Data sharing workshop: don't miss it

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- Are you an experimenter and would you like to get maximum leverage from your data?
- What about the similar data from your colleague who is using another brand of equipment. Is it any good?
- Are you a modeller and did you see that publication that describes exactly the parameters that you are still missing?
- Did you analyse a large data set, but found interesting but only weakly significant results?
- Are you a critical thinker who wants to study the underlying data before believing catchy titles?
- Does your government require you to develop a data sharing policy before they approve your funding?

The data sharing workshop kicks off a working group that will shape the future of datasharing in the neurosciences in The Netherlands. The workshop presents seven opinions:

1. It starts with a keynote lecture by David Kennedy (U. Massachusetts Med. School), who leads the INCF neuroimaging taskforce and is one of the founders of NITRC (, the resource that points you to tools, atlases and data sets in the neuroimaging domain.

2. He is followed by Wiro Niessen (Erasmus MC) who will offset the benefits of data sharing to the difficulties that arise w.r.t. intellectual property, patient privacy, and data misinterpretation.

3. Could stringent data sharing policies have prevented the fraud case of Diederik Stapel? This question will be tackled by social psychologist Jelte Wicherts (Tilburg University).

4. In the astronomy domain, data sharing is the norm. Jarle Wicherts (Leiden Observatory) tells us why there is no way back.

5. If you shy away from data sharing, others may step in. A shining example of a large datasharing project is the Human Connectome Project (HCP). The goal is not, as you might expect, to uncover the wiring diagram of the human brain. No, the goal is to provide the community with the best possible data to do so. HPC provides the data and tools for easy access and basic analysis. Robert Oostenveld (Radboud Univ. Nijmegen) is a partner in the project.

6. With all the focus on the /why/ of datasharing, we should not forget the /how/. Johan Montagnat (French Natl. Center for Scientific Research) has been the lead developer of NeuroLOG, a system that provides federated access to distributed, heterogeneous databases.

7. The data sharing policy of the Dutch Science Foundation NWO is under review, the following years will be decisive. What can be meaningfully required from scientists when they apply for public funding? Rob Heinsbroek (Natl. Initiative Brain & Cognition) informs us about the latest developments.

Information about the program, location, times, drinks, POSTER and registration:
Please *register by December 9*.