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Presentations from the Göttingen-CODATA RDM Symposium Now Available

Date: Apr 17, 2018

The organisers and hosts are pleased to announce that the presentations from the Göttingen-CODATA RDM Symposium 'the critical role of university RDM infrastructure in transforming data to knowledge’ are now almost all available from the conference management system (click through to each session) and the CODATA website.
 
Göttingen-CODATA RDM Symposium 2018
The symposium was held in Göttingen from 18-20 March 2018.  It was a collaboration between the University of Göttingen and CODATA and was a precursor event to the RDA plenary meeting in Berlin on 21-23 March 2018.
The event was attended by 160 research data management experts and professionals from around the globe.  
The event was possible thanks to the generous support of the University of Göttingen and the hard work of the programme committee and the local organisers.

Symposium Keynotes

The Symposium featured nine keynote presentations.

The keynote presentatons may be downloaded as a zipped file.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/18ZcaRia4L9sToN4_GWUL8I-bvF3JA74r/view?usp=sharing

Symposium Thematic Parallel Sessions

Nine parallel sessions tackled the symposium themes listed below.  The content of each session may be consulted by means of the links below.  All presentations from the symposium may be downloaded as a zipped file (warning c.500MB).

1.1 Institutional Strategies and Solutions 1

1.2 RDM Solutions 1

1.3 National RDM Strategies

2.1 Measuring Success and Changing Culture

2.2 Skills

2.3 Lessons from Domains

3.1 Institutional Strategies and Solutions 2

3.2 RDM Solutions 2

3.3 Implications of FAIR and Sustainability

Symposium Programme

The full programme for the symposium may be viewed on the conference management site, hosted by Ubiquity Press.

Special Collection in the Data Science Journal

Accepted and commended abstracts have been invited to submit full papers for a Special Collection of the CODATA Data Science Journal on this topic.

Programme Commitee

The programme committee comprised:

  • Jan Brase, University of Göttingen
  • Simon Hodson, CODATA
  • Liz Lyon, University of Pittsburgh
  • Devika Madalli, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore
  • Michael Witt, Purdue University


Call for papers and posters, SciDataCon 2018, part of International Data Week: deadline 31 May

Date: Apr 16, 2018

The deadline to submit abstracts for papers and poster for SciDataCon 2018, part of International Data Week, 4-8 November, Gaborone, Botswana is 31 May.
 
Following some necessary improvements to the conference management system the Programme Committee has decided to extend the deadline for abstracts to 31 May.
 
Submit Abstracts for Papers and Posters: https://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/submit/
 
 
Provisionally Accepted Sessions: https://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/sessions/
 
 
Subtitle: Call for Papers
For SciDataCon we request that proposals should be submitted for research papers, practice papers, lightning talks and panel contributions: https://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/submit/
 
In some cases, session organisers will be inviting proposals, but please note that you may submit a proposal to any accepted session if you think your proposal is a good fit with that session topic. 
 
Abstracts must be submitted to an accepted session or to the General Submission session. You may consult the descriptions of accepted sessions at https://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/sessions/
 
When submitting your abstract at https://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/submit/ you will need to select the appropriate session. 
 
Abstracts submitted to specific sessions will be reviewed for their individual quality and according to their appropriateness for that session. Abstracts submitted to the General Submission option will be reviewed for individual quality and, if accepted, will be assigned to an accepted session or grouped into thematic sessions.
 
Accepted abstracts will be available from the conference website and will form a persistent collection, so please consider the following recommendations carefully:
  • Please submit your proposal of a length appropriate to the intervention. For example, we recommend that the proposal for a research paper should be 800-1600 words and for a practice paper 600-1000 words.  For lightning talks or panel interventions 300-600 words is sufficient.  These are guides and please use your judgement.  We strongly discourage proposals of more than 1600 words.
  • Submission must include a summary.  The summary should be brief - 100-250 words, and certainly no more than 250 words.
 
Call for Posters
Posters will be an important feature of SciDataCon 2018. The organisers will endeavour to ensure that all poster presenters have an opportunity to give a lightning talk as well as participating in the poster reception.  Posters can often be a more effective way of communicating key technical features of a paper and providing a visual summary that really engages the viewer.
 
Abstracts must be submitted to an accepted session or to the General Submission session. You may consult the descriptions of accepted sessions at https://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/sessions/
 
When submitting your abstract at https://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/submit/ you will need to select the appropriate session.
 
For a Poster Abstract we suggest 800-1600 words and no more than 1600 words in length. 
Submission must include a summary.  The summary should be brief - 100-250 words, and certainly no more than 250 words.
Please describe the subject of the proposed poster in as much detail as possible. Describe the structure of the poster. Above all, let us know:
 
  • why will this be an interesting feature of the conference?
  • why is it particularly suited to a poster and/or demo session?
  • why the poster or demo will catch delegates' attention and why will they stop and listen to you? 


Call for Nominations for CODATA Officers (President and Vice-President(s)) and Executive Committee Members: Deadline 27 April 2018

Date: Apr 13, 2018

The deadline for nominations for Elections to the CODATA Executive Committee is approaching: Friday 27 April

Call for Nominations for CODATA Officers (President and Vice-President(s)) and Executive Committee Members: Deadline 27 April 2018

Help CODATA deliver on its strategy to mobilise the data revolution for research!

CODATA Members (National, Union, Co-Opted and Affiliate Members) as well as Task Groups are invited to nominate candidates for the following positions:

  • President (to serve 2018-22)
  • Vice-President (1-2 positions, to serve 2018-22)
  • Ordinary Member (8 positions, to serve 2018-20)

Nominations will be considered for election at the 31st CODATA General Assembly, which will take place on 9-10 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana, following International Data Week 2018.

Please find attached a letter from CODATA Past President, Professor GUO Huadong, inviting nominations.

Nominations should be submitted by CODATA Members and Task Groups on the form attached, to the Nominating Committee, c/o simon@codata.org, by the deadline of 27 April 2018.

The most important criteria for nomination is to be able to contribute strongly to the delivery of CODATA’s strategy and strong record of delivery as attested in the CODATA Prospectus of Strategy and Achievement 2015-2017. The covering note to the nomination form and the procedure document explain terms of eligibility.

 

About CODATA

CODATA exists to promote global collaboration to improve the availability and usability of data for all areas of research. CODATA supports the principle that data produced by research and susceptible to be used for research should be as open as possible a

nd as closed as necessary. CODATA works also to advance the interoperability and the usability of such data: research data should be intelligently open or FAIR. By promoting the policy, technological and cultural changes that are essential to make research data more widely available and more usable, CODATA helps advance ICSU’s mission of strengthening international science for the benefit of society.

The updated CODATA Strategic Plan 2015 and Prospectus of Strategy and Achievement 2015-2017 identify three priority areas:

  1. promoting principles, policies and practices for Open Data and Open Science;
  2. advancing the frontiers of data science;
  3. building capacity for Open Science by improving data skills and the functions of national science systems needed to support open data.

CODATA achieves these objectives through a number of standing committees and strategic executive led initiatives, and through its Task Groups and Working Groups. CODATA supports the Data Science Journal and collaborates on major data conferences like SciDataCon and International Data Week.

 

Timescales

Timescales back from 2018 General Assembly, Gaborone, Botswana

General Assembly

9-10 November 2018

Deadline for Final Slate

5 October 2018

Deadline for Additional Candidates

28 September 2018

Deadline for Provisional List

11 May 2018

Deadline for nominations

27 April 2018

Call for nominations

26 October 2017


Applications Invited to Participate in the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School and Advanced Workshops, Trieste, Italy 2018 - Deadline 21 May 2018

Date: Apr 9, 2018

The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School and Research Data Science
Advanced Workshops will run for their third and second year respectively at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy.  
 
The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School will take place on 6-17 August 2018.  Apply here!  
Deadline 21/05/2018
 
The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Advanced Workshops this year cover the following topics:
  • Bio-informatics
  • Climate Data Sciences
  • Extreme Sources of Data 
  • Internet of Things (IoT)/Big-Data Analytics

The Advanced Workshops will take place on 20-24 August 2018.  Apply here

Deadline 21/05/2018

About the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School, 6-17 August 2018
The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School provides training in the foundational skills of Research Data Science.  Contemporary research – particularly when addressing the most significant, transdisciplinary research challenges – cannot be done effectively without a range of skills relating to data. This includes the principles and practice of Open Science and research data management and curation, the use of a range of data platforms and infrastructures, large scale analysis, statistics, visualisation and modelling techniques, software development and annotation and more. We define ‘Research Data Science’ as the ensemble of these skills.
 
Find out more about the schools here where you will find links to information about past schools in 2016 and 2017 held in Trieste and São Paulo.  Watch a video about the Schools of Research Data Science here
 
The School of Research Data Science has enjoyed a remarkable success and clearly responds to a burning need for data skills among Early Career Researchers and others involved in the research process, internationally.  In 2018, building on our partnership with ICTP and the support of our sponsors and partners we will convene Data Schools in:
 
Brisbane, Australia, June.
Trieste, Italy, 6-17 August
Kigali, Rwanda, 22 Oct-2 Nov
São Paulo, Brazil, 3-14 Dec
 
About the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Advanced Workshops, 20-24 August 2018
Four advanced and thematic workshops on Research Data Science will run in parallel.
  • Workshop on Extreme sources of data: Introduction to CERN LHC and ATLAS Experiment. Hands-on sessions will include python coding and tutorials on using the ATLAS Open Data Platforms/Tools.
  • Workshop on Bioinformatics: Advanced hands-on-tutorials on computational methods for the management and analysis of genomic and sequencing data.
  • Workshop on IoT/Big Data Analytics: Topics will include Big Data tools and technology; real time event processing; low latency query; analyzing social media and customer sentiment. Hands-on sessions will include deploying and using Big-Data Analytic tools and platforms including Hadoop, Apache Kafka and HDF 
  • Workshop on Climate Data Science: Cloud computing platform/ tools for Climate Data Sciences including integration and visualization of on-line and local datasets. Hands- on sessions will focus on using on-line high performance platforms and tools for Climate Data Science.
 
Information for Applicants
There is no registration fee for these events.  Some support for travel and accommodation is available and its allocation will be determined during the selection process.  Much of this funding is intended for participants from lower and middle income countries.  Potential participants have the opportunity to indicate they need support in the application.  Self-funded participants are welcome.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to look for alternative ‘third-party’ sources of funding to support their participation.  
 
The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School is open to participants in any research discipline.  The data skills taught are also useful for (data) librarians and other research support staff, such as those who envisage a career as data steward or data analysts.  Furthermore, people who are more advanced in their careers who would like to improve their data skills as a form of continuing professional development are also eligible.
 
Participants will be selected on merit from a very competitive field.  Applicants are urged therefore to ensure they pay careful and full attention to the requirements of the application process.  
 
Selected participants for the Research Data Science Summer School will have a baseline of data skills and these will have been tested by an online form.  Applicants to the Advanced Workshops should demonstrate their capacity and skills to engage with these themes on a more advanced level.
 
Applicants to either event should pay particular attention to their personal statement and communicate persuasively their reasons for wishing to attend the Summer School and/or Advanced Workshops: how do they intend to use these skills and experiences, how will participation in the Summer School and/or Advanced Workshops benefit their research or the institution in which they work?  Finally, candidates should take pains to ensure that their application is well supported by references from their past or present tutors or line managers.  This is particularly important so that the directors and organisers of these events have confidence in the candidate and that the skills learnt will have the maximum benefit and impact.

 ICTP School Poster for DataTrieste 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ICSU/NASAC/ISSC call for pre-proposals: Pathways towards Sustainable African Urban Development

Date: Mar 27, 2018

Up to eleven collaborative research projects across Africa will receive funding for research that will explore integrated approaches for sustainable urban development in Africa.

As part of the 5-year “Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa programme, the International Council for Science (ICSU), in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) will support up to 11 collaborative research projects across Africa (to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years) that will that explore integrated approaches for sustainable urban development in Africa. The programme is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

They are inviting African early career scientists to submit collaborative research proposals that apply a systems approach to analyzing urban processes in Africa. These projects are expected to examine the inherent complexity of cities, to explore the interconnections, trade-offs and synergies between different dimensions of urban systems, e.g. governance, human and social capital, environment, economic systems and infrastructure.

The call for pre-proposals aims to identify collaborative research projects in Africa that bring together African early career scientists from different scientific disciplines and key stakeholders (e.g. local authorities, policy makers, built environment professionals, the private sector, civil society and citizens) in research co-design and co-production.

Applicants should have no more than 10 years work experience following their PhDs or equivalent research experience. The deadline for pre-proposal submission is 14 May 2018 (18:00 CET). Submission of pre-proposals and relevant documents may only be made using the online application form.

Please read carefully the call for pre-proposals with key requirements before submitting your pre-proposal.

Following the call, 35 pre-proposals will be selected, representatives of which will be invited to attend a training event on integrated research, which will take place on 3-7 September 2018 (location tbc). This training aims to strengthen scientific capacity to undertake this form of research, to enable researchers to build meaningful inter- and trans-disciplinary projects, to support the development of full proposals and to strengthen science communication skills. Applicants should be aware that if their pre-proposals are selected, they are expected to attend this training. The programme will cover associated travel and subsistence costs.

Participants of the training will then be given about two and half months to submit full proposals (deadline is 23 November 2018, 18:00 CET). In February 2019, up to eleven collaborative research projects across Africa will be awarded up to 90,000 Euro each over two years.

For more, please visit here


WDS Data Stewardship Award 2018: Call for Nominations Open!

Date: Mar 26, 2018

The Call for Nominations for the 2018 WDS Data Stewardship Award is now open until 21 May 2018. This annual prize celebrates the exceptional contributions of early career researchers to the improvement of scientific data stewardship through their (1) engagement with the community, (2) academic achievements, and (3) innovations.

The winner will be presented with their Award and a prize in plenary at SciDataCon 2018 (part of International Data Week, 5–8 November in Gaborone, Botswana)—alongside the 2017 Award winner, Linhuan Wu—with their attendance covered by the ICSU World Data System.

If you know of an early career researcher who deserves to have their accomplishments recognized and highlighted to the international community then please be sure to complete the below form (see notes) and send it to the WDS International Programme Office by 21 May 2018. We also encourage you to disseminate this information far-and-wide.

  • WDS Data Stewardship Award 2018 (Word / PDF)


Summer School On Urban Data Science

Date: Mar 26, 2018

In today's world we have data all around us. With the progress in technology, a large amount of data is collected on a daily basis using different technology. Today’s urban world has ample of data which would be explored, for identifying trends by studying available open data sets. Research is primarily the use of available data to make informed decisions via proper data management skills. The ability to analyze data is a very powerful skill and well sort of in many data-driven organizations. Why data is available everywhere and seem to grow at an exponential rate, not many have learned to utilize its potential. 


Data analysis skills are highly sought after skills and this summer school will provide the practical experience you need to get started. It begins with setting a study objective, planning your questionnaire design and entry, thus bearing in mind the type of data you want to capture, whether continuous, discrete, ordinal or nominal data and the different stages of statistical analysis that you want to conduct in other to produce your results. This process has become an integral part of both academic and development work, and also a vital part of the decision making in different sectors today. Knowledge of research methodologies and implementation of statistical application software to support data analysis is one of the vital goals of this course. Statistical software packages have become very useful for the purpose of data management and cleaning, statistical analysis, and data graphical representation. When mastered, these applications are user-friendly and also could reduce the time and efforts of the researcher and the student. Expense for students: Material cost: Rs. 500/- and local travel: Rs. 1000/-.

To register, please visit here


Save the date! IDCC19, 4-7 February, Melbourne

Date: Mar 21, 2018

The IDCC conference is going down under and it's going to be hot, hot hot!
 
From the 4th to 7th February 2019, Donna McRostie, Anna Shadbolt, Peter Neish and the wonderful team at the University of Melbourne will be hosting the 14th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC). Save the date now - this is not one to miss!
 
Melbourne in February is going to be hot! Hot on the heels of the Australian Open (reason to extend travel with some Winter vacation?) you can expect temperatures of 27-30+ degrees. Pack well and remember to slip, slop slap! 
 
We have one piping hot programme shaping up, with a great call for papers, dinner venue and set of keynotes in mind. Melbourne have asked for a cracking overarching theme, which builds on momentum from IDCC18 and speaks to concerns relevant to so much of our work as the sector matures.
 
And I have a hunch we will have a very hot, dynamic and diverse audience. Get ready to start pulling together your ideas as the call for papers will be out very soon. A wee Easter treat is on it's way...


Workshop Applying bioinformatics and data science competency frameworks to ELIXIR Training, 5-6 April 2018, Amsterdam

Date: Mar 13, 2018

Date: 5-6 April 2018 (preceded by an optional seminar on April 4)

Venue: Amsterdam Science Park Congress Centre, Science Park 123, 1098 XG Amsterdam

Website & registration: Eventbrite page

Full Programme: https://www.dtls.nl/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Full-Programme-120318.pdf

Organizers: Celia van Gelder (DTL/ELIXIR-Netherlands), Gabriella Rustici (University of Cambridge, ELIXIR-UK), Vera Matser (BioExcel), Allegra Via (ELIXIR-Italy)

Description

Much work is currently being done in developing and applying competency frameworks, both in bioinformatics and in data science. 

In the context of ELIXIR Training, we aim to build on the existing expertise in this area and, together with the training stakeholders, to derive a proper implementation strategy.
This international workshop will bring together individuals from organisations and projects who have expertise in defining and in applying competency bioinformatics and data science frameworks in their own organisations. 

In a series of interactive sessions, we will build on the existing knowledge and work towards the following workshop goals:

  • Identify competency frameworks that are relevant to the ELIXIR user community and learn about successful implementation examples of these frameworks
  • Further define the relevant “personas” we are targeting with (ELIXIR) training
  • Extract from the existing work a set of core competencies and sets of KSAs (knowledge, skills and abilities) that can subsequently be used:
    • to map courses in TeSS, the ELIXIR Training Portal
    • to build a curriculum for a one-week Advanced Bioinformatics Workshop (which will be part of the CODATA RDA Research Data Science Summer school series)
    • to set the first steps towards defining routes through a specific set of courses (learning paths)

Target audience
Individuals working in training and education who are interested in learning the state of the art about bioinformatics and data science competency frameworks and their application to date.

More information?
Please contact Celia van Gelder (celia.van.gelder@dtls.nl) if you need more information.


Improving Reproducibility in Research: The Role of Measurement Science

Date: Mar 12, 2018

Venue: National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0LW

Date: 01 May 2018 - 03 May 2018

We live in a world in which it is increasingly easy to collect enormous amounts of data, in which research frequently spans physical, chemical, and biological sciences. Despite these advances, many scientific research results in recent years have proven to be difficult to reproduce.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together experts from the measurement and wider research communities to understand the issues and to explore how good measurement practice and principles can foster confidence in research findings, including how we can tackle the challenge posed by increasing data volumes in both industry and research. It is important to recognise that there is no process that can entirely eliminate measurement uncertainty, but a good measurement process can lead to an appropriate interpretation of the data. Collecting and reporting the control experiments and systems and the details of and computational process will add confidence to results, improve the efficiency of follow-up studies, and establish a more reasonable basis for conclusions. Such practices can also add to our knowledge in ways that simply reproducing an experiment cannot.

The international network of National Metrology Institutes (NMIs), coordinated by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (Bureau International des Poids et Measures, BIPM), develops novel measurement methods, conducts cross-validation studies, and provides expertise in experiment design and uncertainty analysis and characterisation. By bringing together practitioners from the metrology community with discipline scientists and representatives of scholarly publishers, we hope to establish better awareness and adoption of best practices in measurement.

The workshop organisers intend to produce a report describing the actions the network of NMIs might take moving forward. In this way, we may mitigate the 'reproducibility crisis' and increase confidence in evidence-based decision-making.

Invited speakers:

  • Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive UKRI, (UK)
  • Barend Mons, Leiden University Medical Center/GO FAIR (NL)
  • Geoffrey Boulton, University of Edinburgh/CODATA (UK)
  • Tony Hey, Science and Technology Facilities Council (UK)
  • Natalie de Souza, Nature Methods (US)
  • Owen Sansom, Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, (UK)
  • Martin Milton, Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (FR)
  • Antonio Possolo, National Institute of Standards and Technology (US)
  • Leslie McIntosh Borelli, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/Research Data Alliance (US)

Download workshop flyer Adobe Acrobat PDF file

Cost: Free to attend, but registration is essential
Registration: Register online
Contact: Technical: Ian Gilmore, Admin/registration: events@npl.co.uk


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