DI4R 2017 – Announcement of Call for Participation

The DI4R Programme Committee of the second Digital Infrastructure for Research Conference (DI4R 2017)  invites researchers, innovators, data producers, scientific domain experts, librarians, data science practitioners, service providers, project leaders, policy makers and funders  to bring their voice to DI4R 2017.

DI4R 2017 will be held in Brussels, on 30 November – 1 December 2017. It will take place at the Square Meeting Centre, and organised jointly by EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, OpenAIRE, PRACE and RDA Europe.

All open science players are invited to send proposals for contributions on requirements, developments, success stories and gap analyses in the form of presentations, lightning talks, interactive sessions, posters and demonstrations (full text of the Call for Participation).

Abstracts should be submitted via the DI4R webpage.

The DI4R 2017 areas are:


This area will focus on topics related to the interoperability between services from different infrastructures and initiatives at different levels (local, national, international), including:

  • architectures enabling interoperability,
  • protocols for interoperability
  • data and metadata interoperability.

The topic also includes items related to provisioning of federated services for research in Europe and beyond, enabling interoperability at all levels: human, organisational, technological and policies.

Data science and skills

The EC’s Open Science Skills Working Group Report defines Open Science skills as needs for researchers to be able to publish under open access, to manage (open) data, to conduct professional research and engage with citizen science.

These skills follow the research life cycle and cover design and setting up research data, data production, management, analysis, open access publishing and other ways to act in and beyond one’s own scholarly and disciplinary community, up to interaction with the general public to enhance the impact of science and research.

Impact evaluation and metrics

Measuring the progress of the Open Science adoption and its growing impact is vital for decision-making and funding processes. Metrics are also a reward to scientists for making their work understandable, accessible and reusable by the scientific community.

Security, trust and identity

This track will provide the platform to discuss security and trust & identity aspects. It will offer an opportunity for e-infrastructures to present their offer to support researchers needs and to report on best practices and technical aspects that help new research infrastructures to build interoperable authentication and authorisation infrastructures.

The EOSC & EDI building blocks

Proposals submitted for this area should focus on the development and provisioning of services and solutions needed to enable researchers to securely collaborate and share resources in a federated environment combining geographically distributed services from multiple providers and further the opportunities of Open Science.

Business models, sustainability and policies

Long-term access and provisioning of services require clear governance, engagement rules, policies and funding models. Submissions should focus on the barriers, opportunities and changes in this environment in order to address the non-technical pressures, for example social, financial, legal and policy that influence the present and future opportunities.

Dates and deadlines

  • 11 September 2017
    • Call for Proposals launched
    • Submission system opens
    • Registration opens
  • 13 October 2017
    • Deadline for submission
    • End of early bird registration
  • 13 November 2017
    • End of online registration

More information

Full text of the Call for Participation

Digital Infrastructures for Research 2017

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