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PV2023: Adding value (to) and preserving Scientific & Technical data

500/1-001 - Main Auditorium (CERN)

500/1-001 - Main Auditorium


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Shiers, Jamie, Duellmann, Dirk (CERN)

PV2023 - Overview

The PV Conference welcomes you to its 10th edition, to be held 2 - 4 May 2023 at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva (Switzerland). PV2023 will continue to address prospects in the domain of data preservation, stewardship and value-adding to scientific data and research related information.

Exponential growth is being experienced in terms of produced and archived data from a range of areas: space, ground-based equipment, and scientific research activities. An end-to-end management approach for long term data preservation is key to ensuring that there is no loss of information and data, that data are independently understandable and meet standards-based data formats and metadata content, and that data are usable by humans and machines. Robust data management also entails discovery and open access to the archived data, as well as the curation processes aimed at improving the information content and the usability of the archived data throughout its lifecycle. 

CERN, for example, operates the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and is working on a strategy (as part of the general European Strategy for Particle Physics) that foresees a timeline through the end of the current century. Some 300PB of data are currently stored in the on-site archive – including data from previous generations of experiments, such as the Large Electron Positron collider (LEP) that collected data from 1989 to 2000. Additional copies are stored at collaborating High Energy Physics institutes around the world.

For this conference anniversary year, we would like to extend a special invite to large-scale scientific archives so we can facilitate discussion of emergent issues across scientific domains. As we move to a new and exciting technology age, we are seeing large-scale collaborations occurring on state-of-the-art virtual research environments and novel collaborative infrastructures. The coupling of archives with high-performance exploitation platforms gives us enormous possibilities for mass data analytics and interdisciplinary investigations.

We would invite participation from projects, organizations or individuals developing novel data services within or as a result of these environments. This includes smaller bespoke archives wishing to integrate with larger data holdings to generate targeted knowledge and data services. With respect to previous conferences in this series, and whilst maintaining the overall thematic focus, additional goals for PV2023 include:

  • Attracting more scientific communities
  • Broadening information exchange, sharing of experiences, tools and even services
  • Keeping in step with (or ahead of) funding agencies / policy makers in their push for long term data preservation and Open Data

The conference aims to address three thematic areas:

  • Theme 1: Ensuring long-term data and knowledge preservation (the "P" in PV)
  • Theme 2: Adding value to data and facilitation of data use (the "V" in PV)
  • Theme 3: Challenges of incorporating complex policy, technology, standards and principles in Open Data Environments


We anticipate holding three sessions to address these themes, as well as a session of keynote speeches followed by a panel discussion, and a ‘Minute Madness’ session to present posters. Additional sessions may be developed closer to the event.