“A Surfboard for Riding the Wave”: KE action plan on research data presented

Posted: November 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Report | Tags: , , | 6 Comments »

Following the report “Riding the Wave: How Europe can gain from the rising tide of scientific data” that was released 2010 by the high level expert group on research data, the Knowledge Exchange (KE) partners have embraced this vision and commissioned a report that translates Riding the Wave into actions for the four partner countries and beyond.

The report was presented today during a KE workshop in Bonn.

The Report “A Surfboard for Riding the Wave” builds on the 2010 report and presents an overview of the present situation with regard to research data in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and offers broad outlines for a possible action programme for the four countries in realising the envisaged collaborative data infrastructure.

While the 2010 report of the high level expert group on research data presented a vision for the year 2030, the report of KE concretizes this vision for the four countries.

The Knowledge Exchange partners identified  four key drivers:

  • incentives and
  • training in relation to researchers in their role as data producers and users of information infrastructures
  • infrastructure and
  • funding of the infrastructure in relation to further developments in data logistics.

For researchers in their role as data producers, KE identified four main areas of incentives to
share and publish their datasets:

  1. re-use and recognition,
  2. principles of science, reflected in rules and codes of conduct,
  3. requirements by funding organisations and
  4. journal data availability policies.

Regarding training and Education in the data-intensive scientific world, the report claims that new skills are needed for creating, handling, manipulating, analysing, and making available large amounts of data for re-use by others. Three actors were identified in this process:

  1. researchers, who should have basic skills with regard to data handling
  2. a newly emerging professional role with the label ‘data scientist’, who will be responsible for computing facilities, storage and access in their discipline and
  3. another newly emerging professional role labelled ‘data librarian’, who will be responsible for data curation, preservation and archiving.

Regarding Data infrastructure and its funding, the report highlights some challenges: gaps in the present data infrastructure and connectivity issues have been addressed as well as the funding of data infrastructure.

For archieving these vision, three long-term strategic goals were mentioned by the  KE partners:

  • Data sharing will be part of the academic culture
  • Data logistics will be an integral component of academic professional life
  • Data infrastructure will be sound, both operationally and financially.

6 Comments on ““A Surfboard for Riding the Wave”: KE action plan on research data presented”

  1. 1 Sven said at 17:39 on November 15th, 2011:

    Heinz Pampel posted a comment to this KE report in German: http://albertopen.telegrafenberg.de/?p=515

  2. 2 Ralf said at 14:31 on November 16th, 2011:

    Thanks for your post. I doubt that “requirements by funding organisations and
    journal data availability policies” are incentives and strongly believe that Feijen is right when he told us that “Researchers resist top-down and/or mandatory schemes.” (http://www.surffoundation.nl/nl/publicaties/Documents/What_researchers_want.pdf ; p.4)

  3. 3 rc toy said at 06:25 on December 20th, 2011:

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  4. 4 Sven said at 15:37 on December 21st, 2011:

    Hi Hellen,

    the “google+” button already exists at the end of each page. For protecting your privacy we chose the “2-clicks” Option.


  5. 5 Appliance said at 22:46 on June 20th, 2012:

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