EPOS: Using Metadata in Geoscience

  • Keith G. Jeffery
  • Daniele Bailo
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 478)


One of the key aspects of the approaching data-intensive science era is integration of data through interoperability of systems providing data products or visualisation and processing services. Far from being simple, interoperability requires robust and scalable e-infrastructures capable of supporting it. In this work we present the case of EPOS, a project for data integration in the field of Earth Sciences. We describe the design of its e-infrastructure and show its main characteristics. One of the main elements enabling the system to integrate data, data products and services is the metadata catalog based on the CERIF metadata model. Such a model, modified to fit into the general e-infrastructure design, is part of a three-layer metadata architecture. CERIF guarantees a robust handling of metadata, which is in this case the key to the interoperability and to one of the feature of the EPOS system: the possibility of carrying on data intensive science orchestrating the distributed resources made available by EPOS data providers and stakeholders.


Research Infrastructure e-infrastructure data integration data intensive metadata cerif epos 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith G. Jeffery
    • 1
  • Daniele Bailo
    • 2
  1. 1.Keith G Jeffery ConsultantFaringdonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.INGV- Istituto Nazionale Geofisica e VulcanologiaRomeItaly

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