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Call for scientific and non-academic reviewers

International Council for Science in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies, and the International Social Science Council will support 10 col­laborative research projects across Africa (to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years) in 2017 in order to ensure that science can effectively contribute to the implementation of this Urban Agenda in Africa.These projects are expected to generate new solutions-oriented knowl­edge that will help develop new urban paradigms in Africa and make African cities more resilient, adaptable and healthier.

We are now looking for scientists and non-academic experts with expertise in energy systems, air pollution, health, provision of health services, climate mitigation and adaptation, land use and urban planning, and disaster risk reduction in the urban environment to review full proposals between Nov 2016- mid Jan 2017. Experience in inter- and transdisciplinary research would be of value. Guidelines for review will be provided. 
You can also contribute to our efforts in making African cities more sus­tainable and resilient by reviewing proposal(s). If you are interested or know relevant experts, please contact
Katsia PAULAVETS <katsia.paulavets(at)>  by 25 November, 2016.

Invitation to the euroCRIS Strategic Membership Meeting in Athens, 8-10 November 2016

This Autumn, euroCRIS will organize its “Strategic Membership Meeting”: the yearly opportunity for discussion and exchange of ideas between the Strategic Partners of euroCRIS and the euroCRIS Community, around an actual and mutually interesting theme:
Towards optimal Research information Infrastructures on a national and international level.
What uses for which stakeholders? Through which collaboration(s), by which building blocks?  

With special attention for: The road to a European Research Information Infrastructure. 
We may be farther along this road than we realize (if we jointly grasp the present opportunities). 
What can be learned from ongoing initiatives and collaborations within and outside of Europe?
This year the meeting will take place in Athens, Greece, from 8-10 of November forthcoming and will be organized in cooperation with the Greek National Documentation Centre (EKT).
We at euroCRIS are both happy and proud to be able to present you an - in my view - exciting and challenging programme, with a mixture of lectures and interactive sessions with the audience and some first class speakers from key stakeholders in the research information domain. More concretely:
  • Prof. Geoffrey Boulton, President of CODATA, the  Committee on Data for Science and Technology of the International Council for Science. See:
  • Prof. John Donovan, President of EARMA: the European Organisation for Research Managers. See:
  • Dr Emily Gale, UK Medical Research Council, representing SCIENCE EUROPE, the association of European Research Funding Organisations (RFO) and Research Performing Organisations (RPO),  See:
  • Dr Natalia Manola: Project Manager of the OpenAIRE Project. See:

Apart from these expert speakers, there will be, as indicated, various interactive sessions with the audience as well as contributions on national developments going on in Greece in the field of research information in general and CRIS in particular. 
Last but not least, there will be the presentation of the work towards a "new CERIF-XML", aimed at promoting the acceptance and application of CERIF, with already a first concrete use case project that has been started up to implement the revised CERIF-XML. 

You will find also all the information needed regarding the meeting at the euroCRIS web site:
Herewith we kindly invite you page at:
Attendance is free of charge for members of euroCRIS, and only € 60, -- for non-members (granting at the same time a one-year personal membership of euroCRIS).

Pre-ICRI Workshop on Improving Data Sharing and Re-use in and for Africa

On Sunday 2 October, Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director participated in a panel and more general discussions at a Pre-ICRI Workshop on Improving Data Sharing and Re-use in and for Africa.  

The workshop was organised by DIRISA in partnership with RDA and DST and held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre prior to ICRI, the International Conference on Research Infrastructures.

"Delegates from 29 countries gathered to attend this workshop and shared their knowledge, challenges and insights on Data Sharing and Re-use in and for Africa. During the workshop, plenary discussions were held to discuss among other topics i.e. Common and Key Issues on Data Sharing and Re-use; Challenges and Opportunities in Regional and Continental Integration; Global Participation in Data Infrastructures to Support Research Data Sharing in Africa and Actions to Consolidate and Accelerate Vibrant Research Collaboration in Africa.”

Slides and presentations are available from slides and presentations at

Humans of Data

In following news item, Laura Molloy, a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute and the Ruskin School of Art, announces the ‘Humans of Data’ project which is appearing on the CODATA blog
“At events like International Data Week, much discussion has happened around the technical and legislative challenges and opportunities relating to research data. But in many presentations and group meetings, we have repeatedly heard that our human behaviour – our desires, ambitions, fears, traditions and habits – shape how effectively we create, manage, share and reuse research data assets, and how open we are to collaborating on research data infrastructure.  As many speakers have noted, the technical challenges are usually susceptible to scoping and tackling, but the really intricate work is the work of creating social change and new behaviours.
“As an artist and a researcher, I’m passionate about digital curation, digital preservation and research data management, and how those skills are useful to everyone in contemporary society to one extent or another.  And I’m also passionate about the way that research data – and visual art – have so much potential to transform our lives, societies and the world around us.  As I’ve continued to attend data-related conferences, I’ve become fascinated with this human element. I also noted that the International Data Week crowd is a welcome mix of nationalities, genders, ages and ethnicities.  It’s critical that our conversations include people unlike ourselves, and there is so much to be gained from getting to know each other better in order to build the kinds of relationships that can help us make progress across communities, nationalities and disciplines.
“To that end, I launched a project called “Humans of Data’. It’s a really simple idea – basically the same as the ‘Humans of New York’ project online, where there is a photo and a quote from each (unnamed) person.  I hope this helps to get a more personal, human conversation going amongst the amazing people I meet at data conferences all over the world, connecting with their lives as individuals and having them say something about what they’re passionate about when it comes to data-related issues.
“I’ll be posting the ‘Humans of Data’ here on the CODATA blog as each photo and quote becomes available. If you’d like to view them as a group, please click the ‘Humans of Data’ category to group these posts together
“If you’d like to participate, please email me at laura.molloy AT, or contact me via Twitter @LM_HATII.

CODATA Task Groups, 2016-2018

The 30th CODATA General Assembly, held on Sunday 11 September at the start of International Data Week and SciDataCon, approved the following Task Groups for the two year period 2016-2018.
New Task Groups
  • Coordinating Data Standards amongst Scientific Unions
  • Building Foundational Training in Research Data Science
  • Agriculture Data, Knowledge for Learning and Innovation
  • Citizen Science and the Validation, Curation, and Management of Crowdsourced Data (with WDS)
Renewed Task Groups
Although for reasons of continuity and recognition, the Task Group on Fundamental Constants has retained that title, in the CODATA system, this is now a standing, ongoing activity.

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