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EUDAT 2nd Conference Plenary II

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The Life and Earth Sciences at a cross-road: community driven flagship initiatives in the EU and USA session chaired by Alberto Michelini INGV will showcase major initiatives to build community driven infrastructures in the area of biomedical and earth science. Bill Michener will present DataONE, a very successful US initiative looking at making access to environmental data easier for both the scientist and the public. He will be followed by Ewan Birney from EBI / ELIXIR  who will address the issue of how to safeguard the results of research in life science and highlight recent developments driven by the European Bioinformatics Institute and in ELIXIR. Maryline Lengert will provide insights on the new initiatives at the European Space Agency with a particular focus on Helix-Nebula: The Science Cloud and its synergies with EUDAT. Speakers will outline how EUDAT can & will contribute to supporting the emerging infrastructures in these different areas.
11:30-12:00   DataONE: Data Observation Network for Earth, William (Bill) Michener, Professor and Director of e-Science Initiatives for University Libraries, University of New Mexico & DataONE Principal Investigator  
    Bill Michener is Professor and Director of e-Science Initiatives at the University of New Mexico’s University Libraries.  He serves as Project Director for two large National Science Foundation supported projects: (1) Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE)—a large DataNet project that supports cyberinfrastructure development and community engagement for the biological, environmental, and Earth sciences; and (2) the New Mexico Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.  He is actively involved in research related to creating information technologies supporting data-intensive science, development of federated data systems, and community engagement and education.  He has a PhD in Biological Oceanography from the University of South Carolina and has published extensively in marine science, as well as the ecological and information sciences.
Bill has authored five books and more than 100 journal articles and book chapters.  He has a strong background and training in organizational sustainability and governance, project management, and meeting facilitation. Presently, he serves on the Board of Directors (or Administrative Board) for Dryad, Inc., the Organization for Tropical Studies, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, as well as the Governance Committee for an emerging international organization that seeks to nurture a network of organizations that are involved in Public Participation in Scientific Research (i.e., citizen science). He serves as editor of the Ecological Society of America’s Ecological Archives, Associate Editor for Ecological Informatics, and as a member of the Ecology Editorial Board, and was recently appointed to the Technical Advisory Board for the Research Data Alliance.
12:00-12:30   Annotating the human genome, Ewan Birney, Associate Director of the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)  
    Dr Ewan Birney is Associate Director of the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). He is one of the founders of the Ensembl genome browser and other databases, and has played a key role in many large-scale genomics projects, notably the sequencing of the Human Genome in 2000 and the analysis of genome function in the ENCODE project. He has been Lead Analysis Coordinator for ENCODE since 2007; he also coordinated data analysis in the "1% Pilot". Dr Birney has played a vital role in annotating the genome sequences of the human, mouse, chicken and several other organisms; this work has had a profound impact on our understanding of genomic biology. His research group currently focuses on genomic algorithms and inter-individual differences in human and other species.
As Associate Director of EMBL-EBI, Dr Birney shares strategic oversight of EBI services with Rolf Apweiler (co-Associate Director). EMBL-EBI hosts some of the world’s most important collections of biological data, including DNA sequences, the genomes of animals and plants , three-dimensional molecular structures, data from gene expression experiments, Protein mass spectroscopy, small molecules of biological interest, their drug/protein target interactions and pathways. Many of these resources are developed in close collaboration with our partners at Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Sanger Institute, and Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. The EBI leads the European Elixir project which aims to broaden and deepen these relationships in Europe to provide an stable bioinformatics infrastructure that works well in the national, transnational and international contexts.
As well as these strategic aspects, Ewan Birney still does research, working on aspects such as DNA Compression, Functional genomics analysis (eg, a recent paper with the Furlong lab) and using inter individual differences to understand basic biology (eg, a paper of CTCF binding in two families)
12:30-13:00   Helix-Nebula: The Science Cloud, Maryline Lengert, Senior Advisor, ESRIN, ESA & Helix Nebula  
    Maryline Lengert, Senior Advisor in the IT department of ESA, started the Cloud Computing Strategic Plan initiative end of 2009 - now called Helix Nebula, the Science Cloud - to catalyse the creation of a European owned public cloud, serving initially the Science Research Area. Maryline has 20+ years of experience in the IT domain within an international environment. Her previous positions include Technical Manager and Operations Director for Hospital Integrated Information System in S.A.I.C. France, Quality Manager and Head of the Account Management and Requirement Analysis Division in the ESA IT Department. Maryline holds a PhD in Physics and a Master in International and European Studies.


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