CODATA Prospectus: Strategy and Achievement 2015-2016

Date: Sep 6, 2016

In advance of the General Assembly to be held in Denver, Colorado on 11 September 2016, CODATA has prepared and circulated a short Prospectus that provides a brief summary of strategy and achievement over the last two years or so.

The Prospectus emphasises CODATA’s many deliverables in this period and the extent to which these contribute to the organisations overall mission and strategy.

In addition, CODATA members and the wider community are invited to consult:

Data Science Journal Special Collection for SciDataCon 2016

Date: Aug 23, 2016

Data Science Journal is pleased to announce that it will be publishing the high profile special collection of papers from SciDataCon 2016.

Authors with papers accepted for presentation at SciDataCon are also invited to submit their full papers to the Data Science Journal.  Submissions should be made at

Please note the following: 

  • The deadline for submissions to be part of the SciDataCon 2016 special collection is 30 September. 
  • Even though abstracts were peer-reviewed and accepted as part of the conference process, the full paper 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: Please contact the Editor-in-Chief before submitting your article if you would like to request a waiver. Editorial decisions are made independently from the ability to pay the APC.

SciDataCon 2016 and

Advancing the Frontiers of Data in Research

SciDataCon 2016 seeks to advance the frontiers of data in all areas of research. This means addressing a range of fundamental and urgent issues around the ‘Data Revolution’ and the recent data-driven transformation of research and the responses to these issues in the conduct of research.

SciDataCon 2016 is motivated by the conviction that the most significant contemporary research challenges—and in particular those reaching across traditional disciplines—cannot be properly addressed without paying attention to issues relating to data.  These issues 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: for example, fundamental research questions relating to data integration, analysis of complex systems and models, epistemology and ethics in relation to Big Data, and so on.

The transformative effect of the data revolution needs to be examined from the perspective of all fields of research and its relationship to broader societal developments and to data-driven innovation scrutinised.  Taken together these issues form a multi-faceted challenge which cannot be tackled without expertise drawn from many disciplines and diverse roles in the research enterprise.  Furthermore, the transformations around data in research are essentially international and the response must be genuinely global.  SciDataCon is the international conference for research into these issues.

SciDataCon2016 will take place on 11-13 September 2016 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado, USA.  It is part of International Data Week, 11-16 September 2016, convened by CODATA, the ICSU World Data System and the Research Data Alliance.

CODATA Prize 2016 awarded to Dr. David R. Lide

Date: Aug 22, 2016

One of the most influential figures in the history of scientific and technical (S&T) data, Dr. David R. Lide has been a leader in virtually every aspect of improving the quality, accessibility and management of S&T data. From 1969 to 1988 Lide was the Director of the NIST Standard Reference Data Program (NSRDS), the first centralized program to systematically collect and evaluated S&T data. During that time, he established long-term data centers in numerous areas of chemistry, physics, and materials science, bringing in a new generation of scientists dedicated to S&T data. He was the founding editor of the Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data, the first major periodical dedicated to S&T data. In the 1980s, Lide led NIST NSRDS into the computer age, first supporting the computerization of all data center activities and then leading production of PC-based data products containing highly evaluated data.

Recognizing the international nature of S&T data, Dr. Lide was an early and long-time leader in CODATA, serving as Secretary General (1982 to 1986) and then President (1986 to 1990). During his tenure he negotiated the entrance of both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy in Taipei into CODATA, as well as the Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa, and South Korea.

Perhaps more significantly, Lide was one of the first to realize the importance of creating internationally-accepted, high quality, consensus-driven fundamental data sets under CODATA auspices, in areas as diverse as chemical thermodynamics, fundamental physical constants, and chemical kinetics. These data sets remain significant even today. 

Dr. Lide’s greatest contribution to the S&T data world has been his commitment to data quality. He understood that most data users are not in a position to judge the quality of measurement results and that only through critical evaluation by independent and neutral experts can collections of reliable data be created. To this end Lide has always insisted that data collections, such as those produced by NIST and CODATA, must include an analysis of measurement techniques and when possible uncertainty estimates. He promoted the close cooperation between data evaluators and the measurement community so that future measurements reflected the understanding of which independent variables must be controlled so measurement results become more reliable.
While today the intermixing of S&T data with the Information Revolution is taken for granted, David Lide was a major figure in conceptualizing, defining, and realizing that potential. His contributions covered the full range of activities that are today’s data landscape. They range from direct involvement in creating high quality data collections in chemistry and physics to providing visionary ideas for national and international data programs to providing the leadership necessary for their success. For these reason, Dr. David R. Lide is a most worthy recipient of the 2016 CODATA Prize.

David R. Lide will receive the Prize at SciDataCon 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA on 11-13 September 2016. SciDataCon 2016 'Advancing the Frontiers of Data in Research’ is part of International Data Week.

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Call for Papers: 'Special Issue: 20 Years Persistent Identifiers’, Data Science Journal

Date: Aug 18, 2016

Persistent identifiers (PID) for scholarly resources have been around now for more than 20 years. Since the initial launch of the 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 papers will be published in a special issue on this topic for Data Science Journal <>. Guest editors: Fiona Murphy, Jens Klump, Mark Parsons, Tobias Weigel.

Important Dates

The timeline for the editorial process is:
  • Deadline for paper submissions: 31 October 2016
  • Editors’ decision: 16 January 2017
  • Deadline for revisions: 1 March 2017
  • Publication: Second Quarter 2017
Data Science Journal is an electronic open access journal and charges moderate article processing charges (APC) of 350 GBP for full papers [1]. DSJ runs an article-based workflow, so if some authors abide by the deadlines but others don't, the former will still be able to see their papers published online as soon as they're ready. The final issue would be published when all the papers are complete.


Please contact one of the Guest Editors for further information:
Fiona Murphy (
Jens Klump (
Mark Parsons (
Tobias Weigel (

IGU-CODATA Joint Round Table Session on Data Publishing and Sharing in Developing Countries

Date: Aug 4, 2016

In partnership with the International Geographical Union, the CODATA PASTD Task Group is organising a round table session on data publishing and sharing in developing countries at the 33rd International Geographical Congress.

Data sharing is challenging to geographical communities both in research, education, and sustainable development, especially in developing countries. One of the solutions in data sharing is data publishing which has the virtue of balancing intellectual property protection and data sharing. The IGU-CODATA joint round table session will focus four key issues to gathering ideas and common understanding and joint actions in data publishing and sharing in developing countries: (1) strategies and policies (2) infrastructure (3) capacity building (4) participation of young scientists.

Date: 23 August 2016 from 16:30-18:00 (C12-33)

Location: China National Convention Center, Beijing


Prof. LIU Chuang (Co-Chair of CODATA PASTD Data Publishing sub-group, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Prof. Ram Babu Singh (Vice President of IGU and Co-Chair of CODATA PASTD Strategy and Policy sub-group, Department of Geography, University of Delhi, Indian)

Participant: Open (online registration)

Deliverable outcome: Common understanding on IGU-CODATA joint action on data publishing and sharing in developing countries 

There is also a special session on Global Environment, co-sponsored by UNEP and CODATA, which is scheduled for 22nd August (14:30-16:00), with a capacity of 300 persons.

SciDataCon 2016 and International Data Week: Programme, Registration and Accommodation

Date: Jul 29, 2016

We are delighted to publish the draft programme for SciDataCon 
options for viewing in a full window or for downloading the spreadsheet.

There will be seven parallel tracks spread over two days (Mon 12 and Tue 13 Sept) and a total of 56 sessions, as well as two dedicated poster sessions.

Details of keynotes and the opening session on the evening of Sunday 11 Sept will be provided soon, as will the final interactive programme full session descriptions and abstracts.

Have you made your plans for SciDataCon and International Data Week?

If you want to join us, please register as soon as possible at - please note that the early bird rate will end on 8 August.

The room block at the conference venue hotel, the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel is running out quickly and will expire on 26 August.  Please book soon so as not to be disappointed:

SciDataCon 2016 and International Data Week
SciDataCon is part of International Data Week, which will be a major, landmark gathering of the data community and which features a number of exciting events.

2016 GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge now open, seeking innovations for data gaps and biases

Date: Jul 29, 2016

The 2016 GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge, which will focus on on understanding, examining
and addressing gaps and biases in open-access biodiversity data from the GBIF network, is officially open for submissions.

Individuals and teams now have two months to develop innovative submissions and vie for more than €30,000 in prizes from this incentive competition. Closing date for submissions is 29 September 2016. GBIF will announce first- and second-prize winners—who will receive €20,000 and €5,000, respectively—at its annual Governing Board meeting in Brasília on 26 October 2016.

Targeting geographic, taxonomic, temporal, enviro\nmental and other gaps and biases in the available data is one of five priorities outlined in the GBIF 2017-2021 strategic plan, so any entry has the potential to help improve data 'fitness for use' in scientific research and policy. The emphasis on gaps and biases also builds on a growing body of scientific research that explores the topic.

General Assembly Announcement 2016

Date: Jul 27, 2016

The 2016 CODATA General Assembly will be held on Sunday, 11 September 2016 at 
the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado. This year, the General Assembly precedes International Data week and which includes our conference SciDataCon 2016.

Programme and Draft Agenda

An outline agenda indicating topics to be covered and activities 


CODATA Members (National Members, International Scientific Unions, Supporting Organisations and Affiliate Members) should send a delegate and may also send observers.  CODATA Task Groups and Working Groups may also send observers.

To register as a delegate to the 2016 CODATA General Assembly go to

Location: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Address: 1550 Court Place, Denver, Colorado. 

Phone: +1-303-893-3333

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International Interdisciplinary Conference on Digital Cultural Heritage August 30 – September 1, 2017

Date: Jul 19, 2016

Location: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

The conference is open for contributions that cover technical challenges as well as strategic

Key messages relating to the impact of new technologies and processes on cultural heritage are especially welcome.

Our special aims:

  • raise awareness in Society, Science, and Technology fields about importance of the cultural dimensions and the growing potential of Digital Cultural Heritage
  • promote innovative content analysis from cross-organizational interoperability of digital humanities databases and XML methods, techniques, and approaches
  • indicate on the central role of spatial concepts enabling synergy for knowledge generation from massive granular digital cultural heritage content
  • create innovative cross-disciplines / cross sectors partnerships facilitate intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue
  • elaborate roles and interest of information society

According to the CODATA principles of the broadest interdisciplinary discourse in the domain of Data for Science and Technology, contributions are expected from different fields of the science communities to exchange best practices and initiate recommendations for future research and development

DCH2017 is organized by CODATA-Germany (The German National Committee to the ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology).in cooperation with partner organizations

Submit abstract until March 27, 2017 using the EasyChair system

For all questions and suggestions please contact DCH2017 Conference Organizer at

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