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Research Fellowship on OpenCitations [Deadline: 7 August 2017]

The OpenCitations Corpus (OCC, is a new repository of open citation data harvested from the scholarly literature. As the Co-Directors of the OpenCitations Corpus, we are writing to let you know that we have a Research Fellowship available in the Digital and Semantic Publishing Laboratory (DASPLab) of the University of Bologna, Italy, to work with Dr Silvio Peroni on the OpenCitations Corpus.

We seek a skilled computer scientist / research engineer who is an expert in Web Interface Design and Information Visualization, who will be able to develop novel data visualizations and query services over the stored data to facilitate interaction with and human comprehension of the citation information, as well as assisting Dr Peroni with expansion of the volume of data held, and other technical aspects of running the OpenCitations Corpus. Expertise in Semantic Web technologies, Linked Data, and Web technologies would be highly desirable, plus a strong and demonstrable commitment to open science and team-working abilities. The position is for one year duration, starting 1st November 2017, and is funded by the Sloan Foundation. It has a net salary (exempt from income tax, after deduction of social security contributions) in excess of 23K euros per year.

Applications are open and will close on 7 August 2017, 23:59 CET. The call for application and the other related documents (activity plan, call form, and affidavit form) can be downloaded from the following URL:

Governance of domain specific data and metadata standards to support FAIR Data

By: Xiaogang (Marshall) Ma

On May 26, 2016, I attended the Workshop on Research Data Management [] at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association, New Orleans, LA, USA and gave a talk on Open Science, FAIR DATA and Data Standards.

The workshop was organized by the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)’s Diffraction Data Deposition Working Group (DDDWG), and was co-chaired by John R. Helliwell and Brian McMahon, who are the DDDWG chair and the IUCr CODATA representative, respectively. The workshop had two plenary sessions: (1) What every experimentalist needs to know about recording essential metadata of primary (raw) diffraction data and (2) Research Data Management policy mandates and requirements on Principal Investigators (PIs). It also covered a technical session on high-data-rate/high-performance-computing issues of research data management for MX. The first plenary session was closely related to the efforts within DDDWG, and the second session covered broad topics on the open science trends, open data mandates, best practices and successful stories. The technical session covered demonstration of state-of-the-art progress from industry.

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Dryad and DANS partner for long-term preservation of rich research data repository

Dryad and DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) announce a new collaboration to 
ensure long-term preservation and accessibility to curated scientific data. The Dryad Digital
Repository makes research data discoverable, freely reusable, and citable. Over 50,000
researchers who have already deposited research data with Dryad can count on continuous
open access to their data packages with an extra layer of security and recoverability as a result of this partnership.

Public content on Dryad servers, currently over 15,000 data packages and 50,000 files, will be backed up in the DANS archive regularly to minimize the risk of loss or corruption of data over time. DANS will also serve as Dryad’s successor archive to maintain discoverability of Dryad Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) now and into the future. Metadata will be available in open access format to all researchers using the DANS online archiving system, EASY.

“We are excited that this partnership ensures that data on Dryad will remain accessible and
linked to the scholarly literature in any unlikely disruption of Dryad services. DANS has proven to be a natural fit for us in this effort,” said Executive Director Meredith Morovati. “Dryad and DANS share a deep commitment to the stewardship of global scientific data on behalf of more than 50,000 researchers who trust us with their data and hundreds of publishing partners working with Dryad to link this data to scholarly literature.”

Henk Harmsen, Deputy director of DANS added, “Together with Dryad we are committed to
making digital research data and related outputs Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and
Reusable (FAIR). This collaboration minimizes the risk of loss or corruption of data over time.
We are pleased to extend our capacity and data archive by partnering with Dryad.”

The Digital Revolution and the Future of Science: Jisc Futures Article

Geoffrey Boulton writes the first in a series of articles from Jisc on research in the age of open science
Information and knowledge have always been essential drivers of social progress, and the technologies through which knowledge is acquired, stored and communicated have been determinants of the nature and scale of their impact.
A technological milestone was passed at the turn of the millennium when the global volume of data and information that was stored digitally overtook that stored in analogue systems on paper, tape and disk. A digital explosion ensued that has immensely increased the annual rate of data acquisition and storage (40 times greater than 10 years ago), and dramatically reduced its cost.
In 2003, the human genome was sequenced for the first time. It had taken 10 years and cost $4 billion. It now takes three days and costs $1,000 (£770). 
Like all revolutions that have not yet run their course, it is often difficult to distinguish reality and potential from hype. So what lies behind the “big data” phrase that has become the rallying cry of this revolution, and with which all levels of business and government, and increasingly universities and researchers, are struggling to come to terms? 

Announcing some of the eminent CODATA 2017 Keynote Speakers

Four of the eminent keynote speakers at CODATA 2017 'Global Challenges and Data-Driven Research’ have been announced:

Barbara Ryan

Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) located in Geneva, Switzerland. In this capacity, she leads the Secretariat in coordinating the activities of 104 Member States and the European Commission and 109 Participating Organizations that are integrating Earth observations so that informed decisions can be made across eight Societal Benefit Areas, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sustainability, Disaster Resilience, Energy and Mineral Resources Management, Food Security, Infrastructure & Transportation Management, Public Health Surveillance, Sustainable Urban Development and Water Resources Management.

Gilberto Camara 

Brazilian computer scientist and former director of Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (2006—2013). Researcher in the areas of Geographical Information Science, Spatial Databases, Spatial Analysis and Environmental Modelling. Gilberto is the principal investigator on the area of Spatial Databases and Spatial Environmental Models in the GEOMA research network for Environmental Modelling of Amazonia. Professor in INPE’s graduate programs in remote sensing and computer science, a member of Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Land Project and of the editorial board of the Journal of Earth Science Informatics. In 2011 received an honorary doctorate from the University of Münster.

Pavel Kabat

Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Full Professor of Earth System Science at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, Founding Chair and Director of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and Arts Institute for Integrated Research on the Wadden Sea Region, a Member of the Leadership Council for the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and Co-Founder of the High Level Alpbach – Laxenburg Group.

Fred Roberts

Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers University and Director of the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA). Director Emeritus of DIMACS. Roberts has authored four books, over 185 scientific articles, and edited 21 books. Member of the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Applications at the US National Academy of Sciences, a former member of National Science Foundation advisory committees on International Research and Education, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Environmental Research and Education, is on the Steering Committee for the World-Wide Program Mathematics of Planet Earth, and on the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).
The deadline for early bird registration and to propose sessions and papers is two weeks way, 28 July:

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