Update on Oct codesprint and 1st year conference

We are now only 2 1/2 months away from the first major ODIN community event. The combined codesprint and 1st year conference which mark the half-way point of the 2-year project will take place over three days October 15-17, hosted by ODIN partners CERN.

As we draw closer to the event date, the various logistical pieces are clicking into place one by one. Check the event page for the latest information, including the tentative programme, a list of confirmed speakers, accommodation and more:



Coding with confidence

The codesprint part of the event is a 1 1/2 day-and-night hands-on technical workshop. Participants from several ODIN partner organizations and external experts will come together to pool their resources and work on coding projects. These projects will demonstrate the potential of the identifier “awareness layer” which is at the heart of ODIN’s mission.

See this page for a provisional list of codesprint projects.

We will have more to say about the specific goals and practicalities for the codesprint in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!  In the meantime, feel free to register, to contact us with questions, and/or to leave suggestions about additional projects.


Engaging with the community

The final day of the event is a conventional plenary-style conference open to all, where ODIN partners will present results from the first half of the 2-year project and receive feedback from the community. In addition to ODIN partners themselves, representatives from numerous stakeholder organizations will attend and present, including CrossRef, CERIF/EuroCRIS, UK DataService, PLoS and others.

A provisional schedule for the conference is available here.


Date with a supercollider

The LHC (credit: http://www.universetoday.com)

For those of us who have not visited CERN before, one item in the event programme looks particularly exciting: a guided tour of the massive Large Hadron Collider facility which our hosts at CERN have organized.


Dates set for ODIN codesprint and 1st year conference

Interested in putting data sharing and re-use into practice? Save the dates for the ODIN codesprint and conference in October 2013 at CERN and join us in connecting the missing bits and pieces in Open Science!

Supported by a lot of caffeine, you can dig into the details of DataCite and ORCID APIs during a 1,5 day and night codesprint. Results from the sprint will be presented at the ODIN 1st year “Big Bang” public conference where you can engage with cutting edge leaders in the field of data sharing and re-use services.

Mark these dates in your calender:

Codesprint: Oct 15th & 16th (Tue & Wed)
ODIN public conference: Oct 17th (Thu)

See the event page where further details will be posted as they become available.

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or suggestions you have. We’re looking forward to meeting you in October!

Report from October 2012 Kickoff Meeting now available

The report of the October 2012 ODIN Kickoff meeting is now available for download at http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.107019 and also linked from the ODIN Project Outputs page.

In the report we provide a summary of all presentations and the key scientific inputs and decisions we have taken from this input. The slides from all Kickoff meeting presentations are available from the meeting page. Not surprisingly for a project focused on persistent identifiers, the Kickoff meeting report has been assigned a DataCite DOI. We are working on adding ORCID identifiers for the main authors.

Some of the key questions that came up during the Kickoff meeting are:

  • Are persistent identifiers for data and people a goal in itself, or rather tools to solve specific problems? 
  • Are the different communities sufficiently talking to each other? 
  • How do we most efficiently promote data citation? 
  • How different are the challenges for small and large datasets?
  • How to accomodate local differences while not losing sight of global commonalities? 

The ODIN project partners are working on these and other questions in the coming 20 months, and we will present preliminary results in our next public workshop in October (hosted by CERN). Feel free to provide feedback by contacting Gudmundur ThorissonMartin Fenner, or one of the other project partners.