RDA 16th Plenary Meeting - Speakers

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Bianca Amaro, PhD

Coordinator of the Brazilian Open Sciences Program at the Brazilian Institute of Information on Science and Technology. Coordinates the following systems and projects: Open Access Scientific Publications Portal (oasisbr); Brazilian Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (BDTD); of open access digital repositories and open access research data repositories in addition to the projects of Brazilian open access scientific journals. Co-organizer of the Luso-Brazilian Open Access Conferences (ConfOA). Member of the Executive Board of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR). President of the Network of Open Access Repositories to Science - LA Reference. Winner of the International Electronic Publishing Trust for Development (EPT 2015).

Coordinadora del Programa Brasileño de Ciencias Abiertas en el Instituto Brasileño de información en Ciencia y Tecnología. Coordina los siguientes sistemas y proyectos: Portal de Publicaciones Científicas en Acceso Abierto (oasisbr); Biblioteca Digital Brasileña de Tesis y Disertaciones (BDTD); de los repositorios digitales de acceso abierto y de los repositorios de datos de investigación de acceso abierto además de los proyectos de revistas científicas de acceso abierto de Brasil. Coorganizadora de las Conferencias Luso-brasileñas de acceso abierto (ConfOA). Miembro de la Junta Ejecutiva de la Confederación de Repositorios de Acceso Abierto (COAR). Presidente de la Red de Repositorios de Acceso Abierto a la Ciencia - LA Referencia. Ganador del International Electronic Publishing Trust for Development (EPT 2015).


"Expanding The Latin American Open Science Network"

Latin American Governments finance most of the scientific research at universities and public research institutions. Representatives of eleven countries along with technologists make up the board of directors at the “Federated Network of Institutional Repositories of Scientific Publications,” also known as “La Referencia.”

La Referencia’s mission is to promote visibility of research outputs and to enable open access with the ultimate purpose of data reutilization. Enabling data reuse is the key objective of all Open Data efforts worldwide. It optimizes return on financial investment in such ways that biodiversity and agricultural practices can be preserved, and extreme weather conditions as well as earthquakes can be predicted.

In this talk, the potential impact of Open Data in Latin America will be described. This talk will also provide an overview of the federated structure in La Referencia which acts as an aggregator and provides interoperability within Latin America and beyond. Interoperability amongst the states has been possible through the unique strategy of embracing differences while aiming towards convergence and hence creating an ecosystem of knowledge.

Moving forward, La Referencia is strategizing the expansion of its cyberinfrastructure to host research outputs beyond scientific literature. In joining RDA The Americas and RDA Global, La Referencia is proactively reaching out to regions and countries worldwide to strengthen research and development efforts in a climate of inclusivity, where differences are embraced while aiming towards convergence.

Juan Pane, PhD

Juan Pane is the Chief Innovation Officer at Centro de Desarrollo Sostenible (Center for Sustainable Development) in Paraguay. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Trento – Italy and works as consultant in the field of Open Data and transparency for the World Bank, USAID, OAS and PAHO in Paraguay. He is the technical lead of the Open Contracting Data Standard Helpdesk in Latin America. He is also a lecturer and researcher for Open Data related topics at the National University of Asunción.




"Open Data and transparency in Latin American countries: the case of COVID-19 data"

Different countries around the world have different issues when managing and publishing COVID-19 related data. Data publication related to the pandemic is heterogeneous, not standardized and published with different levels of aggregation. This lack of interoperability prevents data from being used and analyzed efficiently, which in turns slows down the understanding of the pandemic and the development of possible solutions.

In an ideal scenario, COVID-19 data publication should be based on shared open standards and open data principles that consider not only the manager/publisher perspective, but also the end user's perspective. We are currently working on identifying how governments in Latin America are collecting and publishing data needed for understanding, managing and responding to the current COVID-19 emergency.

Based on this analysis, we are working on creating shared open data models that could serve as a basis for managing and publishing COVID-19 data. Our current analysis includes 24 countries, mostly in Latin America, but also other countries that publish high quality COVID-19 data. This analysis shows that it is important not only to properly manage and publish morbidity and comorbidity information for understanding the pandemic, but also information that can help plan and respond to the pandemic such as norms, fiscal data, socio-economic indicators, food security indicators and more.

By organizing these categories into datasets with their well defined data models and dictionaries, we can also support countries with different levels of capacity response, that could dedicate different levels of efforts to manage and publish open data information related to COVID-19.

Sujeevan Ratnasingham, PhD

Plenary session: "BOLD & mBRAVE: Two Purpose-Built Research Data Platforms in the Biodiversity Domain"

Sujeevan Ratnasingham is Associate Director (Informatics) of the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, and the Chief Architect of the BOLD (www.boldsystems.org) and mBRAVE (www.mbrave.net) platforms. His work focuses on the application of machine learning and high-performance computing approaches towards high-volume DNA sequence and biodiversity data analysis. Ratnasingham is also the founder of LifeScanner (www.lifescanner.net), a conservation technology initiative that provides DNA based species identification tools to citizen scientists, schools and NGOs.


Plenary session panel: "How Open Government initiatives are leading the way of Open Data in Costa Rica"

Date and time:  November 10th. 3:00 - 4:30 PM UTC


Costa Rica has traveled a very particular journey on the path to opening its data. To date, Open Data in Costa Rica has been propelled by non-profit organizations, as well as the Open Government Office and civic working groups. In this panel, former representatives from the Open Government Office and from the civic working group "Abriendo Datos Costa Rica" will provide an overview of these efforts. Panelists will also emphasize the importance of responsible production and use of Open Data. Cultural and organizational change are, without a doubt, crucial factors to promote Open Data throughout all political, industrial, and academic organizations. In addition, the panelists will contrast strategies of cultural and organizational change towards Open Government that can lead the way for an Open Data cultural change in the country, and in academia. Panelists will discuss strategies to enable Open Data at all levels; further growing the research data community of practice in Costa Rica and Latin America.

Iniciativas de Gobierno Abierto como líderes del movimiento de Datos Abiertos en Costa Rica Resumen: Costa Rica ha tenido un recorrido muy particular en el camino de abrir sus datos. Los primeros pasos que impulsaron la apertura de datos en muchas instituciones estatales se dieron gracias al esfuerzo y trabajo de organizaciones sin fines de lucro, del gobierno y de grupos de trabajo de la sociedad civil. Este panel tiene como objetivo hacer un recuento de este recorrido con dos personas que han participado en el proceso, pero que también han participado en procesos regionales de Gobierno Abierto para la apertura de datos. Además, las panelistas contrastarán estrategias de cambio cultural y organizacional hacia la apertura de datos, y hacia el tratamiento responsable de datos en distintas instancias. Para cerrar, se discutirán las recomendaciones acerca de cuáles son los pasos a seguir para mejorar la cultura organizacional alrededor de datos, no solo en las instituciones públicas, sino también en la comunidad de personas investigadoras que utilizan datos en el contexto Latinoamericano, en aras de promover la transparencia y apertura en la región.

Susana Soto

Teacher specialized in the use of digital technologies for the generation of citizen capacities. She is the director of Abriendo Datos Costa Rica, a civil society organization dedicated to the implementation and promotion of initiatives to open public data and information, to promote citizen participation and has been linked from various positions in open government processes in Costa Rica, since 2013. She has been a consultant in open data and open government projects and collaborator in training initiatives for institutions and civil society. Currently, she is a member of the National Open Data Commission in her country.


Ana Gabriel Zúñiga

I served as Vice Minister in Political Affairs and Citizen Dialogue of the Presidency of the Republic of Costa Rica between May 2014 and May 2018. I had to assume three strategic agendas: Citizen dialogue for conflict management and co-creation of public policies, which allowed it to be the Government with the least social conflict since 1992. The implementation of the Open Government agenda, which made Costa Rica the first country to establish an Open State strategy according to the OECD, be the headquarters of ConDatos-Abrelatam 2017, be co-leader of Open Government in Latin America together with Chile and have the best rating in the country in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index. Finally, the intercultural dialogue with indigenous peoples allowed the co-creation of a General Mechanism for Indigenous Consultation, the only one of its kind, which regulates ILO Convention 169.

Before assuming as Vice Minister, I was an activist for human rights groups, an independent consultant on environmental and governance issues, and a legislative advisor in the Presidency of the Congress of the Republic responsible for monitoring relations with sectors and populations, the environment agenda, human rights, access to public information and the implementation of a free software and open source policy. I currently work as Project Development Manager in Transparency for Hivos Latin America in charge of the Regional Open Contracting Program.


Plenary session panel: "Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Governance in the Americas"

Date and time: November 10th. 9:00 - 10:30 PM UTC

Live translator Spanish-English Moderator: Gabriela Pino, PhD

Main Theme: Indigenous data sovereignty: community data governance and management cases

Abstract: As the world engages with open data, big data, data reuse, and open science, data have increasingly become a global resource used for wielding power, making decisions, spurring innovation and discovery, and commercialization. Historically plagued by data inequities and data exploitation, Indigenous Peoples have raised concerns about the need to integrate Indigenous knowledges and approaches into data practices and policies as both the volume and opportunities for secondary use of data increase. Indigenous data are information or knowledge in any format that impact the lives of Indigenous Peoples collectively and individually, including data about lands and resources; information about individuals; and collective cultural and traditional knowledges. Indigenous Data Sovereignty draws upon the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which reaffirms the rights of Indigenous Peoples to govern the collection, application, re/use, and stewardship of their data. Indigenous nations require data for governance and mechanisms to govern and influence stewardship of their data by others. Given that most Indigenous data are held by non-Indigenous governments, institutions, and agencies, increasing Indigenous Peoples participation in data governance activities is central to realizing Indigenous Data Sovereignty. The CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance (Collective benefit, Authority to control, Responsibility, Ethics) empower Indigenous Peoples by shifting the focus from regulated consultation to value-based relationships that position data approaches within Indigenous cultures and knowledge systems to the benefit of Indigenous Peoples. This panel explores Indigenous data sovereignty and governance in the context of the Americas through the lens of tribal perspectives, technology and data management advances, application of the CARE Principles, and responsibilities, policies, and practices for governments, researchers, and others.


Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear, PhD
University of California

Pėhéveéšeēva (good day). Assistant Professor of Sociology and American Indian Studies at the University of California specialize in survey research in partnership with Indigenous communities and other marginalized populations. Disciplinary lenses of her research: Indigenous studies, sociology of race and ethnicity, political sociology, sociology of knowledge, critical demography, health policy research, and science and technology studies. As an Indigenous woman (Northern Cheyenne and Chicana), she believes that one cannot be a good researcher and teacher without being a good relative. Building strong relationships with Indigenous communities, organizations, Native Nations, and students requires humility, flexibility, and honoring the lived experiences of Indigenous Peoples—past, present, and future. She nurtures these relationships by directing the Data Warriors Lab, which is an Indigenous social science laboratory. That connect researchers, students, and Indigenous communities to build data that support strong self-determined Indigenous futures. The research model is grounded in the principles of Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Governance, and it is driven by Indigenous communities (reservation, urban, and rural) and their pursuit of robust and


Candice Sudlovenick
Arctic Eider Society

Candice is a young Inuk who grew up in Iqaluit, Nunavut. A graduate of the Environmental Technology Program, Candice has been working in the enforcement field for the Government of Nunavut and most recently the Federal Government of Canada. Candice has been a part of the Ikaarvik Program since 2018, which focuses on Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) and the relationship between Inuit and researchers. Candice first joined the SIKU.org development team after participating in a training workshop in March 2019 and represented Arctic Eider Society at the United Nations Forum Convention on Climate Change in June 2019. Candice often represents SIKU in workshops, training sessions and conferences. She has spoken at the UN, participated in multiple interviews and trained numerous Inuit communities on the uses and technology of SIKU.


Stephanie Russo Carroll, PhD, MPH
University of Arizona

Stephanie Russo Carroll is an Ahtna woman from Alaska, USA. At the University of Arizona, she is Assistant Professor, Public Health Policy and Management and Associate Director, Native Nations Institute. Stephanie co-founded the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network and is a founding member and chair of GIDA, the Global Indigenous Data Alliance. Stephanie's research explores the links between governance, data, the environment, and community wellness. She directs the interdisciplinary, dry lab group, the Collaboratory for Indigenous Data Governance Research, which develops research, policy, and practice innovations for Indigenous data sovereignty. The lab’s research, teaching, and engagement seek to transform institutional governance and ethics for Indigenous control of Indigenous data, particularly within open science, open data, and big data contexts.


Oscar L. Figueroa-Rodriguez, PhD
Colegio de Postgraduados, Campus Montecillo

Dr.  Oscar Luis Figueroa Rodríguez (Phd)Originally from Texcoco, Mexico State, he obtained the degree of Agricultural Engineer specialized in Rural Sociology at the Chapingo Autonomous University, a MSc degree in Rural Development at the Montecillo Campus Postgraduate College and a doctorate (PhD) in international development at the University of Reading, United Kingdom. He also has studies in Rural Innovation Processes from ICRA (Netherlands) and in Strategic Planning for Public Administration from INAP (Mexico). He is currently an Associate Research Professor in the Rural Development Studies Program, Montecillo Campus of COLPOS, where he participates with the Planning and Evaluation of resources and programs research group. He is professor of the courses Territorial Development and Strategic Planning for Rural Development. His research topics are strategic planning, participatory planning, evaluation of plans, programs and projects, territorial development, and Indigenous Data Sovereignty. Magaly Lázaro magaboruca@gmail.com She is an Indigenous youth of the brunka people in Costa Rica. She studied Promotion and Social Planning at the Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica. She works actively in Mesa Indígena, one of the indigenous organizations with national coverage and with reivindication movements in her community. She is currently a consultant for FAO.