Fostering connections: IDSP members engage with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to convene a U.S. Research Data Summit

September 26, 2023

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine appointed the U.S. Research Data Summit Planning Committee, under the auspices of the U.S. National Committee for CODATA, Board on International Scientific Organizations, to convene U.S. leaders of research data organizations across sectors who can shape and influence U.S. research data policies and practices. 

The purpose of the Summit, which will be held at the National Academies in Washington, DC, on October 10 & 11, 2023, is to discuss strategies to increase coherence of interests and activities among the various organizations as well as increase communication and collaboration to reduce unnecessary duplication of effort within the United States. Also, on a global scale, to position the United States to be well represented in international discussions on research data.

Taking steps towards the IDSP’s goal to foster connections between industry, the research community, and the public sector, IDSP members from LinkedIn, Microsoft, Northumbrian Water Group, Ookla, and UK Power Networks have collaborated with the U.S. Research Data Summit Planning Committee to provide an industry perspective as they plan the convening discussions and activities. Among them, Jennifer Hansen, Microsoft assumes the role of co-chair of the planning committee, while Casey Weston, LinkedIn is set to contribute as a panelist during the convening. Additionally, Melissa Tallack, Northumbrian Water Group, Matt Webb and Yiu-Shing Pang, UK Power Networks and Kathy MacDonald, Ookla provided industry perspectives by participating in focus groups which helped shape the Summit’s agenda.

A proceeding of the workshop will be published.

Beyond the Summit, the Industry Data for Society Partnership will continue to serve as a forum for facilitating connections between industry and the public sector, as well as fostering collaborations between researchers and academics. These synergies are an important factor in crafting solutions for the most pressing societal challenges.

Link to Summit info on the NAS site