Large Scale Data Projects meet RDA - RDA 5th Plenary Session

Location: San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)  view the shuttle service schedule below or driving directions

2:00 - 2:15 Opening remarks, setting the tone and direction by Ed Seidel, NCSA

2:15 - 3:30

Full talks session 1 moderated by Larry Lannom, CNRI


2:15 - 2:30 Keith Jeffrey, EPOS: A large scale distributed Heterogeneous Research Infrastructure for GeoScience

2:30 – 2:45 Tobias Weigel,Identifier support in the Earth System Grid Federation

2:45 – 3:00 Mark van de Sanden EUDAT - towards a pan-European Collaborative Data Infrastructure

3:00 – 3:15 Arnold Rots,  Chandra Data Archive: Data Linking and Data Mining

3:15 – 3:30 Matt Jones DataONE: A DataNet Perspective of RDA

3:30 - 3:45

Coffee & networking Break

3:45 - 5:00

Full talks session 2 moderated by Rob Pennington, NCSA


3:45 – 4:00 Zhu Yunqiang, National Earth System Science Data Sharing Platform of China

4:00 – 4:15 Ruth Duerr Towards a Google for Data

4:15 – 4:30 Dieter Van Uytvanck CLARIN

4:30 – 4:45 Sean Hill, The Human Brain Project
4:45 - 5:00 Beth Plale
 Sustainable Environments Actionable Data (SEAD) Three Years On:  Lessons Learned in Data Stewardship

5:00 - 5:30

Lightning Talks (3 minutes each) moderated by Peter Wittenburg and Rob Pennington

  1. Amit Chourasia, SeedMe - Building Blocks for Sharing Preliminary and Transient Results
  2. Jamie Shiers, RDA & the EIROForum Organisations
  3. Christopher Jung, Program “Supercomputing & Big Data” of the German Helmholtz Association
  4. Adrian Cox, - The UK national research equipment portal
  5. Ari Asmi, European Environmental Research Infrastructures - ENVRI and ENVRIPLUS
  6. Ilya Zaslavsky, CINERGI:  Community Inventory of EarthCube Resources for Geoscience Interoperability
  7. Bengt Perrson, ELIXIR - the European Life-science Infrastructure for Biological Information
  8. Viswanath Nandigam, OpenTopography - An NSF Earth Science Facility for High Resolution Topography Data
  9. Ray Plante,  The National Data Service: Production Data Infrastructure for the US

5:30 - 5:50

Open floor discussion, moderated by Ed Seidel, NCSA

5:50 - 6:00

Closing remarks, summary of the day, RDA point of view by Peter Wittenburg, Max Planck Society


Around the world large scale national and international efforts (US, EU, China, Japan, etc.) are in progress to implement data services for researchers in multiple domains. The tasks associated with data in the research process for a domain are driven by a number of different requirements, including the need to improve scientific productivity and reproducibility. For some of these the large-scale data projects act as aggregators within a domain and in an integrative role across domains, which is important to increasing the impact of domain specific projects. These large scale data projects will be additional drivers in changing data practices.
This suggests that a close interaction needs to be maintained amongst the groups: large-scale data projects, research projects and the RDA to create the integration across the different domains and scales. In some cases cross-fertilization has already taken place such as for EUDAT, some European research infrastructures, the NSF DataNet projects, and NDS; in many other cases such large-scale projects are still far removed from RDA activities. The task is to facilitate and increase the interactions to make it easier to follow all RDA activities and results.
At the RDA plenary in San Diego March 2015 the Large Scale Data Projects session at the Adoption Day will address two aspects:
  1. advance the goals of the Adoption Day by following up with the tool developers and the researchers in the larger context of large data facilities and projects, 
  2. identify additional uptake and dissemination possibilities from the side of the data projects with invited speakers from large impact projects in around the world. 
The outcomes will lead to a clearer understanding of the different requirements from the viewpoints of the tool developers, the researchers and the large data facilities. This might result in the creation of an interest group that would focus on these issues, exchanging information with other RDA groups and with researchers. We expect this session to be of high interest for all WG and IG co-chairs and experts to interact with the experts from these large scale data projects.
•February 8th (7pm Central US time): Deadline Submission of a 1-page max. abstract (closed)
•February 14th: notification about decision
•March 8th: presentation at the special session within the Adoption Day
Program Committee: 
Ed Seidel (chair, NCSA), Rob Pennington (NCSA), Kimmo Koski (EUDAT), Damien Lecarpentier (EUDAT), Peter Wittenburg (RDA TAB, EUDAT), Beth Plale (RDA TAB), Peter Fox (RDA TAB), Larry Lannom (RDA), Zhu Yunqiang (RDA), Ross Wilkinson (ANDS, RDA Council), Walter Steward (RDA OAB)