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First Day of Virtual SciDataCon: Opening Plenary Session and FAIR Data Objects

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Virtual SciDataCon 2021 starts with an Opening Plenary Session, featuring a keynote from George Strawn.  It is followed by a double session on FAIR Digital Objects, looking at the why and the how of this approach to achieving the FAIR principles.
Opening Plenary: Scientific Data: Looking back and looking forward to future data spaces – Monday 18 October, 11:00-12:00 UTC: REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION
The internet age and the digital revolution promised great advancements for science and for humanity.  During the COVID-19, we have witnessed some remarkable achievements (the unprecedented speed of vaccine development) and the persistent shortcoming of the current science system (including faulty and fabricated data, inadequate data sharing).  As we begin to look beyond the pandemic, there is a new urgency in the Open Science and FAIR data movements to mobilise 21st century technology to address even more pressing global challenges, including climate upheaval, sustainable development, and disaster risk reduction.  The considerable investment in research infrastructures and Open Science Clouds are witness to this urgency, but their potential must be realised.

Our opening keynote speaker, George Strawn, predicts that the next twenty-five years will focus on artificial intelligence and data.  Supporting by the FAIR principles, the ‘Data Spaces’ of the future will maximise the automated analysis of data while retaining necessary protections.  What does this mean in practice, what are the mechanisms by which this can achieved and what are the challenges and opportunities?  Dr. Strawn will open SciDataCon with an examination of the characteristics of the different ages of information technology and their significance.  With the emergence of the Internet, IT entered its second age. As FAIR data emerges, it will enter its third age. The talk will also offer a vision of the future, highlighting the most important developments and steps to be taken to realise such future data spaces.

Barend Mons, CODATA President, will give a short response presenting a vision of the web of FAIR data and services.  The discussion will be led by session chair, Bonnie Carroll, WDS and CODATA.

FAIR Digital Objects to Establish a Global and Interoperable Data Space, Monday 18 October, 13:00-14:30 UTC and 16:00-17:30 UTC: REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION
FAIR Digital Objects (FDO) have the potential to address a number of significant contemporary challenges. FDOs bind all critical information about an entity persistently in one logical place and therefore create a new kind of actionable, meaningful and technology independent object. FDOs provide a conceptual and implementation framework to develop scalable cross-disciplinary capabilities, deal with the increasing data volumes and their inherent complexity, build tools that help to increase trust in data, create mechanisms to efficiently operate in the domain of scientific assertions, and promote data interoperability.
Virtual SciDataCon 2021 is organised by CODATA and the World Data System, the two data organisations of the International Science Council – PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE – FULL PROGRAMME – please note that registration is free, but participants must register for each session they wish to attend.