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Open Access Pledge

Date: Jul 18, 2016

Clinicians, policy makers, decision makers, practitioners and many researchers in low-income countries still have limited access to key research findings, due to journal paywalls. The Global Young Academy has just launched the More Open Access pledge to push for faster change.
 
Pledging means commitment to submitting at least 1 manuscript to an Open Access outlet (peer-reviewed journal or pre-print server) by the end of the year. The initiators have aimed for a pledge that is feasible for many, irrespective of discipline, seniority, or resources. They want to generate more consideration of Open Access and, most of all, more action. 

CODATA is partnering with the GYA in a number of activities and supports this pledge.  You can read more and sign up via http://bit.ly/2a0GWzT


Daisy Selematsela, NRF and longstanding member of CODATA TG awarded Knowledge Management Leadership Award 2016

Date: Jul 13, 2016

Daisy Selematsela of the National Research Foundation, South Africa and a long-standing member of the CODATA PASTD Task Group has been nominated and awarded the Knowledge Management Leadership Award 2016 by the World Education Congress & Global Knowledge Management Congress and Awards held in Mumbai (INDIA) on the 23 June 2016. Daisy was one of the eight global recipients.
 
The Global Knowledge Management Congress in association with the World Education Congress is governed by Global Advisory Council which conferred eight Knowledge Management Leadership Awards to peers from Canada, USA, Singapore, Malaysia, India and South Africa. The aim of the awards is to recognize the Best of the Best, organized for a professional cause. The criteria is for those who can make a difference to the lives of others are chosen. For the quality of their work rural reach and outlook and ability to contribute value of social change. Daisy Selematsela  was one of the recipients of the 2016 Knowledge Management Leadership Award. The event was held on 23 – 24 June 2016 at the Taj Lands End, MUMBAI. www.worldeducationcongress.com


Call for CODATA Task Group Proposals, 2016: deadline 25 July - UPDATE

Date: Jul 8, 2016

In response to many requests, CODATA has agreed to extend the deadline for Task Group proposals.  Proposals for Task Groups should be sent to  simon@codata.org on the form included in that document no later than COB on Monday 25 July 2016.  This is an absolutely final deadline.  

The attached document provides detail of the required scope of such Task Groups as well as an indication of some priority areas.

The call is open to new Task Groups or to existing Task Groups to renew their activities.

Task Groups are an important means through which CODATA delivers on its mission and Strategic Plan.  It is imperative that Task Groups should have clearly defined outputs that contribute to one or more of the strategic priorities that are laid out in that plan.

The three priority areas in the CODATA Strategy are as follows:

  1. To promote Open Data principles, policies and practices;
  2. To advance the frontiers of data science and its adaptation to scientific research;
  3. To build capacity for  improving skills and the functioning of science systems (particularly in low and middle income countries - LMICs)

The call suggests some high priority topics under each of these headings (see the call document for further details): 

Open data principles, policies and practices

  • developing good practice and recommendations around data principles and policies;
  • examining the limits of openness;
  • synthesizing and advancing work on the benefits of data sharing;
  • exploring the theme of data diplomacy to consider what international agreements can promote the more open availability of data.

Frontiers of Data Science

  • Reproducibility in research
  • Statistical, epistemological and ethical challenges of Big Data
  • Criteria for selection and preservation of research data
  • Development of glossaries, data dictionaries or ontologies
  • Data integration and data strategies for international, transdisciplinary research programmes

Capacity building, data skills and education

  • analyzing requirements for data education
  • developing and refining the curriculum for ‘research data science’;
  • examining and articulating the processes and standards for the creation of reusable online materials and the development of those materials;
  • examining and addressing issues around access to research software, the maintenance and development of Open Source research software.

Task Group proposals addressing these or similar issues are particularly encouraged.  This does not mean that Task Group proposals addressing areas not described below will be considered out of scope: we invite and encourage innovative ideas from the CODATA community.


Data Citation Workshop: Developing Policy And Practice - UPDATE

Date: Jul 1, 2016

CODATA is pleased to announce further information relating to the US Data Citation Workshop: Developing Policy and Practice,Tuesday 12 July 2016.

Keynote: The workshop will include a keynote from Marcia McNutt, President of the US National Academies of Science. 

Workshop Programme: the final workshop programme is now available

Registration: 
Register here very few places remain, a wait list has been put in place.

Follow Online: 
For those unable to attend in person it will be possible to follow the event online at http://livestream.com/accounts/7036396/events/5664310

CODATA/ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation and hosted by The National Research 
Council's Board on Research Data and Information

Workshop for data professionals focused on increasing awareness and encouraging policy and practice in support of data citation.

Hear perspectives on the value, use, and challenges of data citation from vario

us stakeholders, including:

  • Publishers
  • Editors
  • Data Managers
  • Federal Agencies, and 
  • Authors

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 (8:00 am – 5:30 pm EST)

Venue: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine, Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., NW, Room 100, Washington DC


“Open Data and African Research” Special Issue - Call for Papers

Date: Jul 1, 2016

Editors:

Louise Bezuidenhout (University of Witwatersrand and Notre Dame); Louise.M.Bezuidenhout.1[at]nd.edu
Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter); S.Leonelli[at]exeter.ac.uk
Brian Rappert (University of Exeter); B.Rappert[at]exeter.ac.uk

Background: 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.

Abstract submissions should be sent to the Editors via s.leonelli@exeter.ac.uk

Venue: The Data Science Journal is produced by CODATA (the Committee on Data for Science and Technology), an interdisciplinary Scientific Committee of the International Council for Science overseeing data handling and data-intensive research across disciplines and countries around the world.  The Data Science Journal has a range of submission types, including standard articles (up to 8,000 words).  See http://datascience.codata.org/about/submissions/ for more details. Data Science Journal speaks to a range of audiences, including researchers across the physical, life and social sciences, and provides inexpensive Open Access publication options.

Provisional Timetable:

Invitation of Submission of Abstract (500 words): 1 September 2016
Deadline for Submissions: 20 December 2016
Reviewers’ Feedback to Authors: 30 March 2017
Deadline for Submission of Revised Papers: 15 May 2017
Potential Publication: July/August 2017

Confirmed Contributors:

Michelle Willmers (UCT)
Louise Bezuidenhout (Exeter)
Sabina Leonelli (Exeter)
Brian Rappert (Exeter)

 


Uniform Description System Version 2.0 Now Available

Date: Jun 30, 2016

A complete revised version of the Uniform Description System for Materials on the Nanoscale (UDS) is now available for download. Version 2.0 of the UDS is the result of two years of work and meetings by the CODATA-VAMAS Working Group on Nanomaterials that extensively updated and extended Version 1.0. The UDS 2.0 contains 19 tables of detailed descriptors and their definitions that are directly applicable for reporting nanomaterials research results, identifying nanomaterials in regulations and standards, developing formats for nanoinformatics resources, specifying nanomaterials in commercial transactions, and other uses. Comments and suggestions are welcomed. Please send to nanomaterials@codata.org


Reviews and comments requested on Draft White Paper: 'Gap Analysis on Open Data Interconnectivity for Global Disaster Risk Research'

Date: Jun 17, 2016

The CODATA Task Group on Linked Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research invites external review and comment on a draft White Paper which presents a 'Gap Analysis on Open Data Interconnectivity for Global Disaster Risk Research’.
 
Comments are invited by 30 September 2016.  Comments may be sent to the Task Group coordinators:
 
Please consult both the summary document and the white paper itself.
 
 
From the Introduction to the White Paper:
 
Gaps in data infrastructure, data sharing policies and data use governance must be addressed to unleash the potential of disaster research in helping regions, especially the developing countries, to improve risk assessment, reduction and mitigation. Two related areas are being studied: open data , and data interconnectivity . The data­driven nature of disaster research demands open access to scientific data, as it is impossible to fully understand the cause and impact of a disaster event without consulting multiple types of data. In addition to open data, disaster researchers face perhaps a greater challenge –to find relevant data sets in a “sea” of distributed and disparate data resources. The next generation data infrastructure must provide linkage of data, helping researchers to find relevant data across distributed data holdings.
 
As stated in the Sendai Framework, disaster risk reduction requires a multidisciplinary approach and decision­making based on the open exchange and dissemination of disaggregated data. It is urgent to enhance the scientific and technical work on disaster risk reduction and its mobilization through the coordination of existing networks and scientific research institutions at all levels and in all regions. In answering this call to the science community, it is of utmost importance to promote and practice the collection, management, opening up and sharing of scientific data related to disaster risk research, as well as the employment of relevant technologies and applications, consistently and globally. This white paper, supported by ICSU and CODATA communities, aims at systematically analyzing the needs for the data infrastructure proposed in the Sendai Framework and providing the conceptual building blocks to help realize the Sendai imperative.

Our vision for the next generation disaster risk research data infrastructure is an interconnected, collective repository of observational and derived disaster­related data that is open, discoverable, and easily accessible and usable by all, enabled by the revolutionary digital technologies today and open access policy embraced by users and providers.
This paper aims at identifying the gaps in technology and relevant policies that prevent effective interconnection of disaster related data and information for use in research, education and public engagement. It examines the current state of information technology for data management and sharing, as well as policies regarding data availability at various levels, and discusses potential solutions and examples toward open data and data interconnectivity for disaster research.


Provision List of Candidates for CODATA Elections Announced

Date: Jun 9, 2016

At the forthcoming CODATA General Assembly, to be held on Sunday 11 September 2016
at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, at the start of International Data Week in Denver, Colorado, delegates representing CODATA members will be able to vote for candidates for the following positions: Secretary General, Treasurer and 'Ordinary Members' of the Executive Committee. 

As ‘Officers’, the Secretary General and Treasurer are play an important leadership role within CODATA.  The Secretary General and Treasurer are elected for four year terms, which may be renewed once if no other restrictions apply.  The CODATA Executive Committee comprises eight Ordinary Members and is elected in its entirety every two years.  Members may serve up to three two-year terms. 

Provisional List of Candidates

The Provisional List of candidates for this year’s election is now available, as is the full collection of nomination forms and candidates CVs.

We are fortunate to have a range of very strong candidates for all the positions available and there are no fewer than 15 candidates for the 8 places as Ordinary Members.  However, please see the Statement from the Nominating Committee below.

The CODATA constitution allows for additional candidates to added to the list.  For this to happen, the candidates must receive the nomination of at least four CODATA members.  Additional nominations, on the requisite form, should be sent to simon@codata.org by the deadline of 31 July.

Statement from the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee thanks CODATA members for the nominations they have provided for candidates for election to the CODATA Executive Committee.  The nominations represent an experienced and geographically diverse set of candidates; however, the Nominating Committee is disappointed with the lack of female candidates (three out of fifteen for the Ordinary Membership of the Executive Committee).  Though the committee has the authority to add additional candidates to the provisional list, it did not think it appropriate to do this when there are already sufficient candidates nominated, and any process to add candidates outside of being nominated by CODATA members lacks transparency and is essentially undemocratic.
 
The CODATA Constitution allows for additional candidates to be nominated by at least four CODATA members, provided such nominations are received at least six weeks before the General Assembly. Therefore, the Nominating Committee would ask CODATA members to consider nominating additional candidates to add to the provisional list to help address the gender imbalance.

 


CODATA Prize 2016 to Recognise Outstanding Achievement in Advancing the Availability, Quality and Use of Data for Research

Date: Jun 9, 2016

The CODATA Prize is made every two years at our conference.  It is a major award which recognises outstanding achievement in advancing the availability, quality and use of data for research.

The 2016 CODATA Prize will be presented at SciDataCon 2016, 12-13 September 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA.  SciDataCon 2016 is part of International Data Week, a major event for the global research data community.  The recipient of the Prize will be presented with a commemorative artwork and will also receive financial support to travel to Denver to deliver a Prize lecture at SciDataCon 2016 

Past prize winners include Prof. Sydney R. Hall, Professor Michael F. Goodchild, Dr. Paul Uhlir, Prof. Liu Chuang, Dr. John Rumble, Prof. Jean Bonnin, and Dr. Barry Taylor  

Nominations, using the attached form, should be sent to Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director <simon@codata.org>.  The deadline for nominations is 11 July 2016.

In addition to recognising outstanding achievement in advancing the availability, quality and use of data for research, the CODATA Prize:

  • is given in recognition either of a one time achievement or of an achievement over time;
  • is given, in preference, to an individual;
  • recognises work carried out in areas of importance to the CODATA mission, such as data management, evaluation, dissemination, access issues, international cooperation, knowledge discovery, archiving or related subjects.

Nominations should be sure to address these criteria.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations may be made by CODATA National and Union Members, Supporting Organisations and Task Groups and should use the attached form.

CODATA Prize 2016 Committee

The CODATA Prize 2016 Committee is composed of:

  • Geoffrey Boulton, CODATA President
  • Takashi Gojobori, CODATA Vice-President
  • Niv Ahituv, CODATA Vice-President
  • Sara Graves, CODATA Secretary General
  • John Broome, CODATA Treasurer

 


Call for CODATA Task Group Proposals, 2016: deadline 11 July

Date: Jun 3, 2016

CODATA has released a call inviting proposals for Task Groups to be presented to the CODATA General Assembly on 11 September 2016 in Denver, Colorado. 

The below document provides detail of the required scope of such Task Groups as well as an indication of some priority areas.  Proposals should be sent to simon@codata.org on the form included in that document no later than 11 July 2016. 

The call is open to new Task Groups or to existing Task Groups to renew their activities.

Task Groups are an important means through which CODATA delivers on its mission and Strategic Plan.  It is imperative that Task Groups should have clearly defined outputs that contribute to one or more of the strategic priorities that are laid out in that plan.

The three priority areas in the CODATA Strategy are as follows:

  1. To promote Open Data principles, policies and practices;
  2. To advance the frontiers of data science and its adaptation to scientific research;
  3. To build capacity for  improving skills and the functioning of science systems (particularly in low and middle income countries - LMICs)

The call suggests some high priority topics under each of these headings (see the call document for further details): 

Open data principles, policies and practices

  • developing good practice and recommendations around data principles and policies;
  • examining the limits of openness;
  • synthesizing and advancing work on the benefits of data sharing;
  • exploring the theme of data diplomacy to consider what international agreements can promote the more open availability of data.

Frontiers of Data Science

  • Reproducibility in research
  • Statistical, epistemological and ethical challenges of Big Data
  • Criteria for selection and preservation of research data
  • Development of glossaries, data dictionaries or ontologies
  • Data integration and data strategies for international, transdisciplinary research programmes

Capacity building, data skills and education

  • analyzing requirements for data education
  • developing and refining the curriculum for ‘research data science’;
  • examining and articulating the processes and standards for the creation of reusable online materials and the development of those materials;
  • examining and addressing issues around access to research software, the maintenance and development of Open Source research software.

Task Group proposals addressing these or similar issues are particularly encouraged.  This does not mean that Task Group proposals addressing areas not described below will be considered out of scope: we invite and encourage innovative ideas from the CODATA community.


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