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EUDAT 2nd Conference Plenary III

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Chair   LEIF LAAKSONEN, Collaboration Director, CSC-IT Center for Science & RDA Europe Project Coordinator  
Leif Laaksonen, CSC - IT Center for Science & Coordinator of the RDA Europe initiative – the European driver of RDA will chair the third plenary session looking at Global Data Infrastructure Components. This session will provide an insight to the Research Data Alliance, launched in March 2013, and an update on the progress to date by John Wood. The session will see updates on a number of the RDA groups - Data Foundation and Terminology – Raphael Ritz, Metadata – Bill Michener, PID Info Type - Tobias Weigel, Data Type Registry - Daan Broeder & Practical Policy- Rainer Stotzka - comprising of stakeholders who voluntarily come together to exchange knowledge, share discoveries, discuss barriers and potential solutions, explore and define policies and test as well as harmonise standards to enhance and facilitate global data sharing. RDA promotes and encourages both a bottom-up and interdisciplinary approach to solving global challenges, inviting researchers, scientists, data practitioners and other interested stakeholders from around the world to work together to achieve the RDA vision - An open, seamless, self-regulatory global digital data infrastructure that is the foundation for discovery and progress.
11:00-11:20 The Research Data Alliance: Status Update, John Wood, RDA Europe Council Chair & Secretary General Association Commonwealth Universities
  Professor John Wood CBE, FREng is the Secretary-General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and and High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data Information Chair & European Research Area Board Chair. He graduated from Sheffield University in metallurgy and went to Cambridge University for his Ph.D. (Darwin College) where he subsequently stayed on as Goldsmith’s Research Fellow at Churchill College.
He was a founder member of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures and became chair in 2004 where he was responsible for producing the first European Roadmap.  He became the first chair of the European Research Area Board in 2008 responsible for high level advice to the  European Commission and in 2009 produced a long term strategic vision entitled “Preparing Europe for a New Renaissance.”
He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1999 and is currently a member of their Council and International Committee. He was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2007 for "services to science,"  and in 2010 was made an “Officer of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany”.
11:20-11:30 Data Foundation and Terminology - Raphael Ritz, Head of Data Science Group at RZG, Max Planck Society, Germany
  Raphael Ritz leads the Data Science and Services group within the computing center of the Max Planck Society. In addition, he represents the MPG in international contexts focusing on data handling.


Metadata - 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


PID Information Types - Tobias Weigel German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) / University of Hamburg
  Tobias Weigel holds a Diploma degree in Geoinformatics from the University of Münster, Germany. Since 2010, he has been working at the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) as a software engineer and architect for various e-science infrastructure and project activities, including IS-ENES and EUDAT, with emphasis on lightweight web services and re-usable components. Current activities concern usage scenarios and tool support for PIDs across these areas, which also relates to the work done in RDA. He is also a PhD student at the University of Hamburg, working on a PID-centric topic with particular focus on massive PID usage at data centers and infrastructures.
11:50-12:00 Data Type Registry – Daan Broeder, Max Planck Institute For Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
  Daan Broeder, for many years senior developer for archive and infrastructure solutions and now deputy director of TLA unit of the MPI for Psycholinguistics, is technologist (electronics and IT) and has a long record  in leading development tasks in international projects. Currently he is a member of the executive board of the  Dutch CLARIN project and participating several EU projects concerned with research infrastructure development as DASISH and EUDAT.
In addition he is convener of new ISO standards in the linguistic domain (TC37/SC4: Component Metadata Infrastructure "CMD" and persistent identification "PISA").
12:00-12:10 RDA Working Group Practical Policy – Rainer Stotzka, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Data Processing & Electronics, Software Methods Group Head
  Dr. Rainer Stotzka studied technical cybernetics in Stuttgart and received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Mannheim, Germany, in 1995. At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Data Processing and Electronics, he leads the department “Software Methods” and a software development group “Big Data”. Within the Helmholtz activity “Large Scale Data Management and Analysis” he is responsible for the “Data Life Cycle Lab Key Technologies” inducing novel research data management methods for many scientific communities. He is involved in various national and international research projects and initiatives, e.g. DARIAH, eCodicology, EUDAT, RDA and the German Alliance for Research Data Management. Within the last five years he and his research groups published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed conferences and journals.
12:10-13:00 Panel discussion


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