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Open Community Session: contribute to the FAIR data expert group - 26th July, 2017

Date: Jul 5, 2017

The European Commission’s FAIR data expert group is hosting its second open community session on Wednesday 26th July from 10:00-12:00 CEST. You may already have seen the call for contributions and the public GitHub. The aim of these open community sessions is to provide a forum where you can discuss ideas directly with Expert Group members and each other.

We’re particularly keen to hear from all those stakeholders who play a role in facilitating FAIR data, specifically Research Infrastructures and e-Infrastructures, ESFRIs, domain data centres, learned societies, universities, funders, publishers and policymakers. Our remit is to make recommendations on turning FAIR data into reality, so we want to understand your existing commitments, activities, plans and concerns regarding future work in this area.

If you would like to join the discussion, please register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/74701203796494338 and join the webinar on the day. The event is designed as a consultation: there will be a short introduction to the group and our objectives, but there’s not a formal presentation and strict agenda. This session will be driven by you and your contributions, so drop in at any time during the two hour window and take the opportunity to share your ideas. You can also leave whenever you like – this is going to be freeform.

Please take a look through the call for contributions and the GitHub comments in advance of the call. Then just sign on in, post your own suggestions, questions or comments, or otherwise help us to power up the wisdom of the crowd!

Webinar sign in link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/74701203796494338

For latest updates on the community sessions, check https://github.com/FAIR-Data-EG/consultation/blob/master/community-sessions.md  


Open community session: contribute to the FAIR data expert group

Date: Jun 28, 2017

The European Commission’s FAIR data expert group is hosting its first open community session on Monday 3rd July from 14:00-16:00 CEST. You may already have seen the call for contributions and the public GitHub. We realise GitHub may be an unfamiliar platform for some, so wanted to offer multiple fora in which you can get involved.

If you would like to feed into discussion, please sign in to the GoToWebinar on 3rd July. No pre-registration is required – just come along and share your ideas on the day. There will be a short introduction to the group and our objectives, but there’s not a formal presentation and strict agenda. This session will be driven by you and your contributions, so drop in at any time during the two hour window. You can also leave whenever you like – this is going to be freeform.

The aim is to provide a forum where you can discuss ideas directly with Expert Group members and each other. At the Research Data Network in the UK, Alice Motes spoke about the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme. When she asked if there was desire for a similar thing in the UK, there was consensus in the room that it would be great. Mary Donaldson suggested that placing postdocs in the library to understand the data management side of things could be a good way to start closing the gap on the 500,000 data stewards it is estimated that we need.

These are precisely the kind of ideas and discussions we want to generate in the open session. So take a look through the call for contributions, and the comments people have been posting on GitHub already, sign on in and post suggestions, questions or comments yourself or otherwise help us to power up the wisdom of the crowd!

This session will be run by Simon Hodson, Peter Wittenburg and Daniel Mietchen. A second session will be run on Wednesday 26th July from 10:00-12:00 CEST.

Webinar sign in link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3736763218412786433 .

For latest updates on the community sessions, check https://github.com/FAIR-Data-EG/consultation/blob/master/community-sessions.md


CODATA 2017: Submission and Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended to 28 July

Date: Jun 27, 2017

Following a very large number of requests from those organising sessions and planning to submit papers to CODATA 2017 'Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science’, 8-13 October 2017, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, the conference organisers have agreed to extend the deadline for submissions to 28 July.  In line with this, the deadline for ‘early-bird’ registration has been also extended to 28 July 2017.
 
To Submit Proposals for Sessions and Papers
To submit a proposal for a session or a paper at CODATA 2017, go to http://conference.codata.org/2017/submit/ (you will need to register to use the CODATA abstract submission site - this is not the same as registering fro the conference).
 
CODATA 2017 is running simultaneous proposals for sessions and papers. The deadline for both types of proposal is now 28 July 2017.  Please consult the information on Submission Procedure at http://conference.codata.org/site/submission-procedure/
 
It is the responsibility of session organisers to ensure that the papers that comprise a proposed session are also submitted by the deadline of 28 July.
 
Papers may be proposed either 1) in relation to simultaneous proposal for a session; or, 2) independently of a session proposal in order to be assigned to an appropriate thematic session by the organisers.
 
The Themes of CODATA 2017: Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science
The purpose of the CODATA 2017 Conference is to explore the fundamental issues relating to the availability, (re-)use and scientific analysis of data that relate to the most significant contemporary global challenges.  The priority themes of CODATA 2017 http://conference.codata.org/site/themes-scope/ are:
  1. Achievements in Data Driven Science: covering concrete achievements in data-driven science across all research areas;
  2. Earth Observations Data and the Earth’s System: including data collection, analysis and integration of Earth observations and the study of the Earth’s system;
  3. Data and Disaster Risk Research: covering the collection, analysis and integration of data for disaster risk research;
  4. Data Driven and Sustainable Cities: covering the use of data for Smart Cities, sustainable and resilient urban development;
  5. Big Data in Scientific and Commercial Sectors: covering the shared data challenges of Big Data management and analysis in both the scientific and commercial sectors;
  6. Data Analysis, Event Recognition and Applications: covering the fundamental and practical issues of relating data analysis, event recognition and application;
  7. National and International Data Services: covering the coordination and development of national and international data services;
  8. Research Data Services in Universities: covering the development of research data services in universities and other research organisations;
  9. Coordination of Data Standards and Interoperability;
  10. FAIR Data and the Limits of Open Data;
  11. Metrology, Reference Data and Monitoring Data: covering fundamental physical constants, metrology, issues around the reliability and standardisation of reference data in all domains;
  12. Sessions and abstracts concerning other themes relating to data policy, data science and data management for all areas of research will be considered.
How To Register to Attend CODATA 2017, Saint Petersburg
To register to attend the conference and for information about travel, logistics and accommodation go to http://codata2017.gcras.ru/
 
Register at the ‘early-bird’ rate by 28 July 2017: http://codata2017.gcras.ru/
 
The conference will take place in the wonderful setting of the St. Petersburg Museum of Art.  See http://codata2017.gcras.ru/ for further information about the venue, location, accommodation and registration.


Call for Suggestions and Contributions on Implementing the FAIR Data Principles: EC Expert Group on Turning FAIR Data into Reality

Date: Jun 12, 2017

The European Commission has established an Expert Group on Turning FAIR Data into Reality (E03464) which will run until Spring 2018. This Group is pleased to announce a public consultation to invite suggestions and contributions on implementing the FAIR data principles.
 
The call for contributions is framed in terms of the five proposed report chapters, namely:

A description of the planned coverage of each section is given, together with some questions to guide contributions.
 
A GitHub repository has been established to enable the community to contribute suggestions and resources in the open. Please see the guidelines and examples on how to contribute. 

We will also host two open community sessions to allow people to contribute ideas to the FAIR data expert group in real-time and in a moderated forum to allow discussion with the group. These will take place on Monday 3rd July from 14:00-16:00 CEST and Wednesday 26th July from 10:00-12:00 CEST. Further details on how to join will be circulated nearer the time.

The consultation is open between 12 June 2017 and 31 July 2017. Early input is encouraged to allow time for follow-up discussion.
 
The announcement also appears on the European Commission's Open Science site where it is accessible as a pdf.
 
Sent by Sarah Jones (Rapporteur) and Simon Hodson (Chair) on behalf of the Expert Group.


Data Power 2017 Conference in Ottawa June 22-23!

Date: Jun 8, 2017

Carleton University's School of Journalism and Communication is pleased to present Data Power 2017, a two-day, international conference on (big) data and power, in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, in the UK.

The conference will focus on critical questions about the power of data, and about the social and cultural consequences of data becoming increasingly pervasive in our lives. Below is a small selection of panel topics:  

  • Data Activism
  • Data Governance and Global Perspectives
  • Data Infrastructure Interventions
  • Data and Algorithmic Power
  • Data and Capital
  • Data Justice and Social Movements
  • Data Identities & Bodies
  • Data and Surveillance

and many more....

Data Power 2017 aims to create a space to reflect on critical issues relating to data’s ever more ubiquitous power. We are excited to be hosting the following keynote speakers:

  • Paul N. Edwards, University of Michigan, author of A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (2010).
  • Stefania Milan, University of Amsterdam, author of Social Movements and Their Technologies: Wiring Social Change (2016), and PI of the DATACTIVE project.
  • Frank Pasquale, University of Maryland, author of The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms that Control Money and Information (2015).
  • Gwen Philipps, Governance Transition Ktunaxa Nation & BC First Nations Data Governance Champion.

 Data Power 2017 Conference
June 22-23, 2017
Carleton University
Richcraft Hall (formerly River Building)
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa CA

For full conference details, including ProgramRegistration and please visit the conference website at Data Power 2017, or contact datapower2017@gmail.com.


CODATA 2017 Conference, 'Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science’, 8-13 October 2017, Saint-Petersburg, Russia: http://codata2017.gcras.ru/

Date: Jun 6, 2017

Now Accepting Submissions for Sessions and Papers: deadline 30 June http://conference.codata.org/2017/submit/

 
The purpose of the CODATA 2017 Conference is to explore the fundamental issues relating to the availability, (re-)use and scientific analysis of data that relate to the most significant contemporary global challenges.  The priority themes of CODATA 2017 http://conference.codata.org/site/themes-scope/ are:

  1. Achievements in Data Driven Science: covering concrete achievements in data-driven science across all research areas;
  2. Earth Observations Data and the Earth’s System: including data collection, analysis and integration of Earth observations and the study of the Earth’s system;
  3. Data and Disaster Risk Research: covering the collection, analysis and integration of data for disaster risk research;
  4. Data Driven and Sustainable Cities: covering the use of data for Smart Cities, sustainable and resilient urban development;
  5. Big Data in Scientific and Commercial Sectors: covering the shared data challenges of Big Data management and analysis in both the scientific and commercial sectors;
  6. Data Analysis, Event Recognition and Applications: covering the fundamental and practical issues of relating data analysis, event recognition and application;
  7. National and International Data Services: covering the coordination and development of national and international data services;
  8. Research Data Services in Universities: covering the development of research data services in universities and other research organisations;
  9. Coordination of Data Standards and Interoperability;
  10. FAIR Data and the Limits of Open Data;
  11. Metrology, Reference Data and Monitoring Data: covering fundamental physical constants, metrology, issues around the reliability and standardisation of reference data in all domains;
  12. Sessions and abstracts concerning other themes relating to data policy, data science and data management for all areas of research will be considered.
To submit a proposal for a session or a paper at CODATA 2017, go to http://conference.codata.org/2017/submit/
 
CODATA 2017 is running simultaneous proposals for sessions and papers. The deadline for both types of proposal is 30 June 2017.  
 
It is the responsibility of session organisers to ensure that the papers that comprise a proposed session are also submitted by the deadline of 30 June.
 
Papers may be proposed either 1) in relation to simultaneous proposal for a session; or, 2) independently of a session proposal in order to be assigned to an appropriate thematic session by the organisers.
 
To register to attend the conference and for information about travel, logistics and accommodation go to http://codata2017.gcras.ru/
 
The conference will take place in the wonderful setting of the St. Petersburg Museum of Art.  See http://codata2017.gcras.ru/ for further information about the venue, location, accommodation and registration.
 


Open Review of IRIDIUM Research Data Management Glossary is now invited and is open until 30 June 2017

Date: Jun 5, 2017

The International Research Data Management (IRiDiuM) Glossary (http://www.codata.org/working-groups/standard-glossary-for-research-data-management-iridium) and (http://dictionary.casrai.org/Category:Research_Data_Domain) is intended as a practical reference for individuals and working groups concerned with the improvement of research data management, and as a meeting place for further discussion and development of terms. 


The aim is to create a stable and sustainably governed standard glossary of community accepted terms and definitions, and to keep it relevant by maintaining it as a ‘living document’ that is updated when necessary. 

Definitions should be clear and unambiguous, and where possible, fit with common usage. Definitions should be apposite across research data management activities of key stakeholders, including, but not limited to: researchers/authors, research management, research policy, computer science, IM/IT, research administration, libraries; scholarly publishers, and research funders. Some terms may have more than one definition, in which case the relevant context should be specified. 

In this year’s first review cycle, the Working Group convened by CASRAI, CODATA and Research Data Canada has delivered a subset of new and edited terms for addition to the IRIDUM Glossary.

IRiDiuM is led by a Program Committee: https://forum.casrai.org/groups/ca-IRiDiuM-pc 

Open Review is now invited for these new and revised terms.  This review is open until June 30, 2017.

The new and revised terms are listed at https://forum.casrai.org/c/dev/iridium - to comment on the terms you will need to register on the forum.


Essex Big Data and Analytics Summer School

Date: May 24, 2017

INSTITUTE FOR ANALYTICS AND DATA SCIENCE
 
24th July - 4th August 2017
 
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, United Kingdom
 
The Essex Big Data and Analytics Summer School is a multidisciplinary research training event and forum for knowledge exchange and networking for graduates, postgraduates, researchers and professionals in the emerging fields of data science, analytics and big data who would like to find out more or be updated on the current trends and developments in this exciting and fast-developing field. The Summer School is organized by the Institute for Analytics and Data Science (IADS) at the University of Essex, UK.
 
Courses
 
This is the third year that the Big Data and Analytics Summer School is running and following the successful events in previous years, the programme covers a range of topics from the curation and management of big data, advanced techniques and methods including artificial intelligence and statistical methods, and applications of big data in fields ranging from business and finance to bioinformatics. Courses are offered for participants with a science, social science or humanities background at different levels (Beginners, Intermediate or Advanced). Courses range from theoretical to lab-based or a mixture of theory and lab-based instruction and practice. Thirty five courses will be delivered by academic and industry experts in parallel sessions over the two week period.  Participants can attend either one week or both and can choose the courses of most interest to them to create their own programme of study. For more detailed information on the range and content of courses visit:
 
The Summer School includes keynote lectures from academic and industry experts delivered over the two weeks.

Social events will be organised each week to enable participants to network and share ideas and experience of data analytics, data science and big data.
 
Registration and further information
For further information and registration please visit http://www.essex.ac.uk/iads/events/summer-school.aspx.  

Spaces in the various courses are allocated on a first come first served basis and are limited, so early registration is advised to avoid disappointment and take advantage of the early registration  discount.

A number of scholarships are available, in particular for participants from developing and transitioning countries (see website for information).

For further information or specific queries, please email the Emma McClelland, Summer School Administrator, at: iadssum@essex.ac.uk.


Call for Nominations for the 2017 TWAS Young Affiliates: Closing on 31 May 2017

Date: May 23, 2017

The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) would like to kindly request TWAS and AAS fellows, TWAS Affiliates, Science Academies and fellows, Young Academies of Science, Research Institutions, Research Councils, Universities, Government entities, and individual scientists from the Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLC’s) listed below to submit applications/nominations for the TWAS Young Affiliates 2017.
 
Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Dem. Rep. Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
 
TWAS-ROSSA invites you to nominate suitable candidates for the 2017 TWAS Young Affiliates. The honour is given to researchers from developing nations who have at least 10 international publications. The nominees should show potential for a high-impact career. During their five-year tenure, Young Affiliates build networks with other affiliates and with elected TWAS Fellows. They also attend international conferences such as the TWAS General Meeting where they make contributions and are exposed to mentoring as well as collaboration opportunities. The five selected TWAS Young Affiliates will also be part of and work closely with the TWAS Young Affiliates Network (TYAN) which was established in 2016 during the 27th TWAS General Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. TYAN is anticipated to bring fresh energy to the Academy by creating links among early career scientists and promoting international collaboration. 
 
Nominations are invited from TWAS and AAS fellowsMembers of National Academies and fellowsMembers of  National Young Academies of Science, Research Institutions, Research Councils, Universities, Government entities and other such bodies that have or know this talent in sub-Saharan Africa. Self-Nomination is also acceptable. Nominations of women and young scientists from Science and Technology Lagging countries is highly encouraged.
 
Nominees must be aged 40 or less and living and working in a developing country. More information is provided on the attached nomination form. Kindly use the form to submit your nomination. All nominations must be forwarded to twasrossa@assaf.org.za by 31 May 2017.
 
For more information about TWAS-ROSSA, visit the website


Call for Nominations for the TWAS Regional Prize 2017: Public Understanding and Popularization of Science - 20 June 2017

Date: May 23, 2017

The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) invites you to nominate suitable candidates for the TWAS Regional Prize. TWAS-ROSSA seeks to honour an outstanding scientist who has made significant contributions to popularise science, and has developed new strategies that serve the popularization of science and technology in the developing world. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. The ideal candidate would meet at least one of the following criteria:
 
  • Scientific research achievement of outstanding significance for the development of scientific thought.
  • Outstanding contribution to the application of Science and Technology to industry or to human well-being in the developing world.
 
The award comprises an award certificate with a citation on the winner’s scientific achievement, as well as a cash prize of 3000 USD. The winner will be announced at the Annual TWAS General Assembly and Conference. The prize will be awarded formally by TWAS-ROSSA at a suitable event thereafter.  
 
Nominations are invited from TWAS and AAS Fellows, Fellows/Members of National Academies and Young Academies in the region, Research Institutions, Research Councils and Universities in the region. The nomination of women and scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLC’s) is highly encouraged.
 
The regional office also request you to further disseminate this call to your databases and network in sub-Saharan Africa.
 
The completed nomination form and the supporting documents must be submitted to twasrossa@assaf.org.za by 20 June 2017.
 


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