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OSDC Annual Workshop Amsterdam - June 16-20, 2014


Post-workshop Survey
Workshop Agenda

Big Data and Cloud Computing Workshop

The third OSDC workshop, funded in part by the NSF PIRE program, will gather young researchers and experts in Amsterdam to address today’s challenges and to develop understanding in how best to exploit our growing wealth of data. The participants, from North and South America, Japan, and Europe, will engage in talks, discussions, hands-on tutorials, and debate. The outcome should be as follows new ideas, new understanding, and lasting international alliances pursuing collaborative research.


Prof. Robert Grossman, University of Chicago
Prof. Heidi Alvarez, Florida International University
Prof. Paola Grosso, University of Amsterdam
Prof. Cees de Laat, University of Amsterdam
Prof. Ana-Maria Oprescu, University of Amsterdam


The workshop will be held at CWI Eulerzaal Conference Hall 125 Science Park, Amsterdam.

Some of the events will be at the Faculty of Science, UvA (904 Science Park, Amsterdam).


Hotel CASA 400


From Schiphol Airport to CASA 400 (26 minutes by train to Amstel Station or 20 minutes by taxi.) You can also use the Shuttle Service Schiphol  - € 17,00.

From CASA 400 to CWI Eulerzaal Conference Hall
Casa 400 is located close (approx. 3 minutes walk) to the Amsterdam Amstel Station. Or by Google maps.

  From the Amstel Station, bus no 40 departs every 15 minutes and takes you to the Science Park in approx. 7 minutes.

From Schiphol Airport to CWI Eulerzaal Conference Hall

  • By train: Twice an hour a train goes from Schiphol to Amsterdam Science Park directly. Or take the train to Amsterdam Central Station and from there take the train (Sprinter) direction Almere-Oostvaarders / Lelystad Centrum and get out at Amsterdam Science Park Train Station.
  • By Taxi: Depending on traffic, a taxi can take you from Schiphol to Science Park in 15 to 30 minutes at a cost of about 50 euros.

Social activities:

Restaurant on Tue: Grieks Restaurant
Restaurant on Wed: Kantjil
Boat Trip for Wed (boarding at 3 pm sharp): Rock that boat
Museum Trip: Rijksmuseum

Bike rentals:

You can rent a bike from Casa400 for about € 13,00 per day or find more information here: Amsterdam bike rental info.

Workshop overview

Thank you for your interest in registering for this by-invitation-only workshop. In order to help us with the organization we ask that you select a ticket for each day you will attend the workshop. Please also indicate whether you will attend the Boat Trip, Dinner, and/or Museum Trip by selecting 1 ticket for yourself. You will also have the opportunity to bring one or more guests by indicating the number of extra tickets you will need. The guests are not covered by your registration and the economical cost will be decided at a later date.

Day Topics Social Events
Welcome.Introduction to OSDC software and methods. PICO presentations: 2-min self-introductions.
Dealing with Big Data.
The research challenge/bazaar
Canal cruise /Dinner
Projects developments. Technology topics of general interest with hands-on opportunities.
Free time
Conclusion challenge Wrap-up
 (Optional) Museum Trip