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Call for Expressions of Interest to Host International Data Week 2018

From 11 to 17 September 2016, more than 850 data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and from across the globe convened in Denver, Colorado, USA for the first edition of International Data Week (IDW). This landmark event, organised by CODATA, the Committee on Data of the International Council of Science (ICSU), the ICSU World Data System (WDS) and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), brought 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.

CODATA, RDA, and WDS plan to hold a Second International Data Week (IDW2) in September or October 2018. We are requesting expressions of interest to host the 2nd edition of this exciting event. One or more of these expressions of interest will then be requested to submit a fuller proposal.

For this event, the organisers are interested in reaching out to new communities and going to a city where we have not hosted a meeting before. We welcome expressions of interest from countries and organisations around the world. We would especially like to encourage interest from the global South and in particular Africa.

Expressions of interest need to 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 IDW2 as a four-day event that integrates activities of SciDataCon 2018—the international conference for critical examination and discussion of the frontier issues of data in research—and the RDA 12th Plenary – addressing practical issues around data sharing and reuse. We plan both research sessions and focused working meetings as well as broad plenary sessions of general interest. The days prior and subsequent to the meeting will involve business and governance meetings of CODATA, RDA, and WDS and potentially other co-located meetings.

Expression of Interest Application

The expression of interest should be sent by email to info@internationaldataweek.org no later than 10 March 2017 in electronic editable format and not exceed 5 pages plus any pictures of the venue. It should include summary descriptions of the topics below.

Host Organisation Details

Names, affiliations, and email contact information for the main organizers. Please also describe the host organisation and its capacity for hosting and promoting a major international event, the level of government commitment, and roles of any other collaborating organisations.

Venue & Facilities

The venue proposed must have a capacity of at least 800 attendees simultaneously, with at least 12 parallel meeting rooms available at any one time. A brief description of the venue(s) proposed outlining the facilities in terms of delegate capacity, meeting rooms available, plenary capacity, networking areas, wifi capacity, catering facilities, audio visual equipment, accessibility (local transport, international connections, on-site reduced mobility access), and accommodation for participants (hotels in various price ranges).

Proposed dates

A set of different date options, in September or October 2018, for international data week covering a four full day conference with the possibility of hosting smaller business meetings two days before and two days after.

Costs

A draft budget including eventual sponsorships, local, national, regional financial support and the proposed registration fee and eventual excess cost estimates to be covered. Potential hosts are expected to partner with the convening organisations to raise sponsorship, both international and local.  In the draft budget, the conference costs should not be solely covered by the registration fee, but will also be partly supported through a mix of sponsorship, local and international funding.

Promotion

A brief outline of local, national, regional and international plans for publicizing the conference. A description of how the hosting organisation(s) connect to the national and regional data research community.

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Save the Date: the International CODATA 2017 Conference, “Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science”

8-13 October 2017, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

The purpose of the conference is to explore the fundamental issues relating to the availability, (re-)use and scientific analysis of data that relate to the most significant contemporary global challenges.  Further information and a call for papers will appear shortly at: http://codata2017.gcras.ru

Global science is increasingly data-driven.  Major international scientific programmes contribute to a collective endeavour to understand contemporary global processes and phenomena that are of deep relevance to contemporary societies.  The unprecedented volume of data generated by the digital revolution of recent decades has led to the emergence of distinctive and powerful means of characterising and understanding the complex systems that are at the heart of many global challenges.  These developments raise major questions around data collection, stewardship and analysis; and there are timely lessons to be shared between the academic and commercial sectors.



The conference will be of interest to researchers in many domains, and particularly those relating to the global research programmes sponsored by the International Council of Science (Future Earth, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk, Urban Health and Wellbeing), as well as research around the Sustainable Development Goals, ecological and environmental challenges and assessments and the Sendai Framework on disaster risk reduction.  The conference will foster constructive and continued dialogue between transdisciplinary research activities and data experts.

The conference is co-organised by ICSU-CODATA, the Committee on Data of the International Council of Science http://www.codata.org/ and the Geophysical Center of RAS (GC RAS)
http://www.gcras.ru/ and is supported by the Russian Science Foundation (RSF) http://rscf.ru/en/ and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation http://минобрнауки.рф 

The organisers will invite other international research programmes and data organisations to partner in the conference.

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Open Science in Africa and in South Africa

The Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World was launched at the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) in December 2015.  It was fitting that the next edition of SFSA should see the launch of an African Open Science Platform intiatiative that seeks to put into practice the principles and enabling practices for Open Data and Open Science that are laid out in the Accord.

The Africa-wide initiative will promote the development and coordination of data policies, data training and data infrastructure.  An open science platform is conceived as an integrated set of arrangements that provides a policy, capacity-building and infrastructural framework for enhanced accessibility and impact. The initiative also focuses on the creation of national Open Science fora through which policies and coordination can be discussed and established.

The pilot phase is supported by the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST), funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), directed by CODATA, the Committee on Data of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and implemented by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

ASSAf and CODATA organised a side-event workshop and a parallel session at Science Forum South Africa.  The programmes for these events are linked below.

Additionally, CODATA has assisted our colleagues at ASSAf on the preparatons of a workshop intended to prepare recommendatiosn towards the preparation of a White Paper on Open Research in South Africa.

These are major develoopments and indicative of the determination of African countries, research institutions and scientists to embrace the benefits of the digital revolution and open approaches to research.

 


African Open Science Platform to boost the impact of open data for science and society: Media Release

An initiative to establish an African Open Science Platform to promote the value and exploit the potential of Open Data for science was announced by the Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs. Naledi Pandor, at the Science Forum South Africa 2016 (SFSA).

The Africa-wide initiative will promote the development and coordination of data policies, data training and data infrastructure. The pilot phase, launched today, is supported by the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST), funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), directed by CODATA, the Committee on Data of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and implemented by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

The initiative originates from the Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World, which was launched at the SFSA in 2015. The Accord presents an inclusive vision of the need for and the benefits of science Open Data internationally, and in particular for lower and middle-income countries.  The International Council of Science and the other partners to the Science International Accord welcome the initiative and have helped build the partnerships for the pilot.

Minister Pandor commented “The creation of the African Open Science Platform is an excellent example of the tangible impact our Science Forum has already achieved in harnessing international partnerships to advance African science.  The Platform will play a critical role to assist African countries in developing the necessary capacities to manage and exploit scientific data for the benefit of society.  I am proud that our Department, and its entities the NRF and ASSAf, are contributing to this crucial mission.”

For more information please consult the full media release here


CODATA TG, China-GEOSS, Tonkin+Taylor and the Recent NZ Earthquake

The CODATA Task Group on Linked Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research (LODGD) has assisted in providing data relating to the recent NZ earthquake.

Tonkin+Taylor is collating geo-spatial information for the NZ Earthquake Commission on the damage caused by the 7.8 Magnitude Kaikoura Earthquake which can be accessed through a web-based viewer for use by Whole of Government, and also by response and recovery agencies, engineers and researchers. This information includes imagery taken from helicopters, aircraft and satellites, in particular the TripleSat (Chinese satellite) sourced through colleagues in the CODATA Task Group.  The data includes 15 high res images observed in 14th and 16th after the earthquake, both with 3m and 0.8 resolution, provided by two Chinese commercial satellites.   The platform that was used to organise the Chinese satellite data is based on China-GEOSS.

The earthquake, which occurred at 0002 hrs (NZ time) on 14 November 2016, caused major damage and disruption to the main transport network (Road and Rail) in the Upper South Island, and this information is therefore also being used by the New Zealand Transport Agency for recovery planning purposes.

Bapon Fakhruddin, co-chair of CODATA LODGD and Tonkin+Taylor

Li Guoqing, co-chair of CODATA LODGD, RADI and China-GEOSS


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