Register for IDCC18 in Barcelona - early bird closes 27 January

Date: Jan 23, 2018

Beyond FAIR - from principles to practice to global join up
13th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC)
19 - 22 February 2018, Barcelona
With only a week left until the early bird registration closes, now is the time to sign up to attend this year’s IDCC conference!
This year's focus is sharing practical lessons on the efforts made so far to curate data and pursue a digital data commons. The full programme is available at and shows an exciting line-up with three great keynotes, a raft of posters on data service development, demos and bird-of-a-feather sessions. We also have a diverse range of parallel papers covering ethics, measuring FAIR, data reuse studies, national services and DMPs.

.               Professor Sabina Leonelli, University of Exeter
.               Luis Martínez-Uribe, Fundación Juan March
.               Nancy McGovern, Director of Digital Preservation at MIT Libraries
The conference programme is supplemented by a rich programme of workshops, which can be booked independently. Further information about the conference and workshops can be found at
To register, please go to The deadline for bookings is 9 February 2018. Early bird rates are available for DCC Associates until the 27th of January.
We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona!

Deadline Extended! Call for Papers for 'Göttingen-CODATA RDM Symposium 2018, 18-20 March 2018' - Deadline 15 January 2018

Date: Dec 18, 2017

DEADLINE EXTENDED! The deadline has been extended to  15 January, 2018 for abstract submissions for papers to be presented at the Göttingen-CODATA Symposium 2018 on ‘the critical role of university research data management infrastructure in transforming data to knowledge’.

The event will be a timely and major appraisal of progress in institutional endeavours to address the challenge of improving research data management for the benefit of science.  The symposium will feature invited speakers of international renown as well as papers from institutions from around the world.  The symposium themes are designed to ensure that the event will allow the community to appraise progress and share knowledge in key areas of institutional RDM activity:

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit them to a special collection of the Data Science Journal
Thanks to the generosity of the University of Göttingen, this will be a free symposium and is conceived as a precursor event to the RDA plenary meeting in Berlin on 21-23 March 2018.

Abstracts are invited for the Göttingen-CODATA RDM Symposium 2018 on ‘The critical role of university RDM infrastructure in transforming data to knowledge’.  The symposium will take place in Göttingen from 18-20 March 2018: it is a collaboration between the University of Göttingen and CODATA and is intended as a precursor event to the RDA plenary meeting in Berlin on 21-23 March 2018.

Abstract submissions of should be made at: - the deadline for submissions is Friday 22 December.

Prospective participants that do not already have an account on the CODATA Conference Platform will need to sign up and create an account here:

Topic of the Symposium: ‘The critical role of university RDM infrastructure in transforming data to knowledge’

All over the world universities and libraries have started the task of developing research data services. Ideally such initiatives aim to result in a complete service portfolio covering the entire research lifecycle: support in writing proposals and data management plans, repository infrastructures for the storage of data, support in publishing data, assignment of persistent identifiers, lecturing in data management, etc. This broad scope means that such services are often seen as requiring a joint effort from from university, library, IT centre, faculties and other stakeholders.

Nowhere in the world has such a complete support scenario been perfected. It is timely for actors in the various dimensions of such initiatives internationally to share their practical experiences, research and insights.

Please note the range of themes listed below and at

Important Points About Abstract Submissions

  • Proposals for long papers should be 1200-2000 words.

  • Proposals for short papers should be 300-600 words.

  • When submitting a proposal the author should choose the session corresponding to the theme for which the abstract is intended.

  • The programme committee hopes to inform successful papers by mid-January 2018.

Key Dates

Deadline for abstracts: 15 January 2018

Announcement of accepted abstracts and outline programme: end January 2018

Symposium: 18-20 March 2018

Change of Dates: International Data Week 2018 will take place on 5-8 November, in Gaborone, Botswana

Date: Dec 15, 2017

This global data event, coming for the first time to Africa, will now take place on 5-8 November 2018. This decision has been taken in order to avoid clashes with the UN World Data Forum (22-24 October) and the Plenary Meeting of the Group on Earth Observations (31 Oct-1 Nov).  
For this global data conference taking place in Africa, which will contain as one of its major themes the issues around data for the sustainable development goals and data for innovation, we felt it was important to avoid the clash with the UN Forum.  Similarly, the use of earth observation and remote sensing data will be an important theme in International Data Week and GEO (including major flagships, the Data Sharing Working Group and AfriGEOSS) is an important partner of the organisers and was a sponsor of the first International Data Week in Denver in 2016.
The organisers regret any difficulties this may cause to our community and participants.  However, as we still have 11 months to go before the event, we felt the date could be changed without excessive inconvenience and that it was important to act as good citizens and partners and - to the extent possible - avoid direct competition with related events.
International Data Week = SciDataCon and RDA Plenary
International Data Week comprises SciDataCon, a conference for research and practice papers addressing all aspects of data in research, and the 12th Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance

Deadline for SciDataCon Session Proposals - now Fri 2 Feb 2018
In line with the change of date the deadline for session proposals for SciDataCon has been extended to Friday 2 February 2018:
Please consult the call for session proposals and the conference themes at
CODATA General Assembly
Related events associated with CODATA, WDS, RDA and the Botswana Open Data Open Science Forum will change dates accordingly.  The CODATA General Assembly will take place on 9-10 November 2018.
International Data Week Organisers
The organisers of International Data Week are:
The University of Botswana on behalf of the Botswana Open Data Open Science Forum 
CODATA, the Committee on Data of the International Council of Science (ICSU)
The ICSU World Data System
The Research Data Alliance

RELEASED TODAY: OECD and CODATA Report on Business Models for Sustainable Research Data Repositories

Date: Dec 8, 2017

The OECD has today released an OECD Global Science Forum and CODATA Report on Business Models for Sustainable Research Data Repositories

There is a large variety of repositories that are responsible for providing long term access to data that is used for research. As data volumes and the demands for more open access to this data increase, these repositories are coming under increasing financial pressures that can undermine their long-term sustainability. This report explores the income streams, costs, value propositions, and business models for 48 research data repositories. It includes a set of recommendations designed to provide a framework for developing sustainable business models and to assist policy makers and funders in supporting repositories with a balance of policy regulation and incentives.

Call for Session Proposals, SciDataCon 2018, part of International Data Week 2018

Date: Nov 17, 2017

Proposals are invited for sessions at SciDataCon 2018: The Digital Frontiers of Global Science.

SciDataCon 2018 will take place as an integrated part of International Data Week, 5-8 November 2018, in Gaborone, Botswana.

Session proposals should be made at: - the deadline for proposals is midnight UTC on 2 February 2018.

If you have not already done so, you need to sign up and create an account on the SciDataCon site. - this is not, of course the same as registering for the conference.  Conference registration will be available in due course at


The Digital Frontiers of Global Science

SciDataCon 2018 will address the theme of ‘The Digital Frontiers of Global Science’.  In a hyperconnected world where the internet is pervasive and web technologies are driving major changes in our lives, research has become more than ever before digital and international.  Furthermore, the major societal and scientific challenges facing humanity in this digital age are profoundly global in character, requiring the participation of researchers from all countries and disciplines. The data revolution is also a major source of the scientific opportunities to address these issues but to realise these potentials the frontiers of science, data analysis and stewardship must be advanced.  Likewise, the data revolution must be inclusive, benefitting all,  and harnessing all energies: no parts of the world and no disciplines should be left behind.

SciDataCon 2018 seeks to explore the digital frontiers of global science by bringing together research and practice papers from a wide range of perspectives. The scope is explicitly broad and inclusive, addressing all aspects of the role of data in research.

The high-level themes of the 2018 edition are:

  • the digital frontiers of global science;
  • a global and inclusive data revolution;
  • applications, progress and challenges of data intensive research;
  • data infrastructure and enabling practices for international and collaborative research.

An expanded overview of these themes is provided here


Proposing a Session

Please consider the following issues when making your proposal for a SciDataCon 2018 session.

Your proposal should:

  • provide a clear description of the approach and structure of the session;
  • explain the significance of the research questions to be tackled in the session;
  • provide as much information as possible about proposed speakers and the subject of their papers;
  • indicate clearly the format of the session;
  • indicate clearly which conference theme or themes will be addressed;
  • be no shorter than 300 words and no longer than 600 words.


Next Steps and Timescales

Selected sessions will be notified by 28 February 2018.

The Call for Sessions will be followed by a general Call for Papers which will open on 28 February 2018 with a deadline of midnight UTC on 30 April 2018.

The Call for Papers will invite:

  1. papers specifically for sessions approved from the current call; or,
  2. papers submitted independent of approved sessions (which if selected will be organised into thematic sessions by the conference committee).

All speakers wishing to present research papers, practice papers, posters and panel contributions, whether identified in session proposals or not, will be required to submit abstracts by midnight UTC on 30 April 2018.

It is the responsibility of the organisers of accepted sessions to ensure that invited speakers for their sessions submit abstracts for their contributions by this deadline.

The International Scientific Programme Committee may allocate paper(s) from the general a call for papers to a session if appropriate and with the agreement of the session organisers.

Selected papers will be notified by 31 May 2018 when we hope also to publish an outline programme.


Summary of Key Dates

  • Deadline for session proposals: 02 February 2018
  • Selected sessions will be notified by 28 February 2018.
  • Call for abstracts will be released c. 28 February 2018
  • Deadline for abstracts submission: 30 April 2018
  • Target for confirmation of accepted abstracts, 31 May 2018.

The ChinaGEOSS data portal released for emergency response to Iraq-Iran Earthquake at early of Nov 14

Date: Nov 16, 2017

Hours after the earthquake along the border area between Iraq and Iran at night of Nov 12, 2017, ChinaGEOSS launched the CDDR mechanism (ChinaGEOSS Disaster Data Response) for emergency data response and got quick support from most of China operational satellite agencies and international partners.

An data portal for this event was released at 7:00 am of Nov 14, developed by the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth in CAS. It published the first bundle of data contributed by China National Satellite Meteorological Center, Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Co.Ltd, Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd and China Center for Resources Satellite Date and Application, with 249 scenes image from 5 satellites. More Chinese high resolution satellites have made special observing plan to get post-disaster damage images as soon as possible. All the data is applied a clear data policy for ChinaGEOSS disaster cooperation. 

International user can access these data and related information by the link of According to the normal condition, this call for observing activities will last for about one week and the data service will keep open even after this emergency stage. At this moment, this work has been supported by and collaborated with many international organizations and programmes, such as GEO, AOGEOSS, CODATA, DBAR, WDS, IRDR, APSCO, OpenStreetMap and UNOSAT.

CDDR mechanism has been successfully launched two times for huge natural disaster events around the world and played important role for the disaster reduction, such as NewZealand earthquake at Nov of 2016 and Mexico earthquakes at Sept of 2017. More than 7 Chinese agencies and 12 satellites have been involved in the past activities. It has been regarded as a best practice of GEO-based emergency response for Sendai Framework, paralleling with the government level mechanisms.

As for previous releases relating to the New Zealand and Mexico earthquakes, the CODATA Task Group on Linked Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research is strongly engaged in this initiative to share essential and timely data for earthquake response and research

Call for Proposals, CODATA Task Groups 2018-2020 - Deadline 15 June 2018

Date: Nov 7, 2017

CODATA invites proposals for Task Groups to be approved by the 31st CODATA General Assembly which will be held on 9-10 November 2018, in Gaborone, Botswana, following International Data Week 2018, 5-8 November 2018 (comprising our research conference SciDataCon 2018).
The final deadline for submissions of Task Group Proposals is 15 June 2018.  Proposals will be reviewed by the CODATA Executive Committee and by external experts.  Recommendations will be presented to the CODATA General
Assembly which will select the Task Groups.
Potential Task Groups are invited to submit draft proposals for comment by the CODATA Executive Committee.  Such draft proposals should be submitted on this form to Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director no later than 28 February 2018.  Feedback will be provided no later than 30 April 2018.
Task Groups are approved by the General Assembly for 2 years. Existing CODATA Task Groups may apply for renewal and are subject to the same criteria, as described in the attached document.
The three priority areas in the CODATA Strategy are as follows:
  1. To promote Open Data principles, policies and practices;
  2. To advance the frontiers of data science and its adaptation to scientific research;
  3. To build capacity for  improving skills and the functioning of science systems (particularly in low and middle income countries - LMICs)
The call suggests some high priority topics under each of these headings (see the call document for further details): 
Open data principles, policies and practices
    • developing good practice and recommendations around data principles and policies;
    • examining the limits of openness;
    • synthesizing and advancing work on the benefits of data sharing;
    • exploring the theme of data diplomacy to consider what international agreements can promote the more open availability of data.
Frontiers of Data Science
    • Reproducibility in research
    • Statistical, epistemological and ethical challenges of Big Data
    • Criteria for selection and preservation of research data
    • Development of glossaries, data dictionaries or ontologies
    • Data integration and data strategies for international, transdisciplinary research programmes
Capacity building, data skills and education
    • analyzing requirements for data education
    • developing and refining the curriculum for ‘research data science’;
    • examining and articulating the processes and standards for the creation of reusable online materials and the development of those materials;
    • examining and addressing issues around access to research software, the maintenance and development of Open Source research software.
Task Group proposals addressing these or similar issues are particularly encouraged.  This does not mean that Task Group proposals addressing areas not described below will be considered out of scope: we invite and encourage innovative ideas from the CODATA community.


Abstract submission deadline extension to November 24th - Announcement of 2018 Digital Earth Summit in Morocco

Date: Nov 3, 2017

Abstract submission deadline extension to
November 24th

Announcement of
2018 Digital Earth Summit in Morocco and CALL for Abstract 
International Society for Digital Earth

The 7th Digital Earth Summit 2018, DES-2018, on Digital Earth for Sustainable Development in Africa will be held in El Jadida, Morocco, at the Faculty of Science, Chouaib Douakkali University from April 17-19, 2018.

This conference will be a major event in the African and international community of Earth observation and geo-spatial information science in 2018.  It will be organized by International Society for Digital Earth and the Chouaib Douakkali University  in partnership with the the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) and  the Moroccan Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (MARSE).


The  DES-2018, will cover all the aspects of geo spatial data and information themes , Earth sciences, space sciences and information sciences and technology to assess, monitor and  forecast natural and human phenomena under the overarching theme: “ Digital Earth for Sustainable Development in Africa ”
1: Digital Earth: best practices and applications
2: Earth Observation and Applications to Science and Policy
3: Digital Earth technologies to Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals
4: Digital Earth and Citizen Well-Being
5: Zero Hunger with Digital Earth technology
6: Geo-ethics, Educating next-generations with Digital Earth

Participation in DES-2018 is open to all individuals interested in or working in the fields of earth observation and geo-information science. For all sub-themes, papers for oral presentation, discussion and poster sessions are invited.

Abstracts received by the deadline will be considered for program placement under the standard peer review process. Late abstracts cannot be accepted due to the large number of submissions and short review schedule. Authors should indicate the sub-theme under which their papers fall.

April, 30 2017                Announcement and Call for Papers
November, 24 2017      Deadline of Abstract Submission
December, 8 2017         Notification of Abstract
December, 31 2017       Deadline for Papers
February, 28 2018        Early Registration Closed
March, 31 2018              Final Program
April, 17 2018                 Conference
For more information and updates please continue to visit the conference website: or contact:

Media Partners

Towards a Data Infrastructure Framework, UbuntuNetConnect 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1 November 2017

Date: Nov 2, 2017

Presentations available at:

The African Open Science Platform partnered with the organisers of the UbuntuNetConnect 2017 conference and hosted a workshop – focusing on data infrastructure and capacity building – to 65 participants from all over Africa. From previous workshops presented, it was evident that Ethiopia faces the same needs in terms of open science policy, infrastructure to exchange and make data openly available, and capacity building.
Prof. Afework Kassu (State Minister for Science and Technology, Ethiopia) welcomed all, and during his opening made the comment that openness should be embraced towards global peace. He further said that we need to lay the foundation for future citizens. We also need universities and industries to work together to promote further innovations. The important role of digital library systems to benefit students and staff was highlighted. A Science Cloud, and Science Cafes in the city for citizens to benefit from, are just two of the very successful initiatives. He ended by saying that Africa needs a continental strategy for Science and Technology towards addressing the objectives of the United Nations 2036 agenda.

Presentations from the Botswana National Forum on Open Data Open Science, 30-31 October 2017

Date: Nov 2, 2017

Congratulations to the Botswana National Open Data Open Science Forum with a highly successful workshop presented on 30 & 31 Oct. 2017 in Gabarone. The focus of the workshop was mainly on policy and infrastructure.

Presentations are available at:

From the national forum attended in Botswana 30 – 31 October 2017, it was clear that the country shares the same challenges as other African countries in terms of open science (incl. open data) policy, utilising and adapting the current ICT infrastructure/fibre connections to allow for the transmission of data sets to advance science, and building capacity – not only in terms of plans to manage research data on individual researcher/project level, but also in terms of soft skills to properly manage and re-use data. Botswana Statistics (focusing on government data) is one of the success stories which was shared. The presence of high-level key stakeholders demonstrated commitment from government level. The general experience was positive, with Botswana colleagues adamant to not only start doing African science in an African way, but also to do Botswana science the Botswana away – steering away from benchmarking with countries they have very little in common, at the same time, implementing international best practice. This coordinated effort brought together stakeholders from all over Botswana.

The Botswana ODOS National Committee has indicated that actions from this workshop will include the following:

  • Addressing policy and infrastructure needs;
  • Adaptation of the ODOS mandate by key stakeholders;
  • Capacity building, training people on institutional and community level;
  • Finding innovative uses of data; and
  • Engaging citizens.

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