Five reasons to join us for this year’s Better Science through Better Data event #scidata18

Now in its fifth year, our #scidata18 event, taking place on Wednesday 14th November 2018, looks set to be the best yet! Join us, and a programme of expert speakers, to learn about the benefits, challenges and practicalities of managing and publishing your research data. The event is free to attend and live-stream, and is held in partnership with The Wellcome Trust.

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1. Even more ways to engage. Our 2018 event will take place in person at London’s Natural History Museum. Last year more than 130 attendees joined us, more than half of whom were early career researchers. If you can’t join us in person, we will also be live-streaming globally.

2. A flagship in the research data and open science events calendar. Last year, 98% of attendees rated our conference as “highly relevant” or “mostly relevant”, and 100% said they would recommend the event to colleagues. #Scidata18 is for researchers of all levels (especially early career researchers). It can help them understand the importance of sharing research data to progress their research and learn how publishing data can help amplify and increase the credit they receive for their work. We also welcome policy makers, editors, librarians, technologists and others with interests in sharing and reusing research data.

3. An international line-up of keynote speakers:talks will highlight the themes of this year’s conference: mentoring open science; good research data practice throughout the research lifecycle; and roles and responsibilities for reproducible research. Our 2018 keynotes include:

  • Marta Teperek, Data Stewardship Coordinator, TU Delft.
  • Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief, Nature. 
  • John Burn-Murdoch, Data Journalist, Financial Times. 
  • Plus, the opening keynote speaker to be revealed later in October.

4. 14 thought-provoking ‘lightning’ talks: This year we have 14 lightning talks from a wide variety of subject areas including: Earth sciences, statistics, information sciences, medicine, biochemistry, social sciences, and geography. The speakers represent a number of nationalities, institutions, and research agencies, with demonstrations showcasing tools and case studies of sharing and reusing research data. Our line-up of lightning talks for this year are:

  • Claudia Wolff, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel: Overcoming data barriers for regional-scale coastal-impact analysis
  • Andrej-Nikolai Spiess, University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf: Meaningful and reproducible statistics: Does my data hold what it promises?
  • Sarala M Wimalaratne, EMBL-EBI: Identifiers.org Compact Identifier resolution services
  • Nicholas Devito, University of Oxford: Live Audit and Feedback for Trials Transparency
  • Carsten Kettner, Beilstein-Institut: STRENDA DB: Monitoring the completeness of information in data reports
  • James Avery, University College London: Sharing Electrical Impedance Tomography and neuroimaging data from stroke patients
  • Natalia Tejedor Garavito, University of Southampton: Gridded birth and pregnancy datasets for Africa Latin America and the Caribbean   
  • Andrew Tatem, University of Southampton: WorldPop: Mapping population distributions, demographics and dynamics
  • Takeya Adachi, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED): Share for Rare: Promoting Data-Sharing through Japan’s Initiative on Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases (IRUD)
  • Aliaksandr Yakutovich, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne: Materials Cloud, An Open Science Portal for FAIR Data Sharing
  • Alasdair Rae, University of Sheffield: Nine good things about open science (and one bad thing)
  • Helena Cousijn, DataCite: Counting reuse to Make Data Count
  • Jane Seymour, University of Sheffield: Consent for data archiving in end of life care research: reflections on two qualitative studies
  • Sophie Adler, University College London: Multi-centre Epilepsy Lesion Detection Project conducting clinical research in an open-science framework

5. A must-see panel debate. This year’s panel discussion, led by Kirstie Whitaker, Research fellow at The Turing Institute, will focus on the theme ‘The responsibility of reproducibility; whose job is it to change the status quo. The topic will be debated by an academic journal editor, an early career researcher, a principal investigator, and a funding agency.

Look out for more information about our fantastic speakers over the coming weeks!

Want to attend the event  in London on Wednesday 14th November? Get your ticket now.

Want to live stream the event from work or home? Sign up now (we’ll email you closer to the time with details).


Iain Hrynaszkiewicz

Publisher, Open Research, PLOS

Iain Hrynaszkiewicz is Publisher, Open Research at Public Library of Science (PLOS), where he leads the conceptualisation and development of new products and services that add value to the PLOS portfolio by supporting and enabling open science. Iain was previously Head of Data Publishing at Springer Nature where he developed and implemented research data policies and services, and was publisher of Nature Research Group’s Scientific Data journal. He has also been Outreach Director at Faculty of 1000 (F1000), and spent seven years at the first commercial open access publisher BioMed Central (BMC) in a variety of editorial, publishing and product/policy development roles. Iain is part of several research/publishing community projects related to data sharing and reproducible research. He founded and is co-chair of an Interest Group in the Research Data Alliance (RDA) that is setting standards for journal research data policy globally, and founder of the annual early-career researcher conference, Better Science through Better Data. He has published numerous papers related to data sharing, open access, and the role of publishers in reproducible research - one of which has been cited nearly 200 times.

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