SciDataCon 2014: International Conference on Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability
Title: International Conference on Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability
The International Conference on Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability was motivated by the conviction that the most significant research challenges—and in particular the pressing issues relating to global sustainability—cannot be properly addressed without due attention to various issues relating to data. The Conference aimed to make explicit the connection between concrete and specific challenges to ensure environmental protection, economic prosperity, and social wellbeing, along with the research questions that arise from these challenges and the necessary role of data policy, management, and analysis in addressing these research questions.
The full Scientific Programme, including links to all submitted papers, can be accessed here:
To address its principle theme, the Conference featured four main tracks:
(A) Dynamic Planet
(B) Global Development
(C) Transformations Towards Sustainability
(D) Data Science and Services
Comprising high-level keynotes, a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, and stimulating panels and poster sessions, this structure bridged the crosscutting data issues and scientific research challenges of Future Earth, as well as amplifying the message of like-minded global initiatives promoting data sharing and interoperability, such as the Group on Earth Observations and Research Data Alliance.
Keynote speakers at SciDataCon 2014 included the following renowned scientists (see here for more information).
Paul Berkman: A scientist, explorer, educator, and author who has made significant contributions to the sustainable development of our world during the past three decades. His many roles include coordinator of a multi-year international government-funded project on Holistic Integration for Arctic Coastal-Marine Sustainability, expert consultant and principal investigator on diverse international projects, founder and sole-owner of EvREsearch LTD, and Chief Executive of Digital Integration Technology Limited.
Bina Agarwal: Currently Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the University of Manchester and a member of the Future Earth Science Committee, Professor Agarwal has held many distinguished positions worldwide, including being President of both the International Society for Ecological Economics and the International Association for Feminist Economics, and a member of the Commission for the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress.
Theodora Bloom: Executive editor of the British Medical Journal since June 2014, Dr Bloom has worked as an editor on the biology team at Nature, and helped to develop Current Biology and its siblings. As the founding editor of Genome Biology, she was closely involved in the birth of the commercial open access publisher BioMed Central, and took the lead on issues around data access and availability at the nonprofit open access publisher Public Library of Science.