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Call for Preconference Meetings: FORCE2016 conference

FORCE11 (Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship) is now soliciting proposals for preconference meetings for the FORCE2016 conference. The 2016 conference, “Building Bridges, Connecting Knowledge” will be held April 17-19, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.

Sunday, April 17, 2016 is set aside for groups who want to meet in conjunction with the FORCE2016 meeting, whether to conduct a workshop, convene a working group, hold informal or formal collaborations, or a business meeting.  

For the best opportunity for consideration, proposals should be submitted by November 13. Submissions after this date may be considered, depending on topic and availability of space.

Submit a Proposal Here 

Proposals will be reviewed for their alignment with the goals and mission of FORCE11, Notification of proposal acceptance will occur by December 1. 

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‘Cranking it out’: CODATA and RDA Plenary 6

RDA 6th Plenary - Simon Hodson, CODATA Ex.Dir, lecture (c) Cap DigitalSimon Hodson, Executive Director of CODATA, recently participated in the Research Data Alliance 6th Plenary Meeting held in Paris. The CODATA community was very actively involved in this event there are a number of joint Working Groups and Interest Groups.  Simon himself, is actively involved as co-chair in three Groups (Data Science Summer Schools, Income Streams for Data Repositories and Legal Interoperability).  On the CODATA blog, he writes:
"A highlight for me was Barbara Ryan’s keynote and the impromptu and well-informed talk given by the French Minister of State for Digital Affaires, Axelle Lemaire.
This was a somewhat different Plenary for me than previous ones.  RDA Plenaries have a chaotic, ‘unconference’ feel, with a lot of ‘Birds of a Feather’ sessions to collect together interested parties and Interest Groups working out their activities, as well as Working Groups reporting on their progress.  It is an exciting model, with huge potential, but it also requires perseverance and patience; for people both to stand up for their ideas and to be willing to collaborate and compromise.  These are good things, of course.  Watching them evolve is fulfilling, fascinating and frustrating in equal measure, as it must be…"

Call for Symposium & Workshop Session Proposals: 23rd Pacific Science Congress

A joint effort of Academia Sinica and the Pacific Science Association (PSA), the 23rd Pacific Science Congress will be held in Academia Sinica, Taipei on June 13-17, 2016. The main theme of this event is “Science, Technology, and Innovation: Building a Sustainable Future in Asia and the Pacific.”

The Organizing Committee of the 23rd Pacific Science Congress is announcing a Call for Symposium & Workshop Session Proposals for the Congress. If you would like to propose a session, please submit your proposal containing requested information to the PSC-23 website here.

Please note that the deadline for submitting proposals is scheduled for October 31, 2015.

Sub-Themes for Submission include:

1.         Climate Change and Earth System Sciences
2.         Biodiversity and Natural Resources
3.         Food / Water / Energy
4.         Human Health
5.         Human Diversity and Inclusive Development
6.         Disaster Risk Reduction
7.         Science for Society: Building Green Societies
8.         Emerging Technologies

Plenary Speakers

  • Dr. Takashi Gojobori speaks on “Biodiversity and Natural Resources” (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
  • Dr. Sandra Harding speaks on “Human Diversity and Inclusive Development” (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Mr. Lawrence Kent speaks on “Food / Water / Energy” (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
  • Dr. Yuan-Tseh Lee speaks on “Science for Society: Building Green Societies” (Academia Sinica)
  • Dr. Gordon McBean speaks on “Disaster Risk Reduction” (International Council for Science, ICSU)
  • Dr. George Whitesides speaks on “Emerging Technologies” (Harvard University)
  • Dr. Chi-Huey Wong speaks on “Human Health” (Academia Sinica)
  • Dr. David Wratt QSO speaks on “Climate Change and Earth System Sciences” (Chief Scientist (Climate), National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand).

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Science International 2015: Big Data/Open Data

CODATA has been asked to take a leading role in Science International 2015: Big Data/Open Data.The Expert Working Group that has been tasked with producing the international science ‘accord’, that is the principal output of this initiative, is being chaired by CODATA President Geoffrey Boulton.

Science International
Science International is a new coalition of the major international science bodies – ICSU, the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) – to bring its members’ combined international representation and credibility to act as a single global voice for science in the international policy arena. For the first edition of Science International, the four partner organizations have selected the issue of ‘Big Data/Open Data’.
Science International 2015: Big Data/Open Data
‘Big data’ has emerged as a major opportunity for scientific discovery, while ‘open data’ will enhance the efficiency, productivity and creativity of the public research enterprise and counteract tendencies towards the privatisation of knowledge. In addition, concurrent open publication of the data underpinning scientific papers can provide the basis of scientific ’self correction’. For organisations, individuals and society to maximise the benefits of big data, however, will depend on the extent to which there is open access to publicly-funded scientific data.

In this regard, there are a growing number of calls from various actors, both within and outside the scientific community, and from inter-governmental bodies such as the G8, the OECD and the UN, for open access to publicly-funded scientific data, especially regarding data of particular importance to major global challenges.

Full exploitation of ‘big data’, however, will also depend on the extent to which national science systems are able to develop the capacity to use it, on avoiding the creation of new ‘knowledge divides’, and on deciding which data can be made open for use and re-use.
‘Big Data/Open Data’ will therefore be the subject of the first meeting of Science International, to be held in Pretoria, South Africa, from 7-9 December 2015. The meeting will be hosted by South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology and held in parallel with the first South African Open Science Forum and a planned G77 Ministerial meeting.

At the meeting, the Science International partner organizations will agree an international science ‘accord’ on Big Data/Open Data. The accord will be prepared by an expert working group jointly appointed by the partner organizations and will be presented in Pretoria at the G77 + China Ministerial Forum and the Open Science Forum.

The meeting will also recommend a global plan for data science capacity development, with an initial focus on Africa.

Historic launch of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Xaiogang (Marshall) Ma, from the CODATA Early Career Data Professionals Group (ECDP), recently attended the Historic Launch of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, in New York City on September 28th.

"The forum was held in the Jade Room of the Waldorf Astoria hotel, and lasted for three hours from 2 to 5PM, with a tight but well-organized schedule of about 10 lightning talks, four panels and about 30 commitment introductions from the partners.

 The panels and lightning talks focused on why open data is needed, how to make data open and, especially, what and the value of Open Data for The 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the social impact that the data can generate. I was happy to see that successful stories of Open geospatial data were mentioned several times in the lightening talks and the panels..."

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