RDA Europe Science Workshop, 25-26 April 2017, London

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25 Apr 2017

RDA Europe Science Workshop, 25-26 April 2017, London

 

The Research Data Alliance in Europe holds an annual science workshop.  Previous workshops were in Munich 10 - 11 February 2014 co-organised with the Max Planck Society , the next one was  in Geneva 8-9 April 2015 co-organised with CERN, and the third in Paris 19 - 20 April 2016 co-organised with CNRS.  We are delighted to announce that the RDA Europe Science workshop 2017 will be held in London, co-organised with the Wellcome Trust.

The workshop brings together a group of senior researchers from a wide range of academic disciplines to share their requirements and approaches to working with and sharing research data.   It is an opportunity to feed these requirements into the processes of the RDA.  Members of the RDA-Europe project will be attending, but in “listening mode”, taking advice on the future priorities of the RDA. 

Themes

In order to focus the discussion, we have identified a theme for the meeting.

            The opportunities and challenges of open data for research

Data from public funded research is not always made open and it is not always used when it is.   We would like to explore issues which may affect how and why researchers share and use data, taking a research practitioner’s point of view.  In particular, we will look at three specific issues.

  1. How do researchers share and work with other people’s data within their discipline and across disciplines?
  2. What are the incentives and rewards to researchers for sharing their data?
  3. What infrastructure tools and services are of particular use to researchers in their disciplines?

These themes are inspired by the emerging European Cloud Initiative, which is drawing together research infrastructures and e-infrastructures across Europe. There will be a session on each issue, seeded with a number of participants’ statements and then an open discussion. 


Day 1

12:00 Lunch available at the Wellcome Trust

12:45  Welcome and introductions

13:00  Introduction to RDA - Françoise Genova

13:30  Keynote talk 1:  Robert McGreevy,  STFC

14:00 Theme 1 :  How do researchers share and work with other people’s data within their discipline and across disciplines?

  • Chuck Cook - Enabling open data in the life sciences
  • John Helliwell - Experience of data sharing within Crystallographic research  
  • Katie Green - The Archaeology Data Service: 20 years of data sharing
  • Susanna-Assunta Sansone - Going FAIR: highlights from the life sciences

15:15   Discussion on theme 1

15:45  Break

16:15 Theme 2 :  What are the incentives and rewards to researchers for sharing their data?

  • Katherine Harrison - Big Data in Big Science: a social sciences perspective
  • Alvaro Arenas - A Value-Based Approach to Unveiling the Business Model Dimensions of Data Sharing
  • Jeremy Frey - Chemistry as a Social Machine

17:30   Discussion on theme 2

18:00  General discussion on topics arising and collection of key points, issues, and recommendations

18:15 Close

20:00 Dinner -  at the Wellcome Trust.

 

Day 2

9:00 Recap on day 1.

9:05  Keynote Talk 2 : David Carr, Wellcome Trust

9:35:  Theme 3 :  What infrastructure tools and services are of particular use to researchers in their disciplines?

  • Ennio Capria  - Experiment is just the beginning: the importance of data management and sharing in the experience of the NFFA consortium
  • Jacqui Cole - Chemical Database Auto-Generation Tools for Large-Scale Data-Mining
  • Odile Hologne - E-infrastructure tools and services for open agricultural sciences : first approach
  • Rob Akers - Towards the ITER era of Big Data and Extreme Scale Computing
  • Jean-Baptiste Cazier  - Bioinformatics Vagaries and its Challenges

11:00 Break

11:30   Discussion on theme 3

12:00  General discussion on topics arising and collection of key points, issues, and recommendations

12:30 Close, thanks and goodbyes.