Welcome to Digital Research 2012
The UK's premier Digital Research community event was held in Oxford from 10-12 September 2012, showcasing and sharing the latest in digital research practice helping to set the agenda for tomorrow.
Digital Research 2012 featured an exciting 3-day programme with a great set of invited speakers, bringing together digital researchers and developers from all disciplines to showcase and share their latest digital approaches and visions - from Big Data Analytics and e-Infrastructure to Citizen Science and Software Sustainability.
New Science of New Data Symposium and Innovation Showcase (Monday 10th)
Keynotes from Noshir Contractor (Northwestern University) on Web Science, Nigel Shadbolt (Government Information Adviser) on Open Data and a closing address by Kieron O'Hara (philosopher, computer scientist and political writer) - with Rob Procter speaking on twitter analytics, Stefan Staab on geolocated social media, and Informational Citzenship too. Also the launch of the Software Sustainability Institute's Fellows programme and community workshops.
Future of Digital Research (Tuesday 11th)
Keynotes from Stevan Harnad on Digital Research: How and Why the RCUK Open Access Policy Needs to Be Revised, Jim Hendler (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) on Broad Data (not just big!), and Lizbeth Goodman (UCD) on SMART spaces by and for SMART people. Sessions were themed on Open Science with talks by Peter Murray-Rust and Neil Chue Hong, Smart Spaces as a Utility and future glimpses from the community, all culminating in a Roundtable discussion on the Future of Digital Research.
e–Infrastructure Forum and Innovation Showcase (Wednesday 12th)
We opened with a dual-track community innovation showcase, then launched the UK e-Infrastructure Academic Community Forum where Peter Coveney (UK e-Infrastructure Leadership Council and UCL) presented the "state of the nation" followed by a Provider’s Panel, Software, Training and User’s Panel - an important and timely opportunity for the community to review where we are and determine what's needed in the future. Meanwhile our afternoon Digital Research with Impact workshop focused on practitioner needs and knowledge gaps.
DevChallenge, Workshops and more
A lot more happened throughout the event, including an exciting DevChallenge hackathon run by DevCSI, software surgery by the Software Sustainability Institute and multiple community workshops - plus the Digital Research 2012 dinner in St Catherine's College and a reception in the spectacular Museum of Natural History.
We're very grateful to everyone who came together to make this event possible, including e-Research South, Open Knowledge Foundation, Web Science, the Digital Social Research programme, our Digital Economy colleagues and the All Hands Foundation.