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New Zealand Government thanks IRDR and CODATA Groups and China GEOSS for their help following 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake

Date: Feb 23, 2017

New Zealand was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Kaikoura in November 2016, and the government has expressed thanks to IRDRCODATA and China GEOSS for their timely and free provision of satellite data that helped with damage and loss estimation following the disaster.
NZ Government thanks IRDR and CODATA groups for their help following 2016 Kaikoura earthquake
 
Damage and loss estimation is often difficult in the hours and days after a natural disaster as data and information are not available.  During the Kaikoura earthquake, IRDR's Disaster Loss DATA project and the CODATA Task Group Linked Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research (LODGD) worked together with environmental and engineering consulancy Tonkin +Taylor in New Zealand to provide TripleSat satellite images of the affected Hurunui District.

The New Zealand Minister of Civil Defence, Gerry Brownlee, wrote in February to Professor Li Guoqing of the CODATA Task Group, saying: “In the immediate aftermath of natural disasters, accurate information on the nature and extent of damage is critically important for the efficient use of scarce resources. The New Zealand Government is very appreciative of the assistance that you and your organization provided in our time of need.”

Tonkin + Taylor supported geo-spatial information for the Earthquake Commission (EQC) in New Zealand on the damage caused by the earthquake. This information was made available through a web-based viewer to all government agencies, response and recovery agencies, engineers and researchers to access the damage information, thereby informing first response and mitigation measures. The Kaikoura GIS Viewer was also accessed internationally by interested parties.

The satellite imagery, accessed through China GEOSS and AO GEOSS portal, was placed on the internet based Project Orbit portal. This information includes imagery taken from helicopters, aircraft and satellites and field database. The earthquake, which occurred  after midnight on 14 November 2016, caused major damage and disruption to the main transport network in the Upper South Island, and the information was used for recovery planning purposes. Furthermore, the Orbit data was used to identify more than 10,000 landslips after the earthquakes, and was vital to formulating engineering solutions for reconstruction efforts in Kaikoura.

This story is reproduced from the ICSU website http://www.icsu.org/news-centre/news/nz-government-thanks-irdr-and-codata-groups-for-their-help-following-2016-kaikoura-earthquake


Call for Expressions of Interest to Host International Data Week 2018

Date: Feb 3, 2017

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”

Date: Feb 2, 2017

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

Date: Dec 12, 2016

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

Date: Dec 8, 2016

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

Date: Nov 29, 2016

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


CODATA Recommended Values of the Fundamental Physical Constants: 2014: Full Scholarly Paper Now Available

Date: Nov 20, 2016

The full scholarly paper providing 'the 2014 self-consistent set of values of the constants and conversion factors of physics and chemistry recommended by the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA)' was published in September 2016 in Reviews of Modern Physics https://doi.org/10.1103/RevModPhys.88.035009 and is also openly available from the NIST website <http://ws680.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=920687>.  'These values are based on a least-squares adjustment that takes into account all data available up to 31 December 2014.'  The paper also provide ‘details of the data selection and methodology of the adjustment’.
 
 

 


JKUAT iCEOD and IBM: Sharing knowledge with the wider community to improve public health and solve social challenges

Date: Nov 18, 2016

IBM Cloud is collaborating with the ICT Centre of Excellence and Open Data (iCEOD) of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the initial locus of CODATA Kenya.

IBM Cloud has recently published an article about this activity.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology: Sharing knowledge with the wider community to improve public health and solve social challenges
By building an open cloud data platform that academics and social entrepreneurs can use to access research datasets and build innovative mobile applications, JKUAT is able to preserve the value of its data and encourage the development of solutions for social and economic challenges across Kenya.

'“We wanted to maximize the value of our datasets—both to save money and, crucially, to encourage innovation and collaboration in the wider community,” says Professor Wafula. “For example, we knew that improving research and knowledge in areas such as nutrition would be important in enhancing the health of Kenyans—many of whom also need to maximize limited resources when it comes to buying the best food for their families.

“If we could take our data outside the confines of academia and allow developers and social entrepreneurs to harness it, we hoped that they would start building applications to use this information for the public good.”

Read the rest of the story at http://ecc.ibm.com/case-study/us-en/ECCF-KUC12432USEN


Upcoming CODATA Data Citation Workshops in Helsinki and Taipei

Date: Nov 17, 2016

The international series of workshops on the practice of data citation as part of the activities ofthe CODATA Task Group on Data Citation is continuing with upcoming workshops in Helsinki and Taipei.
 
Nordic Data Citation Workshop, Helsinki, 23 Nov
CODATA, the Finnish Committee for Research Data (FCRD)  and the Finnish Open Science and ResearchInitiative http://openscience.fi/ are co-organising a Nordic CODATA Data Citation Workshop on 23 November 2016. The workshop is organized during the Nordic Open Science and Research Forum 2016 http://avointiede.fi/foorumi, a pan-Nordic discussion event for researchers and research policy makers alike. 
 
Unfortunately, attendance for the event is already fully booked, but the programme will be of interest http://www.fcrd.fi/activities/data-citation/
 
Data Curation and Citation Workshop, Taipei, 5 Dec
The 2016 Data Curation and Citation Workshop in Taiwan will be held on 5 December and will take place at the National Taiwan University Library.  As with some of the other workshops in this international series, the subject of Data Curation is also emphasized.  It is felt by the organisers that given the current stage of development in Taiwan, research libraries and specially data librarians form a major audience for the issues related to the production, management, curation and use of research datasets.
 
Speakers include Christine Borgman (University of California, Los Angeles), Louise Corti (UKDA), Chiu-Chuang Chou (Senior Data Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Prof. SHAO Guangzhao (Ocean University), Dr. Wang Yuhuang (Central Research Institute), Prof. Lin Qixiu (Director of the Department of Library and Information Science) and Prof. Liao Peishan (Academician of the Academia Sinica).
 

 


ISDE10 Call for Papers

Date: Nov 16, 2016

Submission Deadline: 30th November 2016

ISDE10 Call for Papers: 10th International Symposium on Digital Earth

Sydney, Australia 03-06 April, 2017

www.digitalearthsymposium.com

The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), founded in Beijing in 2006, is a non-political,
non-governmental and not-for-profit international organization principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the ISDE.Initiated in 1999, nine international symposia on Digital Earth have been held in China, Canada,Czech Republic, Japan, the United States, Australia, and Malaysia in every two years.

The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA).

The proposed bringing together of the 10th International Symposium on Digital Earth in Sydney 2017 with Australia’s premier spatial conference, Locate 17, will provide both local and international guests with an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the latest trends and applications of the Digital Earth as well as forging new connections with subject matter experts from Australia and across the globe.

SUBMIT A PEER REVIEW ABSTRACT: If your submission is for peer review go to research@locate by clicking the below button. The best ASIERA refereed papers will be considered for a special issues journal paper for IJDE.

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