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First ICSTI Webinar featuring CODATA President Geoffrey Boulton

This autumn, CODATA as an associate member of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI), will participate to the first webinar organised by this institution in collaboration with the National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

The event will take place on Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 10-00am (Eastern Daylight Time USA) and will address the topic of ‘A Pathway from Open Access and Data Sharing to Open Science in Practice’.

It will last 90 minutes and the contributors are Professor Geoffrey Boulton of the Royal Society and President of CODATA, and José Cotta of the European Commission; Jerry Sheehan of the National Library of Medicine on secondment to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will moderate the meeting (to be confirmed). We will send you more details, including how to sign up for the webinar, in due course.


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Christine Borgman: Data Citation and Scholarship

As previously announced, the CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation Standards and Practices is organising an International Series of Workshops to Implement Data Citation Principles.  The objective of this series is to promote the implementation of data citation principles in the research policy and funding communities throughout the world.  The first of these workshops was held on Tuesday 25 August in Lan Zhou, China, co-located with the Second National Scientific Data Conference.

Task Group co-chair, Christine Borgman, Distinguished Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies, UCLA, gave the introductory keynote setting the scene for the discussions.  Christine's presentation, 'Data Citation and Scholarship', is available from her UCLA bepress site.

The workshop surveyed current practice of data citation in China and among stakeholders including publishers and data centres.  Reports from all the workshops, providing a survey of data citation practices and agreements for implementation, will be made available.

The next scheduled workshops are:

  • South Africa, Pretoria, 15 October (including remote introductory presentation from Jan Brase)
  • Australia, 23, 27 or 28 October (TBC, incluidng introductory presentation in person from Simon Hodson).
  • Japan, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, 29 October (includng keynote, in person, from Christine Borgman).
  • India, New Delhi, 7-8 November (including keynote, in person, from Jan Brase).


Trans-Disciplinary Glossary for Research Data Management

Research Data Canada and CASRAI have produced a PILOT trans-disciplinary glossary for research data management.  This is potentially a very useful tool for increasing understanding of the domain and for assisting standardisation of business processes around the management of research data.

The PILOT glossary is available at

RDC and CASRAI are seeking feedback on the PILOT Glossary, to which end they have made available a short survey:

RDC and CASRAI would be very grateful for feedback.  The first update of the Glossary (corrections, additions, deletions, etc.) will occur during the first week of September, 2015 and the glossary will be frozen on 1 October 2015.

Walter Stewart, coordinator or Research Data Canada writes:

Research Data Canada (RDC) in partnership with the international Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI) is pleased to announce the launch of a PILOT for a new interactive Glossary containing 500+ draft terms and definitions to support work in the field of research data management. The glossary is publicly available under a Creative Commons Attribution Only license (CC-BY) at:

The Glossary is meant to be a practical reference for individuals and working groups concerned with the improvement of research data management, and as a meeting place for further discussion and development of terms. Each term has a unique identifier and a URL that can be used as a tool to enhance reading comprehension of documents by hyperlinking terms to their definition. The aim is to create a stable and sustainably governed glossary of community accepted terms and definitions, and to keep it relevant by maintaining it as a ‘living document’ that is updated when necessary. The URL for each term contains a link to a discussion page to complete the feedback loop with the community of users. The glossary is developed and maintained by RDC's Standards & Interoperability Committee (RDC-SINC) in collaboration with CASRAI.

Current Best Practice for Research Data Management Policies

In 2014, CODATA was commissioned by the Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation and the Danish Digital Library to produce a briefing note or report on Current Best Practice for Research Data Management Policies. The full report - written by Simon Hodson and Laura Molloy and including an Executive Summary, Report and Appendices - was completed in May 2014 and is now avaialble from the CODATA collection in Zenodo.

DEADLINE APPROACHING: WSS Fellows Seminar on Big Data in Urban Contexts

CODATA is partnering the International Social Science Council in organising the World Social Science Fellows Seminar on Big Data in an Urban Context, 30 November to 4 December 2015, Xiamen, China.

The deadline is now very close: 00.00 UTC, 24 August 2015.

For further information please see 

The application form can be downloaded from


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