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Christine Borgman: Data Citation and Scholarship

Date: Aug 25, 2015

As previously announced, the CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation Standards and Practices is organising an International Series of Workshops to Implement Data Citation Principles.  The objective of this series is to promote the implementation of data citation principles in the research policy and funding communities throughout the world.  The first of these workshops was held on Tuesday 25 August in Lan Zhou, China, co-located with the Second National Scientific Data Conference.

Task Group co-chair, Christine Borgman, Distinguished Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies, UCLA, gave the introductory keynote setting the scene for the discussions.  Christine's presentation, 'Data Citation and Scholarship', is available from her UCLA bepress site.

The workshop surveyed current practice of data citation in China and among stakeholders including publishers and data centres.  Reports from all the workshops, providing a survey of data citation practices and agreements for implementation, will be made available.

The next scheduled workshops are:

  • Australia, 28 October (including introductory presentation in person from Simon Hodson).
  • Japan, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, 29 October (including keynote, in person, from Christine Borgman).
  • India, New Delhi, 5-6 November (including keynote, in person, from Jan Brase).
  • South Africa, Pretoria, December (TBC, including remote introductory presentation from Jan Brase).

 


Trans-Disciplinary Glossary for Research Data Management

Date: Aug 25, 2015

Research Data Canada and CASRAI have produced a PILOT trans-disciplinary glossary for research data management.  This is potentially a very useful tool for increasing understanding of the domain and for assisting standardisation of business processes around the management of research data.

The PILOT glossary is available at http://dictionary.casrai.org/Category:Research_Data_Domain

RDC and CASRAI are seeking feedback on the PILOT Glossary, to which end they have made available a short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Glossary_ResearchDataManagement

RDC and CASRAI would be very grateful for feedback.  The first update of the Glossary (corrections, additions, deletions, etc.) will occur during the first week of September, 2015 and the glossary will be frozen on 1 October 2015.

Walter Stewart, coordinator or Research Data Canada writes:

Research Data Canada (RDC) in partnership with the international Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI) is pleased to announce the launch of a PILOT for a new interactive Glossary containing 500+ draft terms and definitions to support work in the field of research data management. The glossary is publicly available under a Creative Commons Attribution Only license (CC-BY) at: http://dictionary.casrai.org/Category:Research_Data_Domain

The Glossary is meant to be 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. Each term has a unique identifier and a URL that can be used as a tool to enhance reading comprehension of documents by hyperlinking terms to their definition. The aim is to create a stable and sustainably governed glossary of community accepted terms and definitions, and to keep it relevant by maintaining it as a ‘living document’ that is updated when necessary. The URL for each term contains a link to a discussion page to complete the feedback loop with the community of users. The glossary is developed and maintained by RDC's Standards & Interoperability Committee (RDC-SINC) in collaboration with CASRAI.


Current Best Practice for Research Data Management Policies

Date: Aug 24, 2015

In 2014, CODATA was commissioned by the Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation and the Danish Digital Library to produce a briefing note or report on Current Best Practice for Research Data Management Policies. The full report - written by Simon Hodson and Laura Molloy and including an Executive Summary, Report and Appendices - was completed in May 2014 and is now avaialble from the CODATA collection in Zenodo.


DEADLINE APPROACHING: WSS Fellows Seminar on Big Data in Urban Contexts

Date: Aug 21, 2015

CODATA is partnering the International Social Science Council in organising the World Social Science Fellows Seminar on Big Data in an Urban Context, 30 November to 4 December 2015, Xiamen, China.

The deadline is now very close: 00.00 UTC, 24 August 2015.

For further information please see http://www.codata.org/news/50/62/Call-for-Applications-World-Social-Science-Fellows-Big-Data-in-Urban-Contexts 

The application form can be downloaded from http://www.worldsocialscience.org/documents/call-applications-world-social-science-fellows-seminar-big-data-urban-contexts.pdf

 


First Introductory 'Vanilla' CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School

Date: Aug 18, 2015

The CODATA-RDA Working Group on Research Data Science Summer Schools has been making very good progress.

We are pleased to announce that the first full introductory or Vanilla course will take place from 1-12 August 2016 at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. Thanks to kind support from the ICTP and from The World Academy of Science, as well as CODATA and RDA, the course will accommodate up to 120 students at the beginning of their post graduate careers.  We currently have funds to support the travel of 30-40 students and are looking for more funding and sponsorship.

The curriculum for the first course is being prepared in collaboration with a number of partners, including Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry and the Digital Curation Centre.

The call for applications will be published later this year.

Applications from students in Lower and Middle Income Countries are particularly encouraged. Watch this space!

 

Vision: a scalable series of short courses in research data science

The broader objective of this activity is to develop a readily scalable series of short courses that address a recognised need for additional ‘research data science’ skills at post-graduate and early career level.

The vision is a set of short courses that: 

  • follow an recognised and accredited curriculum; 
  • provide a pathway from a broad introductory course for all researchers (Vanilla) through more advanced and specialised courses (Flavours and Toppings);
  • are reproducible: all materials will be online with Open licences;
  • are scalable: emphasis will be placed on Training New Teachers (TNT) and building sustainable partnerships. 

More Information

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

 


International Series of Workshops to Implement Data Citation Principles

Date: Aug 13, 2015

In 2015-16 the CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation Standards and Practices is organising a series of workshops in participating countries.  The objective is to promote the implementation of data citation principles in the research policy and funding communities throughout the world.  Each workshop will bring together stakeholders including representatives of government, funders, research institutions, research data archives, learned societies, publishers, journal editors etc, to establish how principles may best be turned into practice in each national research system and culture.

Preparation is underway for the first five of these workshop:

  • China, Lan Zhou, after the Second National Scientific Data Conference, 25 August (including remote introductory presentation from Christine Borgman)
  • Australia, 28 October (including introductory presentation in person from Simon Hodson).
  • Japan, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, 29 October (includng keynote, in person, from Christine Borgman).
  • India, New Delhi, 5-6 November (TBC, including keynote, in person, from Jan Brase).
  • South Africa, Pretoria, December (TBC, including remote introductory presentation from Jan Brase).

These events will be followed in 2016 by workshops in Taiwan, Israel, Brazil, the European Union and the US.  Discussions are underway to add other countries to this series.

This activity harnesses many international partners and builds on a series of important collaborations of which the most recent are listed here:

 


Comparing Approaches to the Description of Nanomaterials

Date: Aug 7, 2015

The CODATA Working Group (WG) on Nanomaterials held a small workshop with members of the eNanoMapper (http://www.enanomapper.net/) team at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, on 13-14 July 2015. The purpose of the meeting was to clarify and compare approaches to the description of nanomaterials, specifically the  CODATA WG’s Uniform Description System for Materials on the Nanoscale  (UDS) (http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.20688) and the eNanoMapper Ontology, as  described in Journal of Biomedical Semantics (2015) (http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13326-015-0005-5).

Read more on the CODATA blog...


Elizabeth Griffin: "Climate Change is everyone's responsability: we need community initiatives"

Date: Aug 6, 2015

In a recent post published on our blog, Elizabeth Griffin, the Chair of the CODATA Data at Risk Task Group underlines the urgent need to address climate change through local community initiatives such as Transition Towns like Totnes (UK)...

Read more on the CODATA blog

 


CODATA Recommended Values of the Fundamental Physical Constants: 2014

Date: Aug 4, 2015

The CODATA Task Group on the Fundamental Constants has released its adjustment to the recommended values for 2014.  See:

 


CODATA has new pages on Facebook and LinkedIn

Date: Aug 4, 2015

Come and visit our Facebook page and also be part of our network on LinkedIn!

You will find there more news and photos about our activities.

Join us and don't hesitate to like, share and comment!


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