This post is republished from SSHOC.
Towards a FAIR Research Data Landscape
The conference was subtitled “Towards a FAIR research data landscape for the social sciences, humanities and beyond” and invited participants to join forces and connect with E-infrastructures, discover new tools and techniques and aggregate services to the EOSC Portal.
The organisers made every effort to create an original and engaging experience for conference attendees. Aside from more than 30 plenary and small group breakout sessions over the four days, the conference offered virtual exhibition booths and a networking area, project chat rooms, a scavenger hunt with clues, and contests with prizes for booth holders and participants alike.
This report presents an overview of the event with links to supporting information about each session and the associated video recording.
Day One: “Policy and Governance”
The conference was officially opened by the three project coordinators, Tiziana Ferrari (EGI/EOSC-hub), Simon Lambert (STFC/FREYA), and Ron Dekker (CESSDA/SSHOC). Keynote speakers Liina Munari (European Commission, DG CONNECT) and Ingrid Dillo (DANS) followed.
These projects are at the heart of EOSC and include SSHOC, representing the social sciences and humanities research communities, PaNOSC, representing some 15 photon and neutron research infrastructures (RIs) and physics institutes across Europe, ESCAPE, which brings astronomy, astroparticle & particle physics facilities into a single collaborative unit, EOSC-Life, bringing together biological and medical RIs to create an open collaborative space for digital biology, and ENVRI-FAIR, which provides access to environmental data and services.
Participants were able to choose between three breakout sessions:
- The Place of PIDs in the EOSC (FREYA)
- EOSC Core and the Service Management System (EOSC-hub)
- FAIR Data Citation for the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSHOC)
The last session of each day was dedicated to the presentation of research tools developed within the cluster projects for SSH researchers.
Monday’s list comprised PID Graph services developed by FREYA, alongside four SSHOC tools, presented respectively by Diana Zavala-Rojas (UPF), Roxane Roussel, Isabelle Cao and Livio de Luca ( CNRS), Yury Pettinicchi (MPG), and Laura Morales and Ami Saji (Science Po):
- Multilingual Corpus of Survey Questionnaires
- Automated translation Verification Tool
- Aïoli tool
- Ethnic and Migrant Minorities’ Survey Registry
Day Two: “Technology and infrastructure”
Onboarding services to the EOSC portal was the first topic of the day’s parallel session and offered presentations on the current status from EGI, Cyfronet and the University of Athens on behalf of EOSC-hub and EOSC Enhance.
On a practical note, speaker Carsten Thiel from CESSDA/SSHOC described the process of moving from a project to a set of sustainable services ready for onboarding to EOSC.
The second topic, EOSC Interoperability. Architecture and FAIR Data Aspects, was subdivided into three mini sessions presented by Giacinto Donvito (INFN), Hervé l’Hours (ESSEX), and Mari Kleemola (TUNI).
A total of six technology-focused sessions were offered in two back-to back breakouts:
- FAIR Data Implementation – in which Johannes Reetz (MPCDF), Hervé l’Hours (University of Essex) and Olivier Rouchon (CINES) stressed the temporal element of FAIRness.
- EOSC Technical Architecture and Interoperability Guidelineschaired by Giacinto Donvito, INFN.
- Metadata Interoperability: SSHOC and Beyond in which Mari Kleemola (Tampere University) and Claudia Martens (DKRZ) discussed the challenges of heterogeneous data and solutions across disciplines and service providers.
- Developing the PID Graph – Implementations by the FREYA project and beyond
- Exploring the SSH data landscape: thematic discovery portals in the EOSC chaired by Debora Testi (CINECA) and Daan Broeder (KNAW).
- Thematic services for social sciences and humanities & SSHOC chaired by Laure Barbot and Yoann Moranville (DARIAH).
Day Three: “Training and Community Building
The parallel session entitled Community Building Examples Across EOSC-hub, FREYA, & SSHOC opening session was chaired by Timea Biro (DRI/RDA Europe) and addressed the need for more coordination between the various communities addressed served by the three projects to ensure collaboration and integration of approaches.
A total of five sessions were offered in two back-to back breakouts:
- The session Citizen Science: what it means for SSH and how can multidisciplinarity be achieved?chaired by Helene Schwalm (University of Bordeaux), introduced the concept, presented successful examples and uncovered possible interactions with EOSC.
- Sustainability and self-governance within the PID infrastructure was addressed in the session The FREYA PID Commons and the PID federation chaired by Simon Lambert (SFTC).
- Sy Holsinger (EGI), Elisa Cauhé (EGI), and Marieke Willems (Trust-IT) chaired a discussion entitled Engaging the Private Sector. About roadblocks and success stories in the uptake of EOSC services.
The three tools introduced on Day Three were:
- FREYA Knowledge Hub and training, an overview of the training materials created within the FREYA project.
- The Ariadne portal presented by Holly Wright and Julian Richards, both from University of York.
- SSHOC Surveycodings presented by Kea Tijdens, UvA and Maurice Martens, Centredata.
Day Four: “Sustainability and the Future”
Challenges in Sustainability of FAIR Research Data and Services for SSH and Beyond was the first of two general sessions on Day Four and highlighted the need for continued funding and community support and as well as the importance of focusing on the researchers’ needs.
The final session EOSC in practice: A Research Community Perspective, chaired by Marieke Willems of Trust-IT, underlined the power of communities and the importance of the data collection step in creating the FAIR data ecosystem.
Realising the European Open Science Cloud demonstrated exemplary cooperation between the three organising projects. As a virtual conference with a difference it also helped establish a valuable sense of community, one to be reflected in the future of EOSC.
Thank you to all the organisers, chairs, speakers, exhibitors and participants for an enormous effort!
Missed the event?
Find the session recordings on our Realising the European Open Science Cloud play list.