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Announcing the #scidata16 draft programme and call for lightning talks

We have a galaxy of open research stars giving talks at this year’s edition of Publishing Better Science through Better Data (#scidata16). And if you have a great example of research data sharing or reuse, you could be joining them.

Tickets for the last two events, in 2014 and 2015, went within 24 hours of their announcement and gained wide attention online. This year Springer Nature have partnered with the Wellcome Trust to provide a bigger and better event exploring issues in research data, focused on the needs of early career researchers. The day will include advice on publishing and advancing careers, as well as good practice for data management and presentation. It will also feature tools and resources available to researchers to help them, and society, derive maximum benefit from research data. Prior knowledge of open science, open data and open access are not needed to attend – the event is for anyone interested in carrying out and publishing better research.

An expert programme committee including representatives from major research funders, publishers and educators is helping guide the development of the 2016 programme.

Speakers currently include representatives from leading research institutions and journals. You can now see the draft programme on our event page.

We are also opening our official call for proposals for 7-minute “lightning” talks and demonstrations. Researchers and students are invited to send proposals to present:

  • Case studies of research data sharing and reuse
  • Research projects that are enabled by data sharing or reuse
  • Tools and databases for managing, integrating, sharing or visualising research data

Industry and academic perspectives from natural and social sciences are welcome. Presentations on guidelines and best practices will be considered if they include examples of their application in specific research projects and publications. Please send lightning talk proposals up to 150 words in length to no later than 31st August 2016. Thanks to generous support from the Wellcome Trust, travel grants are available for international delegates whose lightning talks proposals are accepted. Please indicate in your proposal if you would be interested in being considered for a grant.

Videos, slides, news coverage and an awesome visually scribed representation of the 2015 event are available here.


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