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Global Open Science: Virtual SciDataCon 2021 Strand

Virtual SciDataCon 2021 is organised around a number of thematic strands.  This is the third of a series of announcements presenting these strands to the global data community. Please note that registration is free, but participants must register for each session they wish to attend.

For some time there has been recognition of the need for investment in domain specific research infrastructures at a national and sometimes regional level. In recent years, in some countries and regions, there has been a move towards research infrastructures that are both vertically and horizontally integrated: vertically, in the sense that they aim to bring generic e-infrastructure closer to research communities’ needs; horizontally, in the sense that they explicitly aim, by embracing principles of Open Science and FAIR data, to better facilitate interdisciplinary research. Examples include, but are not limited to, the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), the China Science and Technology Cloud (CSTCloud), the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), the Malaysian Open Science Platform, the African Open Science Platform, the planned broadening of LA Referencia in Latin America, as well as Canada’s NDRIO and Germany’s NFDI   The major international data organisation that collaborate in Data Together have complementary activities to define a model for Open Research Commons and to encourage cooperation, alignment and interoperability between Open Science Clouds.
The following SciDataCon sessions deal with these issues:

Update from the Global Commons, Thursday 21 October, 11:00-12:30 and 13:00-14:30 UTC: REGISTER

There is an ever expanding ecosystem of activities and organizations working on national, regional, disciplinary, topical, and global infrastructures. There are also a variety of names and possible functions for these infrastructures: clouds, commons, platforms and just plain infrastructures. Previous meetings have provided high level overviews of national, pan national and domain infrastructures in various Commons. This meeting will be a deep dive into our understanding of the mechanics used in these infrastructures. The overarching goal of this session is to bring clarity around this question: once an organization or community of practice has published data, what technical devices are being utilized to ensure that those data are both discoverable at a meaningful level of detail and consumable in other Commons? The Data Discovery session will address two tiers of discovery: high level and domain specific metadata. The Data Access session will address technical issues, examining use cases and solutions that allow for interoperability between clouds/commons. The wrap up panel discussion will explore how the various initiatives can more effectively work together to create optimal synergies among them.

Developing Cooperation and Alignment Between Open Science Clouds: governance and sustainability, policy and legal, technical infrastructure, data interoperability, Wednesday 27 October, 11:00-12:30 UTC: REGISTER

This interactive workshop session will provide an overview of the activities of four thematic working groups established by the Global Open Science Cloud initiative.  Four Working Groups have been established: Governance, Strategy and Sustainability; Policy and Legal; Technical Infrastructure; Data Interoperability. Each Working Group will give a short presentation, outlining its draft workplan and objectives and detailing the areas which it has identified to share information, develop cooperation and to explore alignment.  The presentations will be followed by structured discussion.  We invite participants to make recommendations for this work and to help identify areas where cooperation can be supported by the Working Groups.

The Global Open Science Cloud Initiative: Mobilizing Disciplinary Case Studies, Wednesday 27 October, 13:00-14:30 UTC: REGISTER

Under the umbrella of the GOSC Initiative, this session will continue the dialogue between worldwide research e-infrastructures from a disciplinary demonstration perspective. The Initiative has identified five initial case studies in the areas of space physics, diffraction data, biodiversity, United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) -13 for climate change, and health research. The case studies will explore practical examples of cooperation, alignment and interoperability between Open Science infrastructures, in specific research contexts. The objectives of this session are to briefly summarize the progress of the GOSC Case Studies and to elaborate the specific scenarios within the selected case studies. An introductory talk will be given by the session chair, briefly describing the GOSC Initiative. This will be followed by a description of the five case studies along with the identification of questions for discussion by the audience. The session will conclude with a 20-minute discussion with all the participants.

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.