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Call for Presentations and Posters, Deadline 6 September: CODATA-Helsinki 2019 Workshop on FAIR RDM in Institutions

The CODATA-Helsinki Workshop on FAIR RDM in Institutions will take place at the National Archives of Finland on 20-21 October 2019.  It is a collocated event before the 14th RDA Plenary Meeting, Helsinki, Finland.

The organisers and programme committee invites presentations and posters for this workshop: 

The deadline for proposals is Friday 6 September.  Given the relatively short time before the event, there will not be an extension.  We aim to notify accepted speakers by Friday 13 September.

Research Data and Research Institutions

Research data are an asset for research institutions. Their creation, management and stewardship imposes considerable responsibilities and requires partnership and alignment with other institutions and research initiatives globally. All over the world universities and libraries have started the task of developing research data services, many aspiring to  cover the entire research lifecycle: support in writing proposals and data management plans, repository infrastructures for the storage of data, support in publishing data, assignment of persistent identifiers, lecturing in data management, etc. This broad scope means that such services are often seen as requiring a joint effort from university, library, IT centre, faculties and other stakeholders.  

FAIR Research Data Management involves robust planning, policies, infrastructure, training and support. Institutes that produce and consume data are required to ensure seamless accessibility to data and ensure practices that foster its reuse. Often institutes are less aware of existing good practices and progress in implementing Institutional Research Data Management.  Improved awareness and knowledge sharing can help reduce duplication in initiatives, and avoid redundant and inefficient practices at various points in the data lifecycle. There is a widely recognised need to assist knowledge sharing between institutions and to do this in an increasingly structured way, by using (and where necessary refining) maturity models such as the DCC RISE.  Equally, effective knowledge sharing can help reduce the gap between rich and poor institutions and between universities or research organisations in economically advantaged and disadvantaged contexts. Effective RDM practices can also make the process for sharing and reusing data more streamlined and efficient, thereby enabling research to be more efficient and driving greater impacts to be achieved out of research. 

It is timely for actors in the various dimensions of such initiatives internationally to share their practical experiences, research and insights.


In principle, all topics around RDM initiatives in research institutions are in scope.  For the the Helsinki-CODATA Workshop we are particularly interested in the following themes:

  1. Papers exploring initiatives to benchmark and to measure maturity of institutional RDM provision.  How are services being defined and scoped, and what is their commonality across institutions? What are the metrics and indicators of effective RDM provision, what are the KPIs being used?  How are institutions prioritising their development of services?

  2. Papers describing holistic strategies to develop and implement RDM services.  What is the overall approach being taken by the institution and how is this communicated in the strategy?  How is the case made with senior management? How is the development and the service funded? What is the business model?  What are the key components and activities? What prioritisation is being used?

  3. The role of FAIR services in institutional provision: how are institutions responding to FAIR and the agenda set by the FAIR principles, the European Open Science Cloud, the expert group report on Turning FAIR into reality and other equivalent developments in different geographies?

We invite also shorter papers on a range of RDM topics, including but not limited to:

  • Skills and training: what, for whom and why? How have you integrated skills and training in the total RDM services provision?

  • Technical service provision: in house, shared, open source or outsourced? How are the technical services integrated in the total RDM services provision?

  • Champions and engagement: How is the RDM service engaging with researchers and particular communities? How are researchers involved in the development of services? What role do champions and advocates play in this and how?  What has been the role of the PVC / vice-rector for research etc? What other possible champions have been identified and how? What lessons have been learnt from engagement with research groups, departments, projects…?

  • Sustainability: What business models are being developed for the RDM services?  How is the service being financed? How does the institution plan to ensure the sustainability of the service and the long term stewardship of the data? How is it ensured that the services are actually found and used by users?

  • Technical innovations: forum for technical discussions and any new and emerging technical developments? How can technical innovations play a role in bridging the gaps between separate services in the total RDM service provision?

  • User experiences: use cases in RDM through the RDM lifecycle: sharing user experiences and case studies. What lessons can be learned from these use cases for setting up an end-to-end set of RDM services?

  • Collaboration for service development: What local, national or international partnerships are there for the development of services and what are the benefits? What appraisal has been done of such collaborations? What benefits have been identified?

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.

The proposed workshop builds on two previous collocated events, the Göttingen-CODATA RDM Symposium (150 attendees) and the Drexel-CODATA FAIR-RRDM Workshop (130 attendees).  Papers from the Göttingen event are now appearing in a Special Collection of the CODATA Data Science Journal.

Guidelines for Proposals

Proposals for presentations should be submitted to an appropriate thematic session corresponding to the theme of the proposal.

Recommended proposal lengths are:

Long, research presentation, addressing the workshop themes by reporting on original research: 600-800 words

Short, practice presentation, addressing the workshop themes by reporting on a project or institutional activity: 400-600 words

Posters and lightning talks addressing the workshop themes: 300-400 words


An important part of this event will be a workshop looking in detail at issues around benchmarking institutional provision of RDM services.  More information to follow...


The event will feature at least two keynote talks on important issues for RDM in institutions.  Details to follow…


The registration site will appear soon!

Programme Committee

  • Jan Brase, University of Göttingen
  • Mercè Crosas, Harvard University
  • Claudia Engelhardt, University of Göttingen
  • Jane Greenberg, Drexel University
  • Heidi Laine, CSC
  • Liu Chuang, Institute of Geography, Chinese Academy of Science
  • Devika Madalli, Indian Statistical Institute
  • Pekka Orponen, Aalto University
  • Limor Peer, Yale University
  • Jan Lucas van der Ploeg, University Medical Center Groningen
  • Robin Rice, University of Edinburgh
  • Annette Strauch, University of Hildesheim
  • Minglu Wang, York University
  • James Wilson, UCL
  • Keith Russell, ARDC
  • Michael Witt, Purdue University 


The VizAfrica 2019 Data Visualization Symposium will take place from 18th -19th November 2019 at the University of Botswana Gaborone, Botswana.

The VizAfrica 2019 Symposium Programme Committee is pleased to invite proposals for presentations and posters that present innovative discussions of visualizations in the sessions listed below.  The deadline for proposals is Monday 19 August:

Authors that are selected to give their presentation or display their poster at the VizAfrica 2019 Botswana Symposium will also be invited to submit a full paper to a special collection to appear in the CODATA Data Science Journal.

The symposium also includes a two weeks Summer School training from 11th -15th November 2019 on Data Science/Visualization.

Application of Data, Information and Scientific Visualization for Resource Management and Sustainability

The symposium is part of the University’s mission of improving economic and social conditions for Botswana while advancing itself as a distinctively African University with a regional and international outlook. In fulfilling its mandate in reaching out to and interacting with international community, the general public, entrepreneurs, scientists and policy makers on advances in technological innovations for social economic development and industrialization. 300 participants drawn from government ministries, universities, research organizations, corporate, small and medium scale industries (SMEs), policy makers in key sectors of the economy and from international organizations are expected to attend.

The theme of the symposium is “Application of Data, Information and Scientific Visualization for Resource Management and Sustainability.”

Under this theme, the symposium has six session themes:

  1. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  2. Computer Graphics, Media and Animation
  3. Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security
  4. Data Analytics, Visualization and Internet of Things (IoTs)
  5. Policy Design, Analysis and Strategic Management
  6. E-health and Universal Health Coverage

All the six strands/sessions have: Research, industry, keynote speeches and panel discussions tracks.  Please see below for more information on the session themes.

VizAfrica Summer School, 11-15 November

To contribute to the wider adoption of visualization, the symposium brings together various actors to engage. In addition, the Summer School scheduled for 11th-15th November 2019, offer training in data analytics and visualization towards capacity building.

More information and a call for applications will be published soon.

Call for Presentations and Posters

The theme of the symposium is “Application of Data, Information and Scientific Visualization for Resource Management and Sustainability.”

The VizAfrica 2019 Symposium invites papers that present innovative discussions of visualizations in the sessions listed below.  The deadline for proposals is Monday 19 August:

Session 1: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation 

This session invites abstracts and papers that address climate change adaptation and mitigation in fields such as smart cities, smart energy, smart transport. Application of open data.

Session 2: Computer Graphics, Media and Animation

Computer graphics is a key technology for any kind of computer visualization. This session invite abstracts and papers in the following areas:

  • Pre-visualization
  • 3D video capture and 3D-TV
  • Character Animation
  • Computational Photography
  • Augmented/Virtual Reality
  • Segmentation and matting
  • Interactive media and games
  • Spatial data visualization
  • Visual analytics and visual data science
  • High-dynamic range (HDR) imaging
  • Interaction for visualization
  • Video and camera tracking
  • Big data and large-scale visualization
  • Image and video synthesis
  • Visual asset management
  • Image enhancement and restoration
  • Visualization systems
  • Motion Estimation
  • Multiple camera systems
  • Omni-directional video
  • Post production using Stereo, 3D and motion
  • Real-time imaging systems
  • Scene modelling
  • Real time rendering
  • Image/Model/Asset Editing
  • Virtual Production
  • Visual effects (VFX)
  • Video-based animation
  • Relighting images and video
  • Video-based human motion capture??

Session 3: Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security

Agriculture, nutrition and food security is a key concern for sustainable development in Africa and many developing countries. Agriculture, nutrition and food security is a complex condition requiring a holistic approach to all forms of malnutrition, the productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, resilience of food production systems and the sustainable use of biodiversity and genetic resources.

This session invites abstracts and papers that demonstrate use of data and information visualization in agriculture, nutrition, food security and other related areas.

Session 4: Data and IoTs Application for Sustainable Development

Whereas data visualization has great potential for understanding trends and aid in decision making, its application has not been widely adopted.  Abstracts and papers that demonstrate use of data analytics and visualization for better understanding of trends and patterns of events leading to profound improvement in decision making are invited. Included are abstracts and papers that demonstrate use of visualization tools and theories for optimization of resources and achievement of UN SDGs, including national development goals e.g. Botswana National Development Plan (NDP) II (2017-2023) and the Botswana Vision 2036.

Session 5: Policy Design, Analysis and Strategic Management

Policy making is a complex activity that involves striking a balance between legal requirements, intended outcomes, the limits of scientific knowledge at any given time, and the public response to the policy. This session invites abstracts and papers in any of the following areas:

  • Data visualization and Decision making in organizations
  • Visual-based decision support technologies for policy analysis
  • Government transparency, open data, e-government and re-use of public sector information
  • Integrity and privacy issues in information gathering for policy analysis
  • Legal and regulatory aspects of exploiting public data and public information systems for policy making
  • Impact of the General Data Protection Regulation and Directive by the European Union
  • Multi-modality of information sources, methods for information aggregation and information fusion for policy making
  • Values and motivations underlying the use or non-use of public data and public information systems for policy making
  • Use of AI and Data Analysis in prevention of inequalities and injustices in society
  • Impact of quantum computing in policy formulation
  • Crowd sourcing governance
  • Citizen science 

Session 6: E-Health and Universal Health Coverage

A holistic approach focused on ensuring healthy lives and promoting the universal well-being is required in order to achieve sustainable development. Healthcare is currently intertwined with computer science, social science, behavioral science and information science. Health innovations are geared towards resources, devices and techniques required to optimize acquisition, storage, retrieval processing and use of information in health and biomedicine.

This session invites abstracts and papers on research and case studies from the following topics:

  • Data Collection and Data Mining in e-Health Applications
  • Mobile and e-Health System Innovations
  • E-Health services, Internet of Things (IoT) and Fog Computing in Healthcare
  • Wearable and Implantable applications
  • E-Health Software Design visualization
  • Advances in sensor devices for biomedical monitoring
  • Health Data Acquisition, Management and Visualization
  • Body Area networks (architectures, protocols, scheduling, etc.)
  • Clinical Informatics and Health Information Systems
  • Healthcare Knowledge Management and Decision Support
  • Healthcare telemetry and telemedicine
  • Healthcare Modeling and Simulation
  • Remote diagnosis and patient management
  • All-pervasive and non-invasive health monitoring wireless systems
  • Personal Health Train (PHT) application
  • Imaging Science
  • Patient Diagnosis Methods
  • Patient Monitoring Systems
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Systems Physiology
  • Telemedicine
  • Computer-Aided Surgery

Guidelines on Abstracts

We recommend that the abstract be 600-1000 words


The theme of the symposium is “Application of Data, Information and Scientific Visualization for Resource Management and Sustainability.”

Posters should address one of the following six sessions:

  1. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  2. Computer Graphics, Media and Animation
  3. Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security
  4. Data Analytics, Visualization and IoTs for Sustainable Development
  5. Policy Design Analysis and Strategic Management
  6. E-Health Universal Health Coverage

Guidelines on Posters

Posters will be an important feature of VizAfrica 2019 Bostwana. The Organisers and Programme Committee will endeavour to ensure that all poster presenters have an opportunity to give a lightning talk as well as participating in the poster reception.  Posters can often be a more effective way of communicating key technical features of a paper and providing a visual summary that really engages the viewer.

Poster proposals must be submitted to a specific session. Poster Proposals should be 600-1000 words. Please describe the subject of the proposed poster in as much detail as possible. Describe the structure of the poster. Above all, let us know:

  1. Why will this be an interesting feature of the symposium?
  2. Why is it particularly suited to a poster and/or demo session?
  3. Why the poster or demo will catch delegates' attention and why will they stop and listen to you?

Call for Applications to Host International Data Week 2021 or 2023

This landmark event is organised by the Committee on Data (CODATA) and the World Data System (WDS) of the International Science Council (ISC), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA). It brings together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers and data stewards from disciplines across the globe to explore how best to exploit the data revolution to improve science and society through data-driven discovery and innovation. IDW combines the RDA Plenary Meeting, the biannual meeting of this international member organisation working to develop and support global infrastructure facilitating data sharing and reuse, and SciDataCon, the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research organised by CODATA and WDS. Two editions have taken place to date:

1. IDW 2016, 11–17 September 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA; attended by 840 data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and from across the globe.

2. IDW 2018, 5–8 November 2018, Gaborone, Botswana; attended by more than 850 international data professionals and researchers.

The founding organisations wish for International Data Week to become a biennial meeting place for the global data community. We are therefore inviting proposals to host the third and fourth editions of this exciting event in September/October/November 2021 and 2023 respectively.

The primary objective of the conference is to bring together a large and representative part of the global data community. IDW 2016 and 2018 were huge successes and we want to continue that trajectory and increase impact. These are important times in the world of data and we seek local partners and a venue that will help us communicate that buzz.

International Data Week is a global and inclusive event. The organisers are keen to engage with cities and countries where we have not held an IDW or related meeting before. The organisers encourage proposals from the global South; proposals from the global North should show how they will work with the organisers to maximise participation from LMICs. Wherever the proposal comes from it will be important to demonstrate how the partnership will advance to missions of the founding organisations, ensure the impact of IDW and enhance membership and engagement with the three organisations.

Applications should demonstrate that local hosts have access to a suitable venue; strong support from local organisations and government; good connections to universities, industry, and research organisations in the country and region; and solid financial support.

We envision IDW 2021 and 2023 as four-day events that integrate the activities of a SciDataCon international conference and an RDA Plenary Meeting. Each IDW is expected to include both research sessions and focused working meetings, as well as broad plenary sessions of general interest. The days before and after each event will be set aside for the business and governance meetings of CODATA, RDA, and WDS, and potentially other co-located meetings.

Application Deadline

Applications should be sent by email to all of the IDW founding organisation representatives listed below no later than 30 September 2019 in electronic format based on the details and template available in the IDW Guidelines document (annexed herein).

Applications should be addressed to:

  • Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director at simon[at]
  • Hilary Hanahoe, RDA Secretary General, at hilary.hanahoe[at]
  • Rorie Edmunds, WDS Acting Executive Director, at rorie.edmunds[at]

International Data Week (IDW) Meeting Guidelines PDF Word

ONE WEEK TO GO! Deadline for Presentations and Posters for CODATA 2019 Beijing is 8 July

Due to a number of requests from session organisers, we have agreed to extend the deadline for presentation and poster submissions to 8 July.  Please note that there will be no further extension.

Presentation and Poster Submissions

Please submit your proposal for a presentation or poster at  - be sure to consult the guidelines and call for presentations and posters at

Accepted Sessions

You may submit your proposal to one of the accepted sessions at - if you do not find a session that fits your topic, please submit your proposal to the General Submissions.

Registration is Open

The Conference Website now has information for registration, accommodation and visa matters.  Please make your arrangements as soon as possible!
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 conference themes and guidelines for proposals for presentations and posters may be consulted at
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’.


  • 8 July: EXTENDED Deadline for presentation submissions and first round of poster submissions
  • 22 July: Submitters notified of acceptances of full presentations and posters
  • 18 August: Close of second round of poster submissions
  • 18 August: Close of early bird registration
  • 17-18 September: High Level Workshop on 'Implementing Open Research Data Policy and Practice’
  • 19-20 September: CODATA 2019 Conference ‘Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms’


We advise you to register, to make travel, accommodation and visa arrangements as soon as possible.
Practical information about the conference is available at

Registration is now open at - Please register as soon as possible!

We suggest you make your visa application as soon as possible.  Please find useful information at

The conference venue is the Friendship Hotel.  Please find useful information at  Again we suggest you make accommodation arrangements at the Friendship Hotel or nearby as soon as possible.

For any further assistance and information please consult the website and contact details

Call for Applications - The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science School, Costa Rica, 2-13 December 2019

This school provides early career researchers (at MSc-level to 3 years after their PhD) from the Latin American Region with the necessary set of foundational data science skills to enable them to analyse their data in an efficient and effective manner for the 21st century.


The material covered here is fundamental to all areas of data science and hence open to researchers and professionals from all disciplines that deal with significant amounts of data. The goal is to provide a practical introduction to these topics with extensive labs and seminars.


  • Open Science
  • Introduction to Unix Shell
  • Programming for Analysis
  • Git
  • Research Data Management
  • Author Carpentry
  • Data Visualization
  • Information Security
  • Machine Learning
  • Computational Infrastructures

How to apply:

Online application:

Female students and scientists are encouraged to apply


The school has no cost, and a limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants from developing countries.

M. ALFARO CÓRDOBA, Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
R. COBE, UNESP, Brazil
R. QUICK, Indiana University, USA
H. SHANAHAN, Royal Holloway University, UK
L. BEZUIDENHOUT, University of Oxford, UK

Local Organizers:


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