Swiss Research Data Day 2018

The Swiss Research Data Day on 12 June 2018 at ETH Zurich was organised by the Swiss research data management project DLCM and supported by the OpenAIRE2020 NOAD in Switzerland.

There has been a data deluge in the research sector in recent years, accompanied by an increasing tendency to allow the scientific community access to original research data and the procedures used in order to enable study results to be fully reproduced. The management of research data is far from a straightforward issue, and clear strategies are required in order to ensure that data remain accessible and understandable over time. Furthermore, funding bodies, including the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), are reacting to this changing landscape with research data management plans and open research data policies. Society as a whole is also becoming increasingly involved in the scientific learning process through initiatives such as citizen science, whereby the general public can contribute data to the research process and draw their own conclusions.

During the one-day conference about 300 participants discussed the challenges and opportunities of reproducible research and Open Science, while established experts across different domains shared best practices around handling, managing, and sharing research data. Various workshops gave practical guidance on writing DMPs, on creating cross-linked deposits in the Zenodo repository, on open science considerations in different research fields and on extended national IT support services.

For more information, slides and recordings, please visit the DLCM website: https://www.dlcm.ch/swiss-research-data-day-2018

André Hoffmann

Information specialist at the Main Library University of Zurich. National Open Access Desk for Switzerland.

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