There are nowadays some irrevocable trends implying that science will open. As regards to data, this implies that sharing instead of owning will become the default. However, there are almost no incentives (but mostly rules & obligations) to make data available and shareable. Seamless facilities for researchers to share data are much needed, and credits need to be attributed when data are re-used.
Europe is developing a Cloud infrastructure where data can be shared and reused. In order to achieve it, data has to be made FAIR – findable, accessible, interoperable and then re-usable. In addition, social data require privacy and security measures.
Where are we now in setting up a European cloud infrastructure?
How can we implement social science data?
How do we organise secure access and provide information and training on the big and complex data collections?
Ron Dekker has been recently appointed as new CESSDA director. His career path led him from leading positions in the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to SURF, the Dutch IT-innovation organisation for Higher Education & Research, where he served as acting director. In 2014 he was seconded to the Dutch Ministry of Education, Science and Culture as Project Leader for Open Science in preparation for the Dutch EU Presidency in the first half of 2016. He then moved to Brussels to work as a Seconded National Expert on Open Science at the European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation.