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Who are data stewards, what they do and why they’re so important

Who are data stewards, what they do and why they’re so important

| Sara Di Giorgio | News
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13 January 2022, Open Science Café with Shalini Kurapati and Valentina Pasquale.

In order to practice proper management of data and other research results, it is essential to have adequate support. The data steward is a new professional figure, created to facilitate the principles of Open Science. According to an estimate of the European Commission, there should be 500,000 of these professionals in Europe by 2027 and therefore there will be a great need for this new professional figure in the world of research. So who are data stewards and what do they do? Basically, a data steward is a support figure for the researcher, an expert in the management of data and other research results who has technical, legal and ethical skills. In the January Open Science café we will discuss the role and competences of this new professional figure with Shalini Kurapati and Valentina Pasquale.


Thursday 13th January 2022

13:50 - 14:00 Link opening and welcome

14:00 - 14:10 Introduction

14:10 - 14:35 Presentation by Valentina Pasquale

14:35 - 15:00 Q&A/Discussion

Who will speak

Shalini Kurapati works as an "Open Science and Research Data Management Fellow" at Oal Politecnico di Torino (adjunct role). Her main role is as co-founder and CEO of, she works on data evaluation and validation and Artificial Intelligence algorithms. She was previously part of the first data stewardship project set up at TU Delft, to create expertise and roles to advise researchers on RDM and FAIR data. She has 7 years of research experience at the intersection of technology, policy, and management. She is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E)

Valentina Pasquale works as "Research Data Management Specialist" at the Italian Institute of Technology, where she coordinates the support services for research data management and open science. She coordinates the GO FAIR Data Stewardship Competence Centers Implementation Network. Before working on research data, she got a PhD in "Humanoid Technologies" at the University of Genoa in 2010 and worked for several years in the field of Computational Neuroscience.

Maria Bellantone is in charge of institutional activities and policies on various fronts of open science at Eurac Research, where she works in the research support group. In the past she has worked for international scientific publishers on journals, books and more recently on open platforms (F1000Research), also in collaboration with several scientific institutions and societies. His academic background is in chemistry, materials science and biotechnology.

Who should attend?

The webinar is designed for the Italian community and is aimed at researchers, research support staff, technicians, technologists interested in learning the details of the patent route as research protection, and the European Commission's Open Science strategy.

Open Science Café

The Open Science Café is a series of events designed to cover major topics and news from the Open Science world, dedicated to the Italian community. It aims at informing and discussing various aspects of Open Science in an informal way, in front of a coffee cup. Each event lasts for one hour and focuses on a specific theme, leaving enough time for discussion with the audience.


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