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

Registrations open: Engaging Researchers in Good Data Management - 15 November at Cambridge

Date: Sep 25, 2017

15 November 2017,  St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, UK

On 15th November, Cambridge University, together with SPARC Europe and JISC, will host a one-day conference sharing the latest thinking as well as good practices around creating and promoting effective RDM practices. Via a combination of workshops and talks, focus groups and panel discussions, participants will discover how researchers across an array of disciplines, and librarians, are finding increasing success managing and providing greater access to research data.
Who should attend? Anyone working to support and engage researchers with Open Research and Research Data Management (RDM); librarians and scholarly communications specialists included. We invite you to find out more and secure your place.
Register by 17th October for an early bird discount.

Lightning Talks Proposal? Submissions welcome.
The conference, intended to represent a wide range of experiences and voices, will feature a series of lightning talks, 5-10 minutes in length. If you have experiences to share, we would very much like to hear from you. We welcome researchers, librarians and support professionals with exciting and innovative stories regarding good data management practices, collaborations and methods of engaging colleagues to submit an abstract. 

Bursary Application

Thanks to the Wellcome Trust, we are pleased to be offering a limited number of bursaries to qualified applicants based on financial need. To be considered, please submit your application by 30th September. We will contact you to let you know if you have been awarded. 
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact We look forward to seeing you in November

International Data Week 2018: The Digital Frontiers of Global Science, 5-8 November 2018, Gaborone, Botswana

Date: Sep 21, 2017

The second edition of International Data Week (IDW 2018) will be held on 05-08 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana. Hosted by the Botswana Open Science and Open Data Forum, IDW 2018 will bring together data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and from all parts of the globe.

Co-organized by the ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), the ICSU World Data System (WDS) and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), this landmark event 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.

The following themes will be encompassed within the conference’s scope:

  • frontier issues for research in a global and digital age;
  • applications, progress and challenges of data intensive research;
  • data infrastructure and enabling practices for international and collaborative research.

Like its predecessor, IDW 2018 will bring together data scientists, researchers from all disciplines, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers and data stewards.  All areas of research are in scope, including the social sciences, humanities, and business and management sciences. Similarly, the applications of data outside of research will also be considered.  The event will be a rich week of science and data, featuring world renowned keynote speakers, plenary panels and discussions, the presentation of high quality research and practical working sessions for international collaborations.  IDW 2018 combines the 12th RDA Plenary Meeting, the biannual meeting of the research data community, and SciDataCon 2018, the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research.  To a greater degree than at IDW 2016 in Denver, Colorado, the events will be integrated, such that each day will feature an inspiring and engaging range of activities.

Botswana, Africa and the World

The meeting will be held in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana.  This is an excellent location for this compelling international conference:

  • The fundamental role of data for research, for economic development and ecological sustainability are recognised as important and are supported by the government, research institutions and community.
  • The government of Botswana has a strong and forward looking policy to support education, technology, development and research.
  • Botswana is active and well-integrated in regional (Southern African Development Community: SADC), African and international collaboration in various areas of research and in data activities.
  • The Botswana university and research sector is advancing greatly as a result of these policies and engagements.
  • Gaborone is easy to get to, with connecting flights for international participants from Johannesburg (JNB), Nairobi (NBO) and Addis Ababa (ADD), and boasts attractive venues and excellent quality, competitively priced hotels.
  • Botswana is one of the safest countries in the world according to the Global Peace Index:  Since independence in 1966, Botswana maintained a stable representative democracy, with a consistent record of uninterrupted democratic elections and ranking 35 (out of 176 countries) in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016
  • Gaborone offers a pleasant location and attractions; in the north of the country, there are unique UNESCO sites for participants who wish to visit before or after the conference.


The local and international organisers are:

Local Organising Committee
International Data Week will be locally led by the University of Botswana. The university will deliver the IDW through a committee comprising of a consortium of research institutions, public and private organizations.  This consortium includes, national Open Science and Open data Forum Department of Research Science and Technology (DRST), Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN), Botho University (BU), Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH), Botswana Institute for Technology, Research and Information (BITRI), Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA), Botswana Fibre Networks (BOFINET), Department of Information Technology (DIT), Joint Minds Consult (JMC), Botswana Library Consortium (BLC), National Food Technology Research Centre (NFTRC).

ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA):

ICSU-CODATA was established in 1966. Its membership is comprised of National Academies, Science Councils, international Scientific Unions, and related organizations that care about data. Its focus is on creating both a culture and a framework of standards, agreements and protocols that enable data to be shared and reused.

ICSU World Data System (ICSU-WDS):
ICSU-WDS was established in 2008 (its predecessor bodies were established in 1957). Its membership is comprised of data repositories, data service providers, and their partners. Its focus is on identifying, creating, and sustaining institutions that provide stewardship, long-term preservation, and access to data.

Research Data Alliance (RDA):

RDA was established in 2013 by several funding agencies in Europe, the United States, and Australia. Its membership is comprised of individuals and organizations (private and non-profit). Its focus is on the detailed implementation of policies, practices, and technologies (i.e., infrastructure) that lower barriers to data exchange

Contact Information:

More about International Data Week 2016

Save the Date: 19-20 March 2018, Pre-RDA Symposium in Göttingen, 'The critical role of university RDM infrastructure in transforming data to knowledge'

Date: Sep 21, 2017

All over the world universities and libraries have started the task of developing research data services. Ideally such initiatives aim to result in a complete service portfolio covering the entire research lifecycle: support in writing proposals and data management plans, repository infrastructures for the storage of data, support in publishing data, assignment of persistent identifiers, lecturing in data management, etc. This broad scope means that such services are often seen as requiring a joint effort from from university, library, IT centre, faculties and other stakeholders.

Nowhere in the world has such a complete support scenario yet been established. It is timely for actors in the various dimensions of such initiatives internationally to share their experiences, research and insights.

In this symposium we will explore the topic and hear research papers, practice papers and lightning talks from organisations that have started to offer such services in whole or in part on their campus. The symposium will provide a forum for universities and libraries to share their experience and to learn from each other.

The symposium will take place as a precursor event to the RDA plenary meeting in Berlin on 21-23 March 2018 and will be co-organised by CODATA, the Committee on Data of the International Council for Science. Attendance will be both by invitation and open registration. A call for abstracts and other contributions will be released shortly.

Further information will appear here:öttingen-critical-role-university-rdm-infrastructure

Deadline Approaching: Apply for CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, São Paulo, 4-15 December 2017: Deadline 22 September

Date: Sep 20, 2017

Applications are invited to participate in the CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science which will be held at ICTP-SAIFR, São Paulo, Brazil, 4-15 December 2017.

Further information about the São Paulo edition of the CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science is available at

To apply you must use the online form which is available here 

The deadline for applications is 22 September 2017.


Springer Nature is a global publisher dedicated to providing the best possible service to the whole research community. It helps authors to share their discoveries; enable researchers to find, access and understand the work of others; and supports librarians and institutions with innovations in technology and data.

To help authors and journals follow good practice in sharing and archiving research data, Springer Nature provides optional data deposition and curation services – enabling greater data sharing, compliance with funder policies and enhancing peer-reviewed publications.

Springer Nature also provides a free-to-use Research Data Support Helpdesk, which anyone can contact to get advice on research data – from which repository is best for your data, to how to write a data availability statement, to questions about licences for sharing data.

Financial Support

There is no registration fee. Limited funds are available to support accommodation, subsistence and travel support. For financial reasons, it is likely that priority will be given to travel support for students from the Latin American and Caribbean region, except in the case of particularly exceptional students.

Applicants from any region are strongly encouraged to look for alternative sources of funding to support their participation. For the recent CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science in Trieste <link> a large number of students were able to support their participation with funding from a variety of sources including their institutions, various grants, charities and sponsoring organisations etc.


Target Participants

The training provided by the CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science is primarily targeted at Early Career Researchers (advanced masters students, doctoral candidates, post-docs and young or early career academics).  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.


For Your Application

Applicants are expected to have a baseline of data skills and these are tested by an online form.  In addition, applicants should pay particular attention to their personal statement and communicate persuasively their reasons for wishing to attend the School: how do they intend to use these skills, how will it 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 School directors have confidence in the candidate and that the skills learnt will have the maximum benefit and impact.

About the CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science

What can justly be called the ‘Data Revolution’ offers many opportunities coupled with significant challenges. High among the latter is the need to develop the necessary data professions and data skills.  Researchers and research institutions worldwide recognise the need to promote data skills and we see short courses, continuing professional development and MOOCs providing training in data science and research data management.

In sum, this is because of the realisation that contemporary research – particularly when addressing the most significant, inter-disciplinary research challenges – cannot effectively be done without a range of skills relating to data.  These skills include 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, etc, etc. The ensemble of these skills, we define as ‘Research Data Science’, that is the science of research data: how to look after and use the data that is core to your research.

The CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science has developed a short course, summer school, style curriculum that addresses these training requirements.  The course partners Software Carpentry (using the Shell command line and GitHub), Data Carpentry (using R and SQL) and the Digital Curation Centre (research data management and data management plans) and builds on materials developed by these organisations.  Also included in the programme are modules on Open Science, ethics, visualisation, machine learning (recommender systems and artificial neural networks) and research computational infrastructures.

The school has been successfully piloted at ICTP in Trieste in 2016 and 2017.  The vision of the CODATA-RDA Schools of Research Data Science is to develop into an international network which makes it easy for partner organisations and institutions to run the schools in a variety of locations.  The annual event at the ICTP in Trieste will serve as a motor for building the network and building expertise and familiarity with the initiative’s mission and objectives.  The core materials are made available for reuse and the co-chairs and Working Group team will provide guidance to assist partners in organising the school, in identifying instructors and helpers etc. The first school to expand this initiative will take place at ICTP-SAIFR (South American Institute of Fundamental Research), São Paulo, Brazil in December 2017.

Further information about the CODATA-RDA Schools of Research Data Science is available at

Short Report on the First CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, August 2016

Programme for the First CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, ICTP, Trieste, August 2016

Materials from the First CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, ICTP, Trieste, August 2016

Programme for the Second CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, ICTP, Trieste, July 2017

International Workshop on Environmental and Scientific Open Data for Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries - Madagascar

Date: Sep 19, 2017

Madagascar generates a wealth of research data towards finding and informing sustainable solutions to environmental challenges faced nationally, but also globally. Valuable data intensive research is conducted in the areas of greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, meteorology, disaster management, food security, agriculture, oceanography, and more. The Nairobi Principles for Data Sharing agreed upon in 2014 encouraged African countries to manage and preserve their data in a trusted and digital format. It was only now (in 2017) that Madagascar – through work done by CODATA PASTD and sharing the strategic vision of the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) project – was able to take the dialogue on making national research data openly available for all to benefit, to national level. 
Eleven Madagascar ministers attended the High-level Meeting on Environmental and Scientific Open Data for Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries on 4 September 2017, which was organized by the Madagascar Program Committee. The meeting was financially supported through the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) project, and attended by the ASSAf project managers (Ina Smith & Susan Veldsman), and included a presentation by Dr Simon Hodson, Executive Director of CODATA. Following the welcome and presentation by Dr Hodson on setting the scene in terms of the sharing and alignment of data internationally, all participated in valuable dialogue on the advantages as well as concerns regarding opening up Madagascar research data funded with tax payers money. The Madagascar ministerial representatives indicated that an open data policy was indeed on the table, and that the workshop and training expected to follow, were to inform the direction forward.
During the Workshop on Environmental and Scientific Open Data for Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries (5 & 6 September 2017) the Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World was represented to the participants. An overview of open data initiatives in Africa was shared, and a presentation on the African Open Science Platform was made. During the afternoon of 5 September various initiatives were shared from the Madagascar perspective. A workshop on 6 September informed next steps to take towards a Madagascar open data policy. 
Visit the AOSP site for the presentations

Workshop - Managing Digital Research Objects in an Expanding Science Ecosystem

Date: Sep 18, 2017

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
National Library of Medicine
Bethesda, MD

Peter Wittenberg

Co-Editor of “Recommendations for Implementing a Virtual Layer forManagement of the Complete Life Cycle of Scientific Data” will keynote

This special one-day workshop for scientists and data and information professionals is focused on characterizing and managing digital representations of research objects (DRO) including publications, data sets, software, audio, video, and specimens in a dynamic digital science ecosystem. This workshop will explore how the challenges of characterizing DROs at scale (in volume and over time) are being met now or might be met in future cyberinfrastructure designs.

The Workshop will provide a venue for attendees to network with their peers and hear from leading experts.

Co-sponsored by

National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS),
Research Data Alliance/US (RDA/US)and the
National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI)

Hosted by

National Library of Medicine 

Contact Information:

Heather M. Parrish
Email: ​
Phone: 865-298-1245


Nancy Blair-DeLeon               NFAIS 
Phone: 443-221-2980, ext. 102

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

Ester Sztein
Phone: 202-334-3049 

ENERGIC-OD: International co-operation to promote FAIR GIS Open Data and the growth of European SMEs

Date: Sep 13, 2017

The value of open data business is increasing at a very fast pace. The open data market is projected to be worth over 75 billion in 2020. Yet, accessing this expanding market is not easy. Open data sources are difficult to find, not interoperable and  hardly reusable, as argued by a recent Open Knowledge Foundation’s report.

ENERGIC-OD, a European Commission project, aims precisely to facilitate access to the open data market in the Geographic Information System (GIS) sector.  The project built a pan-European Virtual Hub (pEVH) simplifying the access to and the use of GIS open data in Europe. Readers can view and utilise the pEVH here.  pEVH brokers together an infinite number of geo-spatial open data sources, harmonising them, rendering them accessible through a single API and ready to be reused for various purposes. pEVH-brokered data is available under freemium licence:  data is free to use and users can pay for some extra features of the pEVH. The freemium model guarantees the promotion of knowledge exchange, the extraction of value from such an exchange and from the services provided by the actors involved.

Read the full blog post here

CODATA RDA Summer School of Research Data Science 2017

Date: Sep 11, 2017

The school of research data science provides and introduction to core data skills that are now needed by all researchers.

The curriculum provides early career researchers with the key data skills which will enable them to be more effective and efficient in their work, to analyse the data that is available and to take advantage of the emerging culture of Open Science.

The foundational school and advanced workshop will take place again in at ICTP, Trieste in August 2018.  We envisage this initiative continuing for a number of years to come.  Our medium to long term ambition is to establish a network of schools and to take the curriculum and approach to a number of partner institutions and countries, particularly in the global south.

The next edition of the foundational school will be run at the ICTP Centre in São Paulo, Brazil, on 4-15 December 2017.  Deadline for applications is 22 September

CODATA RDA Summer School of Research Data Science 2017 from STUDIO COSICO on Vimeo.

Call for Project Presentations: Open Science Conference 2018 (March 13-14, 2018 in Berlin, Germany)

Date: Sep 11, 2017

The Open Science Conference 2018 is the 5th international conference organized by the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0. It is dedicated to the Open Science movement and provides a unique forum for researchers, librarians, practitioners, infrastructure provider, policy makers, and other important stakeholders to discuss and exchange their ideas and experiences.
The Open Science movement focusses on research data management in general and since most recently on FAIR data principles, i.e. findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable research data. Within this context the thematic focus of this year’s conference will be on FAIR principles of research data and supporting research data infrastructures. Invited as well as carefully selected talks, hands-on reports and panel discussions will cover both the view of research data infrastructures and the view of the scientific communities. 
Within this context, this call invites providers and users of research data infrastructures, librarians, and scientists to submit project descriptions covering topics including (but not limited to):
  • Innovations and experiences with open research data infrastructures and repositories. 
  • Innovative tools and methods for managing, storing, and sharing of research data.
  • Best practices and case studies dealing with FAIR research data principles and secondary data use.
  • Contributions on current data initiatives such as, for example, the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), the German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) and others.
  • Experiences and empirical studies on the use of open research data by the academic community and on the requirements of the individual researchers.
Please submit your English abstract which describes the main idea and the practical relevance, its innovative impact, the pursued strategy for sustainability and openness. The abstracts may not be longer than 500 words. 
All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the members of the programme committee and a review board based on the criteria practical and innovative relevance, sustainability, and openness. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to present a poster and a lightning talk at the conference. The abstract, the poster and the lightning talk must be submitted and presented in English.
To also contribute to the open science movement, the programme committee will publish the scientific justification for acceptance on the conference website. All accepted posters (including the abstract) will be displayed on the conference website in advance. Additionally, the posters will be listed in the conference brochure.
Please send your submission as PDF document via EasyChair (requires free EasyChair account):
Important dates
  • Abstract submission deadline: September 29, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance / rejection: November 13, 2017
  • Final abstract and poster submission: February, 05, 2018
  • Conference dates: Berlin (Germany), March 13–14, 2018
And please also save these dates date

Programme Committee

Thomas Köhler, Technical University Dresden
Stephanie Linek, Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW)
Peter Mutschke, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Marc Rittberger, German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF)
Klaus Tochtermann, Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW)
Andreas Witt, Institute for the German Language (IDS)

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