All the cool stuff in the digital world presupposes that the data will be there when you need it, but will it? Without data infrastructure and attention to the stewardship and preservation of digital data, data may become inaccessible or lost. This is especially problematic for data generated by sponsored research projects where the focus is on innovation rather than infrastructure, and support for stewardship and preservation may be short-term.
In this talk, Fran Berman takes a holistic view of sustainability, infrastructure, and data, and discusses four challenges in building a sustainable ecosystem for research data.
Dr. Francine Berman is the Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She is a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Berman was the inaugural recipient (2009) of the ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award for “influential leadership in the design, development, and deployment of national-scale cyberinfrastructure.” In 2015, Dr. Berman was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become a member of the National Council on the Humanities. In 2019, she was selected to be a 2019-2020 Radcliffe Fellow, and elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Berman is a founder of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), a community-driven international organization created to accelerate research data sharing world-wide. She served as Vice President for Research at RPI from 2009 to 2012. From 2001-2009, Dr. Berman served as Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). She also directed the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI), a consortium of 41 research groups, institutions, and university partners with the goal of building national infrastructure to support research and education in science and engineering. Concurrently, Dr. Berman was Professor in the U.C. San Diego Department of Computer Science and Engineering and first holder of the High Performance Computing Endowed Chair in the Jacobs School of Engineering.
Data & Society’s “Databites” speaker series presents timely conversations about the purpose and power of technology, bridging our interdisciplinary research with broader public conversations about the societal implications of data and automation.