Takeaways from the CODATA-RDA Summer School in Trieste, Italy, 7-21 July 2017

During the past 2 weeks I had the opportunity to participate in a CODATA-RDA Summer School on Open Science and Open Data at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). Thank you ASSAf for this great opportunity!

The main takeaway from this workshop of 2 weeks: Science is becoming increasingly data driven, and roles, responsibilities, skills so dynamic. Constant adaptation needed, and the only way to stay abreast lifelong self-learning. Expertise develops with time, if you are prepared to up-skill yourself and open yourself for new learning.

Some suggestions:

Things are moving quite fast, and according to research we need much, much more data to inform new trends, find solutions to problems.

We only become experts if we are prepared to learn new things. Nothing static anymore.

I also made use of the opportunity to do an impromptu presentation on the African Open Science Platform on the Monday evening 🙂


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