[open-science] Speaker for a virtual talk to a EU FP7 project cluster on Open Data licenses?

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Thu Apr 7 16:59:45 UTC 2011

On 7 April 2011 16:49, Egon Willighagen <egon.willighagen at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> as some of you know, I recently started working on the ToxBank.net
> project, which is going to facilitate data analysis in a cluster of
> six
> EU FP7 projects called SEURAT-1
> (http://www.eurtd.com/seurat/kick-off/index.php). I would guess the
> whole cluster involves in between 200 and 300 scientists. (SEURAT :=
> Safety Evaluation Ultimately Replacing Animal Testing).
> In this community too there is a lot of misunderstanding about Open
> Data. Common issues involve questions like:
> * do I have to make everything Open?
> * can someone else make my data Open? (e.g. in the form of: "doesn't
> the Consortium Agreement disallow me to make data Open from
> partners?")
> * what about attribution? "stealing" of data
> And they generally do not see what advantages it has for them:
> * more exposure of their work
> * simplifying collaboration
> Another aspect is the following. This week I learned that there exist
> EU laws around toxicology that makes data a commodity, and that
> companies that measured data, have a legal ownership of that data, so
> that this has value when materials are sold (seriously!). It is
> similar to like CO2-emission right markets. It was argued that this is
> the EU solution to getting industry to do the required safety
> analysis. At this moment I do not yet have the details on this, but
> have requested them with the person whom I've spoken with about this.
> (I'll follow up on this as info comes in.)
> Clearly, this aspect doesn't make me happy, and EU regulation around
> these kind of EU projects most certainly do not seem to make the
> situation around Open Data more clear.
> Now, there is a serious interest in the Data Analysis Working Group in
> this SEURAT-1 cluster for a talk on Open Data, and how that works for
> them when participating in EU projects.
> Is there someone in the OKFN that could give such a virtual talk /
> webinar to this public? Being part of the science working group, I
> know a bit about things, but I am sure there are far more
> knowledgeable people around.

I'd be happy to contribute or give a virtual talk!


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