SpringerNature partners The Next Web

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Springer Nature has partnered with technology forum The Next Web (TNW) Conference to explore how technology can help improve the sharing, discoverability and use of research data.

With more than half the world’s research data still not openly available, and open data and good data management important to making research more productive, Springer says this is a pressing issue the academic community needs resolving. 

Springer Nature’s latest Launchpad Meetup, held at TNW Conference in Amsterdam, saw tech talent from across Europe present ideas on how researchers can be helped to extract more value from their experimental research data, through faster, easier routes of discovery and visualisation, organisation or sharing of data. 

Startups whose pitches are successful awill have the opportunity to collaborate with Springer Nature on pilot projects and the co-creation of new products. Springer Nature is currently working on pilots with startups that took part in the 2017 Launchpad Meetups.

Grace Baynes, VP Data and New Product Development for Open Research at Springer Nature, said: 'More than half of the world’s research data are still not openly available or Findable, Accessible, Interoperable or Reusable (FAIR). 

'We know that open data and good data management make research more productive, enabling researchers to focus on gaining insights, with the potential to make further discoveries from existing datasets. By helping researchers get more from research data, we can unlock innovation for the good of society and the economy, advancing discovery.'