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Research data college

The second commitment of the national plan for open science is an invitation to “structure and, as far as possible, make research data available to all as Open Data”.

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Building on the French Act for a Digital Republic which prompts government institutions to make their data automatically available and reusable at no charge, the French government recently decided to further its action for scientific data sharing in the context of two international endeavours:

  • By joining the GO FAIR initiative as a founding member [1]http://www.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/cid124728/science-ouverte-la-france-rejoint-go-fair-en-tant-que-co-fondatrice.html
  • By committing itself to build an Open Science ecosystem as part of its Open Government Action Plan 2018-2020 [2]https://gouvernement-ouvert.etalab.gouv.fr/pgo-concertation/topic/5a1bfc1b498edd6b29cb10d4

The second commitment of the national plan for open science is an invitation to “structure and, as far as possible, make research data available to all as Open Data”.

Above and beyond these political initiatives, making scientific data [3]“Data“ being understood in its broadest meaning, i.e. raw data, code, workflows become F.A.I.R. [4]https://www.nature.com/articles/sdata201618 (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) means that institutions take on the challenges and identify appropriate ways and means that make researchers and research communities seize the opportunities of “data-driven” science.

There is a need for action in institution policies, infrastructure development for data management, sharing and analysis, and for research, IT, library staff training, i.e. for a cultural shift to sharing and collaborative practices, and to generating value from research results (open innovation). This can also mean pooled or at least concerted action.

There are at least two identified strands of work on data-related issues: the one undertaken by the “infranum” working group led by the MESRI/DGRI/SSRI and the RDA France chapter being run by the CNRS.

 

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1. http://www.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/cid124728/science-ouverte-la-france-rejoint-go-fair-en-tant-que-co-fondatrice.html
2. https://gouvernement-ouvert.etalab.gouv.fr/pgo-concertation/topic/5a1bfc1b498edd6b29cb10d4
3. “Data“ being understood in its broadest meaning, i.e. raw data, code, workflows
4. https://www.nature.com/articles/sdata201618
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Senior research engineer in charge of research data at the CNRS
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Francis André
Senior research engineer in charge of research data at the CNRS

Francis André is a senior research engineer at the CNRS, and is in charge of research data.

After several years devoted mainly to the technical development of scientific and technical information management systems within the Inist-CNRS (Institute of Scientific and Technical Information), he has been involved for some twenty years in the movement towards free access to scientific publications and then in supporting Open science, particularly research data management and sharing services. He has been, and remains to date, a partner in many European research projects and think tanks promoting a better circulation of scientific knowledge in society. With a scientific (PhD in Earth Sciences) and technical (graduate of the Lorraine Institute of Computer Science and Automation) background, he has developed skills in both the technical and scientific aspects of digital information management in the service of research and innovation.

Francis André is coordinator of the French node of the Research Data Alliance (RDA).

He was a pilot of the BSN10 segment dedicated to research data.

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Technical director of the Huma-Num research infrastructure and Head of the ISIDORE platform
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Stéphane Pouyllau
Technical director of the Huma-Num research infrastructure and Head of the ISIDORE platform

Stéphane Pouyllau, a CNRS research engineer, is the technical director of the Huma-Num Very large research infrastructure and is the head of the ISIDORE platform. He specializes in digital humanities, scientific and technical information and the computerization of research data in the humanities and social sciences.

He is the initiator and co-designer of MédiHAL (open archive for photographs and scientific images) of the CNRS and the designer of several institutional websites on French scientific heritage. He has created the digital archive of scientific iconographic objects and materials to house scientific archive collections.

From 2009 to the end of 2011, Stéphane Pouyllau worked at the TGE Adonis (now Huma-Num) where he led digital humanities issues and then he was co-head of the project in charge of the ISIDORE research platform.

From January 2012 to March 2013, he was the director of the very large Corpus-IR research infrastructure and project manager for the development of Isidore.

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