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Workshop: The Road to Well-constructed Knowledge Commons for the Life Sciences

By on 29. May 2019 in Events, News

The RESET-affiliated project Crossover Research 2: Well-constructed Knowledge Commons is arranging a workshop on life science knowledge management.

Dates: June 25. – 26. 2019
Venue: Scandic Nidelven
Registration: Please register here for workshop participation, lunch and dinner before June 17th.

The Road to Well-constructed Knowledge Commons for the Life Sciences



The main obstacle for computationally enabled data-driven knowledge discovery in the life sciences is often presented as an issue of data management. While large-scale initiatives like Open Science and FAIR further emphasise the value placed on the sharing and integration of research data, the issue of knowledge management has received less attention. In this workshop, we summarise lessons from the interdisciplinary project Crossover Research: Well-constructed Knowledge Commons focusing on questions such as:

  • What do we mean by a life science knowledge commons?
  • How does life science knowledge management differ from research data management?
  • How can the work of Crossover Research project be utilized by the larger scientific community?

The Crossover Research project, based on philosophy and systems biology, is funded by the RCN SAMANSVAR program supporting research that explores and assesses conditions for the construction of responsible research and innovation systems. Crossover is engaged in GREEKC, a COST-action under the auspices of GRECO, a consortium working towards a “gene regulation knowledge commons” as an open and distributed infrastructure for gene regulation knowledge. This could be seen as a step along the road towards a grand, interoperable ecosystem of life science information resources built to support the envisioned life science of the future.

This 1,5 day workshop invites scientists and humanists to discuss the current state and the future of the life science knowledge commons with the aim to formulate ten simple rules for how to construct a knowledge commons resource.

Invited speakers:

Ruth Lovering (Professorial Research Fellow, Institute of Cardiovascular Science, University College London)

Ricardo de Miranda Azevedo (Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Data Science, Maastricht University)

Jon Olav Vik (Associate Professor, Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science, Norwegian University of Life Sciences)

Sahar Hassani (Senior Adviser, Faculty of Biosciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences)


Program outline (detailed program will be available soon):

Day 1 (09:00 – 17:00): The What’s and the Why’s of the Knowledge Commons
The main focus of the first day will be on presenting and contextualizing the work of Crossover Research 2 through talks from project participants and invited speakers.

08:30 – 09:00 Registration & Coffee
9:00 – 12:00 Setting the stage:
What is the life science knowledge commons and why is it necessary?
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at Scandic Nidelven
13:00 – 17:00 The work of Crossover/GREEKC/DrugLogics/FAIR

19:00 Dinner at Øx Tap Room

Day 2 (09:00 – 12:00): “Well-constructed Knowledge Commons”
The second day of the workshop will be centered around key lessons for building and maintaining a well-constructed knowledge resource.

09:00 – 12:00 Lessons learned from Crossover Research 2.
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at Scandic Nidelven


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