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Research Data Management (RDM) and reproducibility are both part of the open research ecosystem, yet the former is often viewed as another administrative burden by researchers and the latter is an important driver that has enjoyed increasing popularity since the term ‘reproducibility crisis’ was coined. This panel discussion explores the relationship between reproducibility and RDM, looking for ways to advocate effectively to reach positive outcomes in both areas. 

We will answer questions including:

  • Should our attention be on advocating for reproducibility, with good data management seen as just one of the practices that enable reproducibility?

  • How do these ideas about reproducibility and data management apply in different disciplines, including the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences?

  • What services or policies will help to link the two processes, ensuring that good data management practices have practical benefits for reproducibility?

UPDATE (AFTER THE EVENT):  The YouTube playlist hosting all recordings of Cambridge Data Week 2020 is now available. Alternatively, all the recordings, transcripts and available presentations are present in Apollo, the University of Cambridge repository. The specific resources for "Is data management just a footnote to reproducibility?" can also be found in Apollo. You can also read the blog summarising the webinar. Some questions which there was no time to explore during the live session are also answered. The blogs for all webinars of the Cambridge Data Week are all hosted in our blog platform Unlocking Research.


Alexia Cardona

Dr Alexia Cardona leads training development of the University of Cambridge’s Bioinformatics Training Programme. Her role involves the management of the different aspects of training, including design, development, coordination and teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate training in Bioinformatics and Data Science. She is a leader for Training and Capacity building in the ELIXIR-CONVERGE project, where together with the other leaders and partners she drives the establishment of high-quality training in Data Management for the Life Sciences. Dr Cardona is an advocate of participation in Communities of Practice and of women in leading and computational sectors that are currently underrepresented. She is currently an instructor and maintainer within the Carpentries, a global community of data and coding skills training. She is also the founder of R-Ladies Cambridge which is part of a worldwide organisation – R-Ladies – that supports women in the Data Science field.   

Lennart Stoy

Lennart Stoy is Project Manager in the Research & Innovation Unit of the European University Association, working on EU research policy including open science, EOSC, scholarly publishing, research data and research infrastructure. He’s a work package leader in the “FAIRsFAIR - Fostering FAIR data practices in Europe” project, focussing on research data management skills within university curricula. Between 2014 and 2018, he helped develop the EUA Energy & Environment Platform. Lennart holds a master’s degree in Political Science from Leiden University. Before that he studied East Asian Studies at Ruhr University Bochum and Tongji University, Shanghai. 

Florian Markowetz 

Florian Markowetz is a Senior Group Leader at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. He is a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder and received a CRUK Future Leader in Cancer Research prize. He holds degrees in Mathematics (Dipl. math.) and Philosophy (M.A.) from the University of Heidelberg and a Dr. rer. nat. (PhD equivalent) in Computational Biology from Free University Berlin, for which he was awarded an Otto-Hahn Medal by the Max Planck Society. His group at the CRUK Cambridge Institute combines computational work on cancer evolution and image analysis of tumour tissue with experimental work on understanding key cancer mechanisms like the estrogen receptor. 

René Schneider

Prof René Schneider has been Professor for information science at Geneva School of Business Administration (HEG) for 14 years, after having worked for six years in the automobile industry. Besides teaching future librarians and archivists as well as managing the department, he spends his working time with research projects concerning open science, research data and the role of persistent identifiers, usability and usefulness issues of information systems, and the relationship between information architecture and urban architecture. 

Dr Beatrice Gini (Chair) is the Training Coordinator at the Office of Scholarly Communication at Cambridge University Libraries 


Wednesday 25 Nov 2020, 14:30–15:30 GMT


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