Datascientia plenary meeting 

Trento, Italy - 2020/02/29 to 2020/03/04

1. What is the Datascientia plenary meeting?

DataScientia plenary meetings are a good opportunity for new and established members alike to meet, get to know each other, discuss the exciting work and achievements done since the last meeting, and also plan ahead for future collaborations and breakthroughs.

Multiple categories are proposed to help organize the discussions but, true to our interest in diversity, each member is free to propose any session that they deem interesting for the other members and within the scope of Datascientia activities.

2. What is new in this meeting

We meet again a bit over one year after the kickoff meeting of 2019. Back then we introduced three main areas of Datascientia research – Behavioural/Language/Knowledge Diversity – and we launched a Behavioural Diversity capturing tool: i-Log, to be used by DataScientia partners for organizing experiments that generate research ready datasets about different human problems; like physical activity, traffic, academic performance, food intake,  pollution, among others.

This year we meet again to share the great success of our launched initiative (with experiments in Paraguay, Mexico, China and soon more) and confidently go beyond as we announce our second major launch – Linguarena, in the Language Diversity area – that will lead us in the direction of capturing, managing and leveraging the language diversity around the world.

The meeting is organized along the lines of five main categories:

  1. Behavioural Diversity: introduction and progress related to our ongoing i-Log initiative, along with discussions of its evolution, future potential and collaborations.
  2. Language Diversity: launch of the Linguarena initiative with an in-depth look to its principles, research goals and implemented tools being made offered to Datascientia partners from that day on.
  3. Knowledge Diversity: we will discuss their possibilities, value  and progress made on our Liveschema initiative.
  4. Teaching and dissemination: starting this year, we are organizing major mixed online and participatory courses related to the main Datascientia initiatives. This will surely become an important tool for gaining traction in academic environment and getting people interested in our work.
  5. Our Datascientia: we will refresh the main values, principles and objectives that guide Datascientia and discuss how to work together to effectively collaborate towards them.

3. General information and meeting logistics

The Datascientia kickoff meeting will take place in Trento from Monday March the 2nd to Tuesday March the 3rd. (with a strong possibility of additional social and scientific events taking place before and after these dates).

These intense one and a half days of research will take place at the Department of dept. of Sociology from the University of Trento, via Verdi, 26, Trento.

Conference Program at a glance

               Saturday                      Sunday                             Monday                                Tuesday                            Wednesday  
2020-02-29 2020-03-01 2020-03-02 2020-03-03 2020-03-04
9:00 Intro Session Intro Session LiveData1 Bilateral Meetings
10:00 Lime Surveys 1 Social Events LinguArena1
10:40 Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break
11:00 Lime Surveys 2 LinguArena2 Roundtable
12:00 LA Crowdsourcing 1 Courses
13:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch
14:00 i-Log 1 LA Crowdsourcing 2 Aliaksandr Birukou
15:00 Roundtable Research Infr.
15:40 Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break
16:00 i-Log 2 Liveschema Governance
17:00 Next Steps
17:40 Roundtable
19:00 MoU Signature
20:00 Social Dinner

Invited Speakers

We are happy to announce our speakers who have so far confirmed their attendance.

Aliaksandr Birukou

Aliaksandr Birukou

Diversity of cultures and vocabularies in computer science conferences

Conferences play a major role in scientific communication of computer scientists. In this talk we will look at different CS communities and their culture through the prism of peer review and research topics. For the peer review part, we will present the emerging industry standards for describing conference peer review processes. As for the research topics, identifying topics which best describe the conference is an important and non-trivial task. Good topics improve the content discovery and bad topics bury conference proceedings in the sea of knowledge. A couple of years ago, Springer has managed to switch from manual annotation of CS conference proceedings published in LNCS and other series to a tool-assisted annotation. We will present the tools involved in this process: Smart Topic Miner (STM) and the Computer Science Ontology (CSO) and developed by the researchers at the Knowledge Media Institute at the Open University.

Aliaksandr (Alex) Birukou is working as an Editorial Director in Springer Nature. His team in Computer Science Editorial in Heidelberg is publishing the conference proceedings in CS (~850 volumes/year, including the LNCS series). Alex's other team running the portfolio of ~200 journals in different disciplines, translated from Russian into English. Apart from editorial work Alex represents CS in several internal and external R&D projects dealing with optimization or innovation of scientific publishing.
Most recent projects include: persistent IDentifiers for conferences (Alex chairs the Crossref/DataCite group:; intelligent dashboards for editorial (automated assessment of conferences); OCS/EquinOCS (conference submission management system). Previously, Alex founded, which later became a part of Springer Nature SciGraph. Alex is also a co-founder of, which got Digital Science Catalyst Grant and has the ambition of becoming Google for scientific conferences.
He enjoys teaching courses about publishing and publishing innovation in the University of Trento, Italy, and People's Friendship University, Moscow, Russia. You can see his academic record at

Ivano Bison

Ivano Bison

Reformulating Diversity

Diversity is a complex, multi-layered compositional construct that does not exist at the individual level of analysis. This means that we can recognize diversity only when we compare two people and therefore when we move at the level of dyad, group, organization, community. Nevertheless, the individual level of analysis is included as an aspect of diversity because individual differences in various attributes, when present in a community, create diversity. In this talk I will try to address three issues. The first is: what is diversity? The second is: what kind of diversity do we need? The third is: how can we modelling diversity in a computational model?

Ivano Bison is associate professor of Methodology and Survey Design at the Department of Sociology and Social Research and Chair of the Interdepartmental Master degree on Data Science at the University of Trento (Italy). His research interests include the development in a holistic perspective of a new methodological approach (e.g. sequence analysis, semantic networks, etc.) to be applied to the study of life careers, social stratification, career mobility, academic performance, educational inequalities and social diversity. He is currently paying particular attention to the application of the social practice theory to the study of social role, social change and diversity in life courses. The above interests are in turn declined in a perspective of using new ICT technologies (e.g. sensor data, data collection from smartphones) and Big data to increase the knowledge of social relationships and human behavior in specific social contexts such as the academic career of students and their performance, and in general the social life and daily routines of people. Currently he is member of Horizon 2020 FET Proactive project “WeNet – The Internet of us” and member of unit on diversity with the task to develop new model of social diversity in a social science perspective.

Full Program (preliminary)

Day1 - Saturday 29 February
9:00-9:40 Introduction to the Tutorials
Ronald Chenu-Abente, Ivano Bison, Marcelo Rodas
9:40-10:40 LimeSurveys - General Information and uses
Enzo Loner, Ivano Bison
10:40-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:00 LimeSurveys - Deployment and Configuration
Enzo Loner, Ivano Bison
12:00-13:00 LimeSurveys - Execution and Data Management
Enzo Loner, Ivano Bison, Marcelo Rodas
13:00-14:00 Lunchtime around the city
14:00-14:40 i-Log - General Information and uses
Marcelo Rodas
14:40-15:40 i-Log - Deployment and Configuration
Marcelo Rodas, Can Gunel
15:40-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:00 i-Log - Execution and Data Management
Marcelo Rodas, Can Gunel, Ronald Chenu-Abente
Day2 - Social Event - Sunday 1 March
9:00-14:00 Social Event
1-3 hours walk through the beautiful Trentinian mountainside culminating on lunch (more detail soon)
Day3, Monday 2 March
9:00-9:40 Introduction to the Workshop
Ronald Chenu-Abente
9:40-10:40 Linguarena Session 1
Gabor Bella, Erdenebileg Byambadorj, (To be confirmed)Fiona McNeill
10:40-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:00 Linguarena Session 2
Gabor Bella, Khuyagbaatar Batsuren, Altangerel Chagnaa, Sunday O. Ojo
12:00-13:00 Linguarena Crowdsourcing Session 1
Gabor Bella, Jahna Otterbacher, Pınar Barlas
13:00-14:00 Lunchtime around the city
14:00-14:40 Linguarena Crowdsourcing Session 2
Jahna Otterbacher, Natascia Leonardi, Nandu Chandran Nair
14:40-15:40 Linguarena and Crowdsourcing Roundtable
Gabor Bella
15:40-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:40 LiveSchema Session
Mattia Fumagalli, Marco Boffo, Biswanath Dutta, Enzo Maltese
17:40-18:15 LiveSchema Roundtable
Mattia Fumagalli
Day4, Tuesday 3 March
9:00-9:40 LiveData Session
Marcelo Rodas, Salvador Ruiz Correa, Luca Cernuzzi
10:40-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:00 LiveData Roundtable
Marcelo Rodas
12:00-13:00 Datascientia Courses
Fausto Giunchiglia, TBD
13:00-14:00 Lunchtime around the city
14:00-15:00 Invited Talk - Diversity of cultures and vocabularies in computer science conferences
Aliaksandr Birukou
15:00-15:40 Datascientia Research Infrastructure
Roberto Bona
15:40-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-18:00 Datascientia Governance and Next Steps
MRonald Chenu-Abente
18:30-19:30 Memorandum of Understanding Signature Session
Fausto Giunchiglia, TBD
Social Dinner TBD
Day5, Wednesday 4 March
9:00-13:00 Bilateral Meetings
To be defined...