Session Proposals, SciDataCon 2016 (International Data Week)

Date: Dec 17, 2015

Session proposals are invited for SciDataCon 2016: Advancing the Frontiers of Data in Research, which will take place in Denver, Colorado, USA on 11-13 September 2016 as part of International Data Week, 11-17 Sept 2016.

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.

Session Proposals are invited on the SCiDataCon2016 website

Deadline is midnight UTC on 7 March 2016.

SciDataCon 2016: Advancing the Frontiers of Data in Research.

The theme of this landmark event is ‘From Big Data to Open Data: Mobilising the Data Revolution’. As such, International Data Week will bring together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers and data stewards to explore how best to exploit the data revolution to improve our knowledge and benefit society through data-driven research and innovation.

Organised by CODATA, the Committee on Data of the International Council of Science (ICSU), the ICSU World Data System and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), IDW will take place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.

Further Information: 

SciDataCon 2016 website (themes and scope of the conference, call for session proposals).

International Data Week website

International Data Week 2016

Date: Dec 17, 2015

From September 11-17, 2016data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and from across the globe will convene in Denver, Colorado for International Data Week (IDW). The theme of this landmark event is ‘From Big Data to Open Data: Mobilising the Data Revolution’. As such, International Data Week will bring together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers and data stewards to explore how best to exploit the data revolution to improve our knowledge and benefit society through data-driven research and innovation.

Organised by CODATA, the Committee on Data of the International Council of Science (ICSU), the ICSU World Data System and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), IDW will take place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.

IDW comprises three complementary events: 

  • SciDataCon 2016: Advancing the Frontiers of Data in Research
  • An International Data Forum
  • The 8th Research Data Alliance Plenary Meeting

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Call For Papers for Open Repositories 2016

Date: Dec 15, 2015

As previous Open Repositories have demonstrated, the use of digital repositories to manage research, scholarly and cultural information is well established and increasingly mature.

The Eleventh International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2016, will be held on June 13th-16th, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The organizers are pleased to issue this Call for contributions to the program.

The theme of OR2016 is “Illuminating the World.” OR2016 will provide an opportunity to explore the ways in which repositories and related infrastructure and processes:

  • bring different disciplines, collections, and people to light;
  • expose research, scholarship, and collections from developing countries;
  • increase openness of collections, software, data and workflows;
  • highlight data patterns and user pathways through collections; and
  • how we can organize to better support these – and other – infrastructures.

The organizers welcome proposals on these ideas, but also on the theoretical, practical, technical, organizational or administrative topics related to digital repositories. Submissions that demonstrate original and repository-related work outside of these themes will be considered, but preference will be given to submissions which address them. They are particularly interested in the following themes:

  • Supporting Open Scholarship, Open Data, and Open Science
  • Repositories and Cultural Heritage
  • Repositories of high volume and/or complex data and collections
  • Managing Research Data, Software, and Workflows
  • Integrating with the Wider Web and External Systems
  • Exploring Metrics, Assessment, and Impact
  • Managing Rights
  • Developing and Training Staff

Further Information

Detailed call for submissions

Deadline for submissions: 1st February 2016

OR2016 : register here

Leading science groups urge global accord on 'Open Data in a Big Data World'

Date: Dec 8, 2015

Four major international science organisations (ICSUISSCIAP and TWAS) have developed and support an accord that includes a set of guiding principles on open access to big data, necessary to protect the scientific process and assure that developing countries can participate more fully in the global research enterprise. Limits on access to big data knowledge, they warn, raises the risk that progress will slow in areas such as advanced health research, environmental protection, food production and development of smart cities. CODATA played an important role in the development of the Accord on ‘Open Data in a Big Data World’.

‘As the data revolution accelerates and the scientific potential of big data becomes clearer, it is timely that the major representative bodies of international science promote the importance of open data as means of maximising creativity, maintaining rigour and ensuring that knowledge is a global public good rather than just a private good,’ said Geoffrey Boulton, president of CODATA, ICSU’s Committee on Data, and leader of the working group that developed the accord.

Over the next 12 months, the campaign will collect endorsements for the accord from other science, education and policy bodies, with final results anticipated in third quarter 2016.

The accord identifies the opportunities and challenges of the data revolution as an overarching interest for global science policy. It proposes 12 principles to guide the practice and practitioners of open data, focused on the roles played by scientists, publishers, libraries and other stakeholders, and on technical requirements for open data. It also assesses the "boundaries of openness".

"Open data should be the default position for publicly funded science," the accord says. "Exceptions should be limited to issues of privacy, safety, security and to commercial use in the public interest. Proposed exceptions should be justified on a case-by-case basis and not as blanket exclusions."

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Data Science Journal Call for Papers: Advances in Data Modeling and Knowledge Representation for Research Data

Date: Dec 8, 2015

The Data Science Journal is a peer-reviewed, open access, electronic journal dedicated to the advancement of data science and its application in policies, practices and management of Open Data.

The Data Science Journal is seeking papers for a special issue devoted to “Advances in Data Modeling and Knowledge Representation for Research Data”.


Preserving diffraction images as part of the scientific record

Date: Dec 1, 2015

The Diffraction Data Deposition Working Group (DDDWG) of the International Union of Crystallography (UCr) is continuing its work to evaluate the desirability of preserving diffraction images and other raw data sets as part of the permanent record of a scientific investigation.

While the case has yet to be made for comprehensive archiving by centralised agencies, the Working Group has encouraged the assignment of persistent identifiers to data sets archived by a researcher's local institution as an interim approach.

Following the University of Manchester Library's assignment of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to research data sets stored in its repository, a suite of articles on the platins and histidine by Helliwell and co-authors has been updated to include these DOI-based links in the supporting information (e.g. Tanley & Helliwell, 2014).

Prior to the University's implementation of data storage with associated DOIs, several of these data sets were also archived informally at the University of Utrecht and in the Australian Store-Synchrotron facility. The story of the reprocessing of some of these data sets by an independent investigator has already been told in a recent article related to the work of the DDDWG (Kroon-Batenburg & Helliwell, 2014).

The work and progress of the DDDWG are described within the various postings in an IUCr Forum, which also includes links to pertinent documents from e.g. the International Council for Science and CODATA on the data archiving policies and practice in other scientific fields. The presentations from the recent DDDWG workshops in Bergen and Rovinj are also available on the IUCr website.

This news is from the article of John R. Helliwell, University of Manchester, DDDWG Chair, published on the IUCr website.

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Appropriate articles in Acta Cryst:

Kroon-Batenburg, L. M. J. & Helliwell, J. R. (2014). Acta Cryst. D70, 2502-2509.

Tanley, S. W. M. & Helliwell, J. R. (2014). Acta Cryst. F70, 1127-1131.

CODATA Collection in Zenodo: Recent Reports

Date: Nov 18, 2015

For a little while now, CODATA has been using Zenodo as a repository for our most important reports, statements and some presentations.

Zenodo is an openly-available digital repository ‘launched within the OpenAIREplus project as part of a Europe-wide research infrastructure.’ See the About and FAQs for further information. Like many innovative parts of the data infrastructure, Zenodo is still developing  a sustainability model: we certainly hope that it is around for the long term.

Zenodo has a clean and attractive interface and it is easy to use. Above all, we like it because it allows the creation of Communities or Collections, assigns DOIs and provides Altmetrics.

Most recent CODATA Reports in Zenodo:

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Applications are now open for the CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science

Date: Nov 18, 2015

ICTP Adriatico Guest House which will host the schoolThe Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, in collaboration with CODATA, RDA and TWAS, is organising a short course in the data science approaches and skills that are essential for 21st century research. The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School will be held at the ICTP, Trieste, Italy from 1st to 12th August 2016.

The ever-accelerating volume and variety of data being generated is having a huge impact on a wide variety of research disciplines, from the sciences to the humanities. The international, collective ability to create, share and analyse vast quantities of data is having a profound, transformative effect.

This 'Data Revolution' offers great opportunities for students with modern data skills, both in conducting their research and in entering a jobs market where those skills are in demand.

Contemporary research – particularly when addressing the most significant, transdisciplinary research challenges – cannot be done effectively without a range of skills relating to data. This includes the principles and practice of Open Science and research data management and curation, the use of a range of data platforms and infrastructures, large scale analysis, statistics, visualisation and modelling techniques, software development and annotation and more. We define ‘Research Data Science’ as the ensemble of these skills.



The deadline for applications is 18 April 2016

More Information:

... is available on the Working Group's page.  See also:

CODATA at the GEO-XII Plenary in Mexico City

Date: Nov 9, 2015

This week sees the 12th Plenary Meeting of GEO, the Group on Earth Observations, in Mexico City.

GEO exists to promote the open sharing of Earth observation data in order to achieve 'a future wherein decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations and information'.  CODATA is a Participating Organisation of GEO.  Contributing to GEO's mission is an important way of achieving our own mission.

For this reason, CODATA is active within various groups and initiatives sponsored by GEO and at the GEO-XII Plenary meeting.

White Paper on the Value of Open Data Sharing

With the GEO Data Sharing Working Group, CODATA has organised a side event on the Benefits of Data Sharing. This workshop discuss and provide additional perspectives on the White Paper on the Value of Open Data Sharing that CODATA has produced at the request of the GEO Secretariat.

Data Sharing Principles in Developing Countries

The CODATA PASTD Task Group has also organised with the GEO Secretariat a side event on Data Sharing Principles, Requirements and Implementation in Lower and Middle Income Countries. The purpose of this event is to discuss challenges and solutions for implementation of the Data Sharing Principles in Developing Countries that were developed and agreed at a workshop in Nairobi in August 2014.

Implementation Guidelines for the GEO Data Management Principles

The Implementation Guidelines produced by the GEO Data Management Principles Task Force, to which a number of people in the CODATA community contributed, will also be presented to the Plenary.

CODATA Support for the GEO Mission and Ministerial Declaration

Finally, CODATA as a Participating Organisation will present a short statement to the Plenary in support of the central GEO Mission to promote full and open access to Earth observation data, as affirmed in the proposed Ministerial Declaration and reaffirming CODATA’s commitment to active participation in the GEO Data Sharing Working Group, the Data Management Principle

s Task Force and in related GEO initiatives.

Further Information:

CODATA White Paper for GEO: The Value of Open Data Sharing

GEO Data Sharing Working Group and Data Management Principles Task Force

GEOSS Data Sharing Principles Post 2015

GEO Data Management Principles

GEO Implementation Guidelines for Data Management Principles

1st ICSTI Webinar featuring CODATA President Geoffrey Boulton

Date: Oct 29, 2015

Reminder! This autumn, CODATA as an associate member of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI), will participate to the first webinar organised by this institution in collaboration with the National Information Standards Organization (NISO).

The event will take place on Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 10-00am (Eastern Daylight Time USA) and will address the topic of ‘A Pathway from Open Access and Data Sharing to Open Science in Practice’.

It will last 90 minutes and the contributors are Professor Geoffrey Boulton of the Royal Society and President of CODATA, and José Cotta of the European Commission; Jerry Sheehan of the National Library of Medicine on secondment to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will moderate the meeting (to be confirmed). We will send you more details, including how to sign up for the webinar, in due course.

Sign up here

the registration closes on November 9, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (ET)

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ICSTI website

NISO website

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