OVERVIEWThe GRDI2020 Project organised the Workshop entitled “Global Research Data Infrastructures: The Big data Challenges” on 18-19 October 2011 in Brussels. The objective of the workshop was to debate and discuss the future of Research Data Infrastructures, in light of the GRDI2020 Roadmap (see below) preliminary findings and recommendations and the next EC Framework programme – HORIZON 2020, as well as RDI initiatives on a global level. The first version of the GRDI2020 roadmap was published in January 2011 and its main purpose is to:
– launch new ideas
– address mainly data challenges and a limited number of system, application, and organization challenges
The final version of the roadmap, for both policy makers as well as the whole community with a stake in research data infrastructures, will be published in December 2011 and will serve as a strategy and input for future research directions on a national, EU & International level.
The workshop saw presentations from global representatives (Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Latin America, US) on their policy for Research Data Infrastructures, as well as representatives from other global initiatives (e-IRG, ESFRI, ICSU, …), organisations (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, FAO, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Microsoft Research, Oxford e-Research Centre) and initiatives covering new challenges in the next framework Programme for which Research Data Infrastructures are imperative.