Friday 22 November 2019

400 leading scientists descend on Dublin for data conference

Data sharing can allow cost saving and new discoveries for SMEs

Junior minister John Perry
Junior minister John Perry

Over 400 international scientists and researchers have descended on Dublin today for a major global conference on data.

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) Conference, which takes place at Croke Park, will explore important issues relating to the building of societal and technological bridges which can help increase the exchange of data globally.

The conference is a joint ventures between Ireland and Australia.

Minister of State for Small Business John Perry T.D. said: “For SMEs and start-ups, data sharing can enable important cost savings and the advancement of innovative new discoveries. With more than 80pc of the data generated by scientists and researchers around the world currently not being shared, often due to technical challenges in converting, accessing and storing it in the right place and right format, the focus of today’s conference is an important one.”

Two Irish research centres, Insight Centre for Data Analytics and the Digital Repository of Ireland, aided in the organisation of the conference.

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