e-Infrastructures & RDA for data intensive science

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02 July 2015 9025 reads

CNAM - Conservatoire national des arts et métiers, 292 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris




Tuesday 22 September 2015                                                                                   DOWNLOAD AGENDA
08:00 Registration
09:00 - 10:00

Opening Plenary Session

09:00 - 09:05

Welcome & Workshop Introduction, Hilary Hanahoe, RDA Europe & Trust-IT Services Ltd

09:05 - 09:35

 European Digital Single Market Strategy: changing the game with a service oriented e-infrastructure, Augusto Burgueño-Arjona, Head of e-Infrastructures Unit, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology - European Commission

09:35 - 10:00

 Infrastructure, relationships, trust, and RDA, Mark Parsons, RDA Secretary General

10:00 - 17:30 Parallel tracks 
Infrastructure for Understanding the Human Brain Data and computing infrastructures for open scholarship Service orientation to data and high-performance computing infrastructures Research Data infrastructures for Environmental related Societal Challenges Data & Computing infrastructures for Global Linguistic Resources

10:00 - 11:30

Session 1

Active Data Repositories and Federations Policies and principles of Open Scholarship


A service orientation to High Performance & Distributed Computing (Part I)

Data infrastructure to address Climate change, marine and agricultural sustainability Scientist Views on Rome and Paris Papers
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break 

12:00 - 13:30

Session 2

Multiscale Federated Data Mining e-Infrastructures facilitating Open Scholarship – Interoperability, services A service orientation to High Performance & Distributed Computing (Part II)  Operational solutions, best practice and trends in infrastructures across the globe  Data Center and Infrastructure Views on Rome and Paris Papers
13:30 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 - 16:00

Session 3

Knowledge Management and Search Tools, services, ideas Virtualizing infrastructures for Data   Humanities on Rome and Paris Papers
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 - 18:00

Session 4

Online Collaborative Environments
Data and computing infrastructures for more social-aware science Summary Panel Discussion
18:00 - 19:00

Outcomes from each stream & wrap up

Moderated by Carlos Morais-Pires, Scientific Data Infrastructures, e-Infrastructures Unit, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology - European Commission

 Intervention by William L. Miller, Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) Division, Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering, National Science Foundation (NSF), US

Interventions from each of the 5 streams rapporterus on main outcomes and recommendations


19:00 - 21:00 Networking Dinner & Entertainment



RDA hosted a high level meeting within the framework of the Italian Presidency in Rome (Dec 2014). As a result of the discussions a series of recommendations and calls to action on the Future of research data and computing infrastructures were presented. 

Rome Recommendations:
  • The scientific and socio-economic challenges of the 21st century transcend borders, and science will be increasingly global.
  • Universality of science requires more equitable access across an economically and socially uneven world harnessing legitimate business and civil society interests.
  • The digital era has fundamentally changed the world of science and research.
  • The digital revolution makes it possible to realize the wide sharing of scientific advancement and its benefits.
  • Research and funding policies need to adapt to this new environment.
  • The potential to link similar, and to re-use initially unrelated datasets will reveal unexpected relationships and will trigger new dynamics of scientific discovery.
  • The collective intelligence of scientific communities will be unleashed through new collaborations across institutional, disciplinary, sectorial and national boundaries. 
Rome call for action:
Stakeholders should provide insight & contributions to three main reflection points:
  1. How the world of science and innovation is changing with data and computing infrastructures
  2. What are the gaps and needs to promote better and more social-aware science
  3. How to make it happen
Data Management: A common challenge
In practical terms, common understanding on best practices for data management across the globe is an essential step along the path of open sharing of data and RDA’s mission is to build the social and technical bridges that enables this.
Recently a global group of data professionals created a position paper with the title “Data Management Trends, Principles and Components – What Needs to be Done Next?”  to engage a wide community in the discussion about which steps need to be taken to change data practices in the many labs and at the end also in industry. Various documents have pointed to the challenges we are facing with the data deluge. A broad survey amongst European departments and institutes has shown that researchers cannot continue dealing with data as they are used to since it is much too inefficient, but also that despite all positive developments made by research infrastructure projects worldwide decision takers hesitate to invest funds to start adapting massively . 
The objective of this event, is to invite global experts and representatives of initiatives working towards a common goal of enhancing collaboration on a global level in support of research data sharing. Each stream will tackle the questions posed as an output of the RDA Rome event and the ongoing RDA data Fabric IG discussions on Data management Trends, Principles and Components. The expected outcome of the 5 individual streams is a concrete contribution to these discussions in the form of future actions and strategic directions from each thematic grouping.
The event will embody 5 “independently” organised, workshop streams with common networking & presentation opportunities.