Virtual research infrastructures help researchers to work together online. They will differ depending on the software or platform on which they are built, such as a CMS (content management system), LMS (learning management systems) or VRE (virtual research environment) framework.
Virtual laboratories are interactive spaces that enable researchers to collaborate and conduct experiments together. They are digital workspaces that are a virtual equivalent to physical workspace. They occur online in a shared location. They provide the platforms that manage users, applications, access and devices, enabling members to access the systems and tools they need from any device or location.
Purposes of virtual research infrastructure and laboratories