Data Infrastructure Competences and Skills Framework: a European and Global Challenge
This by invitation workshop is being organized by the EDISON initiative.
Location: European Commission building, Avenue de Beaulieu 33, 1160 Brussels, room BU33 0/54, Brussels (note that attendees will have to have supplied security information in advance of the meeting.)
Attendees: 40 (maximum)
Date: 9th February, 2016
The workshop will allow EDISON to take stock of the main initiatives and projects in the digital infrastructure ecosystem and map their contributions to the definition of an ambitious European framework for developing skills and competences.
More concretely the workshop will:
Raise awareness of the importance and value of the Data Scientist profession especially in the context of European research data infrastructure
Involve multiple stakeholders (including projects) in discussions about the competences and skills required for Data Infrastructures taking the proposed EDISON Data Science Competence Framework as a starting point.
Establish a coordination framework between data infrastructures and related projects, as well as key industry partners with respect to the Data Scientist profession.
The EDISON project will be presenting the work of the intitiative at this conference:
Set in the heart of the gorgeous New Forest, this high-level event on Data Science organised by the University of Southampton aims to look at the Prospects for Data Science, understood as the interface between Statistics, Mathematics and Computer Science providing new methods for handling, analysing and extracting knowledge from data, including Big Data.
[There is a registration fee of £50 for the 3 days, which includes the conference dinner on Wednesday 13. Day tickets are not available. Follow link below for further details]
The RDA Education and Training for Research Data Interest Group will be meeting in Oxford on the 14th and 15th January.
Background: The exponential increase in the availability of research data demands a new and evolving set of competencies and skills for researchers who create and use the data, and the growing cadre of professionals who support them. In general, the fostering of these abilities is not explicitly addressed by current training or formal education plans. Also, the place, role and career structure of support professions (data scientists, data librarians, data managers, data analysts, research administrators, infrastructure providers…) is not clear.
The objective of this IG is the discussion and promotion of training/education on handling of research data, at all levels. Concretely, it will make the case for elaborating reference models to:
(i) enable the setting of quality standards for appropriate education and training programmes aimed at researchers and the professionals that support them, at all career stages;
(ii) encourage the recognition of these standards by institutions and organisations, including professional bodies.
The first Expert Laiason Groups meeting took place on Friday 13 November in Bari, Italy. The event was organised as a co-located event with the EGI Community Forum which had been taking place during the week. Whilst some of the guests to this closed event had arrived specifically for this, a number had already participated in other activities with the EGI event. And while not all of the ELG meetings will be organised as face to face events, this one was designed to enable us to get to know the first cohort of ELG members and also to enable them to get to know us and each other.