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Research Data Management in Astrobiology Workshop at AbSciCon

By SpaceRef Editor
June 4, 2015
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Sunday, June 14th, 1:00-5:00pm
Chicago Hilton, Williford B Meeting Room

In the last decade the amount of research data created, collected, processed, and analyzed during the research process increased enormously. Given that the lifespan of research data reaches beyond the life of the projects themselves, research data management (preservation, sharing, access, reuse, synthesis) is critical. Effective management of data requires cyberinfrastructure, policies and standards for metadata, interoperability, knowledge discovery, and a supportive scientific community.

This interdisciplinary workshop brings together astrobiology scholars to discuss the issues on research data management, metadata standards and interoperability, the existing data repositories in various domains/disciplines, and best practices.

The half-day workshop will take place at Chicago Hilton, Sunday, June 14th from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The workshop is free to attend but we ask that you please register so we can get your input to help facilitate the breakouts and discussions,

Questions? Please contact Estelle Dodson,


1:00-2:30 Introduction, Mary Voytek, Senior Scientist for Astrobiology 
– Data Management in Astrobiology, Arsev Aydinoglu 
– NASA Presidential Innovation Fellow, Data Innovation, Dan Hammer 
– Astrobiology Habitable Environments Database Overview, Tom Bristow

2:30-3:15 Round Robin of projects and needs across the community

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30-4:15 Break-out groups (topics subject to change) 
– Metadata, standards and data formats 
– Science process 
– Current repositories & how to utilize them

4:15-5:00 Group report out and discussion


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