Building an Open Data Infrastructure for Science: Policy and Practice

The digital revolution has opened up huge opportunities for collaborative science. Particularly at large scientific facilities, the possibility exists for the development of a comprehensive data infrastructure where published research results can be transparently underpinned by the data upon which they are based and the analysis undertaken and software employed made readily accessible to the reader. The advantages in terms of advancement of understanding, acceleration of the research process, and elimination of the possibility of scientific fraud are clear. Such an open data infrastructure would also open up new possibilities for cross disciplinary research. However, its development raises significant challenges in both research policy and scientific practice.

In this talk, I will present some recent technical developments which we are deploying to support the data pipeline for facilities at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) in the UK and in collaboration with similar facilities in Europe though the PaNdata Collaboration. I will also present some recent policy principles which have been issued by UK research funders to encourage research organisations towards greater openness regarding research data.



  • Juan Bicarregui

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