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Better Science through Better Data 2017 (#scidata17)

Springer Nature & Wellcome Trust

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 from 09:00 to 17:30 (BST)

Better Science through Better Data 2017 (#scidata17)

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Following the success of last year's event, Better Science through Better Data (#scidata17) is back – on 25th October 2017 – this year for a day of talks and demos exploring how open research is put into practice.

For this year's conference, Scientific Data and Springer Nature are again partnering with Wellcome Trust to stage the event, which will cover the benefits, unintended consequences and practicalities of managing and publishing research data.

This will include a focus on the needs of early career researchers, such as data skills, career progression, and good practice for sharing data alongside peer-reviewed publications. We also anticipate showing examples of innovative approaches to data sharing and reuse, and demos of tools and resources available to researchers to help them, and their research community, make the best use of their research data.

The event will involve a number of short “lightning” talks and demos from researchers and students presenting case studies of research data sharing, data reuse and associated tools in action.


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09.00 – Registration and coffee

09.30 – Welcome/conference opening

Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Springer Nature

09.45 – Keynote #1

Aled Edwards, University of Toronto

10.30 – Keynote #2: Showing your working: a how to guide to reproducible research

Kirstie Whitaker, Alan Turing Institute

11.00 – Coffee break

11.30 – Lightning talks session #1: Research, sharing and reuse

12.30 – Lunch

13.30 – Lightning talks session #2: Tools and policies for Open Research explored

14.30 – Keynote #3: How open should open data be?

Esther Crawley, University of Bristol

15.15 – Coffee break

15.40 Keynote #4: Supporting Open Research: the role of an academic library

Jez Cope, Research Data Manager, The University of Sheffield

16.10 Panel discussion

Panellists to be confirmed

17.05 – Conference closing remarks



To ensure the successful development of the 2017 conference programme and provide expertise in postgraduate education, research funding, and publishing, the following people sat on the conference programme committee:

Iain photoMr Iain Hrynaszkiewicz - Programme Chair
Head of Data Publishing,
Springer Nature

Iain is Head of Data Publishing in the Open Research Group at Springer Nature, where he develops new areas of research data publishing and data policy. This includes efforts to make research data more visible and reusable by developing links with data repositories, and data journals such as Scientific Data. He has led various initiatives and published numerous articles related to data sharing, open access, open data and reproducible research.

Dave photoMr David Carr
Programme Manager – Open Research,
Wellcome Trust

David Carr is Programme Manager for Open Research at the Wellcome Trust, where he is responsible for developing and taking forward a range of activities to maximise the availability and re-use of research outputs – including publications, datasets, software and materials. Previously, David worked as a Policy Adviser at Wellcome – leading on work to develop and communicate policy in several areas – including data sharing, open access publishing, biosecurity and genomics. In 2001, David worked on secondment at the World Health Organisation in Geneva, where he assisted in the preparation of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR) report on Genomics and World Health. Prior to joining the Trust in 1999, David worked as a project researcher at a scientific consultancy firm in Cambridge. He has undergraduate and master’s degrees in genetics from the University of Cambridge.

Marta photoDr Marta Teperek
Research Data Stewardship Lead,
TU Delft

Marta completed a PhD in molecular biology at the University of Cambridge. Having first-hand experience of problems that researchers face on a day-to-day basis, with the journals’ impact factor, and not the quality of the research process, dictating the future of their academic career, Marta decided to get professionally involved in advocating for Open Research and for better transparency in science. In 2015 she joined the University of Cambridge and led the creation and development of the Research Data Management Facility, supporting researchers at the University of Cambridge in good management and sharing of research data. While at Cambridge, Marta initiated and overseen the Data Champions programme and the Open Research Pilot.

Kirstie photoDr Kirstie Whitaker
Research Fellow,
The Alan Turing Institute

Kirstie completed her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley in 2012 and holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Medical Physics from the University of British Columbia. She was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge from 2012 to 2017. Dr Whitaker uses magnetic resonance images to understand the changes in the brain's structure and function that underlie the emergence of schizophrenia and depression. She is particularly passionate about ensuring that work is reproducible and can be replicated in independent data sets. She is a Fulbright scholarship alumna and 2016/17 Mozilla Fellow for Science. Kirstie was named, with her collaborator Petra Vertes, as a 2016 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy magazine.

Fiona photoDr Fiona Reddington
Head of Population, Prevention & Behavioural Research Funding,
Cancer Research UK

Fiona obtained her BSc (Pharmacology) at University College Dublin and her PhD (Neurophysiology) from Kings College London (UMDS). From there, Fiona joined the NHS as a project manager and went on to manage a Cancer Centre at University College London. Management roles at a national cancer network and the National Cancer Research Institute Informatics Initiative followed where Fiona was part of the team to win the inaugural Times Higher Research project of the Year award. Fiona joined Cancer Research UK in 2008. She has responsibility for the Cancer Research UK research portfolio in the areas of population research, prevention and early diagnosis. She represents the charity on matters relating to big data and data sharing and the management boards of a number of external initiatives such as the National Prevention Research Initiative and UKCRC Public Health Centres of Excellence.

Esther photoDr Esther Crawley
Professor of Child Health,
University of Bristol

Esther is a Professor of Child Health at the University of Bristol, a Consultant Paediatrician and an NIHR Senior Research Fellow. She is the clinical lead for the Bath specialist CFS/ME service for children based at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. Esther also leads a research team which investigates the epidemiology and treatment of CFS/ME in children and adults. The epidemiological work uses the Avon and Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) and a large cohort of patients to study the causes and different types of CFS/ME. Her team have developed expertise in delivering complex hard-to-do trials. They have just started recruiting to FITNET-NHS which will be the largest RCT in CFS/ME. FITNET-NHS will test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of internet delivered CBT throughout the UK. Esther trained in Oxford, did her PhD in London and lives in Bristol when she is not sailing or skiing with her teenagers.

Mark photoDr Mark Hahnel

Mark is the founder and CEO of figshare, which provides research data infrastructure to academic researchers, publishers, institutions and funders. A former geneticist, Mark did his PhD on stem cell biology at Imperial College London. In his role as CEO at figshare, he oversees the product vision based on conversations with experts in the open data space globally. He is a firm believer in the need for open research outputs and the benefits to academia and more efficient research progress.

Emma photoDr Emma Ganley
Joint Chief Editor,
PLOS Biology

Emma Ganley is Joint Chief Editor of PLOS Biology and she is lead of the PLOS data program. Initially trained as a scientist with a PhD in Molecular Biology from the MRC-LMB in Cambridge followed by postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley, Emma moved into science publishing joining PLOS Biology in 2005. Emma rejoined PLOS in 2010 after some years in New York where she was Executive Editor of the Journal of Cell Biology. Emma has long been involved in efforts to ensure the highest level of scientific integrity via data presentation and making data available alongside publications; she helped develop the JCB DataViewer while at JCB, worked as a Project Manager for the Open Microscopy Environment. She now oversees many projects at PLOS related to Open Science, Open Data, publishing ethics and mechanisms to improve research assessment. Emma is currently Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for, and active participant in the Force11 EG3 Data Citation Implementation Pilot (DCIP) Publisher Early Adopters working group.

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 from 09:00 to 17:30 (BST)

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Springer Nature & Wellcome Trust

The event is organised by Scientific Data, within Springer Nature, and in conjunction with Wellcome Trust.

Scientific Data is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal for descriptions of research datasets. We aim to promote wider data sharing and reuse, and to credit those that share.

Springer Nature is an academic publisher of high impact scientific information in print and online.

The Wellcome Trust is an independent global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health through science, research and engagement with society.

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