Swiss research data management day 2016
  • #RDMDay16
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 10h00 – 17h30
  • Rolex Learning Center, EPFL, Lausanne

After the conference

Reusability, collaboration, papers – How data life cycle management can benefit your research

Recent years have seen a data deluge in the research sector. This has also been accompanied by an increasing tendency to allow the scientific community access to original research data used in studies, as well as information about the procedures used in order to allow the results to be fully reproduced. As such, this has made data management a key issue, and an area that has to be addressed before we are overwhelmed by data.

However, the management of scientific data is far from a straightforward issue, and clear strategies are required in order to ensure that data remain accessible and understandable over time.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

09h00 – 10h00 Arrival and registration
10h00 – 10h15 Welcome and introduction by Martin Vetterli, EPFL
Chair: Bernd Rinn, ETHZ
10h15 – 10h45 Keynote by Barend Mons, Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences:
The future is partly FAIR, partly cloudy
Chair: Bernd Rinn, ETHZ
10h45 – 11h15 Presentation of the DLCM project and breakout sessions
Chair: Pierre-Yves Burgi, UNIGE
11h15 – 11h45 Coffee break
12h00 – 13h00 Breakout sessions I
13h00 – 14h00 Lunch break
14h00 – 14h30 Keynote by Marta Teperek, University of Cambridge:
Why data should not be the new oil and how to make data the new water
Chair: Aude Dieudé, EPFL
14h45 – 15h45 Breakout sessions II
15h45 – 16h15 Coffee break
16h15 – 16h45 Keynote by Frédéric Kaplan, EPFL:
The Venice Time Machine Project
Chair: André Hoffmann, UZH
16h45 – 17h15 Wrap-up of break-out sessions
Chair: Pierre-Yves Burgi, UNIGE
17h15 – 17h30 Summary and conclusion
Chair: Pierre-Yves Burgi, UNIGE


Breakout session 1 – EPFL Forum

Optimising research data management in Switzerland: Which resources can guide you?

Chair: Aude Dieudé, EPFL

The DLCM is focusing on addressing the current and future needs of researchers, administrators, information specialists, librarians, IT specialists among other, regarding research data management. During this breakout session some concrete resources for optimising research data management will be presented in an interactive setting to the audience.


  • Ana Sesartic, ETHZ: Data Management Plan (DMP) and checklist
  • Eliane Blumer, UNIGE: Policies and guidelines
  • Jan Krause, EPFL: DLCM national portal and technical tools
  • Basma Makhlouf Shabou, HEG & Aude Dieudé EPFL: Research data management training

Breakout session 2 – Auditorium BC420

Why research data have to be actively managed and what support you can get

Chair: Bernd Rinn, ETHZ

In modern research, most findings are based on digital artifacts, many of which are created in a collaborative style by several people in different labs or facilities. This leads to a whole new challenge of making scientific findings sharable, reproducible and re-usable and requires a good grip on the management of active research data. In this breakout session, we will give an overview and discuss selected activities in this area.


  • Gaël Anex, EPFL; Caterina Barillari, ETHZ; Robin Liechti, UNIL: Activities on electronic lab notebooks and electronic laboratory inventories
  • Lukas Rosenthaler, UNIBAS; Andre Kilchenmann, UNIBAS: Activities around virtual research environments for digital humanities
  • Alex Upton, ETHZ: Data management of core facility datasets


Breakout session 3 – Auditorium MED 0 1418

Long-term preservation of research data: why and how?

Chair: Pierre-Yves Burgi, UNIGE

This workshop will address the issues of long-term preservation (10 years and more) of scientific data based on concrete cases. It will be argued in which cases such a preservation is necessary and explain the mechanisms for doing so.


  • Matthias Töwe, ETHZ
  • Jan Melichar, UNIGE
  • Hugues Cazeaux, UNIGE

Breakout session 4 – Room BC410

OpenAIRE: Science. Set free.

Chair: André Hoffmann, UZH

Open Science and thus a wider access to scientific facts and knowledge helps researchers, innovators and the public to find, check and re-use research results. This is essential to resolve today’s complex societal challenges. A prerequisite for sharing data is efficient data management. This is why research funders promote usage of tools (e.g. data management plans or open data repositories like Zenodo) that increase the amount of data that is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR). In Switzerland these efforts will be complemented by new SNSF policies and a national Open Access strategy for Open Access to publications. A recent use case will indicate the many obstacles that are still on the way.


  • André Hoffmann, UZH: Open research data and tools in Horizon 2020
  • Christian Fuhrer, UZH: Swiss national OA strategy
  • Francesco Mondada, EPFL: Results held hostage

Breakout session 5 – Room C0216

Programme “Scientific information”: funding shared services for Swiss Higher Education Institutions

Chairs: Gabi Schneider, Roland Dietlicher, swissuniversities

swissuniversities’s programme “Scientific information: access, processing and safeguarding” promotes shared services for scholarly information such as the DLCM project. The session is dedicated to the presentation and the discussion of funding opportunities and funding needs. After an input regarding the scope of the programme – What could you get funding for? How would you apply? – We will be interested in participants’ funding needs: What services could make your life in research data management easier?


Barend Mons, Dutch Tech Centre for the Life Sciences

Barend Mons is a molecular biologist and biosemantics specialist. He is known for innovations in scholarly collaboration, especially nanopublications and the FAIR data initiative. Since 2012 he is a professor in bio-semantics at the Department of Human Genetics at the Leiden University Medical Centre and he is also affiliated with the Erasmus Medical Centre, University of Rotterdam, both in the Netherlands. In 2015 Mons was appointed chair of the High Level Expert Group on the European Open Science Cloud.

  • No recording of this keynote available, sorry.


Marta Teperek, University of Cambridge

Marta Teperek did a PhD in molecular biology at the University of Cambridge. Having first hand experience of problems that researchers face on day to day basis with the journal’s impact factor dictating the future of their academic career, Marta decided to get professionally involved in advocating for Open Research and for better transparency in science. In 2015 she joined the University of Cambridge to lead the development of the Research Data Management Facility, with the aim of creating services to support researchers at the University of Cambridge in good management and sharing of research data.


Frédéric Kaplan, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Frédéric Kaplan is the Digital Humanities Chair at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the EPFL’s Digital Humanities Lab director. Kaplan leads the lab in applying computation to humanities research. His latest project is the Venice Time Machine, a collaborative work archiving 80 kilometers of books from throughout 1’000 years of Venetician history. The goal fo the time machine is to create an information system which can be searched and mapped. Think of it as a Google Maps for the time. Kaplan holds a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Paris VI. He lives in Switzerland.

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