Workshop at EUDAT 2013

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Scientific Data Infrastructures - Visions of the Future

A workshop to be held at EUDAT 2013 in Rome, 28th October 2013

ATTENTION - the workshop has been cancelled !!!

Important Dates

Position paper submission deadline (extended): 23 September 2013
Notification of acceptance: 27 September 2013
Workshop: 28 October 2013

Aims and Scope of the Workshop:

The way in which scientific research is carried out is undergoing a series of radical changes as a result of the digital revolution. Researchers in all disciplines are increasingly adopting digital tools, techniques and practices in communities, and projects are spanning multiple disciplines, laboratories, organisations, and national boundaries.

This process has increasingly consequences for the development of research data infrastructures. In many disciplines the so called ‘data silo’ was a standard, but due to the evolution of research to data-driven science, new approaches have been developed. On the other hand, the long-term operation of existing research data infrastructures becomes a challenge. Furthermore, cloud computing as a new computing paradigm imposes many technical, cultural and business challenges to data driven science. What are the implications for the key players in this area – the data and computing centres, the science libraries, and the researchers themselves? How does the evolving profession of a data scientist meet that picture? How will the research landscape change in view to research data management in 5/ 10/ 15 / 20 years’ time?

In this workshop we aim to develop scenarios of the future of research data infrastructures. In working groups we will elaborate different scenarios by employing a method from innovation management, the scenario technique. The resulting scenarios will be discussed by all workshop participants and presented to a broader audience by the end of the workshop session by a poster presentation.


Introductory Note to Scientific Data Infrastructures and their challenges:
Dr. Jens Klump – GFZ German Research Centre for GeoSciences Potsdam, Germany

Outline Agenda

09:30 – 10:00 Welcome & Introductory Note
10:00 – 11:00 Plenary Session – Setting the Scene (Selected presentation of short papers)
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 13:00 Working Groups (Parallel Sessions)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 16:00 Working Groups (Parallel Sessions)
16:00 – 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 – 17:00 Reporting from Working Groups (Plenary)
17:00 – 17:15 Conclusion

Expected numbers of submissions and accepted papers:

We aim for a single-day workshop, and we will design sessions around themes that emerge from the accepted position papers. The workshop will be highly interactive, as we intend to allow plenty of time for discussion. During the wrap-up session in the afternoon, the results of the working groups will be discussed by all participants. It is intended to prepare a poster presentation to present the results of the workshop to a broader audience.

The workshop should number 16-24 people. Participants will be selected based on position papers. Accepted participants will be expected to read all position papers ahead of time. The organisers will provide an electronic discussion forum as well as a shared repository in which to retrieve workshop materials before the conference. Authors are invited to submit position papers of up to 4 pages of double column text using single spaced 10 point size on DIN A4 pages (8.3 in × 11.7 in) and should include an abstract of no more than 150 words. Position papers will be evaluated for originality, significance, quality of research, quality of writing, and contribution to workshop topic diversity. Notice of acceptance will be sent by September 10, 2013. Accepted papers will be made available to all participants prior to the workshop. At least one author from each paper must attend the workshop.

Papers should be submitted by 6 September, 2013 to

Position papers should address one or more of the following topics:

  • Evolution of Scientific Data Infrastructures
  • Challenges in the long-term operation of existing Scientific Data Infrastructures
  • Scientific Data Infrastructures and the Cloud
  • Infrastructures for Data-Intensive Science


Dr.-Ing. Leonie Schäfer

GFZ German Research Center for GeoSciences
Potsdam, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)331/288-2813
Fax: +49 (0)331/288-1703

Dr. Jens Klump

GFZ German Research Center for GeoSciences
Potsdam, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)331/288-1702
Fax: +49 (0)331/288-1703