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DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 4 MARCH - Call for Papers, Drexel-CODATA FAIR and Responsible Research Data Management Workshop, 31 March-1 April

Following a number of requests and understanding the many pressure of potential participants’ time, the Programme Committee of the Drexel-CODATA FAIR and Responsible Research Data Management Workshop has decided to extend the deadline for submissions to 4 March: https://conference.codata.org/Drexel_CODATA_2019/
 
 

FAIR and Responsible Research Data Management (FAIR-RRDM)

A Drexel Metadata Research Centre and CODATA workshop on knowledge sharing between research communities and research institutions
 
Sun 31 March and Mon 1 April 2019, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, as a colocated, pre-event to the 13th RDA Plenary
 
Call for Papers, deadline, 4  March: https://conference.codata.org/Drexel_CODATA_2019/ 
Places limited, register at: http://bit.ly/Drexel-CODATA-Workshop-Register 

Responsible data management embodies the FAIR principles of making data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. FAIR has helped focus minds and provided readily adopted terminology and guidelines, which in turn will help realise the benefits of accelerated analysis, with machines, at scale. In consequence, research communities and research institutions are faced with the task of rising to the challenge of FAIR and responsible data management.
 
Advancing the adoption of FAIR requires sharing protocols, practices, policies, methodologies, and approaches for responsible data management. The open science and open data movements have made significant progress in certain research communities and domains, but less so in others. While good practices have been developed within some research communities, it is in research institutions and universities that data management and some long term stewardship must take place. Sometimes reluctantly, research institutions have been obliged to take greater responsibility for research data management by the needs of researchers and their communities on the one hand and by the requirements of national funders on the other.  
 
There are opportunities for knowledge sharing and coordination across a number of these axes: between research disciplines and communities; between research communities and institutions; and internationally among institutions.  The biomedical and genomics fields, for example, have made considerable progress with data sharing and with issues of nomenclature and semantics.  Much research activity of the last two decades could not have happened without community agreements on data sharing and mechanisms for managing concepts, semantic specifications and ontologies.  Likewise, many biomedical research domains are addressing the challenges of controlled sharing of sensitive and restricted data, following the FAIR principles but with respect to ethical and legal criteria where these prevent certain data from being fully Open.  
 
The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers, data management experts, policy leaders and to facilitate knowledge sharing between research communities and between institutions.  Perspectives from all domains and from research institutions are in scope.  At least one session will examine progress in the biomedical community and lessons to be learnt, particularly in relation to good practice and mechanisms for controlled sharing of sensitive and restricted data.
 
Call for Presentations and Posters/Lightning Talks
Submissions are to be made via the CODATA Conference Platform at: https://conference.codata.org/Drexel_CODATA_2019/ 
 
The deadline for proposals is Mon 4 March and accepted speakers will be notified no later than Tue 12 March.
 
Recommended proposal lengths for the three categories of presentation are:
Long, research presentation, addressing the workshop themes by reporting on an original research activity: 800-1200 words
Short, practice presentation, addressing the workshop themes by reporting on a project or institutional activity: 400-800 words
Poster and lightning talk addressing the workshop themes: 300-600 words
 
After the workshop, selected presenters will be invited to submit a full paper to the CODATA Data Science Journal where they will form a special collection.
 

Workshop Themes / Sessions

  1. FAIR data: implications and responsibilities 1) for research communities and 2) for research institutions.
  2. FAIR data stewardship and knowledge sharing.  What progress has been made in RDM and FAIR data stewardship?  What can be learnt from biomedical research and from other domains?
  3. Limits of open data and how do deal responsibly with sensitive data.  What can be learnt from biomedical fields and other fields for the controlled sharing of sensitive data?
  4. RDM, FAIR stewardship services and research infrastructures 1) for research communities and 2) for research institutions.  How are research communities and/or research institutions implementing research infrastructures for RDM and FAIR stewardship?  How are they tackling related and supporting issues such as: a) developing skills and capacity; b) addressing policy, legal and ethical issues; c) aligning strategies and priorities with FAIR and RDM responsibilities?
  5. Alignment of domain and institutional RDM and FAIR stewardship: What experiences exist and mechanisms are there for aligning domain and institutional RDM and FAIR stewardship? Examples of collaboration between research communities, domain research infrastructures and institutions will be particularly welcome.    
 

Registration

The workshop is free.  Places are limited.  Please register at: http://bit.ly/Drexel-CODATA-Workshop-Register 
 

Sponsorship

The programme committee and organisers are committed to ensuring this is a no-fee event.  To help with this ambition, we will be very grateful for financial support and sponsorship.  Please contact Jane Greenberg <jg3243@drexel.edu>, Simon Hodson <simon@codata.org> for further information.


CODATA Update and Important Dates 2019

This document provides a quick and accessible list of activities, deliverables and impact from the past year. It then highlights some important upcoming activities and events for 2019.

Download the full document

Additionally, the CODATA Prospectus: Strategy and Achievement, 2015-2018 summarises the most important activities deliverables and impacts over that period: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2559274.

 


Call for Sessions: CODATA 2019 - Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms

CALL FOR SESSIONS – DEADLINE 15 April 2019 https://conference.codata.org/CODATA_2019/

The CODATA 2019 Conference will be held on 19-20 September 2019 in Beijing, China. This year’s conference theme is: Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms.  The conference will follow a high-level workshop, 17-18 September 2019, on ‘Implementing Open Research Data Policy and Practice’ that will examine such challenges in China and elsewhere in the light of the emergence of data policies and in particular the China State Council’s Notice on ‘Measures for Managing Scientific Data’.

CODATA 2019: Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms

Science globally is being transformed by new digital technologies.  At the same time addressing the major global challenges of the age requires the analysis of vast quantities of heterogeneous data from multiple sources.  In response, many countries, regions and scientific domains have developed Research Infrastructures to assist with the management, stewardship and analysis.  These developments have been stimulated by Open Science policies and practices, both those developed by funders and those that have emerged from communities.  The FAIR principles and supporting practices seek to accelerate this process and unlock the potential of analysis at scale with machines.  This conference provides a significant opportunity to survey and examine these developments from a global perspective.

The convening organisations are pleased to invite you to contribute to the program by proposing sessions.  The deadline for session proposals is 15 April 2019: https://conference.codata.org/CODATA_2019/submit/

All proposals related to open science and open data, FAIR data, research data management and stewardship, research infrastructures and platforms are welcomed. The following themes are of particular interest:

1. FAIR and Open data policies

  • Open data policies, their implications and implementation
  • FAIR data, its challenges and opportunities
  • Incentives and metrics for data and research contribution
  • Trustworthiness and sustainability for FAIR data, research infrastructures, data repositories
  • Co-operation in research data policies and management at international, national and institutional levels
  • Data policies towards the next-generation open science community 

2. Advanced research infrastructures for Open Science and FAIR data

  • Opportunities and challenges in research infrastructures.
  • Disciplinary technical infrastructure for research data management and data stewardship.
  • The development of Open Science Clouds, Platforms and Commons: a new model for coordination?
  • Successes and models for different aspects of the research data management and stewardship infrastructure
  • Institutional research data management and stewardship status, models and challenges.
  • Data management technologies and interoperability between human and technical processes.
  • Data science education and training.
  • Business models for Open Science, FAIR data, research infrastructures and data stewardship.
  • Key data specifications, RDM protocols and research infrastructures
  • Other technologies and standards feature open data issues. 

3. Data driven scientific discovery and decision-making.

  • Case studies and exploration of science discoveries based on data-driven research
  • Data-driven decision-making, from data to evidence
  • Disciplinary data applications
  • Data success stories 

4. Data intensive research for international scientific and global challenges

  • FAIR data, interoperability and data integration in multi-disciplinary research areas.
  • Data-driven practices in support of the United Nation’s sustainable development goals.
  • Data-driven practices in support of Sendai and disaster risk reduction
  • Data-driven practices in support of Resilient Cities; biodiversity; climate change adaptation; agriculture; hydrology and other research areas.

Programme

  • Sessions: Sessions will be 90 minutes.  Two session formats are suggested: 1) papers sessions which may include research papers, practice papers or a mixture of these; 2) lightning talks followed by a structured panel discussion.  Paper presentations should be a minimum of 15 minutes; papers sessions should include a maximum of 4-5 papers.
  • Keynote speakers: there will be keynote sessions on the morning of each day. 
  • Plenary panel discussion: the conference will close with a Plenary Panel discussion featuring short presentations.
  • Poster session: there will be a poster session on the later afternoon of the first day. 

Important dates:

1 February: Call for Session Proposals Released

1 April: Registration Open

15 April: deadline for session proposals

30 April: accepted session proposals notified; call for presentations and posters released.

31 May: deadline for presentation submissions and first round of poster submissions

30 June: submitters notified of acceptances of full presentations and posters

1 August: close of second round of poster submissions

18 August: close of early bird registration

19-20 September: CODATA 2019 Conference ‘Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms’ 

Organization

  • Convenors: CODATA, CODATA China
  • Supporter: Minister of Science and Technology (MOST), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), NSFC
  • Local organiser: Computer Network Information Center, CAS; National S&T Infrastructure Center, MOST 

Possible venue (TBC): the Friendship Hotel of Beijing.

The Friendship Hotel of Beijing is one of the largest garden-style hotels in Asia. Located in the heart of ZhongGuanCun Hi-Tech Zone, the Friendship Hotel neighbours many world famous tourist sites and universities such as Tsinghua and Peking University, the Summer Palace.

Address: Zhongguancun South St. Beijing 100873, P.R. China

Website: http://www.friendshipshotel.com/en/


Drexel-CODATA FAIR-RRDM Workshop 2019, 31 March-1 April, Call for Papers, Deadline 4 March

A Drexel Metadata Research Centre and CODATA workshop on knowledge sharing between research communities and research institutions

Sun 31 March and Mon 1 April 2019, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA.

 
Call for Papers, deadline, 4 March: https://conference.codata.org/Drexel_CODATA_2019/

Responsible data management embodies the FAIR principles of making data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. FAIR has helped focus minds and provided readily adopted terminology and guidelines, which in turn will help realise the benefits of accelerated analysis, with machines, at scale. In consequence, research communities and research institutions are faced with the task of rising to the challenge of FAIR and responsible data management.

Advancing the adoption of FAIR requires sharing protocols, practices, policies, methodologies, and approaches for responsible data management. The open science and open data movements have made significant progress in certain research communities and domains, but less so in others. While good practices have been developed within some research communities, it is in research institutions and universities that data management and some long term stewardship must take place. Sometimes reluctantly, research institutions have been obliged to take greater responsibility for research data management by the needs of researchers and their communities on the one hand and by the requirements of national funders on the other.  

There are opportunities for knowledge sharing and coordination across a number of these axes: between research disciplines and communities; between research communities and institutions; and internationally among institutions.  The biomedical and genomics fields, for example, have made considerable progress with data sharing and with issues of nomenclature and semantics. Much research activity of the last two decades could not have happened without community agreements on data sharing and mechanisms for managing concepts, semantic specifications and ontologies.  Likewise, many biomedical research domains are addressing the challenges of controlled sharing of sensitive and restricted data, following the FAIR principles but with respect to ethical and legal criteria where these prevent certain data from being fully Open.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers, data management experts, policy leaders and to facilitate knowledge sharing between research communities and between institutions.  Perspectives from all domains and from research institutions are in scope. At least one session will examine progress in the biomedical community and lessons to be learnt, particularly in relation to good practice and mechanisms for controlled sharing of sensitive and restricted data.

Outputs and Impact

The workshop will feature invited speakers and an expert panel discussion, selected research and practice papers from an open call, a poster and lightning talks session, as well as workshop sessions on mechanisms for knowledge sharing and on issues of responsibility and sensitive data.  
The workshop will:
  1. highlight and scrutinise innovative approaches and key developments fulfilling FAIR principles;
  2. promote broad interest and participation in the pursuit of solutions across disciplines and institutions; and
  3. identify concrete mechanisms for knowledge sharing between research communities and between research institutions.
The workshop builds on a successful Göttingen-CODATA Symposium on RDM in Institutions which was held in March 2018 and like its predecessor will result in a special collection of the CODATA Data Science Journal.

 

Call for Presentations and Posters/Lightning Talks

Submissions are to be made via the CODATA Conference Platform at: https://conference.codata.org/Drexel_CODATA_2019/

The deadline for proposals is Mon 4 March and accepted speakers will be notified no later than Tue 12 March.

Recommended proposal lengths for the three categories of presentation are:

  • Long, research presentation, addressing the workshop themes by reporting on an original research activity: 800-1200 words
  • Short, practice presentation, addressing the workshop themes by reporting on a project or institutional activity: 400-800 words
  • Poster and lightning talk addressing the workshop themes: 300-600 words

 

After the workshop, selected presenters will be invited to submit a full paper to the CODATA Data Science Journal where they will form a special collection.

 

Workshop Themes / Sessions

  1. FAIR data: implications and responsibilities 1) for research communities and 2) for research institutions.
  2. FAIR data stewardship and knowledge sharing.  What progress has been made in RDM and FAIR data stewardship?  What can be learnt from biomedical research and from other domains?
  3. Limits of open data and how do deal responsibly with sensitive data.  What can be learnt from biomedical fields and other fields for the controlled sharing of sensitive data?
  4. RDM, FAIR stewardship services and research infrastructures 1) for research communities and 2) for research institutions.  How are research communities and/or research institutions implementing research infrastructures for RDM and FAIR stewardship?  How are they tackling related and supporting issues such as: a) developing skills and capacity; b) addressing policy, legal and ethical issues; c) aligning strategies and priorities with FAIR and RDM responsibilities?
  5. Alignment of domain and institutional RDM and FAIR stewardship: What experiences exist and mechanisms are there for aligning domain and institutional RDM and FAIR stewardship? Examples of collaboration between research communities, domain research infrastructures and institutions will be particularly welcome.     

Registration

The workshop is free.  Places are limited. Please register at: http://bit.ly/Drexel-CODATA-Workshop-Register 

Sponsorship

The programme committee and organisers are committed to ensuring this is a no-fee event.  To help with this ambition, we will be very grateful for financial support and sponsorship.  Please contact Jane Greenberg <jg3243@drexel.edu>, Simon Hodson <simon@codata.org> for further information. 

Program Committee

Chairs:

  • Jane Greenberg, Alice B. Kroeger Professor, Director of the Metadata Research Center, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University, USA
  • Simon Hodson, Executive Director CODATA
  • Devika Madalli, Professor, Documentation Research and Training Center (DRTC), Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Bangalore, India

Programme Committee Members:

  • Jan Brase, Head of Research and Development Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen State and University Library, Germany
  • Sarah Callaghan, Editor-in-Chief of the Data Science Journal
  • Bonnie Carroll, CODATA Secretary General and Information International Associates, Inc. (IIa).
  • Kedma Duarte, Technical-Scientific Advisor, Goiás State Research Support Foundation (Fapeg), Goiania, Goiás, Brazil
  • Megan Force, Editor, Data Citation Index, Clarivate Analytics
  • Wolfram Horstman, Director, Göttingen State and University Library, Germany
  • Rebecca Koskela, Executive Director, DataONE 
  • Eva Mendez, Deputy Vice-Rector for Scientific Policy. Open Science, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain, and Chair of the EU Open Science Policy Platform
  • Jeffrey Pennington,Associate Vice President and Chief Research Informatics Officer, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Rosina Weber, Associate Professor, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University.
  • Michael Witt, Head of the Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2), Purdue University


Best Wishes for the December Solstice and Related Holidays

The December solstice was 22:23 UTC on Friday 21 December, so this comes a ‘little’ late.  Nevertheless, I would like to send the warmest best wishes to everyone involved in CODATA activities and to the wider global research data community.  2018 has been a significant year for CODATA and you may find some of the following interesting:

‘A milestone in the history of science’: the redefinition of the International System of Units was based on the work of CODATA and the Task Group for Fundamental Constants.

International Data Week, held in Gaborone, Botswana was an enormous success with 850 participants.  Selected paper will be published in the CODATA Data Science Journal.

The vision and strategy for the African Open Science Platform was launched at Science Forum South Africa, in a presentation by co-chair Khotso Mokhele.  A founding members’ meeting will be hosted at the Biblioteca Alexandrina later in 2019.

The ISC CODATA initiative on Data Interoperability Integration for Interdisciplinary Research made progress, notably through a very successful Dagstuhl Workshop co-organised with the DDI Alliance: this will result in a series of articles on data integration challenges in cross-disciplinary research areas.

Other notable activities include the work of the Data Policy Committee, a major contribution to the European Commission report on Turning FAIR into Reality and the ongoing series of CODATA-RDA Data Schools.

Finally, we are grateful for the enormous contribution that Past President Geoffrey Boulton has made to CODATA.  The CODATA General Assembly at the University of Botswana 9-10 November elected a new President, Barend Mons, and a new Executive Committee. We look forward to further increasing CODATA’s impact and to promoting international collaboration for Open Science and FAIR data.


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