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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.

Referred Paper Abstract

SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT: To submit an abstract please click the button below. The abstracts will be evaluated by the programme committee. Successful and unsuccessful submissions will be notified via email.

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Skills for e-infrastructures and data management in global change research

Date: Nov 15, 2016

The Belmont Forum e-Infrastructures and Data Management Project (http://www.bfe-inf.org/) recognizes that, for global change research to flourish, a range of skills are necessary, increasingly so in the broad area of data intensive digital skills.  Through this short survey, the Belmont Forum would like to establish where skills gaps exist or are emerging.  Results will be anonymized.
 
Global change research encompasses the interdisciplinary investigation of the natural world and how it is changing, from climate change to air quality to ecology and the human interaction with the environment.  Global change research is increasingly data intensive, requiring significant computing resources and efficient techniques for effective analysis.  This survey is aimed at enabling capacity building in the requisite digital skills for those already working in global change research.
The Belmont Forum (https://belmontforum.org/) is a group of the world's major and emerging funders of global environmental change research. It aims to accelerate delivery of the environmental research needed to remove critical barriers to sustainability by aligning and mobilizing international resources. It pursues the goals set in the Belmont Challenge by adding value to existing national investments and supporting international partnerships in interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary scientific endeavors. (Read the full Belmont Challenge at https://belmontforum.org/belmont-challenge). 
 
 
The survey should take 10 minutes to complete.  The Belmont Forum e-Infrastructures and Data Management Project would appreciate your input by 22 November.


The Internet of Things: Impacting Scientific Data and Information Flows, 9 Dec 2016, Washington D.C.

Date: Nov 10, 2016

This workshop will examine how the Internet of Things affects information professionals, is transforming some fields of research and impacts upon issues relating to policy, ethics and standards.

 
 
Date: Friday 9 December 2016, 9:00am - 4.30pm EST
 
Location: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., NW, Room 100 Washington, DC.
 
Co-Sponsors: CENDI, National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS), Research Data Alliance/US (RDA/US), and the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information
 

 


iCEOD & CODATA Open Research Data Hackathon

Date: Nov 9, 2016

iCEOD, the ICT Centre for Excellence and Open Data of the Jomo Kenyatta University
of Agriculture and Technology, and the locus of CODATA Kenya, is hosting a hackathon on 12 November. The theme will be ‘Developing innovative mobile applications based on open research data in agriculture, energy and public health’ 
 
The event will take place from 7AM to 7PM EAT at the JKUAT IBM Lab, Technology house, 4th Floor, Eastern Wing. Please see the event poster and information at https://opendata.jkuat.ac.ke (iCEOD website). 
 
Remote participation will be possible. For remote participants, please register at https://goo.gl/1bTtnP (for the hackathon) and at https://goo.gl/o9vqnf (for the remote link) via GoToWebinar.


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