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Call for Session Proposals, SciDataCon 2018, part of International Data Week 2018

Date: Nov 17, 2017

Proposals are invited for sessions at SciDataCon 2018: The Digital Frontiers of Global Science.

SciDataCon 2018 will take place as an integrated part of International Data Week, 22-26 October 2018, in Gaborone, Botswana.

Session proposals should be made at: http://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/ - the deadline for proposals is midnight UTC on 19 January 2018.

If you have not already done so, you need to sign up and create an account on the SciDataCon site. - this is not, of course the same as registering for the conference.  Conference registration will be available in due course at http://internationaldataweek.org/

 

The Digital Frontiers of Global Science

SciDataCon 2018 will address the theme of ‘The Digital Frontiers of Global Science’.  In a hyperconnected world where the internet is pervasive and web technologies are driving major changes in our lives, research has become more than ever before digital and international.  Furthermore, the major societal and scientific challenges facing humanity in this digital age are profoundly global in character, requiring the participation of researchers from all countries and disciplines. The data revolution is also a major source of the scientific opportunities to address these issues but to realise these potentials the frontiers of science, data analysis and stewardship must be advanced.  Likewise, the data revolution must be inclusive, benefitting all,  and harnessing all energies: no parts of the world and no disciplines should be left behind.

SciDataCon 2018 seeks to explore the digital frontiers of global science by bringing together research and practice papers from a wide range of perspectives. The scope is explicitly broad and inclusive, addressing all aspects of the role of data in research.

The high-level themes of the 2018 edition are:

  • the digital frontiers of global science;
  • a global and inclusive data revolution;
  • applications, progress and challenges of data intensive research;
  • data infrastructure and enabling practices for international and collaborative research.

An expanded overview of these themes is provided here http://www.scidatacon.org/conference/IDW2018/conference_themes_and_scope/.

 

Proposing a Session

Please consider the following issues when making your proposal for a SciDataCon 2018 session.

Your proposal should:

  • provide a clear description of the approach and structure of the session;
  • explain the significance of the research questions to be tackled in the session;
  • provide as much information as possible about proposed speakers and the subject of their papers;
  • indicate clearly the format of the session;
  • indicate clearly which conference theme or themes will be addressed;
  • be no shorter than 300 words and no longer than 600 words.

 

Next Steps and Timescales

Selected sessions will be notified by 16 February 2018.

The Call for Sessions will be followed by a general Call for Papers which will open on 16 February 2018 with a deadline of midnight UTC on 16 April 2018.

The Call for Papers will invite:

  1. papers specifically for sessions approved from the current call; or,
  2. papers submitted independent of approved sessions (which if selected will be organised into thematic sessions by the conference committee).

All speakers wishing to present research papers, practice papers, posters and panel contributions, whether identified in session proposals or not, will be required to submit abstracts by midnight UTC on 16 April 2016.

It is the responsibility of the organisers of accepted sessions to ensure that invited speakers for their sessions submit abstracts for their contributions by this deadline.

The International Scientific Programme Committee may allocate paper(s) from the general a call for papers to a session if appropriate and with the agreement of the session organisers.

Selected papers will be notified by 31 May 2018 when we hope also to publish an outline programme.

 

Summary of Key Dates

  • Deadline for session proposals: 19 January 2017
  • Selected sessions will be notified by 16 February 2018.
  • Call for abstracts will be released c. 16 February 2018
  • Deadline for abstracts submission: 16 April 2018
  • Target for confirmation of accepted abstracts, 31 May 2018.


The ChinaGEOSS data portal released for emergency response to Iraq-Iran Earthquake at early of Nov 14

Date: Nov 16, 2017

Hours after the earthquake along the border area between Iraq and Iran at night of Nov 12, 2017, ChinaGEOSS launched the CDDR mechanism (ChinaGEOSS Disaster Data Response) for emergency data response and got quick support from most of China operational satellite agencies and international partners.

An data portal for this event was released at 7:00 am of Nov 14, developed by the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth in CAS. It published the first bundle of data contributed by China National Satellite Meteorological Center, Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Co.Ltd, Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd and China Center for Resources Satellite Date and Application, with 249 scenes image from 5 satellites. More Chinese high resolution satellites have made special observing plan to get post-disaster damage images as soon as possible. All the data is applied a clear data policy for ChinaGEOSS disaster cooperation. 

International user can access these data and related information by the link of http://www.chinageoss.org/IraqEarthQuake2017/en/index.html. According to the normal condition, this call for observing activities will last for about one week and the data service will keep open even after this emergency stage. At this moment, this work has been supported by and collaborated with many international organizations and programmes, such as GEO, AOGEOSS, CODATA, DBAR, WDS, IRDR, APSCO, OpenStreetMap and UNOSAT.

CDDR mechanism has been successfully launched two times for huge natural disaster events around the world and played important role for the disaster reduction, such as NewZealand earthquake at Nov of 2016 and Mexico earthquakes at Sept of 2017. More than 7 Chinese agencies and 12 satellites have been involved in the past activities. It has been regarded as a best practice of GEO-based emergency response for Sendai Framework, paralleling with the government level mechanisms.

As for previous releases relating to the New Zealand and Mexico earthquakes, the CODATA Task Group on Linked Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research is strongly engaged in this initiative to share essential and timely data for earthquake response and research


Call for Proposals, CODATA Task Groups 2018-2020 - Deadline 15 June 2018

Date: Nov 7, 2017

CODATA invites proposals for Task Groups to be approved by the 31st CODATA General Assembly which will be held on 26 October 2018, in Gaborone, Botswana, following International Data Week 2018, 22-26 October 2018 (comprising our research conference SciDataCon 2018).
 
The final deadline for submissions of Task Group Proposals is 15 June 2018.  Proposals will be reviewed by the CODATA Executive Committee and by external experts.  Recommendations will be presented to the CODATA General
Assembly which will select the Task Groups.
 
Potential Task Groups are invited to submit draft proposals for comment by the CODATA Executive Committee.  Such draft proposals should be submitted on this form to Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director simon@codata.org no later than 28 February 2018.  Feedback will be provided no later than 30 April 2018.
 
Task Groups are approved by the General Assembly for 2 years. Existing CODATA Task Groups may apply for renewal and are subject to the same criteria, as described in the attached document.
 
The three priority areas in the CODATA Strategy are as follows:
 
  1. To promote Open Data principles, policies and practices;
  2. To advance the frontiers of data science and its adaptation to scientific research;
  3. To build capacity for  improving skills and the functioning of science systems (particularly in low and middle income countries - LMICs)
The call suggests some high priority topics under each of these headings (see the call document for further details): 
 
Open data principles, policies and practices
    • developing good practice and recommendations around data principles and policies;
    • examining the limits of openness;
    • synthesizing and advancing work on the benefits of data sharing;
    • exploring the theme of data diplomacy to consider what international agreements can promote the more open availability of data.
 
Frontiers of Data Science
    • Reproducibility in research
    • Statistical, epistemological and ethical challenges of Big Data
    • Criteria for selection and preservation of research data
    • Development of glossaries, data dictionaries or ontologies
    • Data integration and data strategies for international, transdisciplinary research programmes
 
Capacity building, data skills and education
    • analyzing requirements for data education
    • developing and refining the curriculum for ‘research data science’;
    • examining and articulating the processes and standards for the creation of reusable online materials and the development of those materials;
    • examining and addressing issues around access to research software, the maintenance and development of Open Source research software.
 
Task Group proposals addressing these or similar issues are particularly encouraged.  This does not mean that Task Group proposals addressing areas not described below will be considered out of scope: we invite and encourage innovative ideas from the CODATA community.

 


Abstract submission deadline extension to November 24th - Announcement of 2018 Digital Earth Summit in Morocco

Date: Nov 3, 2017

Abstract submission deadline extension to
November 24th

Announcement of
2018 Digital Earth Summit in Morocco and CALL for Abstract 
International Society for Digital Earth


The 7th Digital Earth Summit 2018, DES-2018, on Digital Earth for Sustainable Development in Africa will be held in El Jadida, Morocco, at the Faculty of Science, Chouaib Douakkali University from April 17-19, 2018.

This conference will be a major event in the African and international community of Earth observation and geo-spatial information science in 2018.  It will be organized by International Society for Digital Earth and the Chouaib Douakkali University  in partnership with the the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) and  the Moroccan Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (MARSE).

CONFERENCE THEME

The  DES-2018, will cover all the aspects of geo spatial data and information themes , Earth sciences, space sciences and information sciences and technology to assess, monitor and  forecast natural and human phenomena under the overarching theme: “ Digital Earth for Sustainable Development in Africa ”
SUB-THEMES
1: Digital Earth: best practices and applications
2: Earth Observation and Applications to Science and Policy
3: Digital Earth technologies to Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals
4: Digital Earth and Citizen Well-Being
5: Zero Hunger with Digital Earth technology
6: Geo-ethics, Educating next-generations with Digital Earth

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
Participation in DES-2018 is open to all individuals interested in or working in the fields of earth observation and geo-information science. For all sub-themes, papers for oral presentation, discussion and poster sessions are invited.

Abstracts received by the deadline will be considered for program placement under the standard peer review process. Late abstracts cannot be accepted due to the large number of submissions and short review schedule. Authors should indicate the sub-theme under which their papers fall.

IMPORTANT DATES
April, 30 2017                Announcement and Call for Papers
November, 24 2017      Deadline of Abstract Submission
December, 8 2017         Notification of Abstract
December, 31 2017       Deadline for Papers
February, 28 2018        Early Registration Closed
March, 31 2018              Final Program
April, 17 2018                 Conference
 
For more information and updates please continue to visit the conference website: www.desummit2018.org or contact: infos@desummit2018.org

Source:http://www.digitalearth-isde.org/news/806
 
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Towards a Data Infrastructure Framework, UbuntuNetConnect 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1 November 2017

Date: Nov 2, 2017

Presentations available at: http://africanopenscience.org.za/?p=594

The African Open Science Platform partnered with the organisers of the UbuntuNetConnect 2017 conference and hosted a workshop – focusing on data infrastructure and capacity building – to 65 participants from all over Africa. From previous workshops presented, it was evident that Ethiopia faces the same needs in terms of open science policy, infrastructure to exchange and make data openly available, and capacity building.
 
Prof. Afework Kassu (State Minister for Science and Technology, Ethiopia) welcomed all, and during his opening made the comment that openness should be embraced towards global peace. He further said that we need to lay the foundation for future citizens. We also need universities and industries to work together to promote further innovations. The important role of digital library systems to benefit students and staff was highlighted. A Science Cloud, and Science Cafes in the city for citizens to benefit from, are just two of the very successful initiatives. He ended by saying that Africa needs a continental strategy for Science and Technology towards addressing the objectives of the United Nations 2036 agenda.
 


Presentations from the Botswana National Forum on Open Data Open Science, 30-31 October 2017

Date: Nov 2, 2017

Congratulations to the Botswana National Open Data Open Science Forum with a highly successful workshop presented on 30 & 31 Oct. 2017 in Gabarone. The focus of the workshop was mainly on policy and infrastructure.

Presentations are available at: http://africanopenscience.org.za/?p=576

From the national forum attended in Botswana 30 – 31 October 2017, it was clear that the country shares the same challenges as other African countries in terms of open science (incl. open data) policy, utilising and adapting the current ICT infrastructure/fibre connections to allow for the transmission of data sets to advance science, and building capacity – not only in terms of plans to manage research data on individual researcher/project level, but also in terms of soft skills to properly manage and re-use data. Botswana Statistics (focusing on government data) is one of the success stories which was shared. The presence of high-level key stakeholders demonstrated commitment from government level. The general experience was positive, with Botswana colleagues adamant to not only start doing African science in an African way, but also to do Botswana science the Botswana away – steering away from benchmarking with countries they have very little in common, at the same time, implementing international best practice. This coordinated effort brought together stakeholders from all over Botswana.

The Botswana ODOS National Committee has indicated that actions from this workshop will include the following:

  • Addressing policy and infrastructure needs;
  • Adaptation of the ODOS mandate by key stakeholders;
  • Capacity building, training people on institutional and community level;
  • Finding innovative uses of data; and
  • Engaging citizens.


Call for Nominations for CODATA Officers (President and Vice-President(s)) and Executive Committee Members: Deadline 9 April 2018

Date: Oct 26, 2017

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 26-27 October 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 9 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

26-7 October 2018

Deadline for Final Slate

21 September 2018

Deadline for Additional Candidates

14 September 2018

Deadline for Provisional List

26 April 2018

Deadline for nominations

9 April 2018

Call for nominations

26 October 2017


Papers from SciDataCon 2016, part of International Data Week, Denver, Colorado

Date: Oct 25, 2017

SciDataCon2016 took place on 11-13 September 2016 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado, USA. It was part of International Data Week, 11-16 September 2016, convened by CODATA, the ICSU World Data System and the Research Data Alliance. SciDataCon2016 sought to advance the frontiers of data in all areas of research, acknowledging that the most significant contemporary research challenges— including those reaching across disciplines—cannot be properly addressed without due attention to data-related issues. These include policy frameworks, data quality and interoperability, long-term stewardship of data, and the research skills, technologies, and infrastructures required by increasingly data-intensive research. They also include frontier challenges for data science: e.g. fundamental research questions relating to data integration, analysis of complex systems and models, epistemology and ethics in relation to Big Data, etc. The transformative effect of the data revolution should be examined from the perspective of all fields of research, and its relationship to broader societal developments and to data-driven innovation scrutinised. These issues create a multi-faceted challenge which cannot be tackled without expertise drawn across disciplines and diverse roles in the research community, stating nationally, but moving internationally and globally, for the benefit of us all.

Papers from SciDataCon 2016, part of International Data Week, Denver, Colorado now available in the CODATA Data Science Journal


IASSIST & CARTO 2018: CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Date: Oct 25, 2017

Conference hashtag: #iassistcarto
 
The 44th annual conference of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) will be jointly held with the 52nd annual conference of the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA-ACACC) in Montréal, Québec, Canada from May 28-June 1, 2018.
 
Once Upon a Data Point: Sustaining our Data Storytellers
 
In many ways, researchers are data storytellers: they create compelling data-supported narratives for examining both historical and current social phenomena and for facilitating social change and reconciliation. We professionals who support these data storytellers play vital roles in giving their data stories life. We assist our data storytellers in:
 
  • Discovering existing and collecting new data from which to craft the stories.
  • Analyzing and managing data to uncover the stories hiding within.
  • Visualizing data to offer vivid and meaningful illustrations to enhance the stories.
  • Teaching data literacy skills to their audiences so they can understand and critique the stories.
  • Curating, archiving, and sharing data so that the stories are not lost for future generations, and so new data storytellers may weave even more stories from the data.
 
And we conduct our own research to tell our own stories and to also improve our support of other data storytellers.
 
We welcome submissions that tell diverse stories about our IASSIST and ACMLA-ACACC communities’ experiences, that offer conference attendees suggestions of how they can implement or adapt lessons for their own work, and that have wide-reaching appeal to our international attendees. Although the positive outcomes are always something people want to hear, there’s also an appetite for learning about the things that didn’t go well, particularly any problems you faced and how others might avoid or handle them.
 
So bring us your data comedies, tragedies, epics, horror stories, mysteries, histories, thrillers, adventures, fables, fantasies, science fiction, and even romances if you’ve got them! We look forward to sharing, learning from, and adapting each other's stories.
 
Submitting Proposals
We welcome submissions for papers, presentations, panels, posters, and Pecha Kuchas in English and French.
 
The Call for Presentations, along with the link to the submission form, is at: 
 
Questions about presentation submissions may be sent to the Program Co-Chairs (Jay Brodeur, Laurence Horton, and Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh) at iassist2018@gmail.com.
 
We are also accepting submissions for Pre-conference Workshops. The Call for Workshops, along with the link to the submission form, is at: 
 
Questions about workshop submissions may be sent to Workshop Coordinators, Jenny Muilenburg (jmuil@uw.edu) and Andy Rutkowski (arutkows@usc.edu).
 
Deadline for ALL submissions: 20 November 2017
Notification of acceptance: February 2018
 
Support for Attending the Conference
IASSIST Fellows Program supports data professionals from underrepresented regions and countries with emerging economies. IASSIST Early Professional Fellows Program helps early career data professionals recognizing the value of innovative ideas. Applications can be made at https://goo.gl/forms/dr6fie6XJyOKR4Ee2 and will close 19 January 2018.
Address questions about the Fellows Programs to Florio Arguillas (foa2@cornell.edu) and Stuart Macdonald (stuart.macdonald@ed.ac.uk).


Workshop - Managing Digital Research Objects in an Expanding Science Ecosystem

Date: Oct 24, 2017

“Managing Digital Research Objects in an Expanding Science Ecosystem”

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications

U.S. National Library of Medicine/NIH

8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894

“We are at a tipping point in the development of a common conceptual framework and set of tools and components which will revolutionize the management of scientific data.” Keynote Speaker Presenting the Global Challenge Peter Wittenberg, Co-Editor of Recommendations for Implementing a Virtual Layer for Management of the Complete Life Cycle of Scientific Data

Sessions on

Developing Frameworks that Address the Challenge
Identifiers as an integral Part of the Scholarly Record

Creating and Maintaining Standards for Object Identifiers, Persistent Identifiers for Data Sets, Industry Incorporation of Identifiers

Using multiple, interlinked, and evolving research artifacts to advance research

Scientific Use Case Analysis, Metadata Harmonization, Linked Open Data Approach, Sustainable Environment/Actionable Data

Connecting Users with Digital Research Objects
Filling the Gaps and Moving the Agenda Forward

Register Now!

(Use FY17 or FY18 funding)

https://goo.gl/eyc9B2

Co-sponsored by CENDINational Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS)Research Data Alliance/US (RDA/US)and the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information.  Hosted by The National Library of Medicine/NIH 

Contact Information:

Heather M. Parrish
CENDI 
Email:hparrish@iiaweb.com
Phone: 865-298-1245

Nancy Blair DeLeon                  NFAIS 
Email:nblairdeleon@nfais.org  
Phone: 443-221-2980

Lynn Yarmey         RDA/US
Email:yarmel@rpi.edu  
Phone: 858-722-0127

Ester Sztein
NAS
Email:esztein@nas.edu
Phone: 202-334-3049


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