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Open Data and the Data Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities for Global Research

November 29, 2016 at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Location:5345 Herzberg Laboratories


Research and data collection activities are increasingly globalised, but there remain major challenges in the availability of quality, usable data. Although ‘big data’ poses challenges, just as significant are those posed by ‘small data’ and ‘no data’ as Christine Borgman has put it. Simon will speak about a number of international initiatives of CODATA and the International Council of Science to address issues relating to research data which are global in scope. These include the Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World and a related initiative to encourage a coordinated approach to mobilise African research data capacity. He will also speak about the activities of CODATA in the fields of research data policy, sustainability of data infrastructure, national and institutional data strategies as well as issues of data standards and essential data skills.


Simon Hodson has been Executive Director of CODATA since August 2013. CODATA exists to promote international collaboration for open research data. Supporting the mission of ICSU, the International Council for Science, CODATA aims to strengthen international science for the benefit of society by promoting improved management and reuse of research data.

Related to this role, Simon sits on numerous project Steering Boards and strategic Working Groups in the area of research data. These include the GEO Data Sharing Working Group, the GEO Data Management Principles Task Force and the Scientific Advisory Board of CESSDA, the European data infrastructure for the social sciences. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Dryad Data Repository, a not-for- profit initiative to make the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable.

As well as these strategic activities, Simon is directly involved in hands-on activities and research in a number of data related areas. He is co-chair of the OECD Global Science Forum and CODATA project on Business Models for Sustainable Data Repositories and co-chair of the CODATA-RDA Data Working Group for Data Science Summer Schools in Developing Countries. He is an expert on data policy issues and research data management and has recently authored a report on Current Best Practice for Research Data Management Policies and an advisory White Paper on strategic research data management infrastructure development for a consortium of UK research institutions.

This seminar is free and open to all. Complimentary coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided beginning at 1:15 p.m. We hope you can join us!

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