Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) is among the largest research institutions of Earth Sciences in Europe. Its main mission is the monitoring and the study of geophysical phenomena in solid and fluid Earth System components. INGV manages monitoring networks and collects, inspects and disseminates data in the field of seismology, volcanology, geomagnetism, aeronomy, geochemistry and marine sciences. INGV is the reference institution for Italian governmental bodies in the field of geo-hazards. In cooperation with selected Italian universities INGV develops its own program of higher education such as doctoral courses and fellowships. INGV has been and is involved in many EC projects since early ’90, as coordinator or partner. INGV was coordinator of the Preparatory Phase project (EC FP7) of the ESFRI EMSO, European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water column Observatory, a brand new large scale distributed network of seafloor and water column monitoring stations around the European plate from the Arctic to the Black Sea through the North-West Atlantic and Mediterranean. EMSO has been proving continental-scale long-term marine data time-series to support a multidisciplinary approach for the marine environment investigation, following the open access philosophy. EMSO is participated by thirteen countries (Italy, France, Greece, UK, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Germany, Romania, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey) and Italy, through INGV, is currently leading the process for the establishment of the EMSO-ERIC (European research Infrastructure Consortium). Memorandum of Understandings signed by EMSO partners ensure the collaboration with counterpart organisations in Canada and Japan and with other Research Infrasrtuctures (e.g., KM3Net). EMSO partners are presently engaged in structuring the data services for a quick and effective accessibility and usability by the science community and by the policy makers.

In INDIGO the main role assigned to INGV is related to the analysis of the use cases proposed by the Research Infrastructures communities and to the capture of requirements from the user communities not part of the project. INGV is ensuring that the full research data cycle and components are properly supported in INDIGO, and at providing adequate specifications for the compliance with INDIGO. Bringing into INDIGO the interest of the Research Infrastructure community and in general of the Environmental Research Infrastructures sector for the project developments and the results, EMSO participates with a coordination role for the dissemination of the project results towards the Research Communities.