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State of Open Data 2023

Session 2: In Conversation

Date and Time: Tuesday November 28th 2023 09:00 ET/14:00 GMT

Join us for this online panel discussion on the State of Open Data 2023.

In this follow up session we’ll be convening a panel of global experts to discuss the results of the 2023 survey in their different contexts.

Importantly, we’ll focus on what can be learned from the survey results, what change is needed and who can drive it forward.

We’ll take a look to the future and consider what the landscape of research data sharing could look like in years to come and share our thoughts and recommendations.


Dan Penny

Dan is Director of Market Intelligence at Springer Nature, and has been carrying out quantitative and qualitative work across the research market for 15 years. Prior to joining Nature he worked in consultancy with Outsell. He started his career at the turn of the millennium at Taylor & Francis, trying to persuade the world that “ebooks” might one day become a thing.

Dominique Roche

Dom Roche is a senior policy advisor at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), where he leads SSHRC’s policy work on research data management and sharing. Dr. Roche completed his PhD in aquatic ecology at the Australian National University and pursued several postdocs in Switzerland and Canada thereafter. In 2021, he co-founded the Society for Open, Reliable and Transparent Ecology and Evolutionary biology ( and was the society’s president in 2022. Dr. Roche has a longstanding interest in metascience (‘research on research’) and open science. In 2020, he received a three-year Marie Slodowska-Curie Global Fellowship from the European Commission to study data sharing practices in environmental science. In his role at SSHRC, he chairs the Tri-Agency working group responsible for implementing the Tri-Agency Research Data Management (RDM) Policy; he leads the implementation of the Policy’s Data Deposit Requirement for SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR; and he is the secretary of the Tri-Agency Open Science Executive Committee. He also serves as an adviser on the Swiss Academy of Arts and Science’s Researcher Sounding Board on Open Data.

Kristi Holmes

Kristi Holmes is Associate Dean of Knowledge Management and Strategy, director of Galter Health Sciences Library and Learning Center, and professor of Preventive Medicine in the division of Health and Biomedical Informatics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Holmes serves as the Chief of Knowledge Management in Northwestern’s Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, and also serves on the leadership team of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS), where she directs evaluation and continuous improvement for the institute and several other programs and centers, including the NNLM National Evaluation Center. Her work focuses on the discovery and equitable access to knowledge through collaborative computational and social initiatives, including the role of repositories to enable FAIR data practices and a vibrant sharing ecosystem. She brings extensive experience with highly cooperative technical information projects on the local, national, and international level.

Mark Hahnel

Mark Hahnel is the CEO and founder of Figshare, which he created whilst completing his PhD in stem cell biology at Imperial College London. Figshare currently provides research data infrastructure for institutions, publishers and funders globally. He is passionate about open science and the potential it has to revolutionize the research community. For the last eight years, Mark has been leading the development of research data infrastructure, with the core aim of reusable and interoperable academic data. Mark sits on the board of DataCite and the advisory board for Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). He was on the judging panel for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Wellcome Trust Open Science prize and acted as an advisor for the Springer Nature master classes.

Yuanchun Zhou

Yuanchun Zhou, Ph.D., Professor, engages on scientific big data and knowledge graph. He is currently the deputy director of the Computer Network Information Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CNIC, CAS), the director of the Science and Technology Committee of CNIC, CAS, the director of the General Center for Scientific Data of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the chairman of the Scientific Data Committee of the China Information Association.

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