Claudia Bauzer Medeiros: Open Science, Open Data – Challenges in Data Sharing across Scientific Domains


Open Science, Open Data – Challenges in Data Sharing across Scientific Domains


The term “Open Science" refers to the dissemination of all the material associated with scientific discovery, in a broad spectrum, with the goal of accelerating the advancement of science and increasing interdisciplinary collaboration. Such digital material refers to a variety of content types – e.g., software, video, sound recordings, spreadsheets, workflows, specifications. Sharing such data has become one of the most important challenges faced by scientists.

Indeed,  data sharing requires long term planning of data management, covering the entire lifecycle of all data items – from their collection, through cleaning, storage and preservation. Not only are there technical barriers (e.g., due to data heterogeneity or interoperability across repositories and cyber-infrastructures), but distinct norms, regulations and standards often hamper effective sharing.

The talk will give an overview of some of the computing challenges faced, and present a broad ongoing initiative in Brazil, involving 48 campi across the state of Sao Paulo. 


Claudia Bauzer Medeiros is full professor of databases at the Institute of Computing, University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil. She holds a degree in Electrical Engineering (1976) and an MSc degree in Computer Science (1979) from PUC-Rio, Brazil and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada (1985). For the past 20 years, she has been working as a visiting professor at the University Paris-Dauphine, France. She has received Brazilian and international awards for research, teaching, and also for her work in fostering the participation of women in IT-related activities. 

Her research is centered on the design and development of scientific databases. Her main interests lie in facing the challenges posed by large, real world applications, which require handling distributed and very heterogeneous data sources. In particular, she has coordinated large multidisciplinary projects, in Brazil, involving applications in agro-environmental planning and biodiversity. Data to be handled include, among others, sensor data streams, satellite images, photos, videos, sound and all kinds of textual sources. She has also coordinated research projects in scientific data management, workflow systems and geographic information, in cooperation with universities and research labs in Brazil, Germany and France. 

She is a Commander of the Brazilian Order of Scientific Merit, Dr. Honoris Causa from the University Antenor Orrego, Peru (2007), and Dr. Honoris Causa from the University Paris-Dauphine, France (2015). In 2018, elected for the Council of the Research Data Alliance, and as Member at Large of the Council of the ACM. In 2018, elected as a Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.​