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Last Chance to Register: Workshop on Comparing Approaches to Curriculum Development for Research Data Handling, 25 February, Amsterdam

Learn about and contribute to current initiatives to establish curricula, skills and competences frameworks and practical training programmes for research data skills, data science, data handling, data management etc!

Come to a free workshop at the International Digital Curation Conference convened by EDISON and groups sponsored by CODATA and the Research Data Alliance: Thursday 25 February, Amsterdam!

Last chance to register! Workshop registration will close on Friday 12 February. Please register at Workshop registration will close on Friday 12 February. Please register here.

More information on the workshop is below and at http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc16/workshops

Contemporary research – particularly when addressing the most significant, trans-disciplinary research challenges – cannot effectively be done without a range of skills relating to data. Prominent among the challenges of the data revolution, therefore, is that of developing skills and competences required to optimise the use of the new data resources.

A number of initiatives are developing approaches to determine the content requirements for courses designed to address the need for a variety of data related skills in research. These initiatives include the EDISON Project, the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer Schools Working Group and the RDA Interest Group on Education and Training on Handling of Research Data.

This workshop brings together these initiatives and other activities to discuss current approaches to determining optimal content for courses developing a range of data skills for different roles involved in contemporary data-intensive research. This includes the skills needed by researchers themselves and by support roles.

The workshop will compare and contrast the frameworks, checklists and methods being developed and will seek to identify means of aligning these as much as possible. To achieve this, the full day workshop will include sessions to share material and approaches and practical activities to advance the development of curriculum frameworks. The practical activities will include detailed group work on the substantive content of the frameworks with the objective of aligning and validating these to the greatest degree possible.


EXTENSION TO SCIDATACON 2016 DEADLINES: Programme Committee and Session Proposals

Following a number of requests, it has been decided to extend the two important deadlines for SciDataCon 2016.

Invitation for Programme Committee Candidates / Nominations: DEADLINE 15 FEBRUARY 2016

The SciDataCon 2016 Programme Committee will play a key role in shaping the scientific programme of the conference.

Nominations to be submitted using the online form or by returning the form (attached) by email to info@SciDataCon.org

Session Proposals http://www.scidatacon.org/2016/ : DEADLINE 7 MARCH 2016

Themes and Scope: http://www.scidatacon.org/site/session-types/
Session Types: http://www.scidatacon.org/site/session-types/

SciDataCon and International Data Week, 11-16 September 2016
SciDataCon 2016 seeks to advance the frontiers of data in all areas of research. This means addressing a range of fundamental and urgent issues around the ‘Data Revolution’ and the recent data-driven transformation of research and the responses to these issues in the conduct of research.

SciDataCon is part of International Data Week which also includes the 8th RDA Plenary and an International Data Forum. These complementary components mean that you can participate in a research conference and RDA working sessions in the same week! This will be a landmark event for the data community and for all professions with a stake in the role of data in research: whether from the perspective of researchers, data scientists, data managers, research policy experts etc.

These extensions have been made in response to specific requests, not least to allow people the opportunity of discussing session proposals at a number of forthcoming conferences.


Call for Nominations for CODATA Officers and Executive Committee Members: Deadline 1 April 2016

Help CODATA deliver on its strategy to mobilise the data revolution for research! The CODATA strategy comprises three elements: promoting open data principles, policy and practices; advancing the frontiers of data science and building data capacity, particularly in LMICs.

The Call is now open for nominations for CODATA Officers and Executive Committee Members to be elected at the next CODATA General Assembly, 11 September 2016 in Denver, CO., USA, at the beginning of International Data Week.

Please find attached a letter from CODATA Past President, Professor GUO Huadong, inviting nominations for role of Secretary General, Treasurer and eight ordinary Executive Committee members. Nominations should be submitted by CODATA Members or Task Groups and Working Groups on the form attached, to the Nominating Committee, c/o simon@codata.org, by the deadline of 1 April 2016.

The most important criteria for nomination is to be able to contribute strongly to the delivery of CODATA’s strategy. The covering note to the nomination form and the procedure document explain terms of eligibility.


Call for Candidates for the SciDataCon 2016 Programme Committee

Convened by CODATA and the World Data System (WDS), interdisciplinary bodies of the International Council for Science (ICSU), SciDataCon 2016 is a scientific research conference that will advance the frontiers of data in research.  This means addressing a range of fundamental and urgent issues around the ‘Data Revolution’ and the recent data-driven transformation of research and the responses to these issues in the conduct of research.  SciDataCon will feature scientific and practice papers, lightning talks, and panel discussions from a wide range of perspectives.  The scope is explicitly broad and inclusive, addressing all aspects of the role of data in research.

SciDataCon2016 will take place at on 11-13 September 2016 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado, USA.  It is part of International Data Week, 11-16 September 2016, convened by CODATA, the WDS and the Research Data Alliance.

Geoffrey Boulton, President of CODATA, and Sandy Harrison, Chair of the World Data System, are pleased to invite applications for expert members of the Programme Committee. You can find more details about the call in the invitation letter available here. 

The Programme Committee of SciDataCon 2016 will play a key role in shaping the scientific programme of the conference. We are pleased to invite applications for expert members of the Programme Committee.  Please submit applications no later than 15 February 2016 using the online form available here or by sending this form to info@SciDataCon.org

Further Information


CODATA Webinar: Data Accessibility Benchmark Organizational Self-Assessment Tool

CODATA will be running a webinar on a Data Accessibility Benchmark Organizational Self-Assessment Tool developed by COINAtlantic and Dalhousie University. The presenter will be Andrew Sherin, Director, Secretariat, COINAtlantic.

In an effort to cater to different time zones, the webinar will be run twice: at 16.00 UTC on Mon 18 January 2016 and at 01.00 UTC on Tue 19 January.

Please register for the date and time that works best for you: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/624139246334931969

CODATA Webinar: Data Accessibility Benchmark Organizational Self-Assessment Tool

The Coastal and Ocean Information Network Atlantic (COINAtlantic) in Atlantic Canada has developed, in collaboration with Dr. Bertrum MacDonald of the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, a self-assessment tool for use by data providing organizations to measure their effectiveness at providing access to their data. The tool is called the COINAtlantic Data Accessibility Self-Assessment Tool or CDAST and was developed to advance one of COINAtlantic’s strategies “Facilitating the commitment and investment of data providers to inter-organizational and public access to data and information.” CDAST has 11 principles aggregated from four documents: the OECD’s Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding, the Operating Principles for Canada’s Open Government site, the USA’s Open Data Policy-Managing Information as an Asset, and the G8 Open Data Charter and Technical Annex.

For each principle one or more evaluation ladders with scores from 0 to 5 have been developed with language to assist the user in deciding where on the continuum their organization sits. For example for the permanence principle and it’s data retention evaluation ladder, a score of 5 indicates “Regular cost benefit analysis is conducted to determine data set retention.” The tool is designed to be used periodically to demonstrate progress in improving the effectiveness of data accessibility policies and procedures and can be used to target investments towards specific principles. It is suggested that several groups within an organization complete the assessment to differentiate perspectives of these groups e.g. data managers, data users.

The webinar will tour the CDAST principles and selected evaluation ladder languages, and encourage discussion on the how to improve the tool and introduce it to data providing organizations. The presenter will be Andrew Sherin, Director, Secretariat, COINAtlantic.

To preview the tool before the webinar go to http://coinatlantic.ca/index.php/

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/624139246334931969

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

System requirements: http://support.citrixonline.com/webinar/all_files/G2W010003


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