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

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

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.

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 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.

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