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One week to go: VizAfrica Botswana 2019: CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS, DEADLINE 19 August

The VizAfrica 2019 Data Visualization Symposium will take place from 18th -19th November 2019 at the University of Botswana Gaborone, Botswana.

The VizAfrica 2019 Symposium Programme Committee is pleased to invite proposals for presentations and posters that present innovative discussions of visualizations in the sessions listed below.  The deadline for proposals is Monday 19 August: https://vizafrica.codata.org/2019-Botswana/submit/

Authors that are selected to give their presentation or display their poster at the VizAfrica 2019 Botswana Symposium will also be invited to submit a full paper to a special collection to appear in the CODATA Data Science Journal.

The symposium also includes a two weeks Summer School training from 11th -15th November 2019 on Data Science/Visualization.

Application of Data, Information and Scientific Visualization for Resource Management and Sustainability

The symposium is part of the University’s mission of improving economic and social conditions for Botswana while advancing itself as a distinctively African University with a regional and international outlook. In fulfilling its mandate in reaching out to and interacting with international community, the general public, entrepreneurs, scientists and policy makers on advances in technological innovations for social economic development and industrialization. 300 participants drawn from government ministries, universities, research organizations, corporate, small and medium scale industries (SMEs), policy makers in key sectors of the economy and from international organizations are expected to attend.

The theme of the symposium is “Application of Data, Information and Scientific Visualization for Resource Management and Sustainability.”

Under this theme, the symposium has six session themes:

  1. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  2. Computer Graphics, Media and Animation
  3. Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security
  4. Data Analytics, Visualization and Internet of Things (IoTs)
  5. Policy Design, Analysis and Strategic Management
  6. E-health and Universal Health Coverage

All the six strands/sessions have: Research, industry, keynote speeches and panel discussions tracks.  Please see below for more information on the session themes.

VizAfrica Summer School, 11-15 November

To contribute to the wider adoption of visualization, the symposium brings together various actors to engage. In addition, the Summer School scheduled for 11th-15th November 2019, offer training in data analytics and visualization towards capacity building.

More information and a call for applications will be published soon.

Call for Presentations and Posters

The theme of the symposium is “Application of Data, Information and Scientific Visualization for Resource Management and Sustainability.”

The VizAfrica 2019 Symposium invites papers that present innovative discussions of visualizations in the sessions listed below.  The deadline for proposals is Monday 19 August: https://vizafrica.codata.org/2019-Botswana/submit/

Session 1: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation 

This session invites papers that present innovative visualizations and related solutions in multi-disciplinary fields relating to climate change adaptation and mitigation associated with smart cities, smart energy, smart transport, smart fisheries and smart agriculture that make use of open data. Papers are welcome in all areas of climate visualization techniques, including but not limited to :

  • Visual representation of extreme climate events

  • Interactive exploration of climate simulation results

  • Visual analysis of precipitation patterns

  • Explainable AI for understandable prediction models

Session 2: Visualization Techniques

This session covers a wide range of techniques for scientific visualization, information visualization, and visual analytics. VizAfrica 2019 aims at providing a platform for researchers, engineers, manufacturers, data scientists, information scientists, and industry experts to share their results in relation to visualization techniques. Papers in the following areas are relevant to this track: visualization foundations, visual encoding, and interactive visualization techniques, visualization systems and methodologies, interaction, evaluation and user studies, visual analytics, display techniques, computer graphics techniques.

Session 3: Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security

Agriculture, nutrition and food security is a key concern for sustainable development in Africa and many developing countries. Agriculture, nutrition and food security is a complex condition requiring a holistic approach to all forms of malnutrition, the productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, resilience of food production systems and the sustainable use of biodiversity and genetic resources.

This session invites abstracts and papers that demonstrate use of data and information visualization in agriculture, nutrition, food security and other related areas.

Session 4: Data and IoTs Application for Sustainable Development

Whereas data visualization has great potential for understanding trends and aid in decision making, its application has not been widely adopted.  Abstracts and papers that demonstrate use of data analytics and visualization for better understanding of trends and patterns of events leading to profound improvement in decision making are invited. Included are abstracts and papers that demonstrate use of visualization tools and theories for optimization of resources and achievement of UN SDGs, including national development goals e.g. Botswana National Development Plan (NDP) II (2017-2023) and the Botswana Vision 2036.

Session 5: Policy Design, Analysis and Strategic Management

Policy making is a complex activity that involves striking a balance between legal requirements, intended outcomes, the limits of scientific knowledge at any given time, and the public response to the policy. This session invites abstracts and papers in any of the following areas:

  • Data visualization and Decision making in organizations
  • Visual-based decision support technologies for policy analysis
  • Government transparency, open data, e-government and re-use of public sector information
  • Integrity and privacy issues in information gathering for policy analysis
  • Legal and regulatory aspects of exploiting public data and public information systems for policy making
  • Impact of the General Data Protection Regulation and Directive by the European Union
  • Multi-modality of information sources, methods for information aggregation and information fusion for policy making
  • Values and motivations underlying the use or non-use of public data and public information systems for policy making
  • Use of AI and Data Analysis in prevention of inequalities and injustices in society
  • Impact of quantum computing in policy formulation
  • Crowd sourcing governance
  • Citizen science 

Session 6: E-Health and Universal Health Coverage

A holistic approach focused on ensuring healthy lives and promoting the universal well-being is required in order to achieve sustainable development. Healthcare is currently intertwined with computer science, social science, behavioral science and information science. Health innovations are geared towards resources, devices and techniques required to optimize acquisition, storage, retrieval processing and use of information in health and biomedicine.

This session invites abstracts and papers on research and case studies from the following topics:

  • Data Collection and Data Mining in e-Health Applications
  • Mobile and e-Health System Innovations
  • E-Health services, Internet of Things (IoT) and Fog Computing in Healthcare
  • Wearable and Implantable applications
  • E-Health Software Design visualization
  • Advances in sensor devices for biomedical monitoring
  • Health Data Acquisition, Management and Visualization
  • Body Area networks (architectures, protocols, scheduling, etc.)
  • Clinical Informatics and Health Information Systems
  • Healthcare Knowledge Management and Decision Support
  • Healthcare telemetry and telemedicine
  • Healthcare Modeling and Simulation
  • Remote diagnosis and patient management
  • All-pervasive and non-invasive health monitoring wireless systems
  • Personal Health Train (PHT) application
  • Imaging Science
  • Patient Diagnosis Methods
  • Patient Monitoring Systems
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Systems Physiology
  • Telemedicine
  • Computer-Aided Surgery

Guidelines on Abstracts

We recommend that the abstract be 600-1000 words

Posters

The theme of the symposium is “Application of Data, Information and Scientific Visualization for Resource Management and Sustainability.”

Posters should address one of the following six sessions:

  1. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  2. Computer Graphics, Media and Animation
  3. Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security
  4. Data Analytics, Visualization and IoTs for Sustainable Development
  5. Policy Design Analysis and Strategic Management
  6. E-Health Universal Health Coverage

Guidelines on Posters

Posters will be an important feature of VizAfrica 2019 Bostwana. The Organisers and Programme Committee will endeavour to ensure that all poster presenters have an opportunity to give a lightning talk as well as participating in the poster reception.  Posters can often be a more effective way of communicating key technical features of a paper and providing a visual summary that really engages the viewer.

Poster proposals must be submitted to a specific session. Poster Proposals should be 600-1000 words. Please describe the subject of the proposed poster in as much detail as possible. Describe the structure of the poster. Above all, let us know:

  1. Why will this be an interesting feature of the symposium?
  2. Why is it particularly suited to a poster and/or demo session?
  3. Why the poster or demo will catch delegates' attention and why will they stop and listen to you?


Registration Now Open for VizAfrica 2019 Botswana - Deadline for Proposals for Presentations and Posters is 19 August

Register Now for VizAfrica 2019 Botswana: https://is.gd/VizAfrica2019 
Submit proposals for presentations and posters: https://vizafrica.codata.org/2019-Botswana/submit/
 
The VizAfrica 2019 Data Visualization Symposium will take place from 18th -19th November 2019 at the University of Botswana Gaborone, Botswana.
 
The theme of the symposium is “Application of Data, Information and Scientific Visualization for Resource Management and Sustainability.”
 
Under this theme, the symposium has six strands or sessions:
  1. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  2. Visualization Techniques
  3. Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security
  4. Data Analytics, Visualization and Internet of Things (IoTs)
  5. Policy Design, Analysis and Strategic Management
  6. E-health and Universal Health Coverage
All the six strands/sessions have: Research, industry, keynote speeches and panel discussions tracks.
 
To contribute to the wider adoption of visualization, the symposium brings together various actors to engage. In addition, the Summer School scheduled for 11th-15th November 2019, offer training in data analytics and visualization towards capacity building.
 

More information at https://vizafrica.codata.org/ and http://www.codata.org/events/conferences/vizafrica-botswana-2019


Registration Now Open for CODATA-Helsinki 2019 Workshop on FAIR RDM in Institutions - Deadline for Proposals for Presentations and Posters is Friday 6 September

Register Now for CODATA-Helsinki 2019 Workshop on FAIR RDM in Institutions: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/codata-helsinki-2019-workshop-on-fair-rdm-in-institutions-registration-66997233529

Submit proposals for presentations and posters: https://conference.codata.org/Helsinki-CODATA-2019/submit/
 
The CODATA-Helsinki Workshop on FAIR RDM in Institutions will take place at the National Archives of Finland on 20-21 October 2019. It is a collocated event before the 14th RDA Plenary Meeting, Helsinki, Finland.

The organisers and programme committee invites presentations and posters for this workshop. The deadline for proposals is Friday 6 September. Given the relatively short time before the event, there will not be an extension. We aim to notify accepted speakers by Friday 13 September.
 

Research Data and Research Institutions

Research data are an asset for research institutions. Their creation, management and stewardship imposes considerable responsibilities and requires partnership and alignment with other institutions and research initiatives globally. All over the world universities and libraries have started the task of developing research data services, many aspiring to cover the entire research lifecycle: support in writing proposals and data management plans, repository infrastructures for the storage of data, support in publishing data, assignment of persistent identifiers, lecturing in data management, etc. This broad scope means that such services are often seen as requiring a joint effort from university, library, IT centre, faculties and other stakeholders.

FAIR Research Data Management involves robust planning, policies, infrastructure, training and support. Institutes that produce and consume data are required to ensure seamless accessibility to data and ensure practices that foster its reuse. Often institutes are less aware of existing good practices and progress in implementing Institutional Research Data Management. Improved awareness and knowledge sharing can help reduce duplication in initiatives, and avoid redundant and inefficient practices at various points in the data lifecycle. There is a widely recognised need to assist knowledge sharing between institutions and to do this in an increasingly structured way, by using (and where necessary refining) maturity models such as the DCC RISE. Equally, effective knowledge sharing can help reduce the gap between rich and poor institutions and between universities or research organisations in economically advantaged and disadvantaged contexts. Effective RDM practices can also make the process for sharing and reusing data more streamlined and efficient, thereby enabling research to be more efficient and driving greater impacts to be achieved out of research.
It is timely for actors in the various dimensions of such initiatives internationally to share their practical experiences, research and insights.

Themes and Guidelines for Proposals

Please consult the call for presentations and posters for themes and guidelines for submissions: https://conference.codata.org/conference/Helsinki-CODATA-2019/call_for_presentations/

Workshop Programme

The event will start at 12:30 (TBC) on Sunday 20 October and will conclude at 18:00 (TBC) on Monday 21 October. the programme will feature at least two keynotes, parallel sessions of presentations on the workshop themes, and discursive workshop activities around the issues of benchmarking and maturity models for FAIR RDM in Institutions. Refreshments on both days and lunch on Monday 21 October will be provided.

Registration Fees

In order to contribute towards our costs (conference management system, refreshment breaks and lunch on Mon 21 October), but also to deter spurious and speculative registrations, which on previous events have greatly added to our workload, the programme committee has agreed to charge a registration fee of 40 euros.

Programme Committee

  • Jan Brase, University of Göttingen
  • Mercè Crosas, Harvard University
  • Claudia Engelhardt, University of Göttingen
  • Jane Greenberg, Drexel University
  • Simon Hodson, CODATA
  • Heidi Laine, CSC
  • Liu Chuang, Institute of Geography, Chinese Academy of Science
  • Devika Madalli, Indian Statistical Institute
  • Pekka Orponen, Aalto University
  • Limor Peer, Yale University
  • Jan Lucas van der Ploeg, University Medical Center Groningen
  • Robin Rice, University of Edinburgh
  • Annette Strauch, University of Hildesheim
  • Minglu Wang, York University
  • James Wilson, UCL
  • Keith Russell, ARDC
  • Michael Witt, Purdue University


FAIRsFAIR Workshop: Building the data landscape of the future: FAIR Semantics and FAIR Repositories

Date: 22 October 2019 - 09:00
Location:  Espoo, Finland 

Help us design the data landscape of the future!

We're gathering recommendations, features and best practices for FAIR semantic artifacts and data repositories/infrastructures! 

Register now ►

Producing FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) scientific data depends on the use of data repositories and domain-specific semantic models or artifacts such as ontologies, thesauri, and controlled vocabularies to properly describe data.  When artifacts and repositories are heterogeneous it's impossible to create the harmonised framework needed to achieve FAIRness.

  • How should a repository look to allow for truly FAIR data?
  • How can we enable distributed queries and data aggregation across heterogeneous repositories?
  • Semantics are a vital part of making other data FAIR. But how FAIR are our semantic artifacts? What can we recommend to ensure we build FAIR-by-design semantic artifacts?

Semantics experts, maintainers of semantic registries and data repositories, and representatives from infrastructures are cordially invited to brainstorm with us about how to remedy the shortcomings for FAIRness and interoperability of current semantic resources/artifacts and data repositories. The outcomes from the two parallel sessions, one tackling aspects of FAIR semantics and the other FAIR and interoperable repositories, will inform our initial recommendations.   

This workshop is organised by the FAIRsFAIR work package “ FAIR Practices: Semantics, Interoperability, and Services” and will be held as a co-located event to the RDA plenary on October 22, 2019.

Time: 9:00 to 17:30
Place: Espoo, Finland.
Venue: CSC (https://www.csc.fi/ ) (10 minutes' walk from Aalto University, venue for most of the RDA events.)

The event is free of charge but places are limited to 60 people, therefore registration is needed.

Register now ►

Getting there

The easiest way to get to CSC is by metro (M1 and M2). The stop is Keilaniemi, exit G. All metros, both to the direction of Tapiola and Matinkylä from the Helsinki City Centre, stop at Keilaniemi station. Please find more detailed timetables and routes from the Helsinki Region Transport's Journey Plannerhttp://www.reittiopas.fi/en/

Airport to the city. From the Helsinki Airport you can reach the city centre by train, bus, taxi or car. See detailed information form the Helsinki Airport website www.finavia.fi/en/airports/helsinki-airport/parking-access/train-and-buses and www.finavia.fi/en/airports/helsinki-airport/parking-access/taxis.

Recommended Hotels

The closest hotel of CSC is Radisson Blu Espoo, which is in a walking distance (500m). Another hotel close to the venue (1,8 km) is Sokos Hotel Tapiola Garden.

Other hotels are located in the Helsinki City Centre, with a frequent metro connection to Keilaranta, Espoo:

Also nearby: Holiday Inn Helsinki West.

Many of the hotels in the city centre are in a walking distance from Kamppi or Rautatientori metro stations.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact: event-support at csc.fi


FAIRsFAIR Open Call for Data Repositories

Would you like to get dedicated support for your data repository to contribute to a culture change necessary to achieve wide adoption of FAIR practices within the EOSC and beyond? 

The FAIRsFAIR project started to work on practical solutions for the use of the FAIR data principles throughout the research data life cycle. Emphasis is on fostering FAIR data culture and the uptake of good practices in making data FAIR. FAIRsFAIR will play a key role in the development of standards for FAIR Certification of repositories and their data holdings, contributing to policies and practices that will turn the EOSC programme into a functioning infrastructure.

Through this Open Call for Participation FAIRsFAIR seeks to support data repositories with two different initiatives:

  1. Support for data repositories towards achieving CoreTrustSeal certification (www.coretrustseal.org): a financial incentive as well as dedicated support for pre-submission to the CoreTrustSeal certification process;
  2. Support for the “FAIRification” of your repositories by discussing and designing implementation features that enable and increase repository interoperability. This will be achieved through building and testing prototypes of an interoperability layer for data repositories, and will ultimately improve the FAIRness of data in repositories that enable FAIR data.

We welcome repository managers and representatives to apply to one, or if applicable to both of the support initiatives below. Registration deadline is Friday, 30th of August 2019.

Any questions can be addressed to opencall@fairsfair.eu.  

CODATA is a member of the FAIRsFAIR project.  Original announcement on the FAIRsFAIR website https://www.fairsfair.eu/fairsfair-open-call-data-repositories


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