Skills for e-infrastructures and data management in global change research

Date: Nov 15, 2016

The Belmont Forum e-Infrastructures and Data Management Project ( recognizes that, for global change research to flourish, a range of skills are necessary, increasingly so in the broad area of data intensive digital skills.  Through this short survey, the Belmont Forum would like to establish where skills gaps exist or are emerging.  Results will be anonymized.
Global change research encompasses the interdisciplinary investigation of the natural world and how it is changing, from climate change to air quality to ecology and the human interaction with the environment.  Global change research is increasingly data intensive, requiring significant computing resources and efficient techniques for effective analysis.  This survey is aimed at enabling capacity building in the requisite digital skills for those already working in global change research.
The Belmont Forum ( is a group of the world's major and emerging funders of global environmental change research. It aims to accelerate delivery of the environmental research needed to remove critical barriers to sustainability by aligning and mobilizing international resources. It pursues the goals set in the Belmont Challenge by adding value to existing national investments and supporting international partnerships in interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary scientific endeavors. (Read the full Belmont Challenge at 
The survey should take 10 minutes to complete.  The Belmont Forum e-Infrastructures and Data Management Project would appreciate your input by 22 November.

The Internet of Things: Impacting Scientific Data and Information Flows, 9 Dec 2016, Washington D.C.

Date: Nov 10, 2016

This workshop will examine how the Internet of Things affects information professionals, is transforming some fields of research and impacts upon issues relating to policy, ethics and standards.

Date: Friday 9 December 2016, 9:00am - 4.30pm EST
Location: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., NW, Room 100 Washington, DC.
Co-Sponsors: CENDI, National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS), Research Data Alliance/US (RDA/US), and the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information


iCEOD & CODATA Open Research Data Hackathon

Date: Nov 9, 2016

iCEOD, the ICT Centre for Excellence and Open Data of the Jomo Kenyatta University
of Agriculture and Technology, and the locus of CODATA Kenya, is hosting a hackathon on 12 November. The theme will be ‘Developing innovative mobile applications based on open research data in agriculture, energy and public health’ 
The event will take place from 7AM to 7PM EAT at the JKUAT IBM Lab, Technology house, 4th Floor, Eastern Wing. Please see the event poster and information at (iCEOD website). 
Remote participation will be possible. For remote participants, please register at (for the hackathon) and at (for the remote link) via GoToWebinar.

A Light in the Darkness

Date: Nov 9, 2016

SciDataCon participant,
Here is some good news!  

Most of the presentations given at SciDataCon 2016 which took place in September in Denver, Colorado are now available from the conference website alongside the accepted abstract for the paper.  Each session and the abstracts and papers that comprised it are best accessed from the programme page

We are very sorry for the delay in making these available which was occasioned by a change in personnel.

12th International Digital Curation Conference

Date: Nov 7, 2016

"Upstream, Downstream: embedding digital curation workflows for data science, scholarship and society"

Date: 20 - 23 February 2017

Venue: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

*Registration is now open*

The 12th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC17) will be held from 20-23 February 2017 at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd). The conference brings together digital curation professionals and educators with data producers and consumers to consider digital curation in a multi-disciplinary context.

There will be a programme of workshops on Monday 20 February and Thursday 23 February and the main conference will run from Tuesday 21 to Wednesday 22 February 2017.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RSCEd) is the oldest of the UK surgical Royal Colleges, and one of the largest of all the UK medical Royal Colleges. First incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, the College has been at the vanguard of surgical innovation and developments for over 500 years.

The RCSEd has a number of landmark buildings including The Playfair Building, dating back to 1832 and the Surgeons' Hall Museums which houses collections of international importance.

The complex also includes the Quincentenary Conference Centre. The building its adjacent to the RCSEd and this is where the main conference will be held.

The Pre-Conference Drinks Reception will be held on the evening of Monday 20 February in the Playfair Library and the Conference Dinner will be held on the evening of Tuesday 21 February in the Caves. For more further information about these events and making the most of your time in Edinburgh check our Social Events page

The Call for Papers is now available plus details of the submissionprocess and key dates


For details on fees and guidelines on how to book a place, please visit the Registration Page


Limited accommodation is available at the conference venue's onsite hotel Ten Hill Place and a free online accommodation booking service is also available via Marketing Edinburgh, Convention Bureau who have negotiated rates at a range of accommodation options for the conference dates 20-23 February 2017, including both hotels and apartments.

For full details check Accommodation 


Call for Working Group and Review Circle Members: Standard Glossary for Research Data Management (IRIDIUM)

Date: Nov 2, 2016

CODATA invites participants for a Working Group and a broader set of reviewers to advance a new international glossary of research data management terms and definitions. Dubbed the IRIDIUM (International Research Data Management) Glossary, this is an evolving partnership initiative growing out of a pilot project last year. You can review the current glossary at  (it is currently branded as a ‘dictionary’ but will be rebranded, post-pilot, as a ‘glossary’).

This work is a partnership between CODATA, CASRAI, and Research Data Canada It is intended that
other partners and national services will be added in the near future.

Please consider the issues statement, CASRAI Annual Process and the Tasks of the 2017 IRIDIUM WG Described below.

Please complete the form at to be considered for the Working Group or Review Circle.  The deadline to complete the form is 23.59 Eastern on Monday 21 November.

Issue Statement:

Improvement of research data management is a rapidly developing field that is increasingly recognized as a key element in advancing research and innovation in government, academic, and private sectors. A major difficulty in any newly emerging field is the lack of consistent terminology and precise, definitive definitions of these terms. Such a complex endeavour involving people and technologies from different fields, and transcending each of those fields, requires a standardization and harmonization of terms and definitions used. Currently, there is no formal international standard for terminology in the field of research data management, although some standards contain some relevant terms. In the meantime, there is a pressing need for a common, practical vocabulary. The aim of this activity is to advance a stable and sustainably governed international glossary of community accepted terms and definitions, and to keep it relevant by maintaining it as a ‘living reference’ that is updated as necessary.

The CASRAI Annual Process:

CASRAI maintains a standard master glossary of terms and definitions (including but not limited to RDM terms). This master glossary is maintained and developed via an annual cycle of coordinated Subject Experts at the Steering, Working and Review levels.  The work on the ‘Standard Glossary for Research Data Management (IRIDIUM)’ will follow this process.

  1. Annual Open Call (to which the current call is related) issued jointly by all CASRAI Steering Committees to signal upcoming work cycles, seek feedback on scoping and volunteer subject experts for the noted priorities;

  2. Steering Committees process all submissions and form Working Groups (WG) and Review Groups (RG);

  3. From January through to March all WGs deliberate (coordinated and facilitated by the CASRAI Secretariat) on their part of the master glossary (in 3 monthly cycles of online calls with term and definition writing assignments between calls);

  4. In April the WGs open their work to the wider RG community for comments;

  5. In May the WGs finalize their work based on the RG feedback and submit to the applicable Steering Committee for formal approval before publishing in the online glossary;

  6. In June begins a wider promotion and adoption period for the WG outputs - and the planning cycle starts again for the next annual period.

The tasks of the 2017 IRIDIUM WG will be to:
  1. Identify priority terms absent from the pilot glossary;

  2. Revue existing terms, identify definitions which need to be revised and improve those definitions;

  3. Scope above items into a proposed work Package for the 2017 cycle;

  4. Participate in the 4 month deliberations and review to develop the new and revised glossary definitions.

It is hoped, additionally, that WG members will be available in April to participate in an online webinar to present the works to the wider community before the review period starts.


Special SciDataCon 2016 Collection in the Data Science Journal

Date: Oct 27, 2016

The present message is a reminder that all presenters at SciDataCon are invited to submit a paper to the Data Science Journal to be considered as part of a high-profile special collection of papers from the conference.

Please note the following:

The deadline for submissions to be part of the SciDataCon 2016 special collection has been extended to 31 October.
Submissions should be made at
  • The submission should be a full paper (please see instructions on the Data Science Journal website ), not the abstract submitted for SciDataCon.
  • Even though an abstract was accepted for SciDataCon, the full paper submitted to the Data Science Journal will be peer-reviewed to ensure quality.
  • Given the number of papers expected we are unable to waive the Article Processing Charge (APC) for all papers, however the Data Science Journal is very competitive and has a progressive waiver policy for those unable to pay the APC:
Other Deadlines for Data Science Journal Collections
Two other Data Science Journal Calls for Papers are open with deadlines approaching:
Call for Papers: “Open Data and African Research”
This Special Issue aims to explore how, why, and to what end scientists in developing countries, and particularly those in sub-Sahara Africa, share and re-use data, and whether these activities differ from the priorities, practices, and policies associated with research in other conditions. We seek to attract papers that capture the challenges of conducting research in low-resourced environments and the innovative ways in which scientists overcome these challenges and produce/disseminate/use data (whether in digital or other formats).  We would be happy to discuss possible contributions with prospective authors over email.
Final deadline 20 December, but please contact the editors via as soon as possible.  Further details at

Call for Papers: Special Issue: 20 Years Persistent Identifiers
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 deadline is 31 October.  Please consult for further details.

Legal Interoperability of Research Data: Principles and Implementation Guidelines, now published

Date: Oct 25, 2016

The Legal Interoperability of Research Data: Principles and Implementation Guidelines have now been published in Zenodo:
The RDA-CODATA Legal Interoperability Interest Group has studied the issues related tothe intellectual property of data: the resulting outcome is a set of principles and practical implementation guidelines. They are offered as high-level guidance to all members of the research community—the funders, managers of data centers, librarians, archivists, publishers, policymakers, university administrators, individual researchers, and their legal counsel—who are engaged in activities that involve the access to and reuse of research data from diverse sources.  The Principles are synergistic, so their greatest benefit is realized when they are considered together.
The following Principles on the Legal Interoperability of Research Data focus on all types of data that are used primarily in publicly funded research in government and academia:
  • One: Facilitate the lawful access to and reuse of research data.
  • Two: Determine the rights to and responsibilities for the data.
  • Three: Balance the legal interests.
  • Four: State the rights transparently and clearly.
  • Five: Promote the harmonization of rights in research data.
  • Six: Provide proper attribution and credit for research data.
The document examines each of the six principles and provides guidelines for implementing these principles.

The guidelines have been refined through two strenuous rounds of peer review and are now made available on behalf of CODATA and RDA from Zenodo:

Call for scientific and non-academic reviewers

Date: Oct 21, 2016

International Council for Science in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies, and the International Social Science Council will support 10 col­laborative research projects across Africa (to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years) in 2017 in order to ensure that science can effectively contribute to the implementation of this Urban Agenda in Africa.These projects are expected to generate new solutions-oriented knowl­edge that will help develop new urban paradigms in Africa and make African cities more resilient, adaptable and healthier.

We are now looking for scientists and non-academic experts with expertise in energy systems, air pollution, health, provision of health services, climate mitigation and adaptation, land use and urban planning, and disaster risk reduction in the urban environment to review full proposals between Nov 2016- mid Jan 2017. Experience in inter- and transdisciplinary research would be of value. Guidelines for review will be provided. 
You can also contribute to our efforts in making African cities more sus­tainable and resilient by reviewing proposal(s). If you are interested or know relevant experts, please contact
Katsia PAULAVETS <katsia.paulavets(at)>  by 25 November, 2016.

Invitation to the euroCRIS Strategic Membership Meeting in Athens, 8-10 November 2016

Date: Oct 18, 2016

This Autumn, euroCRIS will organize its “Strategic Membership Meeting”: the yearly opportunity for discussion and exchange of ideas between the Strategic Partners of euroCRIS and the euroCRIS Community, around an actual and mutually interesting theme:
Towards optimal Research information Infrastructures on a national and international level.
What uses for which stakeholders? Through which collaboration(s), by which building blocks?  

With special attention for: The road to a European Research Information Infrastructure. 
We may be farther along this road than we realize (if we jointly grasp the present opportunities). 
What can be learned from ongoing initiatives and collaborations within and outside of Europe?
This year the meeting will take place in Athens, Greece, from 8-10 of November forthcoming and will be organized in cooperation with the Greek National Documentation Centre (EKT).
We at euroCRIS are both happy and proud to be able to present you an - in my view - exciting and challenging programme, with a mixture of lectures and interactive sessions with the audience and some first class speakers from key stakeholders in the research information domain. More concretely:
  • Prof. Geoffrey Boulton, President of CODATA, the  Committee on Data for Science and Technology of the International Council for Science. See:
  • Prof. John Donovan, President of EARMA: the European Organisation for Research Managers. See:
  • Dr Emily Gale, UK Medical Research Council, representing SCIENCE EUROPE, the association of European Research Funding Organisations (RFO) and Research Performing Organisations (RPO),  See:
  • Dr Natalia Manola: Project Manager of the OpenAIRE Project. See:

Apart from these expert speakers, there will be, as indicated, various interactive sessions with the audience as well as contributions on national developments going on in Greece in the field of research information in general and CRIS in particular. 
Last but not least, there will be the presentation of the work towards a "new CERIF-XML", aimed at promoting the acceptance and application of CERIF, with already a first concrete use case project that has been started up to implement the revised CERIF-XML. 

You will find also all the information needed regarding the meeting at the euroCRIS web site:
Herewith we kindly invite you page at:
Attendance is free of charge for members of euroCRIS, and only € 60, -- for non-members (granting at the same time a one-year personal membership of euroCRIS).

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