TBD - Leveraging Existing Bioenergy Data Workshop

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April 14, 2020 8:00AM PDT to April 15, 2020 12:15PM PDT

This workshop has been postponed. Organizers are exploring options to reconvene this event at a later date.

On DATE - TBD, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host a workshop in San Francisco, CA to discuss how to collect and valorize underused datasets and associated knowledge, with the goal of making this information public on existing databases. This workshop seeks to connect industry scientists, data owners, and lawyers with federal government, academic, and National Laboratory representatives to shepherd valuable datasets and other knowledge to be used to maximum benefit. This effort would bolster the growing bioeconomy with industrially-relevant data across the supply chain, and result in accelerated development and utilization of biotechnologies.


The workshop is free, though advanced registration is required by DATE - TBD. Please register here.

The workshop aims to accomplish the following goals:

Data Quantity/Quality

  • Generate a list of potential data sources (current or former companies, labs, etc.)
  • Discuss the most useful and available data types (including methods, operating parameters, innovations, market analyses, resource assessments, etc.)
  • Establish the best ways to measure and/or ensure quality of existing datasets (sign-off from scientists/engineers who collected it, ability to obtain missing metadata, repeatability of design, etc.)

Data Monetization

  • Propose strategies to adequately determine the value of data given the extremely large number of variables (potential impact, return on investment, level of interest, number of guaranteed users, age of the data, completeness of metadata, type of data, etc.)

Data Acquisition

  • Clarify the legal processes required to obtain certain types of data
  • Develop a process by which users can submit requests for data, suppliers can provide data and be compensated, and data can be uploaded to existing public databases.

There will be two breakout sessions:

  • Breakout Session 1: Attendees will join one of three sessions within their area of expertise to discuss data quantity/quality, data monetization, or data acquisition.
  • Breakout Session 2: Attendees will join one of three sessions where participants with a wide range of expertise will focus on one of three bioenergy-related topics—biorefineries, algae, or conversion technologies.

Note: This workshop will NOT discuss issues related to database development, data interoperability, data format, or reuse of raw data.

3 x 5 Presentations

BETO will provide an opportunity to hear from a diverse set of speakers during a “3 x 5” session where registered attendees may speak for five minutes on up to three slides (in addition to a title slide). We welcome your submissions on any aspect of the workshop topic.

If you are interested in participating in this panel, please email your slides to Liz Burrows at Elizabeth.Burrows@ee.doe.gov by DATE - TBD. If we are not able to accommodate all interested speakers, the speakers will be chosen based on relevance of content, and all submitted presentations will be made available.

Examples of presentations that would be of interest are those that describe successful (or failed) data transactions, identify high-impact existing data sources, or provide information on the fate of data after a company folds or pivots.


The workshop will be held at:
Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel
609 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Reservations can be made TBD.

Last Day to Book: TBD


Please find the preliminary agenda here and the speaker bios here. Agenda items and speakers subject to change.

We will be using Think Tank collaborative engagement software to facilitate discussion and streamline reporting throughout the event. In order to participate via this tool, please be sure to bring a laptop or tablet device with you to the sessions. We will walk attendees through the tool before use.


Please direct questions regarding this workshop to Liz Burrows (Elizabeth.Burrows@ee.doe.gov) or Beau Hoffman (beau.hoffman@ee.doe.gov).


If you are unable to attend the workshop, we value your feedback! If you have ideas or suggestions about any aspect of this effort, feel free to send them to eere_bioenergy@ee.doe.gov.