The 9th Research Data Alliance (RDA) Plenary Meeting was held in early April 2017 at Barcelona with the theme of Data Infrastructures for Open Science. It is a biannual exciting and productive event that brings people working on data from different disciplines together. I am glad that I had the opportunity to attend this big event with around 600 participants from worldwide. I would like to acknowledge the support from RDA EU Early Career support Programme.
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A great hope in research data underpinned the 9th RDA plenary meeting. Almost all speeches –from Mark Parsons’ speech, the RDA Secretary General, to Fabrizio Gagliardi’s speech, the Senior Strategy Advisor of Barcelona Supercomputing Center, to those of the European Commission representatives- all these speeches gave hope in the future of research data, in their release and their reuse. But is that a reality or only an illusion fostered by a small community of data experts?
This is a fleshed out version of my speaking notes for the talk I gave at Plenary 9 in Barcelona entitled “Three and a half years in fifteen minutes”.
If you want to see how it actually came out with all the emotion, stuttering, and arm waving, you can watch the recording.
Here’s a simpler text version:
It is undeniable that data underpins modern society. Data is everywhere, and is constantly being generated and consumed in increasing quantities. However, in order to exploit the data to its fullest extent, not only does it need to be managed correctly, it needs to be easily accessed and distributed without barriers. Yet still there are problems within the data community, especially with the infrastructure over which data is shared.
For the past years, Research Data Alliance (RDA) has been kindly welcoming early career researchers and fellows to Plenary Meetings held twice a year in different locations around the World. This year (2017) I was among the lucky people that were awarded a scholarship in order to attend the 9th Plenary Meeting in Barcelona, between 5-7 of April.