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Special SciDataCon 2016 Collection in the Data Science Journal

Date: Oct 27, 2016

The present message is a reminder that all presenters at SciDataCon are invited to submit a paper to the Data Science Journal http://datascience.codata.org/ to be considered as part of a high-profile special collection of papers from the conference.

Please note the following:

The deadline for submissions to be part of the SciDataCon 2016 special collection has been extended to 31 October.
Submissions should be made at http://datascience.codata.org/
  • The submission should be a full paper (please see instructions on the Data Science Journal website ), not the abstract submitted for SciDataCon.
  • Even though an abstract was accepted for SciDataCon, the full paper submitted to the Data Science Journal will be peer-reviewed to ensure quality.
  • Given the number of papers expected we are unable to waive the Article Processing Charge (APC) for all papers, however the Data Science Journal is very competitive and has a progressive waiver policy for those unable to pay the APC: http://datascience.codata.org/about/submissions/
Other Deadlines for Data Science Journal Collections
Two other Data Science Journal Calls for Papers are open with deadlines approaching:
 
Call for Papers: “Open Data and African Research”
This Special Issue aims to explore how, why, and to what end scientists in developing countries, and particularly those in sub-Sahara Africa, share and re-use data, and whether these activities differ from the priorities, practices, and policies associated with research in other conditions. We seek to attract papers that capture the challenges of conducting research in low-resourced environments and the innovative ways in which scientists overcome these challenges and produce/disseminate/use data (whether in digital or other formats).  We would be happy to discuss possible contributions with prospective authors over email.
 
Final deadline 20 December, but please contact the editors via s.leonelli@exeter.ac.uk as soon as possible.  Further details at http://datascience.codata.org/announcement/
 

Call for Papers: Special Issue: 20 Years Persistent Identifiers
Persistent identifiers (PID) for scholarly resources have been around now for more than 20 years. Since the initial launch of the Handle.net we have seen a proliferation of PID into many use cases. Some PID systems have become established parts of the science information infrastructure, in other areas we are seeing work in progress, and new use cases being proposed. In addition to the PID use cases a number of critical questions arise. These include:

  • What progress has been made - what works and what lessons have we learned?
  • Are there key gaps in the ways that research outputs are structured, accredited and exposed?
  • How are issues of interoperability between different PID systems to be handled, and what are the implications of doing so?
  • How do we ensure trust in PIDs and their long-term sustainability? What is the relationship between PIDs, metrics and data quality?
  • What are the roles of the various stakeholders, e.g. funders, publishers, researchers, learned societies, repository managers?

Areas of discussion in this issue include:

  • Usage of PIDs within and across disciplines (e.g. earth sciences, life sciences, medicine, digital humanities, cultural heritage)
  • New use cases (e.g. provenance, dynamic data, fine-grained access, reference, credit, metrics, quality, standards)
  • Communities of practice and governance around PID systems
  • New forms of scholarly output, communication, linked data and business models 
The deadline is 31 October.  Please consult http://datascience.codata.org/announcement/ for further details.


Legal Interoperability of Research Data: Principles and Implementation Guidelines, now published

Date: Oct 25, 2016

The Legal Interoperability of Research Data: Principles and Implementation Guidelines have now been published in Zenodo: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.162241
 
The RDA-CODATA Legal Interoperability Interest Group has studied the issues related tothe intellectual property of data: the resulting outcome is a set of principles and practical implementation guidelines. They are offered as high-level guidance to all members of the research community—the funders, managers of data centers, librarians, archivists, publishers, policymakers, university administrators, individual researchers, and their legal counsel—who are engaged in activities that involve the access to and reuse of research data from diverse sources.  The Principles are synergistic, so their greatest benefit is realized when they are considered together.
 
The following Principles on the Legal Interoperability of Research Data focus on all types of data that are used primarily in publicly funded research in government and academia:
  • One: Facilitate the lawful access to and reuse of research data.
  • Two: Determine the rights to and responsibilities for the data.
  • Three: Balance the legal interests.
  • Four: State the rights transparently and clearly.
  • Five: Promote the harmonization of rights in research data.
  • Six: Provide proper attribution and credit for research data.
The document examines each of the six principles and provides guidelines for implementing these principles.

The guidelines have been refined through two strenuous rounds of peer review and are now made available on behalf of CODATA and RDA from Zenodo: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.162241


Call for scientific and non-academic reviewers

Date: Oct 21, 2016

International Council for Science in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies, and the International Social Science Council will support 10 col­laborative research projects across Africa (to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years) in 2017 in order to ensure that science can effectively contribute to the implementation of this Urban Agenda in Africa.These projects are expected to generate new solutions-oriented knowl­edge that will help develop new urban paradigms in Africa and make African cities more resilient, adaptable and healthier.

We are now looking for scientists and non-academic experts with expertise in energy systems, air pollution, health, provision of health services, climate mitigation and adaptation, land use and urban planning, and disaster risk reduction in the urban environment to review full proposals between Nov 2016- mid Jan 2017. Experience in inter- and transdisciplinary research would be of value. Guidelines for review will be provided. 
 
You can also contribute to our efforts in making African cities more sus­tainable and resilient by reviewing proposal(s). If you are interested or know relevant experts, please contact
Katsia PAULAVETS <katsia.paulavets(at)icsu.org>  by 25 November, 2016.
 


Invitation to the euroCRIS Strategic Membership Meeting in Athens, 8-10 November 2016

Date: Oct 18, 2016

This Autumn, euroCRIS will organize its “Strategic Membership Meeting”: the yearly opportunity for discussion and exchange of ideas between the Strategic Partners of euroCRIS and the euroCRIS Community, around an actual and mutually interesting theme:
Towards optimal Research information Infrastructures on a national and international level.
What uses for which stakeholders? Through which collaboration(s), by which building blocks?  


 
With special attention for: The road to a European Research Information Infrastructure. 
We may be farther along this road than we realize (if we jointly grasp the present opportunities). 
What can be learned from ongoing initiatives and collaborations within and outside of Europe?
 
This year the meeting will take place in Athens, Greece, from 8-10 of November forthcoming and will be organized in cooperation with the Greek National Documentation Centre (EKT).
 
We at euroCRIS are both happy and proud to be able to present you an - in my view - exciting and challenging programme, with a mixture of lectures and interactive sessions with the audience and some first class speakers from key stakeholders in the research information domain. More concretely:
  • Prof. Geoffrey Boulton, President of CODATA, the  Committee on Data for Science and Technology of the International Council for Science. See: http://www.codata.org/
  • Prof. John Donovan, President of EARMA: the European Organisation for Research Managers. See: http://www.earma.org/
  • Dr Emily Gale, UK Medical Research Council, representing SCIENCE EUROPE, the association of European Research Funding Organisations (RFO) and Research Performing Organisations (RPO),  See:http://www.scienceeurope.org/
  • Dr Natalia Manola: Project Manager of the OpenAIRE Project. See: https://www.openaire.eu/

Apart from these expert speakers, there will be, as indicated, various interactive sessions with the audience as well as contributions on national developments going on in Greece in the field of research information in general and CRIS in particular. 
 
Last but not least, there will be the presentation of the work towards a "new CERIF-XML", aimed at promoting the acceptance and application of CERIF, with already a first concrete use case project that has been started up to implement the revised CERIF-XML. 

You will find also all the information needed regarding the meeting at the euroCRIS web site: http://www.eurocris.org/activities/membership-meetings/athens-strategic-membership-meeting-november-2016
 
Herewith we kindly invite you page at:  https://en.xing-events.com/ZWKPHPV.html
   
Attendance is free of charge for members of euroCRIS, and only € 60, -- for non-members (granting at the same time a one-year personal membership of euroCRIS).



Pre-ICRI Workshop on Improving Data Sharing and Re-use in and for Africa

Date: Oct 8, 2016

On Sunday 2 October, Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director participated in a panel and more general discussions at a Pre-ICRI Workshop on Improving Data Sharing and Re-use in and for Africa.  

The workshop was organised by DIRISA in partnership with RDA and DST and held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre prior to ICRI, the International Conference on Research Infrastructures.

"Delegates from 29 countries gathered to attend this workshop and shared their knowledge, challenges and insights on Data Sharing and Re-use in and for Africa. During the workshop, plenary discussions were held to discuss among other topics i.e. Common and Key Issues on Data Sharing and Re-use; Challenges and Opportunities in Regional and Continental Integration; Global Participation in Data Infrastructures to Support Research Data Sharing in Africa and Actions to Consolidate and Accelerate Vibrant Research Collaboration in Africa.”

Slides and presentations are available from slides and presentations at http://www.dirisa.ac.za/event/pre-icri-2016/


Humans of Data

Date: Oct 4, 2016

In following news item, Laura Molloy, a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute and the Ruskin School of Art, announces the ‘Humans of Data’ project which is appearing on the CODATA blog http://codata.org/blog/category/humans-of-data/
 
“At events like International Data Week, much discussion has happened around the technical and legislative challenges and opportunities relating to research data. But in many presentations and group meetings, we have repeatedly heard that our human behaviour – our desires, ambitions, fears, traditions and habits – shape how effectively we create, manage, share and reuse research data assets, and how open we are to collaborating on research data infrastructure.  As many speakers have noted, the technical challenges are usually susceptible to scoping and tackling, but the really intricate work is the work of creating social change and new behaviours.
 
“As an artist and a researcher, I’m passionate about digital curation, digital preservation and research data management, and how those skills are useful to everyone in contemporary society to one extent or another.  And I’m also passionate about the way that research data – and visual art – have so much potential to transform our lives, societies and the world around us.  As I’ve continued to attend data-related conferences, I’ve become fascinated with this human element. I also noted that the International Data Week crowd is a welcome mix of nationalities, genders, ages and ethnicities.  It’s critical that our conversations include people unlike ourselves, and there is so much to be gained from getting to know each other better in order to build the kinds of relationships that can help us make progress across communities, nationalities and disciplines.
 
“To that end, I launched a project called “Humans of Data’. It’s a really simple idea – basically the same as the ‘Humans of New York’ project online, where there is a photo and a quote from each (unnamed) person.  I hope this helps to get a more personal, human conversation going amongst the amazing people I meet at data conferences all over the world, connecting with their lives as individuals and having them say something about what they’re passionate about when it comes to data-related issues.
 
“I’ll be posting the ‘Humans of Data’ here on the CODATA blog as each photo and quote becomes available. If you’d like to view them as a group, please click the ‘Humans of Data’ category to group these posts together http://codata.org/blog/category/humans-of-data/
 
“If you’d like to participate, please email me at laura.molloy AT oii.ox.ac.uk, or contact me via Twitter @LM_HATII.


CODATA Task Groups, 2016-2018

Date: Sep 17, 2016

The 30th CODATA General Assembly, held on Sunday 11 September at the start of International Data Week and SciDataCon, approved the following Task Groups for the two year period 2016-2018.
 
New Task Groups
  • Coordinating Data Standards amongst Scientific Unions
  • Building Foundational Training in Research Data Science
  • Agriculture Data, Knowledge for Learning and Innovation
  • Citizen Science and the Validation, Curation, and Management of Crowdsourced Data (with WDS)
 
Renewed Task Groups
 
Although for reasons of continuity and recognition, the Task Group on Fundamental Constants has retained that title, in the CODATA system, this is now a standing, ongoing activity.


New CODATA Executive Committee

Date: Sep 12, 2016

CODATA’s 30th General Assembly, held on Sunday 11 September prior to SciDataCon 2016 and International Data Week, elected a new Executive Committee as well the Officer 

roles of Secretary General and Treasurer.


The full list of CODATA Officers and Executive Committee is now:

President: Geoffrey Boulton
Vice-President: Takashi Gojobori
Vice-President: Niv Ahituv

Secretary General: Bonnie Carroll
Treasurer: John Broome

Ordinary ExComm Members:
Jane Hunter, Australia
Paul Laughton, RSA
DT Lee, Academia Sinica, Taipei
Jianhui LI, China
Alena Rybkina, Russia
Paul Uhlir, USA
Joseph Muliaro Wafula, Kenya
Mary Zborowski, Canada


The Rescue of Data At Risk: Task Group's First International Workshop

Date: Sep 10, 2016

51 attended the "Data At Risk" Task Group's first international workshop, held this week (Sept 8-9) at UCAR in Boulder (Colorado) and generously hosted by the Center Green site of NCAR.  True to its name, the Workshop "worked" hard, dividing its time between oral presentations of Case Studies and vigorous breakout sessions.

Please see the blog post about this workshop 'The Data-At-Risk Task Group (DAR-TG) In Expansive Mood


Legal Interoperability of Research Data: Principles and Implementation Guidelines

Date: Sep 9, 2016

The CODATA-RDA Legal Interoperability Interest Group has studied the issues related to the intellectual property of data: the resulting outcome is a set of principles and practical implementation guidelines. They are offered as high-level guidance to all members of the research community—the funders, managers of data centers, librarians, archivists, publishers, policymakers, university administrators, individual researchers, and their legal counsel—who are engaged in activities that involve the access to and reuse of research data from diverse sources.  The Principles are synergistic, so their greatest benefit is realized when they are considered together.
 
The following Principles on the Legal Interoperability of Research Data focus on all types of data that are used primarily in publicly funded research in government and academia:

  • One: Facilitate the lawful access to and reuse of research data.
  • Two: Determine the rights to and responsibilities for the data.
  • Three: Balance the legal interests.
  • Four: State the rights transparently and clearly.
  • Five: Promote the harmonization of rights in research data.
  • Six: Provide proper attribution and credit for research data.
 
The guidelines have been refined through two strenuous rounds of peer review and a penultimate version of the Principles and Guidelines for Legal Interoperability of Research Data has now been made more widely available <http://www.codata.org/uploads/Legal Interoperability Principles and Implementation Guidelines_Final2.pdf>.  This document examines each of the six principles and provides guidelines for implementing these principles.
 
The Implementation Guidelines will be discussed and considered for adoption by the CODATA and RDA communities in sessions at SciDataCon <www.scidatacon.org/2016/> and the RDA Plenary https://rd-alliance.org/plenaries/rda-eighth-plenary-meeting-denver-co 
 
Any final comments and suggestions for improvements (not wholesale revision) may be made by 23 September, after which a final version will be published.


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