GEO Data Management Principles

Date: Jul 30, 2015

In the spring of 2014, GEO, the Group on Earth Observations, established a Data Management Principles Task Force with the mandate to develop a set of Data Management Principles for the GEO community which would inform and help those organisations making data available through GEOSS, the 'system of systems', for discovering and accessing earth observation data.

The principles were developed in the summer of 2014 and were discussed at the GEO-XI Plenary in November 2014 and at the GEO Workplan Symposium in May 2015.  They have now been made more publicly available via the GEO website.  It is intended that they should be formally approved by the GEO-XII Plenary in Mexico City in November 2015.

The Data Management Principles Task Force is now working on a set of Implementation Guidelines for the principles.  The Guidelines are intended primarily for organisations that contribute, or may contribute, data and services to GEOSS.  A secondary purpose is as a high level good practice guide to implementation of data management principles to promote data sharing.  The Guidelines will enable organisations to implement their specific data management system to meet users’ needs and comply to the greatest extent that is practical for them with the GEO DMPs.  The document will be pitched at the strategic or managerial level: it will offer a high level view to help implementation and is not intended as a detailed technical guide.

Call for Applications – World Social Science Fellows – Big Data in Urban Contexts

Date: Jul 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.

ISSC invites applications from outstanding early career social scientists around the world to become World Social Science Fellows and participate in a seminar on Big Data in an Urban Context.  The seminar will be hosted by the International Council of Science International Programme Office on Urban Health and Wellbeing at the Institute of Urban Environment (IUE) in Xiamen, China.

The deadline for applications is 00.00 UTC, 24 August 2015.

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Further information and application form.

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Mark Thorley Appointed to the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the Conduct of Science

Date: Jul 17, 2015

Mark Thorley, a member of the CODATA Executive Committee and Chair of the CODATA Data Policy Committee, has been invited to become a member of the International Council of Science's Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the Conduct of Science (CFRS).

In a post on the CODATA Blog, Mark discusses the importance of this role and its relationship to his work to promote Open Access to literature and to research data.

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Preparation Underway of the Second Edition of the Atlas of the Earth’s Magnetic Field

Date: Jul 13, 2015

Through a workshop organised with CODATA support and hosted at ICSU and a series of working meetings at the General 26th General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), the Task Group on Earth and Space Science Data Interoperability has launched its work to develop a second edition of the Atlas of the Earth’s Magnetic Field.

The first edition of the Atlas, published in 2013, is a unique cartographic product that contains comprehensive and scientifically grounded characteristics of geomagnetic phenomenon, and contains the results of historical and modern studies of the Earth's magnetic field.  As such it is of interest and use to a wide range of scientists.  The Second Edition will considerably extend the chronological and geographical scope of the Atlas integrating a range of new data.

Read more about the preparation of the Second Edition of the Atlas of the Earth’s Magnetic Field on the CODATA blog...

Elizabeth Griffin: "The Past is an Essential Component of the Future"

Date: Jul 7, 2015

In a recently published blog post on the "Common Future Under Climate Change" conference site, the Chair of the CODATA Data at Risk Task Group underlines the importance of old, analogue data for our understanding of climate change :
'Rescuing historical scientific data'

'Science depends on observations – not just their content but also on the way we collect them, record them, store them and share them. In the past 30 years, data have been 'born digital' and thus much more amenable to efficient at data management, but what about all the data that were collected before the onset of the digital age?'

Elizabeth Griffin will be presenting a poster this week emphasizing that Data rescue is therefore an important activity for science, and in a broader perspective for our common future.

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This is part of a blog series profiling climate scientists, economists, social scientists and civil society members who are presenting and discussing innovative climate science at Our Common Future. For more follow @ClimatParis2015 and #CFCC15 on Twitter.


Data at Risk and Data Rescue

Date: Jul 2, 2015

The CODATA Data at Risk Task Group (DAR-TG) has suddenly got much larger! It has now become affiliated to the Research Data Alliance, through the formation of an RDA Interest Group for “Data Rescue”.

The combined groups will share the benefits of the two supporting organisations.  The chair of the CODATA Data at Risk Task Group, Elizabeth Griffin, explains on the CODATA blog why Data Rescue initiatives are important.

Read more on the CODATA Blog...

CODATA and WSIS+10 at the UN General Assembly

Date: Jul 2, 2015

Later today (19.00 UTC, Thursday 2 July 2015), Professor Liu Chuang, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Secretary to the CODATA PASTD Task Group will address the United Nations General Assembly's interactive stakeholder consultation for the 10 year review of the World Summit on Information Societies (WSIS+10).  Professor Liu Chuang will present a short statement of the activities of the CODATA Task Group and the broader objectives of CODATA and our many international partners to promote data sharing as an important means of reducing the digital divide.


When are Old Data New Data?

Date: Jul 1, 2015

The European Geosciences Union General Assembly, in April, saw the International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences given to British Macrofossils Online, a Jisc-funded project from the British Geological Survey to create a fully electronic catalogue of all the fossil collections in UK museums and similar repositories.

At the same ceremony, a Special Issue of an online journal, GeoResJ, was launched: it was given over entirely to descriptions of data rescue projects, and featured a six-page introductory article by the CODATA “Data At Risk” Task Group (DAR-TG) team, entitled ‘When are Old Data New Data?’.

Read more on the CODATA blog...

Science and the Road to Transformation: Side Events to 'Our Common Future under Climate Change'

Date: Jun 25, 2015

ICSU and the ICSU World Data System have each organised side events to the Our Common Future Under Climate Change Conference, Paris, 7-10 July 2015.

Science and the Road to Transformation: Opportunities in the post-2015 Global Climate Regime

The International Council for Science has historically played a central role in the development of climate science at the global level, from its prominent role in the establishment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to being one of the international sponsors of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

To explore the scientific knowledge from across the disciplines and from different parts of the world that can drive and support  a world transformation to a low-carbon future, the event will bring together the leadership of ICSU co-sponsored research programmes, international scientific committees and networks, leading science advice practitioners and other representatives of the world's scientific community.


Identify the most critical scientific knowledge that can and does offer transformative opportunities in dealing with climate change challenges;
Explore what needs to change in our current science systems to leverage those opportunities;
Draw on the diversity of ICSU-led international scientific community to develop the key science messages that could be presented to the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21) within the framework of an ICSU statement and official side event ;
Showcase the achievements of ICSU co-sponsored research programmes, international committees and networks in providing improved understanding of climate change.

CODATA will be among the ICSU programmes and interdisicplinary bodies contributing to this event.

Further information and registration.

Trusted Data Services to Support Climate Change Research

Several high-profile cases have highlighted the need for open sharing of quality-assured data underlying published scientific knowledge. For example, the integrity of data underlying critical climate research was challenged in the so-called Climategate, and several scientific studies have reported the impossibility of reproducing results of experimental research because of missing or poor quality datasets. Scientific data services—with certified technical and scientific capacities—are essential components of the research environment. They play an essential role in ensuring the integrity and availability of datasets, and thus promote trust in open science.

Global scientific initiatives, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Polar Years, provide ample evidence that appropriate acquisition, handling, sharing, exploitations and dissemination of scientific research data is of critical importance to the success of critical international collaborative endeavours. Appropriate provisions must be made at an early stage, and as an integral part of the scientific planning, to identify and secure reliable and trustworthy scientific data services to support research activities.

Further information and registration

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