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CODATA Becomes a Participating Organisation of GEO

GEO LogoCODATA is delighted to have been recognised - today at the GEO-XI Plenary in Geneva - as a Participating Organisation of GEO, the Group on Earth Observations. As described on the CODATA blog earlier this year, CODATA has been deeply involved in a number of GEO activities and particularly the GEO Data Sharing Working Group. Hitherto, our participation has been under the ICSU umbrella - and with our sister organisation, the ICSU World Data System, we shall continue to represent ICSU as appropriate.

Given the contribution that CODATA has made to GEO and GEOSS it seems appropriate to be recognised as a Participating Organisation in our own right. The intention in becoming a PO is to officially and publicly register the support of CODATA, the CODATA Officers, Executive Committee, Members, Task Groups and Working Groups for GEO and GEOSS. It is hoped also that this step will provide additional means for CODATA to contribute expertise and stakeholders views to GEO’s activities and governance. We hope also to benefit through greater visibility and opportunities for collaboration with partners in the GEO community.

In 2014, we have had the following collaborations:


GEO XI Plenary Side Event: 'Open Data and the Developing World'

Tomorrow, Wed 12 Nov 2014, on behalf of the Group on Earth Observations' Data Sharing Working Group (GEO DSWG), CODATA is organising a side event at the GEO XI Plenary in Geneva.  Entitled 'Open Data and the Developing World: The GEO Data Sharing and Data Management Principles in the context of the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development', the programme is available here and on the GEO website.

World That Counts ReportWe are particularly pleased that the event will be opened by a keynote from Claire Melamed from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and who headed the secretariat for the UN Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution.  Claire's presentation on the recently released report 'A World That Counts: Mobilising The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development' will provide an important context to discuss two key developments for GEO. These are:

1) the GEO Data Sharing Principles post-2015; and,

2) the GEO Data Management Principles.

These principles will be discussed in conjunction with ‘Nairobi Principles and Draft Guideline for Implementation of Principles of Preservation of and Open Access to Research Data in Developing Countries’ developed on behalf of CODATA.  The side event will engage participants in constructive conversation on how the principles can contribute to increased data sharing and use in the developing world, and in particular seeking African perspectives on the use of GEOSS data.


CODATA Elections, Candidates' Statements, Part Four

That's a full house!

In advance of the forthcoming CODATA Elections to positions on the Executive Committee, candidates have been invited to submit supporting statements and these are being posted on the CODATA blog. The final two supporting statements now available:

Takashi Gojobori: Towards CODATA Initiatives for Data-centric Sciences and Technologies for “Big Data” and “Small Data”

In support of his candidacy as CODATA President, Takashi Gojobori presents his vision of CODATA initiatives for data-centric sciences and technologies for 'Big Data' and 'Small Data' which he describes as 'beyond 50 years of CODATA'.

Following its mission, CODATA works to improve the quality, reliability, management and accessibility of data of importance to all fields of science and technology, I would like to work, together with the elected EC members, to ensure that CODATA takes a strong initiative of dealing with Data-centric Sciences and Technology for the so-called “Big Data” and “Small Data.” Taking into account the fact that CODATA will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016, I would like to try to make CODATA more visible in global scale, in both developed and developing countries.

Read more...!  The statement is available as a PDF and on the CODATA blog.

CODATA Elections, Candidates' Statements, Part Four

In advance of the forthcoming CODATA Elections to positions on the Executive Committee, candidates have been invited to submit supporting statements and these are being posted on the CODATA blog. Three further supporting statements are now available:

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