RECODE in Geneva and Amsterdam

The RECODE (Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe) project is now well on its way and in recent months we have discussed some of the results of our research with various stakeholders during two workshops.
In January our colleagues from the National Research Council of Italy took the lead in organizing the second RECODE workshop in Geneva. In the first RECODE workshop in Sheffield last year we looked at the stakeholder values and motivations for open access to research data. The topic of this second workshop was Perspectives in understanding open access to research data – infrastructure and technology challenges.

Projects- RECODE

Across from the United Nations building, in the Centre International de Conférences de Genève (CICG), we welcomed more than 30 participants from a range of different backgrounds and disciplines to discuss how the infrastructural and technical challenges of open access to research data can be overcome. The workshop was part of the 10th Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-X) & the 2014 Ministerial Summit. Thus, beside our invited guests and registered participants, we had several attendees of the plenary session and summit stop by and join in.
The aim of the workshop was to develop solutions to some of the infrastructural and technological challenges, and identify good practices as well as areas where further support is needed. The feedback from the workshop was used to inform the second RECODE report, which will be made available in early this spring. You can find the minutes of the agenda, presentations and minutes of the workshop here for more information.

The subsequent workshop on Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe: Legal and ethical challenges took place right here at our home base in Amsterdam, at the eHumanities group. More than forty people attended the workshop to discuss and give feedback on the early version of the third RECODE report. In this report we identified various legal and ethical challenges that providing open access to research data can entail, including intellectual property rights, privacy and data protection, academic freedom, misappropriation as well as others.

The participants were invited to share their perspective on the challenges, suggest additional or alternate challenges and identify and evaluate proposed good practice solutions to address these challenges. The workshop also served to provide input into the policy recommendations that we are developing in the RECODE project.
In the morning Dr. Catherine Doldirina, Dr. Chuck Cook and Dr. Joshua Wells
gave very inspiring presentations about good practice solutions for addressing legal and ethical issues in, respectively, Earth Science, Bioinformatics and Archaeology. During the afternoon we had lively and productive breakout sessions, in which various solutions and strategies were identified and further discussed.

You can find the agenda, presentations and minutes of the meetings here. The final report will be available later this spring. To stay up to date you can also follow the RECODE project on twitter (@RECODE_Project).