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RDA’s 12th Plenary – Call for Poster Deadline Extended!

The deadline to submit poster applications for RDA’s 12thPlenary (P12) has been extended to 28 September 2018.  Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to display your work and share your research and accomplishments with an international audience.

Taking place from 5-8 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana, P12 will be part of as part of International Data Week 2018, which will bring together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers and data stewards from all disciplines and geographies across the globe.

Positioned in prominent areas at the Gaborone Convention Center, poster session participants will have high visibility with meeting attendees, especially during the coffee breaks, lunches and social events. 

Notifications of acceptances will occur on 5 October 2018.

Note, if accepted, posters should be printed in vertical format with dimensions of 70cm x 100cm and must be printed and delivered to the event venue directly by applicants.

Submit your application today!

Call for Paper International conference - Data Value Chain in Science & Territories

The International conference Data Value Chain in Science & Territories will take place onThursday 14 & Friday 15 march 2019 in Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée University (near Paris): auditorium, multimedia library, 2 place d’Ariane 77700 Serris – City Center.


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One of the main challenges, in most fields, is to handle and process a huge amount of datacoming from a large spectrum of professional, scientific or open sources. This data, by nature heterogeneous and generated by people, systems, things (IoT) and intelligent networks, may be handled directly or transmitted by different remote operations.

This raises several technical and societal problems with respect to data coherence and quality, data privacy and protection, as well as the need to develop original techniques and powerful tools for collecting and processing large volumes of data.

In a multidisciplinary approach centred on Information and Data Science, the conference focuses on how to raise, retrieve, and build relevant datasets and knowledge from different fields to manage and optimise data evaluation and also aims at a transversal approach between different domains, techniques, processes, strategies and uses of data.

The contributions can report specific cases, generic models, constructivist and critical postures. Inter-disciplinary contributions, both in engineering or in human and social sciences are expected to discuss the paradigm of data as a source of information, knowledge, and various indicators.


Accepted articles will be published in Conference Proceedings with ISBN  by Comité Codata France in cooperation with University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée and Cnam Paris.

Best papers may be published later in international specialised journals.

More information

Call for papers Data Value Chain in Science & Territories

Extended Abstract submission

Submission guide


CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, Sao Paulo, Applications Open, Deadline Extended until 30 September

Applications are now open for the CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, Sao Paulo, which will take place at ICTP-SAIFR (ICTP South American Institute for Fundamental Research on 3-14 December 2018
Applications may be made at - the deadline for applications is 30 September 

The ever-accelerating volume and variety of data being generated is having a huge impact on a wide variety of research disciplines, from the sciences to the humanities. The international, collective ability to create, share and analyse vast quantities of data is having a profound, transformative effect. This ‘Data Revolution’ offers great opportunities for students with modern data skills, both in conducting their research and in entering a jobs market where those skills are in demand.

Contemporary research – particularly when addressing the most significant, transdisciplinary research challenges – cannot be done effectively without a range of skills relating to data. This includes the principles and practice of Open Science and research data management and curation, the use of a range of data platforms and infrastructures, large scale analysis, statistics, visualisation and modelling techniques, software development and annotation and more. We define ‘Research Data Science’ as the ensemble of these skills.

The International School on Data Science will focus on growing competence in accessing, analyzing, visualising, and publishing data. It is open to participants from all disciplines and/or background from the sciences to humanities. This activity will cover topics on principles and practice of Open Science, research data management and curation, use of a range of research compute infrastructures, large scale analysis, statistics, visualisation and modeling techniques, automation and scripting.

There is no registration fee. Limited funds are available to support accommodation, subsistence and travel support. For financial reasons, it is likely that priority will be given to travel support for students from the Latin American and Caribbean region, except in the case of particularly exceptional students.

Applicants from any region are strongly encouraged to look for alternative sources of funding to support their participation. For the recent CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science in Trieste a large number of students were able to support their participation with funding from a variety of sources including their institutions, various grants, charities and sponsoring organisations etc

The training provided by the CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science is primarily targeted at Early Career Researchers (advanced masters students, doctoral candidates, post-docs and young or early career academics). The data skills taught are also useful for (data) librarians and other research support staff, such as those who envisage a career as data steward or data analysts. Furthermore, people who are more advanced in their careers who would like to improve their data skills as a form of continuing professional development are also eligible.

Applicants are expected to have a baseline of data skills and these are tested by an online form. In addition, applicants should pay particular attention to their personal statement and communicate persuasively their reasons for wishing to attend the School: how do they intend to use these skills, how will it benefit their research or the institution in which they work? Finally, candidates should take pains to ensure that their application is well supported by references from their past or present tutors or line managers. This is particularly important so that the School directors have confidence in the candidate and that the skills learnt will have the maximum benefit and impact.


  • Marcela Alfaro Córdoba (University of Costa Rica)
  • Simon Hodson (CODATA, Committee on Data of the International Council for Science, France)
  • Sarah Jones (Digital Curation Centre, University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Robert E Quick (Indiana University, USA)
  • Hugh Shanahan (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)

Local Organizers:

  • Nathan Berkovits (ICTP-SAIFR/IFT-UNESP, Brazil)
  • Raphael Cobe (NCC, Brazil)
  • Ivan Girotto (ICTP-Trieste, Italy)
  • Rogério Iope (NCC, Brazil)
  • Beraldo Leal (NCC, Brazil)
  • Sérgio Novaes (NCC and SPRACE, Brazil)

Registration for International Data Week is now open!

Register at

Registration is now officially open for International Data Week 2018 (IDW 2018) in Gaborone, Botswana from 5-8 November 2018.  Take advantage of early bird pricing by registering at the link below prior to 30 September 2018. Reduced pricing is also available for students and attendees originating from and who are also based in low and middle income countries.

Co-organized by the Botswana Open Data Open Science Forum represented by University of Botswana (UB), the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Committee on Data (CODATA) of the International Science Council (ISC), the ISC World Data Systems (WDS), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), this landmark event combines the 12th RDA Plenary Meeting, SciDataCon 2018 and numerous other co-located events hosted by data-focused organisations from around the globe.

With the theme ‘The Digital Frontiers of Global Science’, IDW 2018 will be a rich week of science and data, filled with plenary sessions and panel discussions featuring many renowned international data experts including:

  • Rob Adam, South African Radio Astronomy Observatory and Square Kilometre Array

  • Phaik Yeong Cheah, University of Oxford and Wellcome Research Programme, Bangkok

  • Ian Foster, Argonne National Laboratory

  • Fosca Giannotti, Research at the Information Science and Technology Institute

  • Jörg Helmschrot, Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL)

  • Elizabeth Marincola, African Academy of Sciences

  • Tshilidzi Marwala, University of Johannesburg

  • Simeon Materechera, North West University

  • Joy Phumaphi, African Leaders Malaria Alliance

  • Ismail Serageldin, Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Breakout sessions will be another key component of IDW 2018, featuring more than 60 separate meetings which will be led by the RDA, WDS and CODATA member communities to address key issues and trends in the data community. The detailed programme listing these breakouts will be announced in the coming days.

Don’t wait.

Register soon and join us in beautiful Botswana for a week filled with collaboration, idea-sharing and innovation.

More information at

Provision List of Candidates for CODATA Elections Announced

The 31st CODATA General Assembly will take place in Gaborone, Botswana, on 9-10 November after the International Data Week 2018. The GA will take place at University of Botswana, 4775 Notwane Rd, Gaborone, Botswana, at the end of International Data Week in Garorone, Botswana, delegates representing CODATA members will be able to vote for candidates for the following positions: President, Vice Presidents and 'Ordinary Members' of the Executive Committee. 

As ‘Officers’, the President and Vice Presidents are play an important leadership role within CODATA.  The President and Vice Presidents are elected for four year terms.  The CODATA Executive Committee comprises eight Ordinary Members and is elected in its entirety every two years.  Members may serve up to three two-year terms. 

Provisional List of Candidates

The Provisional List of candidates for this year’s election is now available, as is the full collection of nomination forms and candidates CVs.

We are fortunate to have a range of very strong candidates for all the positions available: two excellent presidential candidates, three candidates for the two vice-president positions and no fewer than 13 candidates for the 8 places as Ordinary Members.  However, please see the Statement from the Nominating Committee below.

The CODATA constitution allows for additional candidates to added to the list.  For this to happen, the candidates must receive the nomination of at least four CODATA members.  Additional nominations, on the requisite form, should be sent to by the deadline of 28 September, 2018.

For more:

Statement from the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee thanks CODATA members for the nominations they have provided for candidates for election to the CODATA Executive Committee.  The nominations represent an experienced and geographically diverse set of candidates; however, the Nominating Committee is disappointed with the relatively low number of female candidates (five out of thirteen for the Ordinary Membership of the Executive Committee).
The CODATA Constitution allows for additional candidates to be nominated by at least four CODATA members, provided such nominations are received at least six weeks before the General Assembly. Therefore, the Nominating Committee would ask CODATA members to consider nominating additional candidates to add to the provisional list to help address the gender imbalance.


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