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RELEASED TODAY: OECD and CODATA Report on Business Models for Sustainable Research Data Repositories

The OECD has today released an OECD Global Science Forum and CODATA Report on Business Models for Sustainable Research Data Repositories http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/302b12bb-en

There is a large variety of repositories that are responsible for providing long term access to data that is used for research. As data volumes and the demands for more open access to this data increase, these repositories are coming under increasing financial pressures that can undermine their long-term sustainability. This report explores the income streams, costs, value propositions, and business models for 48 research data repositories. It includes a set of recommendations designed to provide a framework for developing sustainable business models and to assist policy makers and funders in supporting repositories with a balance of policy regulation and incentives.


Call for Papers for 'Göttingen-CODATA RDM Symposium 2018, 18-20 March 2018' - Deadline 22 December 2017

Abstracts are invited for the Göttingen-CODATA RDM Symposium 2018 on ‘The critical role of university RDM infrastructure in transforming data to knowledge’.  The symposium will take place in Göttingen from 18-20 March 2018: it is a collaboration between the University of Göttingen and CODATA and is intended as a precursor event to the RDA plenary meeting in Berlin on 21-23 March 2018.

Abstract submissions of should be made at: http://conference.codata.org/2018_Goettingen_RDM/submit/ - the deadline for submissions is Friday 22 December.

Prospective participants that do not already have an account on the CODATA Conference Platform will need to sign up and create an account here: http://conference.codata.org/author/register/

Topic of the Symposium: ‘The critical role of university RDM infrastructure in transforming data to knowledge’

All over the world universities and libraries have started the task of developing research data services. Ideally such initiatives aim to result in a complete service portfolio covering 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 from university, library, IT centre, faculties and other stakeholders.

Nowhere in the world has such a complete support scenario been perfected. It is timely for actors in the various dimensions of such initiatives internationally to share their practical experiences, research and insights.

Please note the range of themes listed below and at http://conference.codata.org/conference/2018_Goettingen_RDM/symposium-themes/

Important Points About Abstract Submissions

  • Proposals for long papers should be 1200-2000 words.

  • Proposals for short papers should be 300-600 words.

  • When submitting a proposal the author should choose the session corresponding to the theme for which the abstract is intended.

  • The programme committee hopes to inform successful papers by mid-January 2018.

Key Dates

Deadline for abstracts: 22 December 2017

Announcement of accepted abstracts and outline programme: mid January 2018

Symposium: 18-20 March 2018


Call for Session Proposals, SciDataCon 2018, part of International Data Week 2018

Proposals are invited for sessions at SciDataCon 2018: The Digital Frontiers of Global Science.

SciDataCon 2018 will take place as an integrated part of International Data Week, 22-26 October 2018, in Gaborone, Botswana.

Session proposals should be made at: http://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/ - the deadline for proposals is midnight UTC on 19 January 2018.

If you have not already done so, you need to sign up and create an account on the SciDataCon site. - this is not, of course the same as registering for the conference.  Conference registration will be available in due course at http://internationaldataweek.org/

 

The Digital Frontiers of Global Science

SciDataCon 2018 will address the theme of ‘The Digital Frontiers of Global Science’.  In a hyperconnected world where the internet is pervasive and web technologies are driving major changes in our lives, research has become more than ever before digital and international.  Furthermore, the major societal and scientific challenges facing humanity in this digital age are profoundly global in character, requiring the participation of researchers from all countries and disciplines. The data revolution is also a major source of the scientific opportunities to address these issues but to realise these potentials the frontiers of science, data analysis and stewardship must be advanced.  Likewise, the data revolution must be inclusive, benefitting all,  and harnessing all energies: no parts of the world and no disciplines should be left behind.

SciDataCon 2018 seeks to explore the digital frontiers of global science by bringing together research and practice papers from a wide range of perspectives. The scope is explicitly broad and inclusive, addressing all aspects of the role of data in research.

The high-level themes of the 2018 edition are:

  • the digital frontiers of global science;
  • a global and inclusive data revolution;
  • applications, progress and challenges of data intensive research;
  • data infrastructure and enabling practices for international and collaborative research.

An expanded overview of these themes is provided here http://www.scidatacon.org/conference/IDW2018/conference_themes_and_scope/.

 

Proposing a Session

Please consider the following issues when making your proposal for a SciDataCon 2018 session.

Your proposal should:

  • provide a clear description of the approach and structure of the session;
  • explain the significance of the research questions to be tackled in the session;
  • provide as much information as possible about proposed speakers and the subject of their papers;
  • indicate clearly the format of the session;
  • indicate clearly which conference theme or themes will be addressed;
  • be no shorter than 300 words and no longer than 600 words.

 

Next Steps and Timescales

Selected sessions will be notified by 16 February 2018.

The Call for Sessions will be followed by a general Call for Papers which will open on 16 February 2018 with a deadline of midnight UTC on 16 April 2018.

The Call for Papers will invite:

  1. papers specifically for sessions approved from the current call; or,
  2. papers submitted independent of approved sessions (which if selected will be organised into thematic sessions by the conference committee).

All speakers wishing to present research papers, practice papers, posters and panel contributions, whether identified in session proposals or not, will be required to submit abstracts by midnight UTC on 16 April 2016.

It is the responsibility of the organisers of accepted sessions to ensure that invited speakers for their sessions submit abstracts for their contributions by this deadline.

The International Scientific Programme Committee may allocate paper(s) from the general a call for papers to a session if appropriate and with the agreement of the session organisers.

Selected papers will be notified by 31 May 2018 when we hope also to publish an outline programme.

 

Summary of Key Dates

  • Deadline for session proposals: 19 January 2017
  • Selected sessions will be notified by 16 February 2018.
  • Call for abstracts will be released c. 16 February 2018
  • Deadline for abstracts submission: 16 April 2018
  • Target for confirmation of accepted abstracts, 31 May 2018.


The ChinaGEOSS data portal released for emergency response to Iraq-Iran Earthquake at early of Nov 14

Hours after the earthquake along the border area between Iraq and Iran at night of Nov 12, 2017, ChinaGEOSS launched the CDDR mechanism (ChinaGEOSS Disaster Data Response) for emergency data response and got quick support from most of China operational satellite agencies and international partners.

An data portal for this event was released at 7:00 am of Nov 14, developed by the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth in CAS. It published the first bundle of data contributed by China National Satellite Meteorological Center, Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Co.Ltd, Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd and China Center for Resources Satellite Date and Application, with 249 scenes image from 5 satellites. More Chinese high resolution satellites have made special observing plan to get post-disaster damage images as soon as possible. All the data is applied a clear data policy for ChinaGEOSS disaster cooperation. 

International user can access these data and related information by the link of http://www.chinageoss.org/IraqEarthQuake2017/en/index.html. According to the normal condition, this call for observing activities will last for about one week and the data service will keep open even after this emergency stage. At this moment, this work has been supported by and collaborated with many international organizations and programmes, such as GEO, AOGEOSS, CODATA, DBAR, WDS, IRDR, APSCO, OpenStreetMap and UNOSAT.

CDDR mechanism has been successfully launched two times for huge natural disaster events around the world and played important role for the disaster reduction, such as NewZealand earthquake at Nov of 2016 and Mexico earthquakes at Sept of 2017. More than 7 Chinese agencies and 12 satellites have been involved in the past activities. It has been regarded as a best practice of GEO-based emergency response for Sendai Framework, paralleling with the government level mechanisms.

As for previous releases relating to the New Zealand and Mexico earthquakes, the CODATA Task Group on Linked Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research is strongly engaged in this initiative to share essential and timely data for earthquake response and research


Call for Proposals, CODATA Task Groups 2018-2020 - Deadline 15 June 2018

CODATA invites proposals for Task Groups to be approved by the 31st CODATA General Assembly which will be held on 26 October 2018, in Gaborone, Botswana, following International Data Week 2018, 22-26 October 2018 (comprising our research conference SciDataCon 2018).
 
The final deadline for submissions of Task Group Proposals is 15 June 2018.  Proposals will be reviewed by the CODATA Executive Committee and by external experts.  Recommendations will be presented to the CODATA General
Assembly which will select the Task Groups.
 
Potential Task Groups are invited to submit draft proposals for comment by the CODATA Executive Committee.  Such draft proposals should be submitted on this form to Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director simon@codata.org no later than 28 February 2018.  Feedback will be provided no later than 30 April 2018.
 
Task Groups are approved by the General Assembly for 2 years. Existing CODATA Task Groups may apply for renewal and are subject to the same criteria, as described in the attached document.
 
The three priority areas in the CODATA Strategy are as follows:
 
  1. To promote Open Data principles, policies and practices;
  2. To advance the frontiers of data science and its adaptation to scientific research;
  3. To build capacity for  improving skills and the functioning of science systems (particularly in low and middle income countries - LMICs)
The call suggests some high priority topics under each of these headings (see the call document for further details): 
 
Open data principles, policies and practices
    • developing good practice and recommendations around data principles and policies;
    • examining the limits of openness;
    • synthesizing and advancing work on the benefits of data sharing;
    • exploring the theme of data diplomacy to consider what international agreements can promote the more open availability of data.
 
Frontiers of Data Science
    • Reproducibility in research
    • Statistical, epistemological and ethical challenges of Big Data
    • Criteria for selection and preservation of research data
    • Development of glossaries, data dictionaries or ontologies
    • Data integration and data strategies for international, transdisciplinary research programmes
 
Capacity building, data skills and education
    • analyzing requirements for data education
    • developing and refining the curriculum for ‘research data science’;
    • examining and articulating the processes and standards for the creation of reusable online materials and the development of those materials;
    • examining and addressing issues around access to research software, the maintenance and development of Open Source research software.
 
Task Group proposals addressing these or similar issues are particularly encouraged.  This does not mean that Task Group proposals addressing areas not described below will be considered out of scope: we invite and encourage innovative ideas from the CODATA community.

 


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