I received a scholarship for Early Career Researchers to attend and present at the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Plenary 7 in Tokyo, Japan. The RDA is an organisation that builds the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of data. I presented about how Linked Data can be a technical bridge for encouraging inter-operability among silos of Internet of Things data.
It was an interesting and enriching experience as I had the opportunity to serve as the secretary for a working group on Permanent Identifiers and a birds of the feather session on data search. I also managed to attend working group sessions on big data and research repositories.
Here is a blog post of my experience: https://rd-alliance.org/blogs/rda-p7-tokyo-lens-iot-researcher.html
Above is the poster with a larger version available at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eugene_Siow/publications
Of course, beautiful Tokyo and the wonderful ramen, sushi and other Japanese cuisine added to the experience. It brought back memories of the backpacking trip and the other times in Japan.