Data curation is crucial to harm reduction as it contributes to improving our knowledge of drugs, the set and setting of drug use as well as to evaluating harm reduction interventions. Yet data curation poses a series of challenges to health researchers and practitioners that are either generic or specific to (drug use in) nightlife settings. These challenges include among other things 1) the lack of formal training in data management practices usually found among researchers and practitioners alike, 2) the need for (online) storage spaces supporting the volume of data generated, 3) the complexity introduced by regulatory changes in terms of data protection, which makes the use of (online) storage spaces providing appropriate privacy and access controls mandatory, 4) the growing demand for data consolidation and collaboration, 5) the recommendation to expand on data variety and velocity, 6) the need to convert data into knowledge that provides added value, 7) the use of tools allowing for the offline collection of data, and 8) familiarity with mobile devices.
In this lab, which is scheduled for one and a half hour, participants – distinguished members of the scientific and/or non-profit communities – briefly present different perspectives/opinions/solutions to some of the above key challenges with the goal of stimulating a lively, controversial, and provocative discussion. Panellists are expected to actively debate one another to help broaden understanding of the challenges and issues.