Common Facilities are part of LifeWatch-ERIC, and comprise the central operations and services required for the core performance of the infrastructure. The Common Facilities include different components, such as the central administration, the core technical engine, workflow and virtual lab builders, system integration of distributed components, the Service Centre, the interaction with scientific and data (user and provider) communities, and the innovation lab. The Stakeholders Board in Budapest on 13th April 2011 approved that Spain, Italy and The Netherlands host the main common facilities.
Spainhosts the Statutory Seat and leads the ICT core. Institutional relationships, including organisations acting as data providers and coordinating monitoring sites, ERIC Administrative, Legal and Financial Services, Coordination of ICT e-Infrastructure, and distributed construction and operations.
Italyhosts the Service Centre and acts as interface with individual biodiversity data generators and specialists on biodiversity research using the facility, coordinating the organisation and coordination of LifeWatch Services for the biodiversity community.
The Netherlandshosts the Research & Innovation Centre coordinating virtual laboratories and innovations.