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CODATA will play a major role in the GO TRAIN Implementation Network

Reproduced from the GO FAIR website 


On 26 January 2018, more than 20 people attended the GO TRAIN kick-off meeting in Leiden (the Netherlands). GO TRAIN is one of three GO FAIR pillars. Hugh Shanahan (Royal Holloway, University of London): “We used the meeting to discuss how to instigate a concerted action of global FAIR data training providers.”

Barend Mons (GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office, GFISCO): “The High Level Expert Group report on the EOSC mentions an urgent need to educate and equip up to 500,000 data stewards in Europe. The​ ​GO TRAIN​ ​pillar will train individuals that will make the best use of FAIR data and services as well as data stewards that are capable of providing those services. The GFISCO will support and coordinate the GO TRAIN pillar. The guiding principles of GO TRAIN were already drafted at a stakeholder workshop, convened by CODATA in Paris on​ ​3​ ​February​ ​2017″​ (read the workshop report).

The January 2018 meeting was entitled ‘Realising GO TRAIN – a concerted action by global data training providers’ and it aimed to establish the scope, specific goals, and foreseen activities of GO TRAIN. In addition, it aimed to define the next steps towards realising one or more formal GO TRAIN Implementation Networks (INs). GO FAIR INs are consortia of individuals, institutions, projects, and international organisations who have decided to jointly implement the FAIR principles in their fields towards the goals of GO FAIR.

The meeting was organised by Hugh Shanahan, Simon Hodson (CODATA), Celia van Gelder (DTL/ELIXIR-NL), and Mascha Jansen (GO FAIR). The meeting featured presentations by Barend Mons (GO FAIR) about the progress of GO FAIR, Hugh Shanahan about the management structure of GO TRAIN, Erik Schultes (GO FAIR) about current FAIR training activities, and Albert Mons (Euretos) about Other People’s Existing Data and Services (OPEDAS Implementation Network). Participants included a.o. representatives of CODATA-RDA Data Schools, DANS, DCC, EDISON, ELIXIR, DTL, and Foster.

Van Gelder: “During a number of break-out sessions, we discussed the overall scope and specific goals of GO TRAIN. In addition, we dedicated some sessions to the future activities of the GO TRAIN Implementation Networks. We discussed what a GO TRAIN IN can and should do to advance training-the-trainer events. And we also talked about an IN’s possible role in the certification or endorsement of training materials and activities.”

In the closing session of the day, the participants discussed concrete steps towards the implementation of GO TRAIN. “A number of key decisions were made, in particular the details on GO TRAIN’s three main goals, i.e., developing an appropriate curriculum framework, approaches for endorsing developed materials and organisations teaching the materials, and developing a train-the-trainer programme,” concludes Shanahan.

GO FAIR (Global Open FAIR) is a self-governed, community-driven initiative to accelerate the early development of the Internet of FAIR Data and Services. GO FAIR originated in Europe, inspired by the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on the European Science Cloud (EOSC). GO FAIR will be implemented by three pillars: GO CHANGE, GO BUILD, and GO TRAIN. GO CHANGE aims to instigate cultural change to make the FAIR principles a working standard in science and to reform reward systems to incorporate open science activities; GO BUILD deals with building the technical infrastructure; and GO TRAIN which will provide the training and in the future the mechanism for the standards-compliant certification.

CODATA Prospectus, 2015-2017 - and Looking Forward to 2018

The Second Edition (2017) of the CODATA Prospectus provides a brief summary of strategy and achievement in 2015-2017: it lays out CODATA's mission and strategy and provides information about the key activities and outputs that contribute to the realisation of this strategy:
A third and final update of the CODATA Prospectus 2015-2017 has brought the document up to date to the end of 2017 and looks forward at major activities in 2018.
Of particular significance in 2017 are the following outputs and activities:
The OECD-CODATA Report on Sustainable Business Models for Research Data Repositories
Special Collections of the Data Science Journal, including a ‘Advances in Data Modeling and Knowledge Representation’, ‘20 Years of Persistent Identifiers’, ‘Open Data and Africa’, a special collection on SciDataCon 2016 and forthcoming collections from the CODATA 2017 Conference:
CODATA convened workshops in June 2017 (ICSU, Paris) and November 2017 (Royal Society, London) to prepare a Commission on Data Standards to address issues of interoperability and data integration in particular for interdisciplinary research areas. The initiative is now moving forward with three pilot case studies, examining the issues of data availability and interoperability in relation to infectious disease, disaster risk and resilient cities.
The African Open Science Platform project is addressing a number of areas essential to building capacity in the use of data and Open Science. Information on the project’s activities can be found at
In 2017, the CODATA-RDA Schools of Research Data Science expanded, adding three advanced workshops to the recurring event in Trieste (July) and running a foundational school in São Paulo (December).  In 2018 schools will take place in Brisbane, Australia (June); Trieste, Italy, with advanced workshops (August); Kigali, Rwanda (October) and São Paulo, Brazil (December).
Looking Forward to 2018: 
The attached document provides a summary of important activities, events and dates relating to CODATA initiatives and governance in 2018.  Of particular importance will be:
CODATA-Göttingen Symposium on ‘the critical role of university RDM infrastructure in transforming data to knowledge’, 18-20 March, Göttingen, Germany:
SciDataCon 2018, part of International Data Week 2018, ‘The Digital Frontiers of Global Science’, 5-8 November, 5-8 November, Gaborone, Botswana: and
The document also provides important information about dates in relation to the CODATA Elections 2018 Elections-2018 and the process for selection of CODATA Task Groups 2018-20


DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 19 FEBRUARY - Session Proposals Invited for International Data Week, 5-8 November, in Gaborone, Botswana

Following a number of requests, the organising committee has agreed to extend the deadline for Session Proposals for SciDataCon to 23.59 UTC on 19 February.  
Call for Sessions: Click here
Submit Session Proposal: Click here
International Data Week = SciDataCon and RDA Plenary
International Data Week comprises SciDataCon, a conference for research and practice papers addressing all aspects of data in research, and the 12th Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance

Deadline for SciDataCon Session Proposals - Fri 19 Feb 2018
Please consult the call for session proposals and the conference themes at
Key Dates
  1. Deadline for session proposals: 19 February 2017
  2. Selected sessions will be notified by 28 February 2018.
  3. Call for abstracts will be released 1 March 2018
  4. Deadline for abstracts submission: 30 April 2018
  5. Target for confirmation of accepted abstracts, 31 May 2018.
The CODATA General Assembly will take place on 9-10 November 2018.

About International Data Week

Co-organized by the ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), the ICSU World Data System (WDS) and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), this landmark event will address the theme of ‘The Digital Frontiers of Global Science’. In a hyperconnected world where the internet is pervasive and web technologies are driving major changes in our lives, research has become more than ever before digital and international.  Furthermore, the major societal and scientific challenges facing humanity in this digital age are profoundly global in character, requiring the participation of researchers from all countries and disciplines. The data revolution is also a major source of the scientific opportunities to address these issues but to realise these potentials the frontiers of science, data analysis and stewardship must be advanced.  Likewise, the data revolution must be inclusive, benefitting all,  and harnessing all energies: no parts of the world and no disciplines should be left behind.

The following themes will be encompassed within the conference’s scope:

  • frontier issues for research in a global and digital age;
  • applications, progress and challenges of data intensive research;
  • data infrastructure and enabling practices for international and collaborative research.

Like its predecessor, IDW 2018 will bring together data scientists, researchers from all disciplines, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers and data stewards.  All areas of research are in scope, including the social sciences, humanities, and business and management sciences. Similarly, the applications of data outside of research will also be considered.  The event will be a rich week of science and data, featuring world renowned keynote speakers, plenary panels and discussions, the presentation of high quality research and practical working sessions for international collaborations.  IDW 2018 combines the 12th RDA Plenary Meeting, the biannual meeting of the research data community, and SciDataCon 2018, the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research.  To a greater degree than at IDW 2016 in Denver, Colorado, the events will be integrated, such that each day will feature an inspiring and engaging range of activities.

Botswana, Africa and the World
The meeting will be held in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana.  This is an excellent location for this compelling international conference:

The fundamental role of data for research, for economic development and ecological sustainability are recognised as important and are supported by the government, research institutions and community.
The government of Botswana has a strong and forward looking policy to support education, technology, development and research.
Botswana is active and well-integrated in regional (Southern African Development Community: SADC), African and international collaboration in various areas of research and in data activities.
The Botswana university and research sector is advancing greatly as a result of these policies and engagements.
Gaborone is easy to get to, with connecting flights for international participants from Johannesburg (JNB), Nairobi (NBO) and Addis Ababa (ADD), and boasts attractive venues and excellent quality, competitively priced hotels.
Botswana is one of the safest countries in the world according to the Global Peace Index:  Since independence in 1966, Botswana maintained a stable representative democracy, with a consistent record of uninterrupted democratic elections and ranking 35 (out of 176 countries) in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016
Gaborone offers a pleasant location and attractions; in the north of the country, there are unique UNESCO sites for participants who wish to visit before or after the conference.

International Data Week Organisers
The organisers of International Data Week are:
The University of Botswana on behalf of the Botswana Open Data Open Science Forum 
CODATA, the Committee on Data of the International Council of Science (ICSU)
The ICSU World Data System
The Research Data Alliance


Enriching my Learning by Helping Others at the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Schools

Sara El Jadid has been a student then a helper at the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Schools #DataTrieste and #DataSaoPaulo.  She has recently blogged about her experience on the Springer Nature Research Data Blog.
The CODATA-RDA School for Research Data Science is a valuable and very instructive initiative. The main goal is to provide foundational research data skills to early career researchers, prioritizing those from lower and middle income countries, but not excluding students from other parts of the world. …
I consider the experience gained by being involved with the CODATA-RDA Schools for Research Data Science as a very important and helpful step in my career as a young researcher. I am enrolling in a PhD in Bioinformatics - a contemporary and interdisciplinary field  that needs strong skills in "research data science". It's also a field where you have to interact with researchers and scientists from diverse area: biology, statistics, chemistry, physics, informatics to mention a few.

My Journey Towards Open Science and the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Schools

Marcela Alfaro Córdoba @Fichulina has been a student then a helper at the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Schools #DataTrieste and #DataSaoPaulo.  She has recently blogged about her experience on the Springer Nature Research Data Blog.
CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Schools changed my career, making me a more responsible researcher but also an Open Science ambassador for the Central American area. I now aspire to be a young researcher that can teach Open and Data Science principles through my job at the University of Costa Rica and through the CODATA-RDA Schools, as well as also serve as a mentor for other people that want to learn how to practice Open Science.


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