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CODATA International Training Workshop in Big Data for Science, Beijing, 4-17 July

Date: Mar 22, 2016

Applications are invited from early career researchers as well as from research leaders and managers of research institutes from countries with developing or emerging economies to participate in the CODATA International Training Workshop in Big Data for Science, Beijing, 4-17 July 2016.  Participation for successful applicants will be financially supported, thanks to a grant from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).  The deadline for applications is 18 April 2016.

Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data WorldWorkshop Description

In today’s data-rich world, streams of digital data are being generated from science facilities and myriad sensors (telescopes, video cameras, traffic monitors, magnetic resonance imaging machines, and biological and chemical sensors monitoring the environment etc).  Combined with the increasing ability for large-scale storage, communication and analysis, the Data Revolution presents major opportunities for science.  The Science International Accord on ‘Open Data in a Big Data World’ highlights the most important issues to be addressed if these benefits are to be realized.  These include the Open Data imperative, the need to maintain the scientific self-correction and the ethical constraints which must be respected.  Equally important is the need for open global participation in the benefits of the Data Revolution.  Systemic capacity building and targeted training in Big Data and data science are essential if this is to be achieved in countries with emerging or developing economies.

Building data science capacity in countries with developing and emerging economies (in part through promoting technical training in data science, in data management and in the implications of Big Data for science) is an important part of CODATA’s strategy.

The training program offered aims to engage participants with a number of facets of data science and data management in the Big Data age.  Topics include, but are not limited to, interdisciplinary applications of open research data, data intensive research, data management policies, cloud computing, visualization, analytics and data infrastructure development in the Big Data Age.  Through a mix of theoretical study, workshop and practical sessions as well as field visits, the organizers aim to help participants develop a deeper expertise in the latest Big Data technologies for scientific discovery.

The CODATA International Training Workshop in Big Data for Science shares the objectives and much of the content of the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer Schools and is partnering with that initiative.  Applications are invited from 1) early career researchers with an interest in data science, and 2) research leaders and managers of research organisations who are interested in putting on a similar short course at their home institution or with partners in their country.

Professor Li Jianhui, Secretary General of CODATA China and CODATA Executive Committee Member gives at class during the 2014 Edition of the CODATA China Training CourseA number of activities will be organized involving elite Chinese scientists, in order to promote knowledge sharing and to develop opportunities for future exchanges and collaboration.  Participants will benefit also from visits to a number of leading research institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).  In these visits, participants will have the opportunity to learn from the scientific approach, management expertise, knowledge development and practical application that characterize activities at CAS institutes working at the frontiers of research.  Furthermore, the program will promote interaction and exchange of knowledge between experts and participants and among participants who will benefit greatly from exchanges with colleagues for a variety of academic and national backgrounds.

On 7-8 July, the International Society for Digital Earth is convening the 6th Digital Earth Summit, a major event involving many international experts and in which CODATA is playing an important role.  Participants in the training workshop will also benefit from participation in the Digital Earth Summit.

Application Procedure and Deadline

Applications should be completed on the designated form, providing all the requested information and an academic CV. Completed applications should be submitted to both the addresses below by the deadline of 23.59 UTC on 18 April 2016:

Dr. Simon Hodson, Executive Director, CODATA: simon [at] codata.org

Ms. LI Chang, CODATA-China Secretariat: lichang [at] cnic.cn

Further Information


TWO WEEKS TO GO! Call for Nominations for CODATA Officers and Executive Committee Members: Deadline 1 April 2016

Date: Mar 18, 2016

Help CODATA deliver on its strategy to mobilise the data revolution for research!

The CODATA strategy comprises three elements: promoting open data principles, policy and practices; advancing the frontiers of data science and building data capacity, particularly in LMICs.

A key element of CODATA’s activity is to support and promote the Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World.

The Call is now open for nominations for CODATA Officers and Executive Committee Members to be elected at the next CODATA General Assembly, 11 September 2016 in Denver, CO., USA, at the beginning of International Data Week.

Please find attached a letter from CODATA Past President, Professor GUO Huadong inviting nominations for role of Secretary General, Treasurer and eight ordinary Executive Committee members. Nominations should be submitted by CODATA Members or Task Groups and Working Groups on the form attached, to the Nominating Committee, c/o simon@codata.org, by the deadline of 1 April 2016.

The most important criteria for nomination is to be able to contribute strongly to the delivery of CODATA’s strategy. The covering note to the nomination form and the procedure document explain terms of eligibility.


Last Chance to Register: Workshop on Comparing Approaches to Curriculum Development for Research Data Handling, 25 February, Amsterdam

Date: Feb 11, 2016

Learn about and contribute to current initiatives to establish curricula, skills and competences frameworks and practical training programmes for research data skills, data science, data handling, data management etc!

Come to a free workshop at the International Digital Curation Conference convened by EDISON and groups sponsored by CODATA and the Research Data Alliance: Thursday 25 February, Amsterdam!

Last chance to register! Workshop registration will close on Friday 12 February. Please register at Workshop registration will close on Friday 12 February. Please register here.

More information on the workshop is below and at http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc16/workshops

Contemporary research – particularly when addressing the most significant, trans-disciplinary research challenges – cannot effectively be done without a range of skills relating to data. Prominent among the challenges of the data revolution, therefore, is that of developing skills and competences required to optimise the use of the new data resources.

A number of initiatives are developing approaches to determine the content requirements for courses designed to address the need for a variety of data related skills in research. These initiatives include the EDISON Project, the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer Schools Working Group and the RDA Interest Group on Education and Training on Handling of Research Data.

This workshop brings together these initiatives and other activities to discuss current approaches to determining optimal content for courses developing a range of data skills for different roles involved in contemporary data-intensive research. This includes the skills needed by researchers themselves and by support roles.

The workshop will compare and contrast the frameworks, checklists and methods being developed and will seek to identify means of aligning these as much as possible. To achieve this, the full day workshop will include sessions to share material and approaches and practical activities to advance the development of curriculum frameworks. The practical activities will include detailed group work on the substantive content of the frameworks with the objective of aligning and validating these to the greatest degree possible.


EXTENSION TO SCIDATACON 2016 DEADLINES: Programme Committee and Session Proposals

Date: Feb 5, 2016

Following a number of requests, it has been decided to extend the two important deadlines for SciDataCon 2016.

Invitation for Programme Committee Candidates / Nominations: DEADLINE 15 FEBRUARY 2016

The SciDataCon 2016 Programme Committee will play a key role in shaping the scientific programme of the conference.

Nominations to be submitted using the online form or by returning the form (attached) by email to info@SciDataCon.org

Session Proposals http://www.scidatacon.org/2016/ : DEADLINE 7 MARCH 2016

Themes and Scope: http://www.scidatacon.org/site/session-types/
Session Types: http://www.scidatacon.org/site/session-types/

SciDataCon and International Data Week, 11-16 September 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.

SciDataCon is part of International Data Week which also includes the 8th RDA Plenary and an International Data Forum. These complementary components mean that you can participate in a research conference and RDA working sessions in the same week! This will be a landmark event for the data community and for all professions with a stake in the role of data in research: whether from the perspective of researchers, data scientists, data managers, research policy experts etc.

These extensions have been made in response to specific requests, not least to allow people the opportunity of discussing session proposals at a number of forthcoming conferences.


Call for Nominations for CODATA Officers and Executive Committee Members: Deadline 1 April 2016

Date: Feb 1, 2016

Help CODATA deliver on its strategy to mobilise the data revolution for research! The CODATA strategy comprises three elements: promoting open data principles, policy and practices; advancing the frontiers of data science and building data capacity, particularly in LMICs.

The Call is now open for nominations for CODATA Officers and Executive Committee Members to be elected at the next CODATA General Assembly, 11 September 2016 in Denver, CO., USA, at the beginning of International Data Week.

Please find attached a letter from CODATA Past President, Professor GUO Huadong, inviting nominations for role of Secretary General, Treasurer and eight ordinary Executive Committee members. Nominations should be submitted by CODATA Members or Task Groups and Working Groups on the form attached, to the Nominating Committee, c/o simon@codata.org, by the deadline of 1 April 2016.

The most important criteria for nomination is to be able to contribute strongly to the delivery of CODATA’s strategy. The covering note to the nomination form and the procedure document explain terms of eligibility.


Call for Candidates for the SciDataCon 2016 Programme Committee

Date: Jan 25, 2016

Convened by CODATA and the World Data System (WDS), interdisciplinary bodies of the International Council for Science (ICSU), SciDataCon 2016 is a scientific research conference that will advance the frontiers of data in 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.  SciDataCon will feature scientific and practice papers, lightning talks, and panel discussions from a wide range of perspectives.  The scope is explicitly broad and inclusive, addressing all aspects of the role of data in research.

SciDataCon2016 will take place at on 11-13 September 2016 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado, USA.  It is part of International Data Week, 11-16 September 2016, convened by CODATA, the WDS and the Research Data Alliance.

Geoffrey Boulton, President of CODATA, and Sandy Harrison, Chair of the World Data System, are pleased to invite applications for expert members of the Programme Committee. You can find more details about the call in the invitation letter available here. 

The Programme Committee of SciDataCon 2016 will play a key role in shaping the scientific programme of the conference. We are pleased to invite applications for expert members of the Programme Committee.  Please submit applications no later than 15 February 2016 using the online form available here or by sending this form to info@SciDataCon.org

Further Information


CODATA Webinar: Data Accessibility Benchmark Organizational Self-Assessment Tool

Date: Dec 18, 2015

CODATA will be running a webinar on a Data Accessibility Benchmark Organizational Self-Assessment Tool developed by COINAtlantic and Dalhousie University. The presenter will be Andrew Sherin, Director, Secretariat, COINAtlantic.

In an effort to cater to different time zones, the webinar will be run twice: at 16.00 UTC on Mon 18 January 2016 and at 01.00 UTC on Tue 19 January.

Please register for the date and time that works best for you: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/624139246334931969

CODATA Webinar: Data Accessibility Benchmark Organizational Self-Assessment Tool

The Coastal and Ocean Information Network Atlantic (COINAtlantic) in Atlantic Canada has developed, in collaboration with Dr. Bertrum MacDonald of the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, a self-assessment tool for use by data providing organizations to measure their effectiveness at providing access to their data. The tool is called the COINAtlantic Data Accessibility Self-Assessment Tool or CDAST and was developed to advance one of COINAtlantic’s strategies “Facilitating the commitment and investment of data providers to inter-organizational and public access to data and information.” CDAST has 11 principles aggregated from four documents: the OECD’s Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding, the Operating Principles for Canada’s Open Government site, the USA’s Open Data Policy-Managing Information as an Asset, and the G8 Open Data Charter and Technical Annex.

For each principle one or more evaluation ladders with scores from 0 to 5 have been developed with language to assist the user in deciding where on the continuum their organization sits. For example for the permanence principle and it’s data retention evaluation ladder, a score of 5 indicates “Regular cost benefit analysis is conducted to determine data set retention.” The tool is designed to be used periodically to demonstrate progress in improving the effectiveness of data accessibility policies and procedures and can be used to target investments towards specific principles. It is suggested that several groups within an organization complete the assessment to differentiate perspectives of these groups e.g. data managers, data users.

The webinar will tour the CDAST principles and selected evaluation ladder languages, and encourage discussion on the how to improve the tool and introduce it to data providing organizations. The presenter will be Andrew Sherin, Director, Secretariat, COINAtlantic.

To preview the tool before the webinar go to http://coinatlantic.ca/index.php/

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/624139246334931969

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

System requirements: http://support.citrixonline.com/webinar/all_files/G2W010003


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

Read more

http://www.codata.org/events/conferences/international-data-week-2016


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


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