Workshop “FAIR data management : best practices and open issues”. Firenze, 14th- 15th November 2016

RDA, the Research Data Alliance, in collaboration with the universities of Turin, Milan, Bologna , Trento and Parma and supported by CNR, AISA and OpenAIRE organizes a two-day workshop about sharing, reuse, and reproducibility of research data on some selected scientific fields – and related research infrastructures – of strategic relevance in Europe.

FAIR data management : best practices and open issues. Firenze, 14th- 15th  November 2016 (programme + registration)

Workshop overview and objectives

According to the Guiding Principles for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable Data – so called FAIR principles –  recently adopted by the European Commission Guidelines on FAIR Data Management in Horizon 2020 the aim of this workshop is to bring new lymph to the political, legal, technical and technological debate around re-use and reproducibility of research data in Italy.

Starting from requirements and concrete experiences of research infrastructures and relying on the results and on-going activities of specific RDA Working and Interest Groups, this workshop will call to action the coordinators of research infrastructures, individual researchers, funding agencies, research institutions, data scientists, data librarians / curators and computing scientists to identify which of the FAIR guidelines can be effectively supported by the current technology, which national policies are supporting their implementation and what are the challenges still open towards a concrete implementation of the FAIR principles in Italy.

The expected outcomes of this event will be a largely increased awareness among researchers and stakeholders of major Italian Universities on the different aspects that characterise a FAIR data management and on the solutions developed in the RDA and in other national and international contexts that can be exploited, either by each single institution or thought a coordinated effort, to implement it.

 Workshop Structure

Two day-workshop with national (Italian) and international speakers. Ample space will be dedicated to panel discussions and active participation from the audience. The workshop will be held in English and Italian

Target Audience

The workshop is dedicated to an Italian audience of researchers, heads of research infrastructures and of computing infrastructures, pro-rectors for research, university research and open access departments, repository managers, librarians experts in metadata and data curation who are not yet part of RDA community. Italian policy makers will also be a target of this workshop.


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