RDA meets Romanian researchers

30 May 2017 – Bucharest – Romania

The European branch of the Research Data Alliance, RDA Europe, is organising a series of RDA events through Europe. The aim if this event is to make the work of the RDA better known and to lower the effort to participate in the RDA activities in general and the Working and Interest groups in particular.

RDA is an international member-based organization focused on the development of infrastructure and community activities that reduce barriers to data sharing, exchange, and re-use. In summary, the goal is to accelerate data driven innovation worldwide. With more than 5,100 members globally representing 122 countries, RDA includes data science professionals from multiple disciplines, including but not limited to academia, agronomy, chemistry, biology, library sciences, earth sciences, astronomy and meteorology.

RDA is building the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of data to achieve its vision of researchers and innovators openly sharing data across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address the grand challenges of society.

RDA Outputs are the technical and social infrastructure solutions developed by RDA Working Groups or Interest Groups that enable data sharing, exchange, and interoperability.  These outputs have an important impact in two areas: solving problems, and incorporation and/or adoption in infrastructure environments by individuals, projects and organisations.

With this invitation, we invite the Romanian research communities, researchers in general, policy makers in open access to data, open science enablers and the re-use of research data champions to join and discuss technological as well as sociological matters around the re-use of research data on the national, European and global levels.

This event is arranged in connection with the conference on Control Systems and Computer Science (http://cscs21.hpc.pub.ro/) in Bucharest. The RDA event is free of charge, a registration is requested in advance.

Date and time: 30.05.2017, 09:00 – 13:00

Venue: Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers, University Politehnica of Bucharest, 313 Spl. Independentei, Bucharest, Romania.

Audience: Research communities, policy makers, open science enablers and promoters
Registration: Event is free of charge but are only for registered participants. The registration closes on 25.05.2017.
Organizer: RDA Europe & National Institute for R&D in Informatics (ICI) Bucharest


09:00-10:30 Registration
10:30-10:40 Welcoming words, Leif Laaksonen (RDA), Gheorghe-Decebal Popescu (ICI Bucharest)
10:40-11:10 RDA in a nutshell and why RDA is important, Leif Laaksonen (RDA Europe)
11:10-11:40 RDA: What, Where, When, and How, Francoise Genova, (RDA Europe/CNRS)
11:40-12:00 RDA web site – Useful resource for information on re-use of data, Francoise Genova



Input, views and discussion from Romanian researchers on re-use of data

Summary of discussion, Q&A and possible actions to strengthen Nordic collaboration

Light lunch, coffee and networking

Register for the event through https://www.rd-alliance.org/registration-rda-meets-researchers-romania-30-may-2017-bucharest

Dr. Leif Laaksonen (male) is a Director at CSC, the Finnish IT Center for Science located in Espoo, Finland, with responsibilities in international collaboration and project coordination/ management. His education is in quantum chemistry (PhD) with a flavour of bioinformatics in the late 80-ties and early 90-ties through practice. He has a long tradition in European research collaboration as the elected and permanent Chair of the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) for the period 2007 – 2008 and 2009 – 2010 and serving as the e-IRG representative in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). Later he has as an e-IRG representative been a Member of the ESFRI initiated Working Group on investment strategies in e-infrastructures. Leif Laaksonen was the Project Director, during the first phase, of the FP7 project Research Data Alliance Europe (RDA Europe) and a core member of the international group constructing the current RDA organisation and governance. His current activities include the work package leadership (EU Policy Level Engagement) in RDA Europe 3 and membership in the FAIR Data Expert Group dealing with open research data and research data management.  He was a core member of the OECD Follow Up Group on Issues of Access to Publicly Funded Research Data, 2002 and he has been a part of the RDA since the beginning in 2013.

Dr. Françoise Genova is an astronomer at the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). She has been the director of the Strasbourg astronomical data centre CDS, one of the key elements of the disciplinary international data network, from 1995 to 2015, and one of the founding parents of the astronomical interoperability framework, the so-called Virtual Observatory. She has been the coordinator of several European projects in support to the Virtual Observatory, and currently leads the “Data Access, Discovery and Interoperability” Work Package of the European ASTERICS astronomy Cluster, which aims at optimizing the usage of the data from the astronomical large projects through the Virtual Observatory. She was a member of the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data set up by the European Commission in 2010, and one author of the “Riding the wave” report published in October 2010, and is currently a member of the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG), of the EC FAIR Data Expert Group, and of the OECD Expert Group on International Coordination of Data Infrastructures for Open Science. She is an active member of the RDA, in particular as co-chair of the RDA Technical Advisory Board, and of the RDA Europe projects.