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For the scientific community in aerosol sciences that studies atmospheric new particle formation events (NPFEs), this service aims to prototype how the scientific community can be deeply integrated with interoperable Research Infrastructures and e-Infrastructures (unless specified otherwise henceforth referred to as infrastructures). The result is a knowledge infrastructure i.e., a robust network of scientists, artefacts such as virtual research environments and research data, and institutions such as research infrastructures and e-Infrastructures that acquire, maintain and share scientific knowledge about the natural world.
Naturally, the demonstrator is first and foremost of primary interest to a specific scientific community, namely the one consisting of the various aerosol research groups that study new particle formation events. To the best of our knowledge, the globally most renown research group in this area is the one led by Prof. Markku Kulmala at University of Helsinki. Prof. Kulmala and some of the postdocs in his group have been involved in the developments of this demonstrator. Most importantly, postdocs have been actively involved in the development of a conceptualization of new particle formation events and a corresponding concept of the Environment Ontology. Naturally, in its current stage the demonstrator is a prototype to showcase to the scientific and infrastructure communities what is possible using state of the art interoperable infrastructures. A transition in practice from how data analysis is currently done to such infrastructures as demonstrated here requires further work as well as further acceptance by the scientific community. While we think to have reached an important milestone with this demonstrator, we cannot claim to know if and when such a transition will occur, for this scientific community or beyond. Clearer is, however, the imperative of the transition toward a practice as delineated by this demonstrator.