How do we make the case for research data centres?

Added by Catherine Gray on 31 August 2011 10:11

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Thursday, 17 November 2011 17:30 - 20:30

Location: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

To mark the launch of the recent RIN/JISC report on data centres, we are hosting an event at the Wellcome Collection asking ‘How do we make the case for data centres?’

The report suggests that researchers value data centres highly, and that they derive considerable benefits from the ready availability of curated datasets. However, it remains difficult to articulate this value, both upwards - to policymakers and funders who can provide funding and mandates to support data centres - and downwards - to the researchers themselves, many of whom remain reluctant to populate centres with their own data.

The event will therefore ask a panel of speakers to discuss the value proposition for research data centres, and consider the best way to communicate this value to a number of audiences. The event will be followed by a drinks reception, and an opportunity to view the Wellcome Collection’s galleries.

We are pleased to have the following speakers at the event:

  • Kevin Ashley, Digital Curation Centre
  • Professor Matthew Collins, BioArCh, University of York
  • Graham Stark, Virtual Worlds
  • Mark Thorley, Natural Environment Research Council
  • Matthew Woollard, UK Data Archive

If you would like to know more about this event, or are interested in booking a place, please email contact@rin.ac.uk. Places are limited.

The main project page for the report can be found here.

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