“Connecting data for research”

On Monday 19th October 2015, VU, UvA, Leiden University, Radboud University, DANS and Surf are jointly organizing a symposium ‘Connecting data for research: Good practices for data integration and reuse’.

Much of the data that is used for research is freely available online for reuse. Collecting and sharing of open data becomes even more interesting as technological tools are improving along with an increase in funding incentives. Researchers are often more than willing to enrich open data by combining datasources and instruments for visualization and analysis, but they also have to deal with questions as:


  • How to find the best tool or technique for a specific application in the research process?
  • Which data are available, or not?
  • What is the best way to publish open data?
  • Are there any legal or ethical liabilities?
  • How to judge the quality of the data on offer?

The symposium ‘Connecting data for research’ focuses on good practices for the collecting, structuring, visualizing and sharing of research data.

Mireille van Eechoud, professor of Information Law at the University of Amsterdam, and Barend Mons, professor in Biosemantics at LUMC, Leiden, will share their visions on the challenges and opportunities for sharing open data in the future.

In the break-out sessions, some 20 researchers from a variety of disciplines will highlight the data-bound issues the faced in their research, the solutions that they found, the tools they choose to use, and the reasons why they did so.

The symposium aims to offer opportunity for sharing experiences and ideas; it encourages discussion among researchers, but also with service providers facilitating the field of data driven science.

Programme: (pdf)

The Symposium is open to researchers from all areas of study and all institutions. Registration is free of charge but required through an online registration form.

Date and venue
Monday19th October 2015, 0900-1730 uur

Auditorium VU University, De Boelelaan 1105,  Amsterdam

The symposium ‘Connecting data for research’ is organized by VU, UvA, Leiden University, Radboud University, DANS and Surf. It is made possible by a generous financial contribution from Foster.

Introductory course : Data Management Planning

The Leiden Research Data Office has started to organize walk-in courses ‘Data Management Planning’. In these introductory courses you will learn the principles of good data management in accordance with university and funder requirements. More information on our website.

Two sessions have been planned so far :

  • October 5, 2015 15.00 – 17.00
  • November 19, 2015 15.00- 17.00

The courses are open to all employees of the Leiden University. We ask you to register in order to know your affiliation and specific questions. Please send a mail to datamanagement@library.leidenuniv.nl with the date of the session you like to attend, your research institute and any specific questions you may have. If the dates mentioned don’t suit you, let us know.

We also provide tailor-made courses in close collaboration with research institutes, please see our training page.


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