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

Rocky road to Open Access

Date: Oct 28, 2015

Mark Thorley, a member of the CODATA Executive Committee, Chair of the CODATA Data Policy Committee, and Data Management Co-ordinator for the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council – NERC, has recently been interviewed by the Research Information magazine*. Here comes some extracts of the article in which he expresses his opinion about Open Access and UK Research:

As open access policies come into force, UK higher education institutions are racing to meet the mandates.Rebecca Pool reports:

‘We always said this would be a journey and not an overnight switch,’ highlights Mark Thorley, chair of the RCUK Research Outputs Network and head of Science Information for the Natural Environment Research Council.

‘We’ve seen issues over the cost of implementation, administrative processes and also policy compliance reporting,’ he adds. ‘But we’re also seeing an increasing volume of research available as open access, so the policy is making a difference.

For Thorley, open access is a no-brainer. With a twitter account called ‘My life is Open Access and Open Data’, he points out how in today’s networked world, anyone can publish, literally anything. And, in his view, this makes instant access to peer-reviewed research more important than ever before.

‘Those in the research process have the responsibility to ensure that quality, peer-reviewed research is widely available to all who need it,’ he says. ‘Otherwise the void will be filled by make-believe and half-truths.’

So, for his part, Thorley is spearheading RCUK’s open access policy, which was introduced in 2013, a year before HEFCE announced its policy on the same. Each organisation’s policy aims to make research arising from its funds widely and freely accessible, although in practice, RCUK policy takes a firmer stance.

As Thorley highlights: ‘Many issues arise from trying to make this open access policy work at scale... we’re gearing up the whole sector to ensure the majority of papers are available in the open access corpus.

‘So the biggest issue has been how do you turn a practical open access policy into something that actually works, is do-able and doesn’t take up endless resources,’ he adds.

Published in Research Information, October/November 2015

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* Research Information is a bimonthly printed full-colour magazine produced by Europa Science Ltd, a UK-based company.

The Open Science Prize: rewarding new technology with Open Data for Health

Date: Oct 27, 2015

Last week, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, together with the Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute launched the Open Science Prize.

It invites teams to propose or refine technical infrastructure (e.g. tools, services or platforms) that makes innovative use of open data or that advances open science more generally, though with a focus on biomedicine.

The awards will be made in two phases - 6 at $80k each in Phase 1, and in Phase 2, $230k for the winning team among these 6.

Teams must have at least one member each inside and outside the US, and team members can be individuals, groups or legal entities (e.g. a GLAM, a company or a city). The abstracts of the submissions will be public, and openness beyond that is strongly encouraged.

Deadline for submissions to Phase 1 is February 29, 2016.

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For official announcements, see the Welcome Trust Blog or Data Science at NIH.

For an initial blog post by Fabiana Kubke, one of the members of the expert panel
for the prize, see here.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute website.

RDA Plenary 6: 'Allez les filles'!

Date: Oct 22, 2015

Elizabeth Griffin participated in the Research Data Alliance 6th Plenary Meeting held in Paris. The CODATA community was very actively involved in this event with a number of joint Working Groups and Interest Groups. Elizabeth herself is actively involved as chair of the CODATA Data at Risk Task Group, and co-chair of the related RDA Interest Group on Data Rescue. On the CODATA blog, she writes:

RDA Plenary 6 took place in balmy late September in the centre of Paris, within the confines of CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers) and just down the road from the République. Inaugurated in 1794, CNAM took over a deserted Priory and formally opened in 1802.

As well as housing a museum of innovations relevant to science and industry, it also (and primarily) serves as an adult educational centre, with emphases on practical training in science and engineering on the one hand and management and social sciences on the other. Whether it rose adequately to the challenge of a sudden influx of nearly 600 RDA delegates is more subjective.

What signs of the Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, suggested by such proximity to the République? My French dictionary (1988 edition) offers no equivalent to `sorority’ or `sisterhood’, and a hard-hitting talk by Dame Wendy Hall to a Women-in-RDA breakfast meeting hinted that the emergence of women in both science and practical society is still Work in Progress. Women are climbing the scientific career-ladders, but not as quickly as some of the pointers anticipate. Where, then, is France?

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CODATA in Australia: the Data Revolution and Data Citation

Date: Oct 21, 2015

From 21 to 28th of October, CODATA is involved in a series of events about the Data Revolution and the importance of Data Citation, and in meetings to strengthen our collaboration with Australian organisations.


Dr Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director, will be involved in the following meetings:


Wednesday 21 October: Keynote Presentation on 'Responses to the data revolution: CODATA’s work on data policy, data science and capacity building' at the eResearch Australasia conference 2015

Wednesday 21 October: Panel on 'Overcoming the Data Citation Challenges associated with Large Scale, Dynamic, Collaboratively-Generated Datasets' at the eResearch Australasia conference 2015

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre


Monday 26 October: Researcher @Keynote Series: talk about the Data revolution

Venue: University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law School, Pelham St, Carlton


Wednesday 28 October: CODATA-ANDS workshop on 'Referencing data in publications: principles, policy, and practice' (as part of the international series of CODATA workshops on data citation).

Venue: Australian Academy of Science's Shine Dome, Canberra


Further Information:

eResearch Australasia 2015


University of Melbourne

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