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 timely seminar will consider the way forward for open research data (ORD) in the UK.


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


It follows the publication 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 including:


  • A stronger system of incentives for researchers to create and use open data;
  • More active leadership from UKRI on the coordination and oversight of open data policy;
  • Clarification of expectations around data storage from stakeholders including funders, research organisations, learned societies and publishers; and
  • A review of open data costs and currently-available funding and business models.

The conference also takes place in the broader international context of a move towards open science, with Plan S seeking to make full and immediate open access publications a reality by 2021.


Delegates will discuss priorities for the development and improvement of research data services and infrastructure, including better guidance for researchers on data quality standards, greater accessibility of services, and innovation in digital tools to automate and standardise key data management processes.


Discussion will also consider how HEIs can be better supported to negotiate agreements with commercial ORD providers that maximise interoperability between different service providers and mitigate the risks of vendor lock-in.


Those attending will further assess priorities for designing sustainable and transparent funding models for ORD, ensuring that additional demands on researchers and research institutions are recognised and matched by appropriate resources.


We expect discussion on assessing the full costs of ORD throughout the research lifecycle and developing models to support general, cross-discipline infrastructure to overcome the funding challenges presented by short-term project-based funds for research.


Further sessions will address how institutions, funders and publishers can incentivise researchers to make their data open, by rewarding the practice in assessment frameworks and grant applications.


Delegates will also consider how to improve provision and delivery of data management training across different levels and subject disciplines, so that researchers are better equipped to maximise the opportunities of 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

Professor Susanna-Assunta Sansone

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