Better Science through Better Data 2018

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Springer Nature and Wellcome Trust are partnering again this year to stage 'Better Science through Better Data 2018' (#scidata18). Now a staple of the research data conferences held throughout the year, this event will cover the benefits, challenges and practicalities of managing and publishing research data.

Held at the world famous Natural History Museum and live streamed globally - the event will involve a number of short “lightning” talks and demos from researchers and students presenting case studies of research data sharing, data reuse and associated tools in action. Submissions to present a lightning talk will open in July 2018.

Event details:

Date: Wednesday 14th November 2018, 1 day conference.

Time: 9.00 am - 17.00 pm (GMT).

Location: The Natural History Museum - Flett Theatre, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD Map

Who should attend: Researchers, Early Career Researchers, Librarians, Public.

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Draft event programme


09.00 Registration and coffee

09.30 Welcome/conference opening
Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Springer Nature

09.45 Keynote #1
Rebecca Boyles, Senior Manager, Bioinformatics and Data Science, RTI International

10.30 Keynote #2
Marta Teperek, Data Stewardship Coordinator, TU Delft

11.00 Coffee break

11.30 Lightning talks session #1

- Overcoming data barriers for regional-scale coastal-impact analysis by Claudia Wolff

- Share for Rare: Promoting Data-Sharing through Japan's Initiative on Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases (IRUD) by Takeya Adachi

- WorldPop: Mapping population distributions, demographic and dynamics by Andrew Tatem

- Gridded birth and pregnancy datasets for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean by Natalia Tejedor Garavito

- Multi-centre Epilepsy Lesion Detection Project conducting clinical research in an open-science framework by Sophie Adler

- Consent for data archiving in end of life care research: reflections on two qualitative studies by Jane Seymour

- Sharing Electrical Impedance Tomography and neuroimaging data from stoke patient by James Avery

12.30 Lunch


13.15 Lightning talks session #2

- Live Audit and Feedback for Trials Transparency by Nicholas Devito

- Compact Identifiers resolution services by Sarala M Wimalarante

- STRENDA DB: Monitoring the completeness of information in data reports by Carsten Kettner

- Meaningful and reproducible statistics: Does my data hold what it promises? By Andrej-Nikolai Spiess

- Materials Cloud, An Open Science Portal for FAIR Data Sharing by Aliaksandr Yakutovich

- Counting reuse to Make Data Count by Helen Cousijn

 - Nine good things about open science (and one bad thing) by Alasdair Rae 

14.15 Keynote #3
Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief, Nature

15.00 Coffee break

15.20 Keynote #4
John Burn-Murdoch, Data Journalist, Financial Times

15.40 Panel discussion

Theme: The responsibility of reproducibility: whose job is it to change the status quo?
Moderator: Kirstie Whitaker


Paola Quattroni, Cancer Research UK

Natalia Tejedor, University of Southampton

Sue Fletcher-Watson, University of Edinburgh

Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar, University of Huddersfield 

16.45 Conference closing remarks
Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Springer Nature

17.30 Drinks sponsored by Springer Nature at Angelsea Arms (10 min walk from conference venue).

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Mr Iain Hrynaszkiewicz

P_Iain_Hrynaszkiewicz_circlecrop_100x80Head of Data Publishing

Springer Nature

Iain is Head of Data Publishing in the Open Research Group at Springer Nature, where he develops new areas of research data publishing and data policy. This includes efforts to make research data more visible and reusable by developing links with data repositories, and data journals such as Scientific Data. He has led various initiatives and published numerous articles related to data sharing, open access, open data and reproducible research.

Mr David Carr

P_David_Carr_circlecrop_100x80Programme Manager – Open Research

Wellcome Trust

David Carr is Programme Manager for Open Research at the Wellcome Trust, where he is responsible for developing and taking forward a range of activities to maximise the availability and re-use of research outputs – including publications, datasets, software and materials. Previously, David worked as a Policy Adviser at Wellcome – leading on work to develop and communicate policy in several areas – including data sharing, open access publishing, biosecurity and genomics. In 2001, David worked on secondment at the World Health Organisation in Geneva, where he assisted in the preparation of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR) report on Genomics and World Health. Prior to joining the Trust in 1999, David worked as a project researcher at a scientific consultancy firm in Cambridge. He has undergraduate and master’s degrees in genetics from the University of Cambridge. 

Dr Kristie Whitaker

P_Kristie_Whitaker_circlecrop_100x80Research Fellow

The Alan Turing Institute

Kirstie completed her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley in 2012 and holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Medical Physics from the University of British Columbia. She was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge from 2012 to 2017. Dr Whitaker uses magnetic resonance images to understand the changes in the brain's structure and function that underlie the emergence of schizophrenia and depression. She is particularly passionate about ensuring that work is reproducible and can be replicated in independent data sets. She is a Fulbright scholarship alumna and 2016/17 Mozilla Fellow for Science. Kirstie was named, with her collaborator Petra Vertes, as a 2016 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy magazine.

Dr Marta Teperek

P_Marta_Teperek_circlecrop_100x80Research Data Stewardship Lead

TU Delft

Marta completed a PhD in molecular biology at the University of Cambridge. She then got professionally involved in advocating for Open Research and for better transparency in science. In 2015 she joined the University of Cambridge and led the creation and development of the Research Data Management Facility, supporting researchers at the University of Cambridge in good management and sharing of research data. While at Cambridge, Marta initiated and overseen the Data Champions programme and the Open Research Pilot. In August 2017 Marta moved to TU Delft in Netherlands, where she leads the Data Stewardship project.

Ms Louise Corti

P_Louise_Corti_circlecrop_100x80Associate Director

UK Data Archive

Louise leads the UK Data Service’s Collections Development and Data Publishing teams. Louise actively researches and publishes on key aspects of data management, sharing and reuse of social science data. She was instrumental in helping operationalise the ESRC's Research Data Policy from 1995 and extending this to fully accommodate qualitative data. She teaches regularly,  acts as a consultant for qualitative data archives setting up round the world, and is currently helping UKDS to scale up for managing new and novel forms of data.

Dr Emma Ganley

P_Emma_Ganley_circlecrop_100x80Joint Chief Editor

PLOS Biology

Emma Ganley is Joint Chief Editor of PLOS Biology and she is lead of the PLOS data program. Initially trained as a scientist with a PhD in Molecular Biology from the MRC-LMB in Cambridge followed by postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley, Emma moved into science publishing joining PLOS Biology in 2005. Emma rejoined PLOS in 2010 after some years in New York where she was Executive Editor of the Journal of Cell Biology. Emma has long been involved in efforts to ensure the highest level of scientific integrity via data presentation and making data available alongside publications; she helped develop the JCB DataViewer while at JCB, worked as a Project Manager for the Open Microscopy Environment. She now oversees many projects at PLOS related to Open Science, Open Data, publishing ethics and mechanisms to improve research assessment. Emma is currently Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for, and active participant in the Force11 EG3 Data Citation Implementation Pilot (DCIP) Publisher Early Adopters working group.

Ms Patricia Cruse

P_Patricia_Cruse_circlecrop_100x80Executive Director


Trisha leads DataCite with a strong commitment and passion for data sharing. As Executive Director, her role is to advance DataCite’s mission, build strategic partnerships and work with a diverse community of stakeholders. Prior to joining DataCite, Trisha was the Director of the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library (CDL). In addition, Trisha also is a co-PI on the DataONE initiative and co-leads sustainability and governance activities. Trisha holds an MLIS from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr Fiona Reddington

P_Fiona_Reddington_circlecrop_140x200Head of Population, Prevention & Behavioural Research Funding

Cancer Research UK

Fiona obtained her BSc (Pharmacology) at University College Dublin and her PhD (Neurophysiology) from Kings College London (UMDS). From there, Fiona joined the NHS as a project manager and went on to manage a Cancer Centre at University College London. Management roles at a national cancer network and the National Cancer Research Institute Informatics Initiative followed where Fiona was part of the team to win the inaugural Times Higher Research project of the Year award.Fiona joined Cancer Research UK in 2008. She has responsibility for the Cancer Research UK research portfolio in the areas of population research, prevention and early diagnosis.She represents the charity on matters relating to data sharing and the management boards of a number of external initiatives such as the UK Prevention Research Partnership and UKCRC Public Health Centres of Excellence.

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