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Data Access and Management in the EUDAT Collaborative Data Infrastructure
EUDAT, the European Data e-Infrastructure Initiative, is working at a European level, in a global context. Maximising the value of twenty-first century digital research is no longer a regional, nor even a national, challenge, and Europe is leading by example in the construction and realisation of global research data infrastructure. EUDAT welcomes the recent policy statements from the European Commission on open access to scientific publications and research data and the importance of data management planning in the forthcoming Horizon 2020 research programme, and endorses the research data guiding principles from the recent G8+O6 working group on data. As a cross-community, data-driven project EUDAT is strongly positioned to support the Horizon 2020 open access data pilot aiming at a reliable and high-performance infrastructures for data management – because EUDAT shares the same goals.
EUDAT Service Road Map
UDAT’s mission is to design, develop, implement and offer “Common Data Services” as they have been introduced in the “Riding the Wave report [1]” to all interested researchers and research communities. According to this report these services will be offered through the Collaborative Data Infrastructure (CDI) which is being identified by many data different initiatives at community, research organisation and cross-border level (disciplines and countries).
The Value of Data and Trust
European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes recently emphasised that “data is the currency of modern science”. Extending the metaphor of “data as currency” with the concept of “data objects as money”, then trusted data repositories can be considered as “banks” and thus guardians of the “currency”. This requires the existence of solid agreements that bind all actors involved in these “currency” transactions to guarantee a trustworthy environment for exchange. In such a context, trusted relations between the various actors must be established and context-sensitive trust measures need to be put in place which are indispensable for the global market of knowledge exchange.