EScience Seminar 2009

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Below you find the list of topics of the eScience Seminar Series 2009. For more information please visit the official eScience Seminar Website:


  • Fashion wave or driving force of progress?, 18 February 2009
    • Responsible for content:
      • Peter Wittenburg, MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen,
      • Wolfgang Voges, MPDL and MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching
    • Background: After two years of eScience Seminars held within the MPG, which led to several concrete results, we invited all directors to discuss these topics together with external speakers at an event at the evening right before the Section meetings in February.
    • Place: MPI f. Molecular Genetics, Berlin
    • For slides and audio recordings please visit: Contributions
  • Repository Systems, 25/26 June 2009
    • Responsible for contents:
      • Michael Lautenschlager (MPI f. Meteorology),
      • Malte Dreyer (MPDL),
      • Peter Wittenburg (MPI Nijmegen)
    • Background: This eScience seminar is devoted to one of the big challenges for research institutes: how to guarantee persistence and continuous access to its records to all interested and authorized researchers. Therefore, each institute needs to have a strategy of how to manage the increasing amounts and complexity of data, how to guarantee online access to it and how to replicate the data for preservation purposes. Invited speakers will present different views on repositories with corresponding requirements as well as possible solutions to these issues. The seminar will give us a more complete picture of the current issues and possible solutions for the Max Planck Society.
    • Place: RZG Garching, Munich
  • Concept registries, 22/23 October 2009
    • Responsible for content:
      • Marc Kemps-Snijders (MPI Nijmegen)
      • Menzo Windhouwer (MPI Nijmegen)
      • Andreas Gros (MPDL)
    • Background: The combination of different data sets to facilitate comprehensive scientific research is a major difficulty for cutting-edge research. For such combinations it is necessary to overcome semantic encoding differences. As one approach to this issue the ISO chose open and flexible concept registries, whose contents can be linked by researchers as they please. This approach to solve considerable semantic interoperability problems could be interesting for a lot of MPIs.
    • Place: GWDG, Göttingen