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Call for Applications – World Social Science Fellows – Big Data in Urban Contexts

CODATA is partnering the International Social Science Council in organising the World Social Science Fellows Seminar on Big Data in an Urban Context, 30 November to 4 December 2015, Xiamen, China.

ISSC invites applications from outstanding early career social scientists around the world to become World Social Science Fellows and participate in a seminar on Big Data in an Urban Context.  The seminar will be hosted by the International Council of Science International Programme Office on Urban Health and Wellbeing at the Institute of Urban Environment (IUE) in Xiamen, China.

The deadline for applications is 00.00 UTC, 24 August 2015.

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Further information and application form.

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Mark Thorley Appointed to the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the Conduct of Science

Mark Thorley, a member of the CODATA Executive Committee and Chair of the CODATA Data Policy Committee, has been invited to become a member of the International Council of Science's Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the Conduct of Science (CFRS).

In a post on the CODATA Blog, Mark discusses the importance of this role and its relationship to his work to promote Open Access to literature and to research data.

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Preparation Underway of the Second Edition of the Atlas of the Earth’s Magnetic Field

Through a workshop organised with CODATA support and hosted at ICSU and a series of working meetings at the General 26th General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), the Task Group on Earth and Space Science Data Interoperability has launched its work to develop a second edition of the Atlas of the Earth’s Magnetic Field.

The first edition of the Atlas, published in 2013, is a unique cartographic product that contains comprehensive and scientifically grounded characteristics of geomagnetic phenomenon, and contains the results of historical and modern studies of the Earth's magnetic field.  As such it is of interest and use to a wide range of scientists.  The Second Edition will considerably extend the chronological and geographical scope of the Atlas integrating a range of new data.

Read more about the preparation of the Second Edition of the Atlas of the Earth’s Magnetic Field on the CODATA blog...

Elizabeth Griffin : "The Past is an Essential Component of the Future"

In a recently published blog post on the "Common Future Under Climate Change" conference site, the Chair of the CODATA Data at Risk Task Group underlines the importance of old, analogue data for our understanding of climate change :
'Rescuing historical scientific data'

'Science depends on observations – not just their content but also on the way we collect them, record them, store them and share them. In the past 30 years, data have been 'born digital' and thus much more amenable to efficient at data management, but what about all the data that were collected before the onset of the digital age?'

Elizabeth Griffin will be presenting a poster this week emphasizing that Data rescue is therefore an important activity for science, and in a broader perspective for our common future.

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This is part of a blog series profiling climate scientists, economists, social scientists and civil society members who are presenting and discussing innovative climate science at Our Common Future. For more follow @ClimatParis2015 and #CFCC15 on Twitter.


Data at Risk and Data Rescue

The CODATA Data at Risk Task Group (DAR-TG) has suddenly got much larger! It has now become affiliated to the Research Data Alliance, through the formation of an RDA Interest Group for “Data Rescue”.

The combined groups will share the benefits of the two supporting organisations.  The chair of the CODATA Data at Risk Task Group, Elizabeth Griffin, explains on the CODATA blog why Data Rescue initiatives are important.

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