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Toward an Open Science Enterprise (July 2017)

This study will identify the challenges of broadening access to the results of scientific research, described as "open science." Open science is defined, for the purposes of this study, as public access to scholarly articles resulting from research projects, the date that support the results contained in those articles, computer code, algorithms, and other digital products of publicly funded scientific research, so that the products of this research are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable, with limited exceptions for privacy, proprietary business claims, and national security. Visit the project page for more information.

The mission of the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) is to improve the stewardship, policy, and use of digital data and information for science and the broader society. The Board does this through the following tasks:

  1. Address emerging issues in the management, policy, and use of research data and information at the national and international levels; 
  2. Through studies and reports of the National Academies, provide independent and objective advice, reviews of programs, and assessment of priorities concerning research data and information activities and interests of its sponsors;  
  3. Encourage and facilitate collaboration across disciplines, sectors, and nations with regard to common interests in research data and information activities; 
  4. Monitor, assess, and contribute to the development of U.S. government and research community positions on research data and information programs and policies;
  5. Initiate or respond to requests for consensus studies, workshops, conferences, and other activities within the Board’s mission, and provide oversight for the activities performed under the Board’s auspices; and 
  6. Broadly disseminate and communicate the results of the Board’s activities to its stakeholders and to the general public.
BRDI also represents the U.S. National Committee for CODATA.
  Events more... 
Toward an Open Science Enterprise Committee Meeting
October 30, 2017
Washington, DC

BRDI Board Meeting
November 2, 2017
Washington, DC
Agenda and Presentations

BRDI Symposium
November 1, 2017
Washington, DC
Agenda and Presentations

Symposium Toward an Open Science Enterprise
September 18, 2017
Washington, DC
Agenda and Presentations

Toward an Open Science Enterprise
July 20, 2017
Washington, DC
Agenda and Presentations

BRDI Board Meeting
April 3-4, 2017
Washington, DC
Agenda and Presentation

All past events and activities

What's New:

The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Advanced Workshops
Four advanced and thematic workshops on Research Data Science will run in parallel from August 20-24, 2018 in Trieste, Italy. More information here
  1. Workshop on Extreme sources of data: Introduction to CERN LHC and ATLAS Experiment. Hands-on sessions will include python coding and tutorials on using the ATLAS Open Data Platforms/Tools.
  2. Workshop on Bioinformatics: Advanced hands-on-tutorials on computational methods for the management and analysis of genomic and sequencing data.
  3. Workshop on IoT/Big Data Analytics: Topics will include Big Data tools and technology; real time event processing; low latency query; analyzing social media and customer sentiment. Hands-on sessions will include deploying and using Big-Data Analytic tools and platforms including Hadoop, Apache Kafka and HDF 
  4. Workshop on Climate Data Science: Cloud computing platform/ tools for Climate Data Sciences including integration and visualization of on-line and local datasets. Hands- on sessions will focus on using on-line high performance platforms and tools for Climate Data Science.
The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School
The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School will take place on August 6-17, 2018 in Trieste, Italy. Apply here by May 21, 2018. The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School provides training in the foundational skills of Research Data Science. Contemporary research – particularly when addressing the most significant, transdisciplinary research challenges – cannot be done effectively without a range of skills relating to data. This includes the principles and practice of Open Science and research data management and curation, the use of a range of data platforms and infrastructures, large scale analysis, statistics, visualization and modeling techniques, software development and annotation and more. We define ‘Research Data Science’ as the ensemble of these skills. Find out more about the schools here where you will find links to information about past schools in 2016 and 2017 held in Trieste and São Paulo. Watch a video about the Schools of Research Data Science here.

Challenges in Managing Digital Objects in an Expanding Science Ecosystem

BRDI co-organized the 2017 CENDI/RDA/NFAIS/BRDI Workshop “Challenges in Managing Digital Objects in an Expanding Science Ecosystem,” which was held at the NIH’s National Library of Medicine’s Lister Hill Auditorium on November 15, 2017. Digital representations of data, publications, software, and other research objects need to be characterized so they can be discovered and used within a dynamic digital ecosystem. This very well-attended workshop discussed the theory behind these concepts, the frameworks available now, the building blocks, examples of best practices and standards, and also provided various users’ perspectives on this topic. The agenda and presentations can be found here. A note with reflections about the workshop appeared here. A paper describing the presentations and discussions at the meeting is forthcoming.

Workshop on Improving Reproducibility in Research: The Role of Measurement Science
On May 1-3, 2018 the International network of National Metrology Institutes (NMIs), coordinated by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, will host a workshop at the National Physical Laboratory in London. The goal of the workshop will be to bring together experts from the measurement and wider research communities to understand the issues and to explore how good measurement practice and principles can foster confidence in research findings; including how to tackle the challenge posed by increasing data volumes in both industry and research. The workshop organizers intend to produce a report describing the actions the network of NMIs might take moving forward. Registration is free. View the workshop flyer

Call for Proposals: SciDataCon 2018: The Digital Frontiers of Global Science
SciDataCon 2018 will address the theme of 'The Digital Frontiers of Global Science.' In a hyperconnected world where the internet is pervasive and web technologies are driving major changes in our lives, research has become more than ever before digital and international. SciDataCon 2018 seeks to explore the digital frontiers of global science by bringing together research and practice papers from a wide range of perspectives. The deadline for proposals is February 2, 2018. More information on the conference and proposal themes can be found here

New Proceedings of a Workshop - in Brief: International Coordination for Science Data Infrastructure
BRDI 2017 Workshop Proceedings In BriefAdvances in science and technology have led to the creation of large amounts of data—data that could be harnessed to improve productivity, cure disease, and address many other critical issues. Consensus in the scientific community is growing that the transition to truly data-driven and open science is best achieved by the establishment of a globally interoperable research infrastructure.

A number of projects are looking to establish this infrastructure and exploit data to its fullest potential. Several projects in the United States, Europe, and China have made significant strides toward this effort. The goal of these projects is to make research data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable, or FAIR. The expected impact and benefits of FAIR data are substantial. To realize these benefits, there is a need to examine critical success factors for implementation, including training of a new generation of data experts to provide the necessary capacity. On November 1, 2017, the National Academies organized a symposium to explore these issues. This publication briefly summarizes the presentations and discussions from the symposium.