[tdwg-content] Practical Hacking On Identifiers at BiOSphere 2 (PHOIBOS2), Feb. 17-19, 2015, Oracle, Arizona, USA

Ramona Walls rlwalls2008 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 10 21:24:22 CET 2015

In the era of big data and informatics, there is growing awareness among
scientists and scientific data managers of the need for permanent, globally
unique identifiers for both physical specimens and digital data, leading to
the development of new systems for minting, tracking, resolving, and
querying identifiers. However, existing identifier systems have not yet
been put to the test with the types of very large, multidisciplinary
datasets that loom on the horizon, and developing an identifier
infrastructure for really big data (pre- and post-publication) is crucial
next step.

During the three day PHOIBOS2
<https://github.com/identifier-services/phoibos2/wiki> workshop at the
world-renowned Biosphere 2 <http://b2science.org/> in Oracle, Arizona,
identifier practitioners and data generators will come together to
summarize the current state of the field, identify and elucidate the
technical issues, and develop solutions. PHOIBOS2 will incorporate elements
of a hackathon, but outputs may also include non-technical products like a
draft proposal, a survey, or educational materials. The agenda for the
meeting is modeled after the successful MIT Hacking Medicine
<http://hackingmedicine.mit.edu/>, in which groups of participants are
asked to identify a problem and articulate what a system that solved the
problem would look like, including technologies, support material, and a
business model. We aim to develop a vision of an identifier infrastructure
that spans the entire data lifecycle in the context of very large, complex,
multi-disciplinary, research-oriented datasets.

If you are a scientist, or user or developer of identifier systems, and
would like to take part in this innovative experience, please complete the
online application available here
by November 30, 2015.  The meeting is open to all, with room and board
covered for up to 30 participants, and limited funding available to support
travel costs, particularly for early career or under-represented
participants. Funding requests will be considered in early December, after
all applications are received.

This workshop is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, with
logistical support provided by the iPlant Collaborative.
Ramona L. Walls, Ph.D.
Scientific Analyst, The iPlant Collaborative, University of Arizona
Research Associate, Bio5 Institute, University of Arizona
Laboratory Research Associate, New York Botanical Garden
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