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DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 4 MARCH - Call for Papers, Drexel-CODATA FAIR and Responsible Research Data Management Workshop, 31 March-1 April

Date: Feb 15, 2019

Following a number of requests and understanding the many pressure of potential participants’ time, the Programme Committee of the Drexel-CODATA FAIR and Responsible Research Data Management Workshop has decided to extend the deadline for submissions to 4 March: https://conference.codata.org/Drexel_CODATA_2019/
 
 

FAIR and Responsible Research Data Management (FAIR-RRDM)

A Drexel Metadata Research Centre and CODATA workshop on knowledge sharing between research communities and research institutions
 
Sun 31 March and Mon 1 April 2019, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, as a colocated, pre-event to the 13th RDA Plenary
 
Call for Papers, deadline, 4  March: https://conference.codata.org/Drexel_CODATA_2019/ 
Places limited, register at: http://bit.ly/Drexel-CODATA-Workshop-Register 

Responsible data management embodies the FAIR principles of making data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. FAIR has helped focus minds and provided readily adopted terminology and guidelines, which in turn will help realise the benefits of accelerated analysis, with machines, at scale. In consequence, research communities and research institutions are faced with the task of rising to the challenge of FAIR and responsible data management.
 
Advancing the adoption of FAIR requires sharing protocols, practices, policies, methodologies, and approaches for responsible data management. The open science and open data movements have made significant progress in certain research communities and domains, but less so in others. While good practices have been developed within some research communities, it is in research institutions and universities that data management and some long term stewardship must take place. Sometimes reluctantly, research institutions have been obliged to take greater responsibility for research data management by the needs of researchers and their communities on the one hand and by the requirements of national funders on the other.  
 
There are opportunities for knowledge sharing and coordination across a number of these axes: between research disciplines and communities; between research communities and institutions; and internationally among institutions.  The biomedical and genomics fields, for example, have made considerable progress with data sharing and with issues of nomenclature and semantics.  Much research activity of the last two decades could not have happened without community agreements on data sharing and mechanisms for managing concepts, semantic specifications and ontologies.  Likewise, many biomedical research domains are addressing the challenges of controlled sharing of sensitive and restricted data, following the FAIR principles but with respect to ethical and legal criteria where these prevent certain data from being fully Open.  
 
The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers, data management experts, policy leaders and to facilitate knowledge sharing between research communities and between institutions.  Perspectives from all domains and from research institutions are in scope.  At least one session will examine progress in the biomedical community and lessons to be learnt, particularly in relation to good practice and mechanisms for controlled sharing of sensitive and restricted data.
 
Call for Presentations and Posters/Lightning Talks
Submissions are to be made via the CODATA Conference Platform at: https://conference.codata.org/Drexel_CODATA_2019/ 
 
The deadline for proposals is Mon 4 March and accepted speakers will be notified no later than Tue 12 March.
 
Recommended proposal lengths for the three categories of presentation are:
Long, research presentation, addressing the workshop themes by reporting on an original research activity: 800-1200 words
Short, practice presentation, addressing the workshop themes by reporting on a project or institutional activity: 400-800 words
Poster and lightning talk addressing the workshop themes: 300-600 words
 
After the workshop, selected presenters will be invited to submit a full paper to the CODATA Data Science Journal where they will form a special collection.
 

Workshop Themes / Sessions

  1. FAIR data: implications and responsibilities 1) for research communities and 2) for research institutions.
  2. FAIR data stewardship and knowledge sharing.  What progress has been made in RDM and FAIR data stewardship?  What can be learnt from biomedical research and from other domains?
  3. Limits of open data and how do deal responsibly with sensitive data.  What can be learnt from biomedical fields and other fields for the controlled sharing of sensitive data?
  4. RDM, FAIR stewardship services and research infrastructures 1) for research communities and 2) for research institutions.  How are research communities and/or research institutions implementing research infrastructures for RDM and FAIR stewardship?  How are they tackling related and supporting issues such as: a) developing skills and capacity; b) addressing policy, legal and ethical issues; c) aligning strategies and priorities with FAIR and RDM responsibilities?
  5. Alignment of domain and institutional RDM and FAIR stewardship: What experiences exist and mechanisms are there for aligning domain and institutional RDM and FAIR stewardship? Examples of collaboration between research communities, domain research infrastructures and institutions will be particularly welcome.    
 

Registration

The workshop is free.  Places are limited.  Please register at: http://bit.ly/Drexel-CODATA-Workshop-Register 
 

Sponsorship

The programme committee and organisers are committed to ensuring this is a no-fee event.  To help with this ambition, we will be very grateful for financial support and sponsorship.  Please contact Jane Greenberg <jg3243@drexel.edu>, Simon Hodson <simon@codata.org> for further information.


CODATA Update and Important Dates 2019

Date: Feb 10, 2019

This document provides a quick and accessible list of activities, deliverables and impact from the past year. It then highlights some important upcoming activities and events for 2019.

Download the full document

Additionally, the CODATA Prospectus: Strategy and Achievement, 2015-2018 summarises the most important activities deliverables and impacts over that period: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2559274.

 


Call for Sessions: CODATA 2019 - Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms

Date: Feb 1, 2019

CALL FOR SESSIONS – DEADLINE 15 April 2019 https://conference.codata.org/CODATA_2019/

The CODATA 2019 Conference will be held on 19-20 September 2019 in Beijing, China. This year’s conference theme is: Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms.  The conference will follow a high-level workshop, 17-18 September 2019, on ‘Implementing Open Research Data Policy and Practice’ that will examine such challenges in China and elsewhere in the light of the emergence of data policies and in particular the China State Council’s Notice on ‘Measures for Managing Scientific Data’.

CODATA 2019: Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms

Science globally is being transformed by new digital technologies.  At the same time addressing the major global challenges of the age requires the analysis of vast quantities of heterogeneous data from multiple sources.  In response, many countries, regions and scientific domains have developed Research Infrastructures to assist with the management, stewardship and analysis.  These developments have been stimulated by Open Science policies and practices, both those developed by funders and those that have emerged from communities.  The FAIR principles and supporting practices seek to accelerate this process and unlock the potential of analysis at scale with machines.  This conference provides a significant opportunity to survey and examine these developments from a global perspective.

The convening organisations are pleased to invite you to contribute to the program by proposing sessions.  The deadline for session proposals is 15 April 2019: https://conference.codata.org/CODATA_2019/submit/

All proposals related to open science and open data, FAIR data, research data management and stewardship, research infrastructures and platforms are welcomed. The following themes are of particular interest:

1. FAIR and Open data policies

  • Open data policies, their implications and implementation
  • FAIR data, its challenges and opportunities
  • Incentives and metrics for data and research contribution
  • Trustworthiness and sustainability for FAIR data, research infrastructures, data repositories
  • Co-operation in research data policies and management at international, national and institutional levels
  • Data policies towards the next-generation open science community 

2. Advanced research infrastructures for Open Science and FAIR data

  • Opportunities and challenges in research infrastructures.
  • Disciplinary technical infrastructure for research data management and data stewardship.
  • The development of Open Science Clouds, Platforms and Commons: a new model for coordination?
  • Successes and models for different aspects of the research data management and stewardship infrastructure
  • Institutional research data management and stewardship status, models and challenges.
  • Data management technologies and interoperability between human and technical processes.
  • Data science education and training.
  • Business models for Open Science, FAIR data, research infrastructures and data stewardship.
  • Key data specifications, RDM protocols and research infrastructures
  • Other technologies and standards feature open data issues. 

3. Data driven scientific discovery and decision-making.

  • Case studies and exploration of science discoveries based on data-driven research
  • Data-driven decision-making, from data to evidence
  • Disciplinary data applications
  • Data success stories 

4. Data intensive research for international scientific and global challenges

  • FAIR data, interoperability and data integration in multi-disciplinary research areas.
  • Data-driven practices in support of the United Nation’s sustainable development goals.
  • Data-driven practices in support of Sendai and disaster risk reduction
  • Data-driven practices in support of Resilient Cities; biodiversity; climate change adaptation; agriculture; hydrology and other research areas.

Programme

  • Sessions: Sessions will be 90 minutes.  Two session formats are suggested: 1) papers sessions which may include research papers, practice papers or a mixture of these; 2) lightning talks followed by a structured panel discussion.  Paper presentations should be a minimum of 15 minutes; papers sessions should include a maximum of 4-5 papers.
  • Keynote speakers: there will be keynote sessions on the morning of each day. 
  • Plenary panel discussion: the conference will close with a Plenary Panel discussion featuring short presentations.
  • Poster session: there will be a poster session on the later afternoon of the first day. 

Important dates:

1 February: Call for Session Proposals Released

1 April: Registration Open

15 April: deadline for session proposals

30 April: accepted session proposals notified; call for presentations and posters released.

31 May: deadline for presentation submissions and first round of poster submissions

30 June: submitters notified of acceptances of full presentations and posters

1 August: close of second round of poster submissions

18 August: close of early bird registration

19-20 September: CODATA 2019 Conference ‘Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms’ 

Organization

  • Convenors: CODATA, CODATA China
  • Supporter: Minister of Science and Technology (MOST), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), NSFC
  • Local organiser: Computer Network Information Center, CAS; National S&T Infrastructure Center, MOST 

Possible venue (TBC): the Friendship Hotel of Beijing.

The Friendship Hotel of Beijing is one of the largest garden-style hotels in Asia. Located in the heart of ZhongGuanCun Hi-Tech Zone, the Friendship Hotel neighbours many world famous tourist sites and universities such as Tsinghua and Peking University, the Summer Palace.

Address: Zhongguancun South St. Beijing 100873, P.R. China

Website: http://www.friendshipshotel.com/en/


Drexel-CODATA FAIR-RRDM Workshop 2019, 31 March-1 April, Call for Papers, Deadline 4 March

Date: Jan 20, 2019

A Drexel Metadata Research Centre and CODATA workshop on knowledge sharing between research communities and research institutions

Sun 31 March and Mon 1 April 2019, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA.

 
Call for Papers, deadline, 4 March: https://conference.codata.org/Drexel_CODATA_2019/

Responsible data management embodies the FAIR principles of making data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. FAIR has helped focus minds and provided readily adopted terminology and guidelines, which in turn will help realise the benefits of accelerated analysis, with machines, at scale. In consequence, research communities and research institutions are faced with the task of rising to the challenge of FAIR and responsible data management.

Advancing the adoption of FAIR requires sharing protocols, practices, policies, methodologies, and approaches for responsible data management. The open science and open data movements have made significant progress in certain research communities and domains, but less so in others. While good practices have been developed within some research communities, it is in research institutions and universities that data management and some long term stewardship must take place. Sometimes reluctantly, research institutions have been obliged to take greater responsibility for research data management by the needs of researchers and their communities on the one hand and by the requirements of national funders on the other.  

There are opportunities for knowledge sharing and coordination across a number of these axes: between research disciplines and communities; between research communities and institutions; and internationally among institutions.  The biomedical and genomics fields, for example, have made considerable progress with data sharing and with issues of nomenclature and semantics. Much research activity of the last two decades could not have happened without community agreements on data sharing and mechanisms for managing concepts, semantic specifications and ontologies.  Likewise, many biomedical research domains are addressing the challenges of controlled sharing of sensitive and restricted data, following the FAIR principles but with respect to ethical and legal criteria where these prevent certain data from being fully Open.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers, data management experts, policy leaders and to facilitate knowledge sharing between research communities and between institutions.  Perspectives from all domains and from research institutions are in scope. At least one session will examine progress in the biomedical community and lessons to be learnt, particularly in relation to good practice and mechanisms for controlled sharing of sensitive and restricted data.

Outputs and Impact

The workshop will feature invited speakers and an expert panel discussion, selected research and practice papers from an open call, a poster and lightning talks session, as well as workshop sessions on mechanisms for knowledge sharing and on issues of responsibility and sensitive data.  
The workshop will:
  1. highlight and scrutinise innovative approaches and key developments fulfilling FAIR principles;
  2. promote broad interest and participation in the pursuit of solutions across disciplines and institutions; and
  3. identify concrete mechanisms for knowledge sharing between research communities and between research institutions.
The workshop builds on a successful Göttingen-CODATA Symposium on RDM in Institutions which was held in March 2018 and like its predecessor will result in a special collection of the CODATA Data Science Journal.

 

Call for Presentations and Posters/Lightning Talks

Submissions are to be made via the CODATA Conference Platform at: https://conference.codata.org/Drexel_CODATA_2019/

The deadline for proposals is Mon 4 March and accepted speakers will be notified no later than Tue 12 March.

Recommended proposal lengths for the three categories of presentation are:

  • Long, research presentation, addressing the workshop themes by reporting on an original research activity: 800-1200 words
  • Short, practice presentation, addressing the workshop themes by reporting on a project or institutional activity: 400-800 words
  • Poster and lightning talk addressing the workshop themes: 300-600 words

 

After the workshop, selected presenters will be invited to submit a full paper to the CODATA Data Science Journal where they will form a special collection.

 

Workshop Themes / Sessions

  1. FAIR data: implications and responsibilities 1) for research communities and 2) for research institutions.
  2. FAIR data stewardship and knowledge sharing.  What progress has been made in RDM and FAIR data stewardship?  What can be learnt from biomedical research and from other domains?
  3. Limits of open data and how do deal responsibly with sensitive data.  What can be learnt from biomedical fields and other fields for the controlled sharing of sensitive data?
  4. RDM, FAIR stewardship services and research infrastructures 1) for research communities and 2) for research institutions.  How are research communities and/or research institutions implementing research infrastructures for RDM and FAIR stewardship?  How are they tackling related and supporting issues such as: a) developing skills and capacity; b) addressing policy, legal and ethical issues; c) aligning strategies and priorities with FAIR and RDM responsibilities?
  5. Alignment of domain and institutional RDM and FAIR stewardship: What experiences exist and mechanisms are there for aligning domain and institutional RDM and FAIR stewardship? Examples of collaboration between research communities, domain research infrastructures and institutions will be particularly welcome.     

Registration

The workshop is free.  Places are limited. Please register at: http://bit.ly/Drexel-CODATA-Workshop-Register 

Sponsorship

The programme committee and organisers are committed to ensuring this is a no-fee event.  To help with this ambition, we will be very grateful for financial support and sponsorship.  Please contact Jane Greenberg <jg3243@drexel.edu>, Simon Hodson <simon@codata.org> for further information. 

Program Committee

Chairs:

  • Jane Greenberg, Alice B. Kroeger Professor, Director of the Metadata Research Center, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University, USA
  • Simon Hodson, Executive Director CODATA
  • Devika Madalli, Professor, Documentation Research and Training Center (DRTC), Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Bangalore, India

Programme Committee Members:

  • Jan Brase, Head of Research and Development Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen State and University Library, Germany
  • Sarah Callaghan, Editor-in-Chief of the Data Science Journal
  • Bonnie Carroll, CODATA Secretary General and Information International Associates, Inc. (IIa).
  • Kedma Duarte, Technical-Scientific Advisor, Goiás State Research Support Foundation (Fapeg), Goiania, Goiás, Brazil
  • Megan Force, Editor, Data Citation Index, Clarivate Analytics
  • Wolfram Horstman, Director, Göttingen State and University Library, Germany
  • Rebecca Koskela, Executive Director, DataONE 
  • Eva Mendez, Deputy Vice-Rector for Scientific Policy. Open Science, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain, and Chair of the EU Open Science Policy Platform
  • Jeffrey Pennington,Associate Vice President and Chief Research Informatics Officer, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Rosina Weber, Associate Professor, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University.
  • Michael Witt, Head of the Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2), Purdue University


Best Wishes for the December Solstice and Related Holidays

Date: Dec 22, 2018

The December solstice was 22:23 UTC on Friday 21 December, so this comes a ‘little’ late.  Nevertheless, I would like to send the warmest best wishes to everyone involved in CODATA activities and to the wider global research data community.  2018 has been a significant year for CODATA and you may find some of the following interesting:

‘A milestone in the history of science’: the redefinition of the International System of Units was based on the work of CODATA and the Task Group for Fundamental Constants.

International Data Week, held in Gaborone, Botswana was an enormous success with 850 participants.  Selected paper will be published in the CODATA Data Science Journal.

The vision and strategy for the African Open Science Platform was launched at Science Forum South Africa, in a presentation by co-chair Khotso Mokhele.  A founding members’ meeting will be hosted at the Biblioteca Alexandrina later in 2019.

The ISC CODATA initiative on Data Interoperability Integration for Interdisciplinary Research made progress, notably through a very successful Dagstuhl Workshop co-organised with the DDI Alliance: this will result in a series of articles on data integration challenges in cross-disciplinary research areas.

Other notable activities include the work of the Data Policy Committee, a major contribution to the European Commission report on Turning FAIR into Reality and the ongoing series of CODATA-RDA Data Schools.

Finally, we are grateful for the enormous contribution that Past President Geoffrey Boulton has made to CODATA.  The CODATA General Assembly at the University of Botswana 9-10 November elected a new President, Barend Mons, and a new Executive Committee. We look forward to further increasing CODATA’s impact and to promoting international collaboration for Open Science and FAIR data.


Read the full Disaster Risk Reduction and Open Data Newsletter

Date: Dec 21, 2018

Big Data in Europe: Strategies to address social needs
Big Data can make important contributions towards technical progress, but what's needed are innovative technologies, strategies and competencies to address societal needs.

UN Forum to bring 'big space data' benefits to disaster response in Africa
Outer space and disaster response experts recently gathered in Bonn, Germany to discuss how "big data" can reduce the risk of natural disasters in Africa and support response efforts.

Read the full Disaster Risk Reduction and Open Data Newsletter


RDA 13th Plenary Meeting Call for Sessions: Don't miss the 5 January 2019 deadline

Date: Dec 18, 2018

The 13th RDA Plenary meeting will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 2 - 4 April 2019. Don't miss out on the opportunity to apply for:

  1. Working Group meetings: further the development of the working group recommendations
  2. Interest Group meetings: continue discussions and the creation of outputs, etc.
  3. Joint RDA group meetings: submit joint meeting applications to explore potential synergies with other groups
  4. Birds of a Feather (BoF) meetings: Is there a topic that you think RDA should address? Make sure you submit an application for a Birds of a Feather session aimed at exploring new potential Working or Interest group topics.  It will help you identify an audience, build support and start the work on your Case statement or Charter for an RDA Working or Interest group.

The deadline for submission is 5 January 2019 at 23:59 UTC

We encourage all submissions, the breakout sessions are designed to provide an opportunity for discussion, sharing experiences and best practices, laying down concrete action plans.

All Working and Interest groups are free to choose the format and workplan for their sessions while we strongly encourage the organisation of working meetings.

Details on the 13th Plenary Call for Sessions page. Please address any queries to enquiries[at]rd-alliance.org


IDCC19 full programme announced

Date: Dec 6, 2018

The 14th International Digital Curation Conference is going to Melbourne in February 2019 and we have an exciting programme packed with workshops, papers, posters and demos. The theme of the conference is Collaborations and Partnerships: addressing the big digital challenges together. This is a topic close to DCC’s heart and modus operandi, and is particularly fitting to the Australian context where links with the wider international research data community are key.
 
The conference theme has inspired a dynamic mix of papers and sessions. As usual we have strands on metadata, digital curation, skills, models and tools. This year also sees particularly strong clusters of papers on digital humanities, creative arts curation and disciplinary challenges. We’re also delighted to see that the theme and conference location have generated sessions on curating indigenous data and building diverse and inclusive communities. 
 
The conference will see two keynotes and a plenary discussion. Christine Kenneally, an independent journalist, will open the conference with a keynote on “Data, the creation of history and its impact on real lives.” She will present a case study of information security and information entropy in the history of childcare institutions in Australia and the United States, illuminating the critical role that data curators have to play, not just in the creation of history, but in its impact on individual lives.
 
Day two will start with a plenary discussion between Nancy McGovern and Clifford Lynch on digital practice and collaboration. This will build on a discussion between Nancy and Cliff following her closing keynote at IDCC18, which made an impassioned call for collaboration across communities and inclusivity. It is an opportunity to explore the issues, elaborating on key challenges we face in the digital age and proposing methods to overcome these.
 
The conference will close with a keynote from Dr Patricia Brennan, the Director of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM), on “Jumping into the stream of data curation.” As the largest collection of biomedical research and data in the world, the NLM plays key roles in supporting data-driven discovery and promoting health data standards. Hearing about the NLM activities and strategy will provide inspiration on how we can all better locate, reuse, and enrich data resources. 
 
The conference will open on Monday 4th February with a day of workshops and will close with an unconference on Thursday 7th February. Workshop registration is open and includes opportunities to learn about supporting data management in academic institutions, digital preservation carpentry, software curation and peer-to-peer training. See the full programme and price details here. The unconference is a new angle to IDCC. We’re very conscious that the papers and discussions over coffee often lead to new ideas and collaborations, and there is not always enough time and space to explore these at the event. We introduced Birds of a Feather sessions a few years ago and these have been incredibly popular and productive.
 
The unconference is a way for us to give emerging ideas more dedicated time and space – a whole day in fact! As you’ll see, the programme is blank and will remain so until the event. We’ll invite people to contribute ideas and to pitch these at the outset. The agenda will be set on the day by people voting with their feet and deciding what they want to work on. For my own part, I’m interested to try and map across the different FAIR data activities internationally - how similar are the recommendations that are emerging and what disciplinary differences and needs are being uncovered through use cases. Anyone can attend the unconference, so if you’re local and are just interested in brainstorming and working on data issues with an international community for a day, please sign up. I’m really excited to see how we can take ideas that emerge from the conference though and generate them into some practical action while the enthusiasm and creativity is there. Strike while the iron is hot!
 
As always, IDCC will have a number of social events. There will be pre-conference drinks at the Woodward Conference Centre. Located on the 10th floor of the Melbourne Law School, the building offers stunning views to the west of the city. Continuing the trend of socialising with good views, the tapas-style conference dinner will take place at General Assembly with waterfront views, the city skyline and a band to entertain us. Delegates will also have access to the University of Melbourne private staff club which has many informal indoor and outdoor spaces for quiet work or social networking. International attendees are likely to want to enjoy some holiday time in the sunshine too and Melbourne has a lot to offer. There are some links and ideas shared by the University of Melbourne on the website to help in your planning.
 
So, what are you waiting for? Make the case to attend, register and get your flights and hotels booked before they fill up. This is one conference you don’t want to miss!


Call for Contributions open for iPRES2019

Date: Dec 4, 2018

Be inclusive. Be creative. Be inspiring. And put your eyes on the horizon.

This is the full Call for Contributions for the 16th International Conference on Digital Preservation,  iPRES 2019. Deadline for all submissions is 18 March 2019. All submissions and presentations should be in English.

The theme for iPRES 2019 –  Eye on the Horizon – aims to broaden the voices and approaches participating in the conference. In keeping with the theme, we will embrace creative proposals that demonstrate how research and theory directly impact and influence practice at all levels. iPRES brings together a wide range of practitioners, researchers, educators, providers, students, and others to share lessons learned from engaging in digital preservation, including recent practice, research, developments, and innovations.

The iPRES 2019 Programme Committee seeks contributions that tell stories about building bridges between organizations in different domains and bridging knowledge gaps. These contributions enable individuals from all backgrounds and agencies of all sizes to participate in the global preservation conversation. Contributions serve the community and help implement solutions and overcome barriers to the effective curation of digital assets, works and collections. iPRES aims to be an inclusive global forum and seeks proposals from all sectors, specialisms, geographies and communities.  

More information

Instructions for each peer-reviewed submission type (papers, panels, posters, demonstrations, workshops, tutorials and hackathon sessions) are to be found in the Submission Instructions section.

For questions with regards to the conference organization, please contact: info@ipres2019.org

For questions with regards to the conference programme, please contact: programmecommittee@ipres2019.org

For questions with regards to submissions, please contact: submissions@ipres2019.org


Feedback Requested on a proposed 'Open Toolkit for Tracking Open Science Partnership Implementation and Impact'

Date: Dec 3, 2018

CODATA would like to draw the communities attention to the following call for feedback on a proposed 'Open Toolkit for Tracking Open Science Partnership Implementation and Impact’.
 

Abstract

The article and associated documents present a toolkit for tracking the implementation and impact of open science (OS) partnerships. OS partnerships take on a variety of forms with different levels of openness, sharing and absence of intellectual property rights. As the article describes, OS partnerships hold the promise of lowering costs and increasing productivity of both research and innovation.

The article describes the need for and the collaborative process used to develop the toolkit while the associated documents contain the toolkit itself. We are now seeking comments and suggestions on both the article and toolkit from the larger community. We specifically seek comments from those studying, working with, or engaged in OS and OS-related projects. In particular, we welcome comments relating to the comprehensiveness of our measures and what may be missing. We also seek comments on whether the breadth of the toolkit is too ambitious to be effectively implemented and, if so, what measures should be eliminated. We further invite the community to identify any projects – OS or otherwise – that may be amenable to collecting and sharing data based on the toolkit indicators. The present toolkit will need to be translated into open source tools that, to the extent possible, collect the data automatically. Any assistance in developing these tools would be most appreciated. Comments will be accepted online on GoogleDocs until January 31st, 2019. After the comment period closes, our team will revise the article and toolkit, taking into account proposed edits. We then propose to submit the article and toolkit to the Gates Open Platform for publication.

While we include the toolkit in this release, please comment directly on the GoogleDocs below:
 


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