Register Now: Webinar Series on Data Science Undergraduate Education

Date: Sep 8, 2017


Webinar Series: Data Science Undergraduate Education

Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a webinar series on undergraduate data science education. Webinars will take place on Tuesdays from 3-4pm ET starting on September 12 and ending on November 14. See below for the list of dates and themes for each webinar.

This webinar series is part of an input-gathering initiative for a National Academies study on Envisioning the Data Science Discipline: The Undergraduate Perspective. Learn more about the study, read the interim report, and share your thoughts with the committee on the study webpage at

Webinar speakers will be posted as they are confirmed on the webinar series website.

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Webinar Dates and Topics

    •    9/12/17 - Building Data Acumen
    •    9/19/17 - Incorporating Real-World Applications
    •    9/26/17 - Faculty Training and Curriculum Development
    •    10/3/17 - Communication Skills and Teamwork
    •    10/10/17 - Inter-Departmental Collaboration and Institutional Organization
    •    10/17/17 - Ethics
    •    10/24/17 - Assessment and Evaluation for Data Science Programs
    •    11/7/17 - Diversity, Inclusion, and Increasing Participation
    •    11/14/17 - Two-Year Colleges and Institutional Partnerships

All webinars take place from 3-4pm ET. You will have the option to register for the entire webinar series or for individual webinars.

SAVE THE DATE: WORKSHOP - "Managing Digital Research Objects in an Expanding Science Ecosystem"

Date: Aug 30, 2017

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

This special one-day workshop for 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 

Humans of Data

Date: Aug 24, 2017

“Brené Brown, the social scientist, said that stories are data with a soul.  I think about that a lot in the work I do.  I’m passionate about it.  When I meet the most engaging researchers, they’re good storytellers. Data are ways to connect with stories – data are the underlying content that researchers are sharing through their stories. I’m keen on preserving those stories, sharing those stories, now and in the future.

See more Humans of Data at

Save the Date: Board on Research Data and Information Symposium

Date: Aug 24, 2017

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) is pleased to invite you to attend a public symposium.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418


Space is limited, please register in advance by October 20, 2017
Visit the webpage for more information on this symposium. A draft agenda will be available in the coming weeks.

The symposium will focus on international coordination for science data testbeds. A number of evolving projects around the globe are looking to exploit data to its fullest potential. The GO FAIR Initiative originated in Europe and has international intentions.  It will focus on involving all networked initiatives, research disciplines, and interested States to make research data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR). Several similar projects have been initiated in the United States. For example, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is participating in the National Data Service project, and the National Institutes of Health has proposed a Data Commons for biomedical research data. Another proposed joint effort, Cross-Continental Collection Access & Management Pilot (C2CAMP), will work across the Atlantic has similar goals for scientific data management.  A Program for the Symposium is forthcoming. 

We hope you will join us for this exciting event! If you have any questions, please contact Christine Liu at

Save the date – 15 November 2017: Engaging Researchers in Good Data Management

Date: Aug 22, 2017

A one-day conference sharing fresh ideas and good practices for creating and promoting effective RDM practices
St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, UK
Is it possible to achieve better management and universal sharing of the world’s data through mandates alone? Policy change and other top-down approaches are important, but many advocates are also driving change through engaging with researchers directly. This one-day conference featuring workshops, talks and demonstrations will
address how advocates are finding increasing success in managing and providing greater access to research data.
The University of Cambridge together with SPARC Europe and Jisc invite you to join us to:
  • Hear success stories from programmes including Cambridge’s Data Champions, TU Delft’s Data Stewardship, and the University of Lancaster’s Data Conversations
  • Discuss with researchers and librarians how many are encouraging others to make data more open.
  • Explore common data management-related challenges faced across the globe
  • Find new opportunities to build a stronger community that includes researchers at all levels, across all disciplines to help manage and share research data more effectively.
We intend to bring together those working to support and engage researchers with open research and Research Data Management (RDM), including librarians, scholarly communication specialists and researchers from both the sciences and humanities.
If you are responsible for a researcher engagement programme, are actively involved and passionate about RDM, or if you are looking to improve RDM practices by working together with researchers, you will want to attend.
Registration will open soon with an early bird discount!

Paper submission

As well as featuring talks, focus groups and a panel discussion, the event will feature a series of community input talks in the form of lightning talks. We are seeking researchers who have exciting and innovative stories to share about good RDM practices, collaborations and methods of engaging colleagues, or even stories about barriers that had to be overcome and methods for doing this.
If you know researchers who might be interested in speaking about their experience with Research Data Management and sharing, please encourage them to submit an abstract of their talk here:

Deadline for submissions

Sunday 17 September 2017 

Professor Vladimir Mau to give Keynote at CODATA 2017

Date: Aug 11, 2017

The organisers and programme committee are very pleased to announce that Professor Vladimir Mau, Rector of RANEPA will give a keynote presentation at the CODATA 2017 International Conference ‘Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science’, 8-13 October, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

Vladimir Mau

Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).

Professor Mau is an expert in the field of economic theory, the history of economic thought, and national economy. He is the author of about 30 books and textbooks published in Russia and the UK as well as more than 700 other published works in several languages. Professor Mau’s research focuses on economic history and the history of economic thought in Russia and the USSR; the theory and history of economic policy, political economy of economic transformation, the evolution of the economic system of the USSR; and the experience of economic reforms, constitutional economics. Vladimir Mau is the editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Economic Policy; he is chairman of the Editorial Board for the journal Logos; as well as member of the editorial board for various academic publications.

Professor Mau is also a member of the presidium of Russian Presidential Economic Council, member of the Presidential Commission for Civil Service and Management Personnel Pool, chairman of the Expert Council under the Government Commission on Economic Development and Integration, member of the Government Commission on Training Managerial Personnel for the National Economy, member of the Government Commission on Administrative Reform, member of the Government Commission for the Coordination of the Open Government. He is also a member of the Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences on Russian and World Economic history.

CODATA 2017 Keynotes


Register to Attend CODATA 2017

Register to attend the conference at

Save the Date - North American DDI Conference: April 5-6, 2018

Date: Aug 3, 2017

The 2018 North American Data Documentation Initiative Conference (NADDI) will be held at the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. on April 5-6, 2018.

The Call for Papers will be published shortly and further details will be added to the Conference web site over the coming months.

The theme for NADDI 2018, ‘Benefits of Describing National Statistics with Common Standards’, 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.

Save the dates: IDCC18, Barcelona, 19-22 February 2018

Date: Aug 2, 2017

13th International Digital Curation Conference

19 - 22 February 2018
Hesperia Tower, Barcelona


Welcome to the 13th edition of the International Digital Curation Conference.

The conference brings together digital curation professionals and educators with data producers and consumers to consider digital curation in a multi-disciplinary context.

Further details will be added to the Conference website over the coming months.

Costs and Registration

More information on costs and the registration process will be announced in the coming months. 

Deadline Approaching, Paper Submissions for the 2nd Conference Digital Belt and Road, Hong Kong, 6-8 December 2017

Date: Jul 31, 2017

Following a large number of requests, the deadline for papers for the 2nd Conference of the Digital Belt and Road (DBAR 2017) and the 3rd International Conference on Remote Sensing Applications in Tropical and Subtropical Areas (RSATSA 2017) has been extended to 15 August.

The conference will be held in Hong Kong, China, on 6-8 December 2017.  Further information is available at

Abstract submissions may be made here:

The Belt and Road region covers a vast area and involves over sixty countries and a large population, facing numerous problems related to sustainable development. The combined pressure of climate variability, intensified use of land and marine resources, and the fragility of many ecosystems in the Belt and Road countries make it very challenging to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Therefore, the Digital Belt and Road Programme (DBAR) was initiated in 2016 by the scientists from Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, aiming to promote cooperation with countries along the Belt and Road to demonstrate and foster the smart uses and applications of “Big Earth Data”, in support of the sustainable development of people and economies at local, national and regional levels. Assessment and monitoring of terrestrial and marine ecosystems require observations that must be precise, accurate, and timely, and measure both objects and processes across a range of spatial and temporal scales. Earth observation technologies have the advantage of macro-level, rapid, accurate monitoring of global and regional environmental changes. They play a significant role in studying resources and the environment and are of great significance for the construction of the Belt and Road.

The DBAR vision is the promotion of international cooperation that integrates Earth observation science, data, technology, and applications to address environmental change and attain SDGs in the Belt and Road region. The uniqueness of DBAR is its goal of building upon the diverse Earth observation capacities in the Belt and Road countries in Asia, Europe, and Africa through comprehensive and well-funded action.

The main topics of the conference are listed at 

They include: 

1: Digital Earth and Spatial Data Infrastructure
2: Remote Sensing for Agriculture Monitoring and Food Security
3: Environmental Monitoring and Analysis for Sustainable Development and Management of Coast and Sea
4: Remote Sensing for Global Environment Change
5: Natural and Cultural Heritage Conservation and Sustainable Development
6: Big Earth Data for Disaster Risk Reduction
7: Remote Sensing for Water Resources
8: Urban Environment and Sustainable Urban Development
9: Observations and Adaption to Changes in High Mountain and Arctic Cold Regions

The eminent keynote speakers are listed here: 

Two more keynote speakers have been announced for CODATA 2017: Catriona MacCallum and Nikita Shamgunov

Date: Jul 26, 2017

The organisers and programme committee are very pleased to announce that Catriona MacCallum, newly appointed Director of Open Science, Hindawi and Nikita Shamgunov, co-founder of MemSQL will give keynote presentations at the CODATA 2017 International Conference ‘Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science’, 8-13 October, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.


Catriona MacCallum

Catriona has more than 19 years experience in scholarly publishing and 14 years in OpenAccess publishing. She worked initially for Elsevier as Editor and Managing Editor of Trends in Ecology & Evolution. In 2003 she joined PLOS as they launched their first journal. As well as being a Senior Editor on PLOS Biology, she was involved in the planning stages of PLOS ONE and the PLOS Community Journals and also acted as a Consulting Editor on PLOS ONE. Her most recent position before joining Hindawi in July 2017 was as Director of Advocacy. She took a sabbatical in 2007-2008 as an invited Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Berlin and has a Ph.D. from Edinburgh University on the evolutionary ecology and genetics of speciation. She is currently Chair of the OASPA Policy Committee and a member of the Advisory Boards of OpenAire and the Royal Society (Publishing), the UUK Open Access Efficiencies Working Group and RCUK’s Open Access Practitioner Group. 


Nikita Shamgunov

Nikita Shamgunov co-founded MemSQL and has served as CTOsince inception. Prior to co-founding the company, Nikita worked on core infrastructure systems at Facebook. He served as a senior database engineer at Microsoft SQL Server for more than half a decade. Nikita holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in computer science, has been awarded several patents and was a world medalist in ACM programming contests.

CODATA 2017 Keynotes


Deadline for Session Proposals and Abstracts for Presentations, 28 July

The deadline to propose conference sessions and papers is now only days away, 28 July: see

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