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Reviews and comments requested on Draft White Paper: 'Gap Analysis on Open Data Interconnectivity for Global Disaster Risk Research'

The CODATA Task Group on Linked Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research invites external review and comment on a draft White Paper which presents a 'Gap Analysis on Open Data Interconnectivity for Global Disaster Risk Research’.
Comments are invited by 30 September 2016.  Comments may be sent to the Task Group coordinators:
Please consult both the summary document and the white paper itself.
From the Introduction to the White Paper:
Gaps in data infrastructure, data sharing policies and data use governance must be addressed to unleash the potential of disaster research in helping regions, especially the developing countries, to improve risk assessment, reduction and mitigation. Two related areas are being studied: open data , and data interconnectivity . The data­driven nature of disaster research demands open access to scientific data, as it is impossible to fully understand the cause and impact of a disaster event without consulting multiple types of data. In addition to open data, disaster researchers face perhaps a greater challenge –to find relevant data sets in a “sea” of distributed and disparate data resources. The next generation data infrastructure must provide linkage of data, helping researchers to find relevant data across distributed data holdings.
As stated in the Sendai Framework, disaster risk reduction requires a multidisciplinary approach and decision­making based on the open exchange and dissemination of disaggregated data. It is urgent to enhance the scientific and technical work on disaster risk reduction and its mobilization through the coordination of existing networks and scientific research institutions at all levels and in all regions. In answering this call to the science community, it is of utmost importance to promote and practice the collection, management, opening up and sharing of scientific data related to disaster risk research, as well as the employment of relevant technologies and applications, consistently and globally. This white paper, supported by ICSU and CODATA communities, aims at systematically analyzing the needs for the data infrastructure proposed in the Sendai Framework and providing the conceptual building blocks to help realize the Sendai imperative.

Our vision for the next generation disaster risk research data infrastructure is an interconnected, collective repository of observational and derived disaster­related data that is open, discoverable, and easily accessible and usable by all, enabled by the revolutionary digital technologies today and open access policy embraced by users and providers.
This paper aims at identifying the gaps in technology and relevant policies that prevent effective interconnection of disaster related data and information for use in research, education and public engagement. It examines the current state of information technology for data management and sharing, as well as policies regarding data availability at various levels, and discusses potential solutions and examples toward open data and data interconnectivity for disaster research.

Provision List of Candidates for CODATA Elections Announced

At the forthcoming CODATA General Assembly, to be held on Sunday 11 September 2016
at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, at the start of International Data Week in Denver, Colorado, delegates representing CODATA members will be able to vote for candidates for the following positions: Secretary General, Treasurer and 'Ordinary Members' of the Executive Committee. 

As ‘Officers’, the Secretary General and Treasurer are play an important leadership role within CODATA.  The Secretary General and Treasurer are elected for four year terms, which may be renewed once if no other restrictions apply.  The CODATA Executive Committee comprises eight Ordinary Members and is elected in its entirety every two years.  Members may serve up to three two-year terms. 

Provisional List of Candidates

The Provisional List of candidates for this year’s election is now available, as is the full collection of nomination forms and candidates CVs.

We are fortunate to have a range of very strong candidates for all the positions available and there are no fewer than 15 candidates for the 8 places as Ordinary Members.  However, please see the Statement from the Nominating Committee below.

The CODATA constitution allows for additional candidates to added to the list.  For this to happen, the candidates must receive the nomination of at least four CODATA members.  Additional nominations, on the requisite form, should be sent to by the deadline of 31 July.

Statement from the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee thanks CODATA members for the nominations they have provided for candidates for election to the CODATA Executive Committee.  The nominations represent an experienced and geographically diverse set of candidates; however, the Nominating Committee is disappointed with the lack of female candidates (three out of fifteen for the Ordinary Membership of the Executive Committee).  Though the committee has the authority to add additional candidates to the provisional list, it did not think it appropriate to do this when there are already sufficient candidates nominated, and any process to add candidates outside of being nominated by CODATA members lacks transparency and is essentially undemocratic.
The CODATA Constitution allows for additional candidates to be nominated by at least four CODATA members, provided such nominations are received at least six weeks before the General Assembly. Therefore, the Nominating Committee would ask CODATA members to consider nominating additional candidates to add to the provisional list to help address the gender imbalance.


CODATA Prize 2016 to Recognise Outstanding Achievement in Advancing the Availability, Quality and Use of Data for Research

The CODATA Prize is made every two years at our conference.  It is a major award which recognises outstanding achievement in advancing the availability, quality and use of data for research.

The 2016 CODATA Prize will be presented at SciDataCon 2016, 12-13 September 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA.  SciDataCon 2016 is part of International Data Week, a major event for the global research data community.  The recipient of the Prize will be presented with a commemorative artwork and will also receive financial support to travel to Denver to deliver a Prize lecture at SciDataCon 2016 

Past prize winners include Prof. Sydney R. Hall, Professor Michael F. Goodchild, Dr. Paul Uhlir, Prof. Liu Chuang, Dr. John Rumble, Prof. Jean Bonnin, and Dr. Barry Taylor  

Nominations, using the attached form, should be sent to Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director <>.  The deadline for nominations is 11 July 2016.

In addition to recognising outstanding achievement in advancing the availability, quality and use of data for research, the CODATA Prize:

  • is given in recognition either of a one time achievement or of an achievement over time;
  • is given, in preference, to an individual;
  • recognises work carried out in areas of importance to the CODATA mission, such as data management, evaluation, dissemination, access issues, international cooperation, knowledge discovery, archiving or related subjects.

Nominations should be sure to address these criteria.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations may be made by CODATA National and Union Members, Supporting Organisations and Task Groups and should use the attached form.

CODATA Prize 2016 Committee

The CODATA Prize 2016 Committee is composed of:

  • Geoffrey Boulton, CODATA President
  • Takashi Gojobori, CODATA Vice-President
  • Niv Ahituv, CODATA Vice-President
  • Sara Graves, CODATA Secretary General
  • John Broome, CODATA Treasurer


Call for CODATA Task Group Proposals, 2016: deadline 11 July

CODATA has released a call inviting proposals for Task Groups to be presented to the CODATA General Assembly on 11 September 2016 in Denver, Colorado. 

The below document provides detail of the required scope of such Task Groups as well as an indication of some priority areas.  Proposals should be sent to on the form included in that document no later than 11 July 2016. 

The call is open to new Task Groups or to existing Task Groups to renew their activities.

Task Groups are an important means through which CODATA delivers on its mission and Strategic Plan.  It is imperative that Task Groups should have clearly defined outputs that contribute to one or more of the strategic priorities that are laid out in that plan.

The three priority areas in the CODATA Strategy are as follows:

  1. To promote Open Data principles, policies and practices;
  2. To advance the frontiers of data science and its adaptation to scientific research;
  3. To build capacity for  improving skills and the functioning of science systems (particularly in low and middle income countries - LMICs)

The call suggests some high priority topics under each of these headings (see the call document for further details): 

Open data principles, policies and practices

  • developing good practice and recommendations around data principles and policies;
  • examining the limits of openness;
  • synthesizing and advancing work on the benefits of data sharing;
  • exploring the theme of data diplomacy to consider what international agreements can promote the more open availability of data.

Frontiers of Data Science

  • Reproducibility in research
  • Statistical, epistemological and ethical challenges of Big Data
  • Criteria for selection and preservation of research data
  • Development of glossaries, data dictionaries or ontologies
  • Data integration and data strategies for international, transdisciplinary research programmes

Capacity building, data skills and education

  • analyzing requirements for data education
  • developing and refining the curriculum for ‘research data science’;
  • examining and articulating the processes and standards for the creation of reusable online materials and the development of those materials;
  • examining and addressing issues around access to research software, the maintenance and development of Open Source research software.

Task Group proposals addressing these or similar issues are particularly encouraged.  This does not mean that Task Group proposals addressing areas not described below will be considered out of scope: we invite and encourage innovative ideas from the CODATA community.

Data Citation Workshop: Developing Policy And Practice

CODATA/ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation and hosted by The National Research
Council's Board on Research Data and Information

Workshop for data professionals focused on increasing awareness and encouraging policy and practice in support of data citation.

Hear perspectives on the value, use, and challenges of data citation from various stakeholders, including:

  • Publishers
  • Editors
  • Data Managers
  • Federal Agencies, and 
  • Authors

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 (8:00 am – 5:30 pm EST)

Venue: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine, Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., NW, Room 100, Washington DC

Register here

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