3rd National Data Service Consortium Workshop

  • March 25-27, 2015
  • Austin, Texas

Join us in Austin where we will focus on establishing the governance for the NDS Consortium, growing the pilot projects, and sharing the latest on funding efforts. The first day, March 25, will be Pilots Day, a chance for pilot project participants to meet, develop, and plan for on-going activity. The plenary program starts on the second day, March 26. To receive register for the meeting, please request an invitation via email to

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  • to establish the governance of the NDS Consortium by:
    • adopting our Shared Vision of Success
    • adopting our Charter for Governance
    • transitioning from the Interim Steering Committee to an elected Steering Committee
  • to report on and reinforce the development of the NDS through
    • NDS Labs and NDS Share
    • NDS Pilot Projects
    • NDS Coordinating Committees
  • to build the Consortium as an active community network by
    • reviewing stakeholder alignment data and identify action implications
    • identifing reciprocal expectations among elements of NDS
    • encouraging further community exchange

This is the third in our series of workshops aimed at building a national infrastructure for sharing, publishing, and re-using data. For this meeting, we will focus on establishing the governance for the NDS Consortium, growing the pilot projects, and sharing the latest on funding efforts.

The first day, Wednesday March 25, will be a Small Groups Day, a chance for pilot project teams and other committees to meet, develop, and plan for on-going activity. It will also feature a special morning tutorial for developers on NDS Labs (10am - noon) as well as open hacking in Labs in the afternoon.

The plenary program starts on the Thursday, March 26 at 8:30am. It will feature talks reporting on the latest activity in the NDS as well as constructive discussions for building out the NDS vision. The meeting will finish by 2pm on Friday. See the Program Overview tab for more details.

This workshop is being hosted on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Sessions will happen in the Learning Commons building as well as in the Research Office Complex (ROC).

A detailed agenda is now available. (agenda now includes links presenters' slides and session notes)

Wednesday will host small group meetings and the NDS Labs Tutorial. The plenary sessions begin on Thursday at 8:30am and will finish by 2pm on Friday.

NDS Labs Tutorial

On Wednesday, 10am - 12 noon, get an inside look at NDS Labs. Bring your laptop, and you'll learn how to launch machines and services in the Labs cluster environment. You will get an introduction to the Docker container technology and learn how you can wrap your own applications for flexible deployment in a cloud environment. After lunch, Labs will be open for your experimentation.

Small Group Meetings

We are encouraging pilot project groups and coordinating committees to take advantage of this meeting to meet together on Wednesday in one of our small meeting rooms. Are you involved in a NDS or RDA related project? Contact the meeting planners via to reserve a room.

Plenary Sessions

The main plenary meeting will include the following sessions:

  • Moving the National Data Service Forward
    We'll hear from overviews about what's been happening in the NDS as well as the community at large, including talks from:
    • Ed Seidel, chair of the Interim Steering Committee
    • Anita de Waard on Force 11
    • Rebecca Koskela on the Research Data Alliance
  • Projects and Use Cases
    We'll report on the opening of NDS Labs and some of the early project work there. Next, we'll also get a series of lightning talks on use cases and projects from the consortium. This session will also include a discussion where we ask what new projects and applications we would like to see in NDS Labs and NDS Share.
  • Building the Consortium I
    We'll hear a report on our latest stakeholder survey as well as be introduced to the newly elected steering committee.
  • Breakout Session
    In this breakout, we'll explore and record key use cases, projects, and community coordination activities.
  • Building the Consortium II
    In this session, we'll dig deeper into the needs of the community and, with your input, what it means to be member of the Consortium.
  • Working Together in the Consortium
    In this facilitated group discussion that will get us out of chairs, we'll work out how we should coordinate all our NDS activities and the related RDA working group activities.
Lone Star Court

Lone Star Court
10901 Domain Drive
Austin, TX 78758

The booking code to make reservations is: 1503UNIVER_001. Reservations can be made online or through the central reservations office, 1-855-596-3398 .

TACC's main office is located in the Research Office Complex (ROC / Bldg 196) on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus (PRC) of The University of Texas at Austin. All visitors must use the Burnet Road entrance.

Texas Advanced Computing Center
10100 Burnet Road
ROC Bldg 196, Suite 1.101
Austin, Texas 78758

Walking directions front the LoneStar Court to TACC can be found here .

Parking is available in lots on both the east and west sides of the ROC building. Visitor permits will be issued, free of charge, from the TACC main office. You may park in the covered visitor parking area, or any open space in front of TACC. Upon arrival, walk up the brick pathway to the building entrance, TACC's office is on the right. Please check in with the receptionist to obtain a parking pass. You will have to return to your vehicle to display the dashboard parking permit.

Note: All visitors must now enter the Pickle Campus via the Burnet Rd. entrance, if you are driving. The Braker Lane entrance is for staff only. If you are walking, you may enter the campus through the Braker Lane entrance. Visitor vehicles may exit campus through the Burnet Road or Braker Lane exit gates.

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