Faculty profile: Margaret Hedstrom

Making open data work

Data sharing isn't always as easy as it sounds. Numerous hurdles need to be overcome, from technological and organizational standpoints.

The purpose of this research program, "Open Data IGERT: Graduate Training for Data Sharing and Reuse in E-Science," is to generate new policies, practices, and technologies. The research builds on computer science and information science research that identify basic principles for acquiring, managing, sharing, and archiving data.

Professor Margaret Hedstrom heads this multidisciplinary National Science Foundation-funded research.

The project focuses on two fields – bioinformatics and materials science and engineering – in order to build a basis for meaningful comparisons between the fields and to create a cohort of students in each field who are trained in this new way of thinking about open data sharing and reuse.