Plenary 2 - Session chaired by Cees de Laat, University of Amsterdam

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9:00-11:00 Plenary 2 - Session recording

Chair Cees de Laat, University of Amsterdam

Professor de Laat chairs the System and Network Engineering (SNE) research group in Informatics Institute of the Faculty of Science at University of Amsterdam. His research experience spans from visionary system design to real-systems implementation and analysis. Research in his group ranges from optical and switched networking and workflows for processing of big data in PetaScale e-Science applications, Semantic Web to describe e-infrastructure resources, information complexity, Authorization architectures and Systems Security & privacy of information in distributed environments. Prof. de Laat serves on the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Policy Board on matters regarding ESnet, is a member of the Advisory Board Internet Society Netherlands and Scientific technical advisory board of SURF Netherlands. A snapshot of his scientific career is available here:

Jos Engelen, Chairman of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO

Jos Engelen (1950) studied physics in Nijmegen. After graduating in 1973 he worked there as a researcher and lecturer, gaining his doctorate in 1979.From 1979 to 1985 Engelen worked at CERN, before accepting a position at Nikhef (National Institute for Subatomic Physics) in 1985. He became professor of Experimental Physics at Universiteit van Amsterdam in 1987. At CERN and DESY (Hamburg) he carried out experiments in the area of the strong interaction, hard photoproduction and dispersion in deep inelastic collisions. He also developed initiatives for research in the field of astroparticle physics. From 2001 to 2003 Engelen was director of Nikhef and in 2004 he became the scientific director and acting director-general of CERN, a position he held until 2008. His responsibilities there included overseeing the construction and commissioning of the new LHC particle accelerator and the associated experimental set-ups. From 2007 to 2008 Engelen was chair of ASTRON, the NWO institute for radio astronomy.


Prof. Christine L. Borgman, Professor Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA  - Keynote "Data, Data, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink."

Christine L. Borgman, Professor Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA, is the author of more than 200 publications in information studies, computer science, and communication. Her monographs, Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (MIT Press, 2007) and From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked World (MIT Press, 2000), each won the Best Information Science Book of the Year award from the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST). Her next book, Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World, will be published by MIT Press in early 2015. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Association for Computing Machinery, and a recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award from the Coalition for Networked Information, Association for Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE, and the Research in Information Science Award from ASIST. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, U.S. Co-Chair of the CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation and Attribution, and previously served on the U.S. National Academies Board on Research Data and Information and the U.S. National CODATA. See:

 Data, Data, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink - Abstract

The Research Data Alliance is convening researchers, policy makers, funders, repository managers, librarians, archivists, publishers, open data activists, and other stakeholders to address the stewardship of the world’s research data assets.  Overarching issues are becoming clear: the need for coordination among stakeholders, economic challenges to the sustainability of archives, and misaligned public policies for open access to publications and data. The practice and policy issues on the ground are much less well understood, however.  Norms for the acquisition, release, and reuse of data –and the very definition of data – vary widely between research domains, and motivations to share data vary accordingly. Practices for the ownership and control of data influence what can be released, when, to whom, and under what conditions. These practices, in turn, vary by domain, jurisdiction, rules of universities and funding agencies, and by local context. Data are assets in some respects and liabilities in others. Releasing data offers benefits, but so does controlling data. The workforces required for the stewardship of data are many and varied; they too must be nurtured and sustained. Wise investments must be made in knowledge infrastructures – and soon – if research data are to remain useful for generations to come. This talk is based on the forthcoming book, Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World (MIT Press).

RDA Work Groups Outputs chaired by Andrew Treloar, Director of Technology, ANDS & TAB Co-Chair

Dr Andrew Treloar is the Director of Technology for the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) (, with particular responsibility for demonstrating the value of bringing together data from different disciplines to answer new questions, and international engagement. In 2008 he led the project to establish ANDS. Prior to that he was associated with a number of e-research projects as Director or Technical Architect: ARCHER ( - an e-Research support environment), DART ( - data acquisition and analysis), and ARROW ( - institutional repository software), as well as the development of an Information Management Strategy for Monash University. His research interests include data management, institutional repositories and scholarly communication. He never seems to be able to make enough time for practising his ‘cello, or reading, but does try to prioritise talking to his chickens and working in his vegetable garden and orchard. Further details at or follow him on Twitter as @atreloar.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts with first-class honours, majoring in Germanic Languages and Linguistics, a Graduate Diploma in computer science, a Master of Arts in English Literature and a Ph. D. with the thesis topic Hypermedia Online Publishing - The Transformation of the Scholarly Journal.
  Brief introduction and evaluation - Andrew Treloar
Context sketch: what are these groups doing, why is it important, what is the relation to one another? - Herman Stehouwer
Outcomes and adoption:
  • Data Foundation Terminology - Peter Wittenburg
  • Data Type Registry - Giridhar Manepalli
  • PID Information Types - Tobias Weigel
  • Practical Policy - Rainer Stotzka
  • Adoption day at Plenary 5 - Andrew Treloar