Plenary Sessions

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Monday, July 31, 2017


8:45am - 9:45am   Opening Session 

Moderators:  Dan O'Donnell and Cameron Neylon

First thing on Monday morning we will all meet to kick off the inaugural Institute. Expect a short introduction, basic logistics information, run over the weeks schedule and a brief overview of the courses.  


5:00pm - 6:15pm   A history of the future: a brief overview of some efforts to innovate and radically overthrow existing methods of scholarly publishing

Moderator:  Anita DeWaard

Since the advent of the web in the late nineties (and some would argue, even before), scholars, librarians, publishers and software developers have diligently tried to radically rethink the way scholarship in science and the humanities is communicated. What common threads can we see in these efforts? Why have some succeeded, and many failed?   We’ll take a look back at the problems and recommendations that we explored the Force11 Manifesto, review whether we’ve made any progress in the last 6 years, and explore some promising roads ahead. 

After providing a historical view on some key developments in scholarly communication, Anita de Waard will be joined by a number of panelists onstage for a plenary discussion, including:

  • Philippe Rocca-Serra, Oxford: Changing the unit and form of the research paper
  • Jennifer Smith, CoS: Better support for the the scholarly lifecycle
  • Dan Katz, University of Illinois: Treating data, software, and workflows as first-class objects
  • John Hilton, Cochrane: New models for evaluation and peer review
  • Nicky Agate, MLA: New models for open access
  • Danny Kingsley, Cambridge: New models for libraries

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


5:00PM - 11:00PM   Hackathon - Data Citation Implementation Pilot Metadata Landing Pages

Facilitator:  Martin Fenner

The [Repositories Expert Group] ( of the Force11 Data Citation Implementation Pilot (DCIP) has [published recommendations] ( for embedding persistent identifiers and metadata in landing pages for datasets. In the afternoon elective MT2: Data Citation Implementation for Data Repositories we will go through the recommendations, and how they can be implemented in a data repository. This hackathon complements elective MT2 (and starts right after the end of MT2), but is of course open to all FSCI attendees.
The goal of the hackathon is to work on implementing the recommendations in a data repository. We will form small teams that include staff from a number of data repositories, and that will implement at least one of the 10 recommendations for data repositories. Gustavo and Martin will facilitate the work of these teams, and at the end of the hackathon we will do a show and tell of what we have done.
The hackathon should be of interest to everyone working for a data repository, who cares about data, persistent identifiers and metadata, and who wants to get his/her hands dirty and implement something. Programming skills are of course helpful, but not required. We will provide food and drink, and a fun atmosphere after a long day of classes.

4:45PM - 6:15PM Panel Session:  "Let Me Tell You What I Wish I’d Known: Adventures in Scholarly Communication"

Moderator:  Danny Kingsley     Panelists:  Gimena del Rio RiandeStefanie Haustein; Maryann Martone; Erin Glass

Starting out in a Scholarly Communication role is daunting for anyone and is full of unknown unknowns. This session is a roundtable with some seasoned and early career researchers experts in the field to talk about what they know now and what they had wished they knew when starting out. And it is not like things are static in this space! How do you navigate a fast changing landscape in an environment that might not be willing to engage? Come along, get some tips, and share your own experiences.

Questions from Audience to Panelists

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


4:45PM - 6:15PM Panel Session:  Rigor and Transparency

Moderator:  Anita Bandrowski     Panelists: Tom Gillespie and Eric Prager

Rigor and transparency are currently being pushed at NIH, but what do they mean on a practical level? When we publish, what are the sorts of things we can do or should do. If the NIH did not push rigor, should scientists have done this? In this panel session we will discuss with experts what are some of the issues in attempting to become more rigorous and transparent, from people working to improve both rigor and transparency.


7:30PM Battle Decks: PowerPoint Karaoke (Open to all to participate)

Moderator:  Nicky Agate

You will not want to miss this night!!   At 7:30pm on Wednesday night at FSCI, everyone is invited to take part in Battledecks (a.k.a. PowerPoint karaoke). How are your improv skills? Ready to perform in front of a live audience? Each contestant will be given 3-5 minutes to present ten slides on a surprise topic, with the goal of telling a coherent story while (a) entertaining the audience and (b) keeping a straight face. Are you brave enough to sign up? Let us know:  

Thursday, August 3, 2017


4:45PM - 5:45PM Workshop: Introduction to Compact Identifiers (EBI/CDL) 

Instructors: Sarala Wimalaratne, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI); John Kunze, California Digital Library (CDL)

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Time: 1 hour


Compact Identifiers – sometimes called CURIEs - have been widely and informally used in biomedical informatics. They have recently been formalized in a cross-system implementation with formal support agreements now in place between major institutions.  Compact Identifier resolvers now in place support Web resolution for names of biomedical digital entities based on a registry of namespaces and a set of redirection rules. Rules are also being added for names beyond the biomedical domain (ORCID, ISSN, ARK, GRID, etc). The system is supported as production-grade software by two major research institutions in North America and in Europe.

Compact Identifiers consist of two parts: 1) a unique prefix or namespace indicating the assigning authority and 2) a locally assigned identifier sometimes called a database accession number. The first (prefix) part is useful to avoid global identifier collisions when integrating datasets run by different communities and consortia under a variety of autonomous data management systems and practices. Compact Identifiers will resolve correctly when the prefix is properly registered, and the PREFIX:ACCESSION string is appended to a proper resolver address. Currently resolvers supported by the California Digital Library and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) support this model and share a common namespace prefix registry.

This micro-course will introduce Compact Identifiers, and discuss their role as globally resolvable identifiers for data, especially where DOIs are not readily available. It will show how to request and register a namespace prefix for your data; discuss resolver and resolution options where there are multiple provider choices; and show how Compact Identifiers work in the evolving data citation ecosystem.

Learning this simple and straightforward technique allows any data to be made citable.


Friday, August 4, 2017


1:30PM - 4:30PM Colloquium Session:  Report out from Afternoon Courses

On Friday afternoon we have an opportunity to come back together and to learn what the various course groups have done. We will have lightning presentations of about 5 minutes each from course instructors/students, interspersed with short discussions of how they might be related together. Finally, we will close the Institute with an open discussion of your experiences, and how we can build an even better Institute for next year.