment Agency
                                  LTER Time-lapse 2005
     ILTER




                                                   2005
discussion started    W   E
first concepts
network implementation
formal ILTER member




                              ALTER-I3/ M. Mirtl   Federal Environment Agency
                                  LTER Time-lapse 2006
     ILTER




                                                   2006
discussion started    W   E
first concepts
network implementation
formal ILTER member




                              ALTER-I3/ M. Mirtl   Federal Environment Agency
                              LTER Time-lapse Feb. 2007
     ILTER




                                                     2007
discussion started    W   E
first concepts
network implementation
formal ILTER member




                                ALTER-I3/ M. Mirtl   Federal Environment Agency
                         LTER Time-lapse June 2007
     ILTER




                                                 2007
Lobbying initiated
Discussion started
First concepts
Network implementation
Formal ILTER member




                            ALTER-I3/ M. Mirtl   Federal Environment Agency
                         LTER Time-lapse January 2008
     ILTER




                                                    2008
Lobbying initiated
Discussion started
First concepts
Network implementation
Formal ILTER member




                               ALTER-I3/ M. Mirtl   Federal Environment Agency
   LTER-Europe process & milestones 2005-2007
 ILTER                                  2005
LTER-Networking within ALTER-Net                                 LTSER Workshop I

Collation of European LTER facilities             Restructuring of ILTER started

Typology of LTER-Facilities                New members: Germany, Lithuania
                                        2006
11 LTSER pilot regions adopted                 ILTER strategic & operational plan
Work on LTER criteria                                           New member: Italy
LTSER Workshop II                                Basic architecture for ecol. data
Filling of LTER Infobase                        LTER-Europe DB on-line (MORIS)
                                        2007
Network structure; job profiles                       2nd & 3rd NNRC, 1st SSCC
Socio-ecological regions stratificat.      Unified regional group LTER-Europe
First bylaws, joint criteria catalogue            Further structuring of site data
Research agenda                                             New member: Finland
Standard observations/parameters                     ESFRI/LifeWatch preparation
                                                               Federal Environment Agency
                       SWOT-Analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses,
    ILTER                              Opportunities, Threats

     Slow internal processes (reasons?)
     Lack of adopted business or management plan (action plan and milestones beyond ALTER-Net)
     No LONG-TERM plan
     Indicators of success and (formal) incentives (performance criteria): THIS could be part of the management plan
     It might become important to be a legal body (are we prepared for that?)
     Common language
     Documenation of activities
     Lack of written material/information on LTER on all levels (from the sites to the continental level)
     Lack of concrete products, including the difficulty to deliver such products at this stage
     Focus too broad
     Lack of information on opportunities (bi-laterally, calls...)
     Lack of training activities (site coordinators...)
     Lack of professional facilitators, communication experts
     No interest in applied science, biotechnology, phytotechnology
     Lack of urban sites in the network
     Un-used potential to detect regional/national/continental trends
     Identification/Representation: concentrated on few key players (should be more inclusive/ broader)
     Internal communication
     External communication
     Lack of data sharing
     Lack of research strategy (common research questions)
     WEB-presentation (up to date)
     Heterogeneity of sites and national organisation(s)
     National networks partly represented by only a few/isolated institutions/persons
     Presence in literature
     Reporting discipline of partners (meta-data, information on activities/projects, data...)
     Lack of established staff explicitly in charge of LTER (networking, site&platform management)
     IT-tools in place for site-documentation, data management
     Still too small (number of sites, research platforms...): lack of coverage: representativity (often a question of language = what is
      meant by “representativity”? – coverage of environmental zones for examplary research on trends and related processes OR
      statistically in the sense of probabilistic sampling)
     Lack of comparable data, methods, parameters




                                                                                                                     Federal Environment Agency
                                               Main fields of activity
     ILTER




ALTER WP I3 task groups                              LTER-Europe: structural
                                                     objectives/ main fields of activity

Conceptual work towards LTER Europe                  Concepts

Communication and internal LTER networking           Communication

Networking on the European level and support         Networking, community building and
of national LTER networks                            training



Case studies and proof of concept                    LTER projects, case studies and proof of
                                                     concept
Portal "LTER-Europe": information on and             Information management, data
access to LTER facilities (LTER-related IT-          architectures and IT tools
Tools, domain ontologies and WEB
presentation)
Strategy and Fundraising for the time beyond         Strategic interfaces and fundraising
ALTER-Net
                                                     Formalization, institution building and
                                                                      Federal Environment Agency
                                                     management
     ILTER
                                             Objectives & tasks


LTER-Europe: structural
objectives/ main fields of activity

Concepts

Communication
                                           LTER-Europe contacts   Harmonization of existing lists of
                                           database               contacts
Networking, community building and                                Delivery of contacts database in
training                                                          EXCEL format for comments
                                                                  Transfer into a relational database or
                                                                  the LTER infobase
                                                                  Database access through the LTER-
                                                                  Europe WEB site
LTER projects, case studies and proof of
concept
Information management, data
architectures and IT tools


Strategic interfaces and fundraising

Formalization, institution building and
                                                                         Federal Environment Agency
management
                       Workflow 1: Project searches for
  ILTER                                 sites&partners

               Criteria for
                required
                  sites
Researcher                                          LTER-
 developing                                       Infobase
FP7 Proposal
                               LTER
                              Europe
                               WEB
                                site

                                                        List of
                                        List of
                                                         site
                                         sites
                                                       contacts




                                                   Federal Environment Agency
                     Workflow 1b: Project searches for
  ILTER                                sites&partners

               Criteria for
                required
                  sites
Researcher                                         LTER-
 developing                                      Infobase
FP7 Proposal



                               LTER
                              Europe
                               WEB                     List of
                                       List of
                                site                    site
                                        sites
                                                      contacts


                                                 create_mail




                                                  Federal Environment Agency
                      Workflow 1c: Project searches for
  ILTER                                 sites&partners

                Criteria for
                 required
                   sites
Researcher                                          LTER-
 developing                                       Infobase
FP7 Proposal                    LTER
                               Europe
                                WEB
                                 site

                                                        List of
                                        List of
               Discussion                                site
                                         sites
                  with                                 contacts
                 LTER
                Science                             approved
               Committee



                                                   Federal Environment Agency
           Workflow 2: Site searching for network
ILTER




                                      LTER-        LTER-
                                    Infobase      Contacts

      Site
 coordinator            LTER
  wanting to           Europe      Sites in      Contacts
   join LTER            WEB           my          in my
                         site      country       country




                                     „Mind maps“
                                    Description of
                                   National Networks
                       National
                        LTER
                        WEB            Linking Overview
                         site                  of
                                       National Network
                                          Federal Environment Agency
                       Workflow across events of the week
       ILTER


           TOPIC                 Preparatory   National Networks   Site coordinators   Excursion   Site coordinators   ALTER I3
                         Date     Meetings
                                    18-20          Reps Conf
                                                       21             conference
                                                                          22              23          conference
                                                                                                          24              25
Strategy, processes, the
"bigger picture" and long term
LTER Europe research agenda


LTER criteria


Communication, division of
tasks, networking, lobbying
and PR


Networking on the European
level and support of national
LTER projects, case studies
and proof of concept
Information management and
tools
Strategic interfaces and
fundraising
Formalisation and governance
structure


Harmonisation/
Standardisation

Planning/ future                                                                                       Federal Environment Agency
                                        By the end of the day
    ILTER


•    We survived
    Bylaws adopted
    Status of national networks assessed (implementation, activity)
    Mind map of national networks checked
    First level criteria for LTER-Europe members adopted
    Editorial groups for Letters of Support & Commitment
    Overview of strategic environm. of LTER-Europe achieved
    Priority workflows for LTER-Europe adopted (incl. proj.proposals)
   Agreed structure of the WEB site and national informations
    Standard observations/parameter: agreed list for further
    specification by SSCC and following national review
    Expert group to develop the LTER-Europe research agenda
   List of responsibles for the interface with other networks
    Adopted working plan 2008 (as nat. netwerks concerned)
   40 filled individual brainstormings (conference questionnairs) Environment Agency
                                                              Federal
           Workflow 3: Support - Commitment
ILTER



                                     „Mind maps“




    Letters of
                               Site co-ordinators
     Support
                                    Institutions
        Letter of Commitment        (National Networks)

          LTER description               Key stakeholders




                                          Federal Environment Agency
         LTER-Europe management plan – contents I
 ILTER

1 PREFACE
2 INTRODUCTION - STRUCTURE AND HISTORY OF MP
2.1   Structure and link with ALTER-Nets programme of work
2.2   SWOT Analyses
3 GOALS OF LTER-EUROPE AND ITS NETWORK OF LTER FACILITIES
4 OBJECTIVES (LONG-TERM STRATEGY)
4.1   Concepts
4.2   Communication
4.3   Networking, community building and training
4.4   LTER projects, case studies and proof of concept
4.5   Information management, data architectures and IT tools
4.6   Strategic interfaces and fundraising
4.7   Formalization, institution building and management
5 ACTION PLAN (ACTIVITIES, TIME TABLE)
6 BUDGET
7 PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
8 THE STRUCTURE OF LTER-EUROPE


                                              Federal Environment Agency
    LTER-Europe management plan – contents II
ILTER

9 STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENT AND INTERFACES
9.1    ILTER
9.2    EEA/SEIS
9.3    UNECE/WGE/ICPs (forests, integrated monitoring)
9.4    UNESCO/Biosphere Reserves
9.5    ESFRI/LifeWatch
9.6    GBIF/TDWG
9.7    GEOSS
9.8    FP7
9.9    Other research calls
9.9.1  Life+
9.9.2  COST
10 GLOSSARY
11 ANNEXES AND DOCUMENTS RELEVANT FOR LTER-EUROPE
11.1   Overview of documents
11.2   Bylaws of LTER-Europe
11.3   Criteria of LTER-Europe
11.4   Design of LTER-Europe
11.5   LTER-Europe contacts
11.6   Memoranda of Understanding for LTER-Europe
11.7   Standard graphs and presentation material

                                                 Federal Environment Agency

				
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