EFC Research Forum Workshop: Developing Foundation Thinking for Future Data Policy

Thursday, 13 December 2018

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The EFC’s Research Forum, in partnership with the Wellcome Trust, are hosting a new workshop on the 13th December on ”Developing Foundation Thinking for Future Data Policy.”

Open data involves many complex issues that research organisations are trying to grapple with, not only in relation to questions of ethics, but organisations must also consider issues of security, and practical issues such as data management among others. Although an open data policy has been pursued by the European Commission in the field of research, the new General Data Protection Regulation will have an impact. For open data to be truly open to the general public, issues of accessibility must also be considered, such as is certain software or knowledge necessary to be truly open data. This workshop aims to unpack these issues that are facing researchers and research-funders alike.

The workshop will open with a keynote exploring the many issues that open data entails including understanding the consequences and limits of implementing an open data policy. A panel of researchers from different sectors will then present how they are dealing with open data and the lessons they have learned on the way. As open data is a key policy in DG Research and the wider European Commission, we will also look at Horizon Europe and the infrastructure being built on the European scale.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Fitzsimons.


The Research Forum workshop is part of the EFC’s ongoing commitment to enhancing collaboration and connecting its members. For more information on the EFC’s seven key priorities, please download the EFC Strategic Framework 2016-2022



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