Expert Liaison Groups - ELG

Amsterdam vista along River IJ

The ELGs act like an advisory board comprising experts in fields that encompass the key stakeholder groups related to the data science profession. Three groups have been established covering the key areas related to the data science profession. The groups meet periodically to review the ideas and outputs emerging from the work of the EDISON project and also contribute to lively and constructive discussions reflecting the interests and experiences of the ELG members.

Overview

Three ELGs have been established, bringing together three interest groups with relevant members:

  • ELG Universities (academic scholars and officers)
  • ELG Employer Sectors (from public and private research organisations and infrastructures, public administrations, and industry)
  • ELG Data Experts (data scientists from a range of scientific and technical domains)

The Liaison Groups serve as a key channel for facilitating structured dialogue between professional sectors, academia and the EDISON project.

These groups will discuss in prospective terms, alignment of education to (scientific, public and private) market needs, and the exploitation potential and business models to implement EDISON results.

The Liaison Groups will comment on and contribute to documents during all stages of their creation. Group members will also act as champions of the formal outputs of the project within their respective organisations and communities.

Motivation

The EDISON project seeks to work in close co-operation with the initiatives, experts and practitioners involved in data science and/or in the development of data science training in the European scientific landscape. Three EDISON Liaison Groups (ELG) have been convened to involve representatives (experts and pioneers) from three domains: academia, employer sectors, and also recognized data experts from different disciplines interested in advising the project team. The ultimate aim is to configure a critical mass of stakeholders to secure the long-term sustainability of the profession. The Liaison Groups also serve as a key channel for facilitating structured dialogue between industry, researchers and users. The membership of these groups will grow during the project and may change over time. At the time of writing in the winter of 2016 we have around forty-five ELG members in total and are up to full capacity.

Meetings

Bari, Italy - Friday 13th November, 2015

Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Tuesday 5th April, 2016

Krakow, Poland - Tuesday 27th September, 2016

Further meetings to be arranged...

Expert Liaison Groups - Terms of Reference

EDISON

Liaison Groups

 Terms of Reference (overview)

 

Introduction

The Horizon 2020 EDISON project (1 September 2015 – 31 August 2017) aims to establish the data scientist as a profession. This will be achieved by aligning industry needs with available career paths, and supporting academies in reviewing their curricula with respect to expected profiles, required expertise and professional certification. This will result in a significant increase in the number and quality of data scientists graduating from universities and being trained by other professional education and training institutions in Europe.

All of this will be accomplished through the development of a number of inter-connected activities including a dialogue between professional sectors and academia for the definition of required skills and competences, a widely recognized definition of a Data Science Competence Framework (CF-DS) and related profiles together with a corresponding Data Science Body of Knowledge (DS-BoK) and related Model Curriculum (MC-DS).

To these ends the project will work in close co-operation with industry experts and research practitioners involved and interested in the development of data scientist profession, now a mainstream feature of the European scientific landscape.

This co-operation is shaped in the EDISON Liaison Groups (ELG). The ELGs serve as a networking platform for high-level interaction between the involved stakeholders and the EDISON project.

 

Purpose of the ELGs

Three ELGs are established, bringing together three interest groups with relevant members:

  • ELG Universities (academic scholars and officers)
  • ELG Employer Sectors (from public and private research organisations and infrastructures, public administrations, and industry)
  • ELG Data Experts (data scientists from a range of scientific and technical domains)

The Liaison Groups serve as a key channel for facilitating structured dialogue between professional sectors, academia and the EDISON project.

These groups will discuss in prospective terms, alignment of education to (scientific, public and private) market needs, and the exploitation potential and business models to implement EDISON results.

The Liaison Groups will comment on and contribute to documents during all stages of their creation. Group members will also act as champions of the formal outputs of the project within their respective organisations and communities.

 

ELG Members

Position and role of ELG members

Members of the ELGs are recognized experts and practitioners from relevant organisations and communities and they contribute to the discussions in their own right. 

The members should be in a position to promote awareness and acceptance of the project results and to increase its impact through their own networks and connections. As such, they are expected to publicly share the objectives of the EDISON project, to actively contribute to the discussions and to promote the project results for their organization, country and communities.

Prospective members should not underestimate the active contribution that will be required in this role. In return, ELG members will benefit from a unique opportunity to contribute to the establishment of data science as a profession in Europe.

For the ELG Universities, members are professors and leading practitioners from worldwide universities with experience in teaching data science, able to exchange views and discuss the requirements for educational training with respect to background and foreground knowledge and skills, educational methods, tools and practices, examination instruments and objectives, and European cooperation. Members are drawn from different countries across Europe and beyond, and will act as promoters of the adoption of data science training initiatives in the universities of their countries in addition to their own institution.

For the ELG Employer Sectors, members are decision-makers with visionary views on the required competences for the data scientist, its role in the organization, the expected competences and skills required to perform that role, and the evolution of this role in the upcoming decades. Apart from the research sectors (including different research/scientific domains and infrastructure), there is also insight from the public administrations (including government, healthcare and libraries) and the private sector (including accountancy and finance, transport and logistics, telecommunications, and the entertainment industry).

For the ELG Data Experts, members bring in their personal experience as a data scientist from different scientific and industry domains, and may serve as a sampling of data scientist practices.

 

Nomination and appointment process

The nomination and appointment process has been designed to maximize the potential for the project to reach out to and attract a representative cross section of individuals who will effectively capture the key issues and opportunities that will support the growth of competent Data Scientist workforce across Europe.

The EDISON project will invite appropriate potential members to join an ELG. Group members may nominate others to join the groups and additional experts may be invited to specific meetings to act as a specialist contributor. Members typically join for one year.

In selecting members we will do our best to meet the gender balance threshold of 40% for all groups within the project. We will also seek to identify a gender equality expert to participate in each ELG.

 

ELG Chairs and Secretariat

The chairperson of each ELG is appointed by the EDISON project for one year and has the role to:

  • moderate and preside over meeting discussions;
  • establish the ELG meeting agenda, after preparation by the project;  
  • oversee the production of  meeting minutes and other documents by the project.

The EDISON project provides the secretarial services for each ELG.

 

Meetings

The ELGs meet at least once a year. Meetings are announced and scheduled well in advance by the chairperson, to which extent the project will take care of practical and other preparations. It is in principle planned to have ELG meetings at the same dates and places to allow for joint plenary events.

 

Costs

If needed, ELG members can request the reimbursement of travel and subsistence costs, when attending the ELG meetings.

 

20 July 2015

ELG - membership

Membership

Membership is by invitation and most of the places are now assigned, or in the process of being assigned. However, if you feel that you would like to join one of the groups, then please do get in touch

Members

Education Group

  • Ari Asmi (University of Helsinki)
  • Julian Bauer (EUA)
  • Marian Bubak (AGH)
  • Joos Buijs (TUE)
  • Juan Jose Cuadrado-Gallego (UAH)
  • John Domingue (Open University, UK)
  • Geoffrey Fox (Indiana University)
  • Rita Morais (EUA)
  • Silvia Olabarriaga (AMC)
  • Marta Patino (UPM)
  • Fabio Pianesi (EIT)
  • Hugh Shanahan (Royal Holloway)
  • Birgit Schmidt (University of Goettingen)
  • Miguel-Angel Sicilia (UAH)
  • Dimitar Trajanov (Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia)
  • Ralph Viers (UvA)
  • John Wood ACU, RDA)
  • Roberto Zicari (University of Frankfurt)

Employers Group

  • Bomhof Freek (TNO NL Tech Org)
  • Jasper De Vries (Kadenza)
  • Maria Dimou (CERN)
  • Anders Flodstrom (EIT)
  • John Higgins (Digital Europe)
  • Beth Massa (Microsoft Research)
  • Klous Sander (KPMG)
  • Kenji Takeda (Microsoft Research)

Data Specialist Group

  • Daniele Bailo (INGV)
  • Kathrin Beck MPCDF, (RDA)
  • Donatella Castelli (CNR-ISTI)
  • Julien Donini (Blaise Pascal University)
  • Henk Harmsen (DANS)
  • Simon Hodson (CODATA)
  • Christopher Jung (KIT)
  • David Manset (Gnubila)
  • Laura Molloy (University of Oxford)
  • Barend Mons (Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre)
  • Rene van Horik (DANS)
  • Philippe van Impe (European Data Innovation Hub)
  • Allegra Via (ELIXIR)
  • Peter Wittenburg (MPG, RDA)