Westminster Higher Education Forum

Next steps for open research data in the UK

Morning, Thursday, 13th February 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference will consider the way forward for open research data (ORD) in the UK.


Discussion will focus on progress, outstanding issues and next steps in the UK for data that is FAIR - findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.


It takes place in the context of the Open Research Data Task Force’s final report - Realising the potential - which built upon the principles of the Concordat on Open Research Data and set out recommendations in the areas of:


  • Incentives - a stronger system to encourage researchers to create and use open data;
  • Leadership, coordination and oversight of open data policy - and the role of UKRI;
  • Data storage - clarification of expectations from stakeholders including funders, research organisations, learned societies and publishers; and
  • Costs, funding and business models.

We are delighted to include a keynote address from Professor Pam Thomas, Chair, Open Research Data Task Force and Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Warwick.


The conference also reflects significant international moves towards open science, with Plan S seeking to make open access publications a reality by 2021.


There will also be a keynote contribution from Dr Konstantinos Glinos, Head of Unit for Open Science, DG RTD, European Commission on the Commission’s commitment to open science in Horizon Europe, and the international effort to promote open research.


Further speakers include: Grace Baynes, Springer Nature; Lauren Cadwallader, University of Cambridge; David Carr, Wellcome Trust; Dr Mark Hahnel, Figshare; Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Public Library of Science; John Kaye, Jisc; Catriona MacCallum, Hindawi; Robin Rice, University of Edinburgh; Professor Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Oxford e-Research Centre; Professor Elena Simperl, Southampton Data Science Academy; and Drs Astrid Wissenburg, University of Exeter.


The agenda


  • Driving forward UK progress on open data - progress following the recommendations from the Open Research Data Taskforce;
  • Designing research data infrastructure and services - guidance on data quality standards, safeguards to ensure interoperability and user-friendly research software;
  • Priorities for funding open data - costs, transparency and sustainability;
  • Incentivising and enabling researchers to make their data open - training, rewards and specialist support;
  • UK leadership on open research data; and
  • Aligning policies on open data - coordinating the international effort to promote open research.


Keynote Speakers

Professor Pam Thomas

Chair, Open Research Data Task Force and Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Warwick

Dr Konstantinos Glinos

Head of Unit for Open Science, DG RTD, European Commission

Keynote Speakers

Professor Pam Thomas

Chair, Open Research Data Task Force and Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Warwick

Dr Konstantinos Glinos

Head of Unit for Open Science, DG RTD, European Commission

Speakers

Dr Mark Hahnel

Founder and CEO, Figshare

Robin Rice

Data Librarian and Head, Research Data Support Service, University of Edinburgh

David Carr

Programme Manager, Open Research, Wellcome Trust

Grace Baynes

VP, Research Data & New Product Development, Springer Nature

Professor Elena Simperl

Professor, Computer Science, University of Southampton and Director, Southampton Data Science Academy

Lauren Cadwallader

Deputy Manager of Scholarly Communication (Research Data Management), University of Cambridge

Iain Hrynaszkiewicz

Publisher, Open Research, Public Library of Science

Professor Susanna-Assunta Sansone

Associate Director, Oxford e-Research Centre Senior representative, publishing

Catriona MacCallum

Director of Open Science, Hindawi