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Open Data: moving science forward, or a waste of time and money?

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Organised by the University of Cambridge (UK), an Open Data panel discussion will be held on the 4th of November 2015 (7pm-10pm) at the Department of Engineering. Among five experts, Mark Thorley, CODATA Executive Committee Member and Data Management Co-ordinator for the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council – NERC, will participate to the debates.

Are you aware of the new funders’ requirements for sharing research data? Will Open Science and sharing research data benefit society and help move science forward? Or is Open Data simply a waste of time and money?

Come to the Open Data panel discussion and take part in a conversation led by researchers, funders, and policy-makers:

  • Rafael Carazo-Salas, Group Leader, Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge
  • Sarah Jones, Senior Institutional Support Officer, Digital Curation Centre
  • Frances Rawle, Head of Corporate Governance and Policy, Medical Research Council
  • Tim Smith, Group Leader, Collaboration and Information Services, CERN/Zenodo
  • Mark Thorley, Research Councils UK Open Access Policy, and Natural Environment Research Council

The discussion will be around five main topics:

  • Benefits of Open Data
  • Possible negative aspects of data sharing – What are the possible side effects of data sharing?
  • Accessibility of Open Data
  • Open Data and the future of publishing
  • Incentives for data sharing

You are welcome to contribute your own questions to any of these topics here.

The event is open to everyone, but the number of spaces is limited and registration is necessary. Last Booking Date for this Event: 4th November 2015.

Further information:

Full Programme

Lecture Theatre 0, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1PZ, United Kingdom.

Open Data Team
Telephone: (Mon-Fri) +44 (0) 1223 333138- (Tue-Thu) 1223 761652
E-mail: info (at)