Sa-kwang Song

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29 Sep 2021

Sa-kwang Song

I have been a professor at Dept. of Data and HPC Science at University of Science and Technology in Korea since 2014 and taught Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, and so on. I've also been a principal researcher at Research Data Sharing Center at Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information, a representative government-funded research institute in conjunction with data, network, and supercomputing in Korea, since 2010 and have built a national research data platform, called DataON( In addition, I have been supporting the government for making laws related to Open Data and Open Science. I'm currently focusing on developing open research commons in Korea in federated to the Korean hierarchical research data sharing ecosystem based on DataON.

What is your history with the RDA and what impact has it had on you?

In my research history, RDA has had an impact relatively recently (4-5 years), but I have received direct and indirect information and help from RDA while carrying out research data-related projects for over 10 years. This information and help can provide direction and technical help in carrying out organizational and domestic policies and national projects, so it is possible to receive very practical help in current policies and research related to Open Data as well as Open Science. In addition, social networking and technical advice with RDA experts were able to get practical help in establishing our research data policy and developing technology. In particular, sharing the experiences of various countries enriched my research work and further helped me a lot when collaborating with researchers in various research fields in Korea.

What do you feel you bring to the TAB and what is your experience so far in being a member?

I think that I bring to TAB the knowledge and experience of data-related research such as big data collection/sharing/analysis and artificial intelligence that I have carried out for over 20 years. In addition, I supported them through collaboration with the chairpersons and senior and junior members, shared my knowledge and experience with them, and supported various plenary events to be successful.

Through these experiences, I believe that the RDA society played a role in further activation. Moreover, it was an opportunity to expand my personal knowledge and experience, and above all, it is an important experience as a TAB member to be able to lead a change in the perception of data sharing in Korea. In the future, whether as a member of TAB or a member of RDA, I would like to continue to play a role in delivering my knowledge and experience in various activities related to research data at home and abroad.