Paolo Budroni:

E- Infrastructures Austria

e-Infrastructures Austria is a project designed to foster the coordinated and on-going development of Austria-wide infrastructures for digital resources in research and academic teaching.
A key objective of the initiative is to include research communities, libraries and IT services of all national universities and other scientific institutions, and to jointly develop knowledge for the construction of local repositories in order to pool existing expertise and resources. The intended goal is then to make this knowledge available to all of the project institutions involved. Within the three-year project period, all partner institutions are to set up a local document server or be granted access to a shared document server. A parallel objective is the design and eventual establishment of either a central or several decentralized Austrian repositories for advanced applications and digital objects, including research data, documents, and multi-media content

Three main goals:

e-Infrastructures Austria coordinates the establishment and development of infrastructures in Austria by:

  • Design of a knowledge network
  • Establishment of local document servers and access to shared document repositories for all partner institutions
  • Design and development of a central repository (or, according to certain requirements, several repositories) for advanced applications and digital objects


Hans Fransen:

Data management planning at an institution – the first wobbly steps of a newborn baby.

The story about the introduction of data management planning at the University of Leiden is certainly not unique. It started with an ambitious project that was set up by the university library. From the beginning the library was working together with two major Dutch data centers, DANS and 3TU. This cooperation took shape in a front office - back office structure. The Leiden Research Data Office was established and an extensive data management portal was added to the library website. Two subject librarians were given the title "data librarian" and could spend a significant portion of their time in that capacity. After the completion of the project, the actual service started slowly. The expertise of data librarians was mainly used when funding agencies required specific information from the researchers with regard to handling their data.

Meanwhile, in the Netherlands the integrity aspect related to dealing with research data became front page news because of deliberate manipulation of data by researchers.

That led to an incentive by the Faculty of Social Science to start a pilot project on data management. This was supported by the university administration. The library was one of the parties involved. The fact that an increasing number of research funders asked for data management planning also helped accelerating the process of data management introduction. This presentation elaborates on the actors involved within the university and the differences of approach by the different faculties.


Hans van Grieken:

The CAP GEMINI experience and its impact on Universities Libraries:
What can University Librarians learn from other sectors/industries that manage huge quantities of vital data as well?

The challenges that University Librarians across the world are facing are huge, but they are not unique. Very many knowledge intensive public and private organizations struggle with the way in which they manage, store and unlock ever increasing numbers of internal and external data.

In his contribution to the DATA MANAGEMENT Conference of the Vienna University, Hans van Grieken of Capgemini will touch on a number of relevant global examples of both public (defense, national security, health-sector) and private organizations (oil exploration, retail, advertising, publishing and media) that are going through a massive transformation process as far as their information management and the underlying technologies are concerned. Touching upon game-changing technologies such as Cloud, big data, advanced search capabilities and mobile, Van Grieken will try to determine their implications/re-usability for the University sector in general and the function of University Libraries in particular.


Marjan Grootveld:

Certification and Dutch data management services

Research funders increasingly expect researchers to manage their data in a way that allows re-use. To support this, instruments and facilities such as Data Management Plans and Trusted Digital Repositories should be in place. Equally essential is knowledgeable local front-office staff who can support researchers and who are supported themselves by back-office services for long-term storage of and access to research data.

This talk sketches the Dutch federated data infrastructure from the perspective of a certified research data archive as part of a cycle, rather than the end of a chain.


Ayhan Kaygusuz:

Interoperability : Removing the barriers in front of information, a democratic approach

Information technology is advancing very rapidly. New hardwares, softwares, and mobile apps etc. are taking part in our daily life. It is almost impossible to estimate how much new information are produced and how many new web sites are created each year. Rate of born-digital publications are increasing every year. Public authorities and commercial entities have several web sites for their services and products..

Do all these innovations/technologies make life easier for ordinary citizens?

Are there technical, financial and literacy issues that make it complicated to access information even for researchers?

Why do we have to visit several different sites to get public services?

Do all societies have enough IT infrastructures and platforms to access digital resources? If not, what kind of results will we be facing in the medium and long term?

Does the gap between information societies and developing countries tend to widen under current conditions?


Jeffrey vd Hoeven

This talk will outline the current state of affairs on emulation in digital preservation and its importance to science data preservation and access. In theory, emulation is seen as one of the best ways to retain access to digital records, but in practice only a few organizations actually adopted this solution. Why is that? Is it difficult or expensive? And what is needed to successfully use emulation in your organization? Jeffrey will give his view on this supported with some real-life emulation demonstrations.


Norbert Lossau:

From local to global: Sharing of knowledge through participatory scientific information infrastructures

As research becomes increasingly global, it is critical to create infrastructure that can connect across local, national and geographic boundaries. Recently there have been significant efforts in regions around the world to develop repository networks. These networks represent an important content layer within the research infrastructure system: They provide access to the products of research such as articles, data, and other content to researchers and to the world. They are also becoming an important source of information for governments, funding agencies and institutions about the impact of the research they support.

The keynote will highlight in particular a new effort of COAR, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories, to align regional networks on a global scale, enable the exchange of data between them and greatly improve access to content across regions.


Marco de Niet:

In this presentation, Marco de Niet will explain the PERSIST initiative, a collaboration between Unesco, ICA, IFLA and DEN, to create a Global digital roadmap for long term access to digital heritage. PERSIST aims to enhance the sustainability of the information society by establishing continuity of preservation of and access to digital information. It addresses Governments, Memory institutions, ICT-companies, Non-Governmental and Intergovernmental organizations and Academia. The ultimate goal of the roadmap is to establish a platform for permanent dialogue between these parties. Through this dialogue, agreements can be made to enhance the sustainability of the information society across the globe.

The presentation will address three issues: the results of the Roadmap conference from December 2013, which started this initiative; the current status of PERSIST and its three Taskforces (Content, Policy and Technology) and the role of researchers on digital preservation in this initiative.


Carlos Morais Pires:

The European Commission, in coordination with EU Member States is looking after scientific information as an infrastructure, as a valuable resource with strategic implications for the future of research and education (2011, Riding the Wave report of the High-Level Group on Data Infrastructures).
As proposed by Fried Friend, Van Sompel and Guédon in the paper “Beyond Sharing and Re-using: Toward Global Data Networking” some of the important issues to consider are:

  1. How data can be networked;
  2. How to envision and set up data governance on a global scale;
  3. How the EU can play a leading role in helping start and steer this global trend.

Data e-Infrastructures increase scope, depth and economies of scale of the scientific enterprise; they are catalysts of new and unexpected solutions to emerge by global and multidisciplinary research. They bridge the gap between scientists and the citizen and are enablers of trust in the scientific process. Horizon 2020 workprogramme contains a number of topics addressing data and computing e-infrastructures that if taken with appropriate resources and critical mass, can project Europe into the new world of data driven. The approach is to combine the expertise of scientific communities the expertise of e-Infrastructure providers capable of exploring the limits of high bandwidth communication, high-performance computing, open scientific software and virtual research environments.



Andreas Rauber:

Data Management Plans: A good idea, but not sufficient

Data Managment Plans are an essential aspect proper plannning and execution of data-intensive research projects. While acceptance and adoption of DMPs has finally started to rise, there are indicators that these plans in their current form fall short on several aspects. They usually follow a data-centric approach ignoring the processes which created, analysed and presented the data. This severly impedes one of the mian motivations for introducing DMPs, i.e. reliable verification and informed reuse of results. This talk will review some of the issues identified and propose extension to DMPs that focus on the processing aspects. Adopting process management plans (PMPs) as an extension to DMPs will help in mitigating these risks, which in turn wil help with meeting the goals set forward as a motivation to adopt data managment as a core pat of research planning and execution.


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