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
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 ( and Andy Rutkowski (
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 and will close 19 January 2018.
Address questions about the Fellows Programs to Florio Arguillas ( and Stuart Macdonald (

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)

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
Phone: 865-298-1245

Nancy Blair DeLeon                  NFAIS  
Phone: 443-221-2980

Lynn Yarmey         RDA/US  
Phone: 858-722-0127

Ester Sztein
Phone: 202-334-3049

RDAP18 Call for Proposals

Date: Oct 24, 2017

The Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit, to be held March 21-23, 2018 in Chicago, IL, invites calls for proposals from managers, users, and generators of digital data from all sectors, including industry, academia, government, and cultural heritage centers, to present within the sessions described below. 

Session topics are as follows: 

  1. Defining the role of the library in research data management within an institution
  2. FAIR vs. Friction
  3. Intersection of Publishing and Data
  4. Underserved Data Communities: Understanding Access & Preservation Bias
  5. Research reproducibility - how data librarians are getting involved
  6. Open Call for Proposals

There will also be a poster session and separate oral session (TBD).

Please submit proposals via this form by Friday, November 17.  

Questions can be directed to the RDAP Program Chairs, Amy Neeser ( and Jon Petters (

North American DDI conference Call for Proposals now open!

Date: Oct 23, 2017

Call for Proposals for the 6th 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 2018 Theme 
The conference theme is "Benefits of Describing National Statistics with Common Standards," 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.  
Aimed at individuals working in and around data and metadata, NADDI 2018 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 
  • December 1: Deadline for conference proposals
  • January 5: Notification of acceptance
  • February 14: Early-bird registration deadline
  • Conference Dates: April 4-6, 2018
  • Conference Location: Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C.
How to Submit 
Submissions may be made through the conference web site.  The proposal deadline is December 1, 2017.

An African Open Science Platform initiative - Invitation to a series of webinars on "Incentives for sharing research data" 25, 26 and 27 October 2017 (Open Access Week)

Date: Oct 9, 2017

The Open Science movement – focused on making research data, software code and experimental methods publicly available and transparent - is steadily gaining momentum. According to Gewin (2016), “[A]a spirit of openness is gaining traction in the science community, and is the only way, say advocates, to address a 'crisis' in science whereby too few findings are successfully reproduced. Furthermore, they say, it is the best way for researchers to gather the range of observations that are necessary to speed up discoveries or to identify large-scale trends.” 
Although many researchers are already sharing their raw data and data sets, there are researchers who still question why they should share their data, and what benefits are in it for them. In other words, how will they be incentivized, when others use the outputs of their hard work. These issues also apply on national and institutional levels.  What do research institutions have to gain by embracing Open Science?  Will the associated data expertise and opportunities for collaboration outweigh the perceived loss of intellectual capital that, if closed, can be exploited ahead of rivals?  Similarly, on the national level: is there a strong incentive for poorer nations not to be left behind as science is transformed by the digital revolution?  Or will open data and open science merely lead to data assets in the ‘South' being more quickly exploited by better resourced researchers in the 'North'? Very few countries and institutions have policies in place regarding the management (incl. curation) and sharing of data as an outcome of funded research projects.
The above just some of the issues the African Open Science Platform would like to address during this series of webinars, to be presented during International Open Access Week 2017


We are very excited to bring you 3 experts on this topic, to share their perspectives.

Registration (free)

If you are interested in attending any one/all of the webinars, please complete the registration form by 20 October 2017. The webinars are presented free of charge. Once you have registered, we will provide you with the login details and further instructions.

Report from the Madagascar High-Level Meeting on Environmental & Scientific Data for Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries

Date: Oct 4, 2017

From 4-8 September 2017, the African Open Science Platform Project (in collaboration with CODATA and with the Madagascar Ministries of Environment, Ecology and Forests; of Higher Education and Research; of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Development; and of the Economy and Planning) organised a series of workshops and meetings in Antananarivo, Madagascar. 

These included, on Monday 4 September, a High-level Meeting on Environmental and Scientific Open Data for Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries, hosted at the Prime Minister’s Residence and attended by 11 Ministers from the Madagascar government.  
The report of this meeting - prepared by NOASILALAONOMENJANAHARY Ambinitsoa Lucie, National Focal Point of AfriGEOSS and Member of the AOSP Technical Advisory Board - is now available here.
The keynote presentation by Simon Hodson of CODATA and directing the AOSP project is available here (in French): 'La Science Ouverte et les Données ‘FAIR’ : Composants essentiels pour le développement durable dans un monde de données massives'

7th Digital Earth Summit 2018 (DES-2018) 17-19 April, 2018, Morocco - Deadline for abstract submission: 21 October 2017

Date: Oct 3, 2017

The 7th Digital Earth Summit 2018  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 (ISDE, and the Chouaib Douakkali University (UCD, )  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).

The main objective of DES-2018 is to bring together scientist and professionals from the African and international community to present latest achievements, discuss challenges and share experiences. The conference program will feature keynote speeches delivered by leading scholars, technical sessions with reports of the latest research outcomes, discussion sessions on operational topics such as capacity building, Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), big data, space policy, programmes and projects, as well as commercial exhibitions showing latest products and services in Digital earth and geospatial information technologies.

For further details and to submit your abstract, please visit the conference website at:

The deadline for abstract submission is 21 October 2017.

IDCC call for papers: beyond FAIR

Date: Oct 2, 2017

The 13th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) will take place in Barcelona on 19-22nd February 2018. The call for papers is out now and we encourage you to submit work on relevant digital curation, preservation and research data management initiatives.
Beyond FAIR - from principles to practice to global join up
The need to manage and share digital outputs and data has been clearly articulated and gained international traction over the past decade or more. Effective data handling skills and curation services are essential to support and embed these practices. Much progress has been made towards implementation with services being provided by research institutions, funders, domain groups, commercial providers and others. As the landscape matures, attention is turning to coordination and interoperability, with investments being made in the NIH Commons initiative, the European Open Science Cloud and African Open Science Platform. This evolution poses many difficult questions: Who is responsible for what? What do principles like FAIR mean in reality and how should they be assessed? How do you join up or ensure interoperability across existing and emerging infrastructure and services? Where does the investment come from and how do we make this sustainable?
The focus of IDCC in 2018 is sharing practical lessons on the efforts made so far to curate data and pursue a digital data commons. Papers should address one of three overarching themes:
  • Data: We want to hear from different communities on data processing pipelines - what works and where do tools fail you? How realistic is it to use other people’s data? And what challenges emerge from the current policies and drivers for openness?
  • Skills and services: Lessons from those supporting data and digital collections are also called for. What programmes have you been running to share skills and build capacity? To what extent are you tailoring provision to different domains? How are the services on offer maturing and evolving?
  • Value: In terms of impact and sustainability, we want to know what value is being generated for society by sharing and reusing data? What models are emerging to demonstrate the impact of services. And how are services being sustained?
The deadline for paper submissions is Monday 23rd October and for workshops Monday 30th October.
For the full call and further details about the conference, please visit the conference website:

Disaster Loss Data: Raising the Standard - a white paper

Date: Oct 2, 2017

National disaster loss databases are crucial to producing and acting upon risk information that, in turn, advances appropriate policy making and risk governance. They also serve as basic mechanisms for reporting on the Sendai Framework targets. Data collection is pivotal to the comprehensive assessment of disaster impacts. Risk interpretation, with standardized loss data, can also provide loss forecasting data in referencing historical loss modelling.

This white paper describes standard framework and protocols for loss data collection systems that offer enhanced and accurate risk assessments.  The paper also discusses identification of indicators in disaster loss estimation, outlining standards, and designing data collection and assessment procedures.
Read the white paper 'Disaster Loss Data: Raising the Standard’ here.

EDDI17 - 9th Annual European DDI User Conference: draft program / registration open

Date: Sep 27, 2017

9th Annual European DDI User Conference (EDDI17) DDI - The Basis of Managing the Data Life Cycle
The draft program is available here.
It comprehends 2 keynotes, 24 presentations, 3 tutorials, posters, and side meetings.
The conference will be opened by the keynote speech on “DDI Is Not Enough” by Ron Dekker (director of CESSDA ERIC - Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives)
The deadline for the early booking conference fee is October 17.
Approx. 90 participants are expected for the conference.
EDDI17 is organized jointly by FORS - Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and IDSC of IZA - International Data Service Center of the Institute for the Study of Labor.
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.
The meeting will bring together DDI users and professionals from all over Europe and the world. Anyone interested in developing, applying, or using DDI is invited to attend and present.
The presentations focus on:
  • Case Studies
  • Mature implementations
  • Early Implementations
  • Interplay of DDI with other standards or technologies
  • Projects in early phases in which DDI is under consideration
  • Critiques of DDI
The topics of the conference include:
  • User Needs, Efficient Infrastructures and Improved Quality
  • Official Statistics
  • Reusing and Sharing Metadata
  • Data Harmonization
  • Incentives to Document Data
  • Open Data and Linked Open Data
  • Privacy and Access Control
  • Metadata versus Data and Related Ethics
  • Software / Tools
For more information about the EDDI conference series and details on the previous EDDI conferences, look at
Jon Johnson and Joachim Wackerow (co-chairs) 
on behalf of the EDDI1
7 Program Committee

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