SCIENCE STREAM 1: Data in Motion I

 Chaired by Patrick Aerts & Paul Groth
 
Under the title Data in Motion this track focuses on the deployment of data in research and the versatility of the domain that concentrates on this way of doing science. A panel, presentations and small pitches, illustrated by video or demo's, will sketch the fruits of escience and data science, and thus demonstrate the need for an RDA in support of research. Also the formation of a European Platform for escience and data research centers will be highlighted during this session.
 
Session Programme 

11.00-11.20 A Platform of escience/data research centers in NL and EU, Patrick Aerts


Patrick Aerts is Director Strategic Alliances at the Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC, Amsterdam). NLeSC is a new center for eScience, founded and funded by NWO, the Organization for Scientific Research in The Netherlands, and SURF, presently responsible -among other matters- for the Computing, Data and Networking infrastructure. He is involved in setting up networks and co-operative Platforms for the exchange of information and strengthening the position of eScience as a domain and Data Science as a collaborative effort. It also involves combining forces regarding topics such as software sustainability and data stewardship. Before that he has been director of the Netherlands National Computing Facilities Foundations since 1990 under the umbrella of NWO, which was responsible for the policy and funding of HPC, Cluster, Grid and Visualization resources in The Netherlands. He also was involved in the constitution of many European entities related to European e-infrastructures, among which ARCADE, the e-IRG, PRACE and the EGI. His background lies in relativistic quantum chemistry, in which he received his PhD (RUG, Groningen, 1986). Since 1985 he was involved in Dutch Supercomputing policy.


11.20-11.35 Data IS Motion: Light Structure and Annotation in History and Ethnography, Mike Fortun (US)


Michael Fortun is Associate Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (New York area) and did his PhD in the History of Science at the Harvard University. He is a historian and anthropologist of the life sciences whose research has focused on the contemporary science, culture, and political economy of genomics. More in particular his work covers the policy, scientific, and social history of the Human Genome Project in the U.S., the growth of commercial genomics and bioinformatics in the speculative economies of the 1990s, and the emergence of transdisciplinary research programs in toxicogenomics, addiction, and environmental health. His most recent book is Promising Genomics: Iceland and deCODE Genetics in a World of Speculation an ethnographic account of deCODE Genetics in Iceland.  From 2006-2010 he was co-editor (with Kim Fortun) of Cultural Anthropology, the journal of the Society for Cultural Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association. Presently he is completing a book manuscript titled Care of the Data, examining how genome scientists have developed new protocols for dealing with “Big Data” collections and flows, the challenge of analyzing “geneXenvironment interactions,” and the meaning of genomics research for both public health and basic science. He is also a leader in an effort to build a digital humanities platform to support collaborative ethnographic research to understand how individuals and organizations are working to address the global air quality crisis and epidemic incidence of asthma.  Michael is co-chair of the Research Data Alliance’s Digital Practices in History and Ethnography Interest Group, developing metadata standards for ethnographic and historical research data and objects.


11.35-11.50 TERN: Enabler of Quality Ecosystem Science, Siddeswara Guru (AU)


Siddeswara Mayura Guru is the Technical Manager and Data Integration and Synthesis Coordinator of TERN, the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network of the University of Queensland, Australia since 2011.  He is interested in the development of e-infrastructure to harvest, manage and publish research data.  Previously, he was a Data Manager for TERN ACEAS, Data Scientist and Project Officer at IMOS, Data Management Officer at the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric research and Post-doctoral Fellow in the CSIRO Tasmanian ICT Centre working on the environmental sensor data management. He graduated with MBA in commercialization and entrepreneurship, and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Melbourne.


11.50-12.30 Panel session "From Data to Science and Back" with: Carlos Morais (EC), Barend Mons (LEI), Christine Borgman (UCLA) and Peter Fox (RPI), moderated by Paul Groth (VU) 

Carlos is Scientific Officer at the European Commission, Excellence in Science DG/CONNECT, where he  coordinates the area of “Scientific Data e-Infrastructures” at the European Commission, DG CONNECT
He joined the European Commission in 1998. Before that he was lecturing computer networks and signal processing at the technical university in Lisbon. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering.
 
 
Prof. Barend Mons is a molecular biologist-turned-bioinformatician and an expert in data driven computational knowledge discovery in the Life sciences. He is head of the Biosemantics Group at Leiden University Medical Center and Head of Node of ELIXIR-NL in the context of the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences. He is also Life Sciences Integrator in the Netherlands eScience Center and a member of various international initiatives. Most recently he co-founded the FAIRport initiative to enable the publication and Stewardship of Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable (FAIR) data.
 
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. 
 
Peter Fox is Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, Computer Science and Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Tetherless World Constellation Chair, an organization he joined in 2008. He also directs the Information Technology and Web Science program. Previously, he was Chief Computational Scientist at the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Monash University. His research covers the fields of ocean and environmental informatics, computational and computer science, distributed semantic data frameworks, solar and solar-terrestrial physics, digital humanities and exploratory large-scale visualization. The results are applied to large-scale distributed scientific repositories addressing the full life-cycle of data and information within specific science and engineering disciplines as well as among disciplines.