Drexel-CODATA FAIR-RRDM Workshop 2019, 31 March-1 April: Call for Papers - Registration

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, as pre-event to the 13th RDA Plenary

Call for Papers, deadline, 18 February:

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 as a pre-event to the RDA Plenary 11 in Berlin 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:

The deadline will be 18 February and accepted speakers will be notified no later than 1 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.     


The workshop is free.  Places are limited. Please register at: 


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 <>, Simon Hodson <> for further information. 

Program Committee


  • 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
  • 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]

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:

For questions with regards to the conference programme, please contact:

For questions with regards to submissions, please contact:

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’.


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:

North American DDI conference Call for Proposals now open!

Date: Nov 30, 2018

The Call for Proposals for the 7th Annual North American Data Documentation Initiative Conference (NADDI).  The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is an international standard for describing the data produced by surveys and other observational methods in the social, behavioral, economic, and health sciences.
NADDI 2019 Theme
The conference theme is "Benefits of Describing Statistical Production and Variables," which emphasizes the benefits of using metadata to drive efficiencies in a research data lifecycle, as well as promotes subsequent re-use of end data products, especially those generated by federal and national statistical agencies.  The keynote speaker will be Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada.
Aimed at individuals working in and around data and metadata, NADDI 2019 seeks submissions of presentations and posters that highlight the use of DDI and other metadata standards within research projects, official statistics, survey operations, academic libraries, and data archives.

Proposals can include:
  • Presentations
  • Panels
  • Posters
  • Workshops or Tutorials

Important Information
  • January 7: Deadline for conference proposals
  • January 18: Notification of acceptance
  • March 29: Early rate registration deadline
  • Conference Dates: April 24-26, 2019
  • Conference Location: Statistics Canada in Ottawa, Canada
How to Submit
Submissions may be made through the conference web site.  The proposal deadline is January 7, 2019.

New tool for evaluating your RDM offering launches

Date: Nov 29, 2018

Institutions now have a new means at their disposal to aid them in assessing their research data management initiatives, the Evaluating RDM Tool.  

A collaborative creation, the tool was developed using the SPARC Europe How Open is Your Research service and the Digital Curation Centre’s RISE Framework.

“We wanted to create something that would go beyond providing initial RDM guidance,” said SPARC Europe Director, Vanessa Proudman. “This tool should help with the next phase, aiding institutions as they continue to improve and evolve their RDM programmes and practices.”

As for how it works, users are invited to answer a selection of questions. Based on their responses, three downloadable radar charts are generated providing insights into: the breadth or range of RDM services provided by the institution; the degree to which RDM services are being tailored to specific users; and lastly, whether or not the initiatives are “sector leading”.

Marta Teperek, Data Stewardship Coordinator at TU Delft, described the Evaluating RDM Tool as a “quick and easy means to help assess RDM readiness at your institution and to visualise gaps.”

The tool is free to use. Any question regarding its use may be directed to

Try out the Evaluate your RDM Offering Tool

Enabling FAIR Data Project and Commitment Statement

Date: Nov 27, 2018

The Enabling FAIR Data Project has reached a significant milestone with the announcement of the Commitment Statement reflecting distinct stakeholder perspectives and roles, and defining the goals for the many communities that collectively support open and FAIR data.  We invite you, your organization, and colleagues to consider a commitment to open and FAIR data by becoming a signatory.

You can read more about the project in a recent article in the journal Science Editor that focuses on the tools and resources that will be helpful to authors: New Author Guidelines Promoting Open and FAIR Data in the Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences 

To learn more about the amazing community behind the Enabling FAIR Data Project, read about it in the EOS article, Advancing FAIR Data in Earth, Space and Environmental Science.  

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