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Data strategies for research infrastructures

Suhr, Stephanie; Jimenez, Rafael; Brooksbank, Cath; Newhouse, Steven; Hancocks, Tom

Data is the lifeblood of science. Scientists produce data and analyse data, and service providers including research infrastructures (and e-infrastructures) provide facilities for data production and/or storage, sharing and reuse. There is increasing pressure for research infrastructures to have a clear, forward-looking data strategy: from funders during the forming process of new research infrastructures, as a result of technical developments (“explosion” of data coming from new instrumentation), and from the open access/open data movements, where the scientific community, journal publishers, and policymakers push for increasing amounts of data to be made available via various repositories.

This document describes the high-level issues that may influence the data strategy of research infrastructures at various stages of development. The information is primarily targeted at research infrastructure project managers (or equivalent) as communication and knowledge hubs. However, the information presented here may also be interesting for technical staff operating at the management level, and aid communication exchange and collaboration between the two groups.

The points presented here result from the discussions during the BioMedBridges workshop on data strategies for research infrastructures held on 19 February 2015 at ESO headquarters in Garching, Germany as well as an earlier workshop with representatives of various e-infrastructures and the document “Principles of data management and sharing at European Research Infrastructures”.

Related documents: Data strategies for research infrastructures: workshop information, presentations and report http://www.biomedbridges.eu/trainings/knowledge-exchange-workshop-data-strategies-research-infrastructures Preparing for the data deluge http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.13942 Principles of data management at European research infrastructures (2014) http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8304
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