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Title The 423rd STEPI Science and Technology Policy Forum – Institutional Innovation for Research Data
Date 2018-11-27 Hit 2962  

The Science and Technology Policy Institute held the 423rd STEPI Science and Technology Policy Forum on the theme of "Institutional Innovation for Research Data" on November 22 at The Plaza Hotel. This event was led by the Office of Institutional Innovation Research and was set as a venue for re-examining the value of science and technology research data and discussing the measures and tasks for introducing and implementing Data Management Plan (DMP).

At this forum, three topics were presented and a panel discussion was held. For the first presentation, Prof. Won-sik Shim of Department of Data Science/Library and Information Science of Sungkyunkwan University presented 'The Value of Research Data and DMP'. He said that there have been much debate about open data, but an integrated approach called open science is needed to make the innovations brought by the digital revolution to social-economic benefit rather than mere open data perspective, and he emphasized the role of government. Particularly, he stressed that it is required to establish the DMP, which is a core policy tool, before the start of the research. Furthermore, he said that it’s important for researchers to change their perception of data sharing, build necessary infrastructure, train specialists, and build a legal basis and reward system.


After that, Dr. Eun-jung Shin, a Research Fellow from the Office of Institutional Innovation Research, STEPI examined how DMP should be conducted in national R&D projects and emphasized that it is important to make a guideline that can be used in the actual research field. In addition, she said that social and economic costs can be reduced if DMP is fully implemented using existing research project management system, and the regulation of government R&D management will be the legal basis. Finally, Dr. Sang-hwan Lee, Director of the Research Data Hub Center, KISTI analyzed the current status of the data management system, and found that about 70% of the data being produced is formal data, while most are managed by individual researchers through mobile media. He pointed out that the reasons of having difficulties in research data sharing is because it is considered as personal asset.


At the panel discussion, the need for introducing DMP system in terms of efficient use of R&D resources was reaffirmed, and it was announced that the government will introduce DMP limiting to national R&D project next year as a pilot project. In addition, participants agreed that many advanced countries that have introduced the system before Korea are still in their infancy, so this should be fully considered and it is necessary to create a culture of recognition change. Furthermore, since there are many actual data rather than digital data in the actual research field, we should consider how to manage the two data in the future.


About 70 experts in the field of science who actually manage research data and those who are interested in data sharing policy attended this forum as audiences, and they reaffirmed the necessity of data sharing in order to improve the utilization of research data. The discussions in the forums are expected to help improve the appropriateness of future policy proposals with the onset of system renovation for domestic research data.