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Call for Presentations and Posters, Deadline 6 September: CODATA-Helsinki 2019 Workshop on FAIR RDM in Institutions

Date: Jul 12, 2019

The CODATA-Helsinki Workshop on FAIR RDM in Institutions will take place at the National Archives of Finland on 20-21 October 2019.  It is a collocated event before the 14th RDA Plenary Meeting, Helsinki, Finland.

The organisers and programme committee invites presentations and posters for this workshop: https://conference.codata.org/Helsinki-CODATA-2019/submit/ 

The deadline for proposals is Friday 6 September.  Given the relatively short time before the event, there will not be an extension.  We aim to notify accepted speakers by Friday 13 September.

Research Data and Research Institutions

Research data are an asset for research institutions. Their creation, management and stewardship imposes considerable responsibilities and requires partnership and alignment with other institutions and research initiatives globally. All over the world universities and libraries have started the task of developing research data services, many aspiring to  cover 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 university, library, IT centre, faculties and other stakeholders.  

FAIR Research Data Management involves robust planning, policies, infrastructure, training and support. Institutes that produce and consume data are required to ensure seamless accessibility to data and ensure practices that foster its reuse. Often institutes are less aware of existing good practices and progress in implementing Institutional Research Data Management.  Improved awareness and knowledge sharing can help reduce duplication in initiatives, and avoid redundant and inefficient practices at various points in the data lifecycle. There is a widely recognised need to assist knowledge sharing between institutions and to do this in an increasingly structured way, by using (and where necessary refining) maturity models such as the DCC RISE.  Equally, effective knowledge sharing can help reduce the gap between rich and poor institutions and between universities or research organisations in economically advantaged and disadvantaged contexts. Effective RDM practices can also make the process for sharing and reusing data more streamlined and efficient, thereby enabling research to be more efficient and driving greater impacts to be achieved out of research. 

It is timely for actors in the various dimensions of such initiatives internationally to share their practical experiences, research and insights.

Themes

In principle, all topics around RDM initiatives in research institutions are in scope.  For the the Helsinki-CODATA Workshop we are particularly interested in the following themes:

  1. Papers exploring initiatives to benchmark and to measure maturity of institutional RDM provision.  How are services being defined and scoped, and what is their commonality across institutions? What are the metrics and indicators of effective RDM provision, what are the KPIs being used?  How are institutions prioritising their development of services?

  2. Papers describing holistic strategies to develop and implement RDM services.  What is the overall approach being taken by the institution and how is this communicated in the strategy?  How is the case made with senior management? How is the development and the service funded? What is the business model?  What are the key components and activities? What prioritisation is being used?

  3. The role of FAIR services in institutional provision: how are institutions responding to FAIR and the agenda set by the FAIR principles, the European Open Science Cloud, the expert group report on Turning FAIR into reality https://doi.org/10.2777/1524 and other equivalent developments in different geographies?

We invite also shorter papers on a range of RDM topics, including but not limited to:

  • Skills and training: what, for whom and why? How have you integrated skills and training in the total RDM services provision?

  • Technical service provision: in house, shared, open source or outsourced? How are the technical services integrated in the total RDM services provision?

  • Champions and engagement: How is the RDM service engaging with researchers and particular communities? How are researchers involved in the development of services? What role do champions and advocates play in this and how?  What has been the role of the PVC / vice-rector for research etc? What other possible champions have been identified and how? What lessons have been learnt from engagement with research groups, departments, projects…?

  • Sustainability: What business models are being developed for the RDM services?  How is the service being financed? How does the institution plan to ensure the sustainability of the service and the long term stewardship of the data? How is it ensured that the services are actually found and used by users?

  • Technical innovations: forum for technical discussions and any new and emerging technical developments? How can technical innovations play a role in bridging the gaps between separate services in the total RDM service provision?

  • User experiences: use cases in RDM through the RDM lifecycle: sharing user experiences and case studies. What lessons can be learned from these use cases for setting up an end-to-end set of RDM services?

  • Collaboration for service development: What local, national or international partnerships are there for the development of services and what are the benefits? What appraisal has been done of such collaborations? What benefits have been identified?

After the workshop, selected presenters will be invited to submit a full paper to the CODATA Data Science Journal where they will form a special collection.

The proposed workshop builds on two previous collocated events, the Göttingen-CODATA RDM Symposium (150 attendees) and the Drexel-CODATA FAIR-RRDM Workshop (130 attendees).  Papers from the Göttingen event are now appearing in a Special Collection of the CODATA Data Science Journal.

Guidelines for Proposals

Proposals for presentations should be submitted to an appropriate thematic session corresponding to the theme of the proposal.

Recommended proposal lengths are:

Long, research presentation, addressing the workshop themes by reporting on original research: 600-800 words

Short, practice presentation, addressing the workshop themes by reporting on a project or institutional activity: 400-600 words

Posters and lightning talks addressing the workshop themes: 300-400 words

Workshop

An important part of this event will be a workshop looking in detail at issues around benchmarking institutional provision of RDM services.  More information to follow...

Keynotes

The event will feature at least two keynote talks on important issues for RDM in institutions.  Details to follow…

Registration

The registration site will appear soon!

Programme Committee

  • Jan Brase, University of Göttingen
  • Mercè Crosas, Harvard University
  • Claudia Engelhardt, University of Göttingen
  • Jane Greenberg, Drexel University
  • Heidi Laine, CSC
  • Liu Chuang, Institute of Geography, Chinese Academy of Science
  • Devika Madalli, Indian Statistical Institute
  • Pekka Orponen, Aalto University
  • Limor Peer, Yale University
  • Jan Lucas van der Ploeg, University Medical Center Groningen
  • Robin Rice, University of Edinburgh
  • Annette Strauch, University of Hildesheim
  • Minglu Wang, York University
  • James Wilson, UCL
  • Keith Russell, ARDC
  • Michael Witt, Purdue University 


Call for Applications to Host International Data Week 2021 or 2023

Date: Jul 2, 2019

This landmark event is organised by the Committee on Data (CODATA) and the World Data System (WDS) of the International Science Council (ISC), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA). It brings together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers and data stewards from disciplines across the globe to explore how best to exploit the data revolution to improve science and society through data-driven discovery and innovation. IDW combines the RDA Plenary Meeting, the biannual meeting of this international member organisation working to develop and support global infrastructure facilitating data sharing and reuse, and SciDataCon, the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research organised by CODATA and WDS. Two editions have taken place to date:

1. IDW 2016, 11–17 September 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA; attended by 840 data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and from across the globe.

2. IDW 2018, 5–8 November 2018, Gaborone, Botswana; attended by more than 850 international data professionals and researchers.

The founding organisations wish for International Data Week to become a biennial meeting place for the global data community. We are therefore inviting proposals to host the third and fourth editions of this exciting event in September/October/November 2021 and 2023 respectively.

The primary objective of the conference is to bring together a large and representative part of the global data community. IDW 2016 and 2018 were huge successes and we want to continue that trajectory and increase impact. These are important times in the world of data and we seek local partners and a venue that will help us communicate that buzz.

International Data Week is a global and inclusive event. The organisers are keen to engage with cities and countries where we have not held an IDW or related meeting before. The organisers encourage proposals from the global South; proposals from the global North should show how they will work with the organisers to maximise participation from LMICs. Wherever the proposal comes from it will be important to demonstrate how the partnership will advance to missions of the founding organisations, ensure the impact of IDW and enhance membership and engagement with the three organisations.

Applications should demonstrate that local hosts have access to a suitable venue; strong support from local organisations and government; good connections to universities, industry, and research organisations in the country and region; and solid financial support.

We envision IDW 2021 and 2023 as four-day events that integrate the activities of a SciDataCon international conference and an RDA Plenary Meeting. Each IDW is expected to include both research sessions and focused working meetings, as well as broad plenary sessions of general interest. The days before and after each event will be set aside for the business and governance meetings of CODATA, RDA, and WDS, and potentially other co-located meetings.

Application Deadline

Applications should be sent by email to all of the IDW founding organisation representatives listed below no later than 30 September 2019 in electronic format based on the details and template available in the IDW Guidelines document (annexed herein).

Applications should be addressed to:

  • Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director at simon[at]codata.org
  • Hilary Hanahoe, RDA Secretary General, at hilary.hanahoe[at]rda-foudation.org
  • Rorie Edmunds, WDS Acting Executive Director, at rorie.edmunds[at]icsu-wds.org

International Data Week (IDW) Meeting Guidelines PDF Word


ONE WEEK TO GO! Deadline for Presentations and Posters for CODATA 2019 Beijing is 8 July

Date: Jul 1, 2019

Due to a number of requests from session organisers, we have agreed to extend the deadline for presentation and poster submissions to 8 July.  Please note that there will be no further extension.
 

Presentation and Poster Submissions

Please submit your proposal for a presentation or poster at https://conference.codata.org/CODATA_2019/submit/  - be sure to consult the guidelines and call for presentations and posters at https://conference.codata.org/conference/CODATA_2019/call_for_presentations/
 

Accepted Sessions

You may submit your proposal to one of the accepted sessions at https://conference.codata.org/CODATA_2019/sessions/ - if you do not find a session that fits your topic, please submit your proposal to the General Submissions.
 

Registration is Open

The Conference Website http://codata2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/1 now has information for registration, accommodation and visa matters.  Please make your arrangements as soon as possible!
 
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS, EXTENDED DEADLINE 8 JULY
 
CODATA 2019: Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms
Science globally is being transformed by new digital technologies.  At the same time addressing the major global challenges of the age requires the analysis of vast quantities of heterogeneous data from multiple sources.  In response, many countries, regions and scientific domains have developed Research Infrastructures to assist with the management, stewardship and analysis.  These developments have been stimulated by Open Science policies and practices, both those developed by funders and those that have emerged from communities.  The FAIR principles and supporting practices seek to accelerate this process and unlock the potential of analysis at scale with machines.  This conference provides a significant opportunity to survey and examine these developments from a global perspective.
 
The conference themes and guidelines for proposals for presentations and posters may be consulted at https://conference.codata.org/conference/CODATA_2019/call_for_presentations/
 
The conference will follow a high-level workshop, 17-18 September 2019, on ‘Implementing Open Research Data Policy and Practice’ that will examine such challenges in China and elsewhere in the light of the emergence of data policies and in particular the China State Council’s Notice on ‘Measures for Managing Scientific Data’.
 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • 8 July: EXTENDED Deadline for presentation submissions and first round of poster submissions
  • 22 July: Submitters notified of acceptances of full presentations and posters
  • 18 August: Close of second round of poster submissions
  • 18 August: Close of early bird registration
  • 17-18 September: High Level Workshop on 'Implementing Open Research Data Policy and Practice’
  • 19-20 September: CODATA 2019 Conference ‘Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms’

REGISTRATION OPEN

We advise you to register, to make travel, accommodation and visa arrangements as soon as possible.
 
Practical information about the conference is available at http://codata2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/1

Registration is now open at http://codata2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/70017 - Please register as soon as possible!

We suggest you make your visa application as soon as possible.  Please find useful information at http://codata2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/70021

The conference venue is the Friendship Hotel.  Please find useful information at http://codata2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/65559.  Again we suggest you make accommodation arrangements at the Friendship Hotel or nearby as soon as possible.

For any further assistance and information please consult the website and contact details http://codata2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/65586


DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 8 JULY - Presentation and Poster Submissions for CODATA 2019 Beijing, 19-20 September

Date: Jun 19, 2019

Due to a number of requests from session organisers, we have agreed to extend the deadline for presentation and poster submissions to 8 July.  Please note that there will be no further extension.
 

Presentation and Poster Submissions

Please submit your proposal for a presentation or poster at https://conference.codata.org/CODATA_2019/submit/  - be sure to consult the guidelines and call for presentations and posters at https://conference.codata.org/conference/CODATA_2019/call_for_presentations/
 

Accepted Sessions

You may submit your proposal to one of the accepted sessions at https://conference.codata.org/CODATA_2019/sessions/ - if you do not find a session that fits your topic, please submit your proposal to the General Submissions.
 

Registration is Open

The Conference Website http://codata2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/1 now has information for registration, accommodation and visa matters.  Please make your arrangements as soon as possible!
 
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS, EXTENDED DEADLINE 8 JULY
 
CODATA 2019: Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms
Science globally is being transformed by new digital technologies.  At the same time addressing the major global challenges of the age requires the analysis of vast quantities of heterogeneous data from multiple sources.  In response, many countries, regions and scientific domains have developed Research Infrastructures to assist with the management, stewardship and analysis.  These developments have been stimulated by Open Science policies and practices, both those developed by funders and those that have emerged from communities.  The FAIR principles and supporting practices seek to accelerate this process and unlock the potential of analysis at scale with machines.  This conference provides a significant opportunity to survey and examine these developments from a global perspective.
 
The conference themes and guidelines for proposals for presentations and posters may be consulted at https://conference.codata.org/conference/CODATA_2019/call_for_presentations/
 
The conference will follow a high-level workshop, 17-18 September 2019, on ‘Implementing Open Research Data Policy and Practice’ that will examine such challenges in China and elsewhere in the light of the emergence of data policies and in particular the China State Council’s Notice on ‘Measures for Managing Scientific Data’.
 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • 8 July: EXTENDED Deadline for presentation submissions and first round of poster submissions
  • 22 July: Submitters notified of acceptances of full presentations and posters
  • 18 August: Close of second round of poster submissions
  • 18 August: Close of early bird registration
  • 17-18 September: High Level Workshop on 'Implementing Open Research Data Policy and Practice’
  • 19-20 September: CODATA 2019 Conference ‘Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms’

REGISTRATION OPEN

We advise you to register, to make travel, accommodation and visa arrangements as soon as possible.
 
Practical information about the conference is available at http://codata2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/1

Registration is now open at http://codata2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/70017 - Please register as soon as possible!

We suggest you make your visa application as soon as possible.  Please find useful information at http://codata2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/70021

The conference venue is the Friendship Hotel.  Please find useful information at http://codata2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/65559.  Again we suggest you make accommodation arrangements at the Friendship Hotel or nearby as soon as possible.

For any further assistance and information please consult the website and contact details http://codata2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/65586


International Science Council (ISC ROLAC) announces the 1st Latin American and Caribbean Urban Health Workshop

Date: Jun 17, 2019

The Regional Office for Latin América and the Caribbean of the International Science Council (ISC ROLAC) is pleased to announce the 1st Latin American and Caribbean Urban Health Workshop, which will take place on September 26th-28th, 2019, in San Salvador, El Salvador. 

Click here to register and submit your abstract.

Click here for more information

The accelerated and continuous growth of the population in the urban areas of Latin America and the Caribbean are contributing factors which are alarmingly detonating indices such as violence, pollution, physical and mental illnesses, among others. This is why it is imperative that the nations of the region identify urban health as a priority in their agendas. Advances and achievements in urban health translates to a strategy that ensures the improvement of the well-being of humans as individuals and as a community. The Latin American and Caribbean countries have made different efforts to solve urban health problems. El Salvador, for example, has taken important steps with the implementation of the Salvadoran Urban Health Model.

Each country has its own particularities, but because of them being part of a region, they share similar issues with their neighboring countries. Therefore, the first International Urban Health Workshop is an excellent opportunity for Latin America and the Caribbean to integrate in the search of joint solutions for the problems arising from urban population growth
 

 The main objectives of this workshop are:

  1.  The establishment of urban health as a priority in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  2.  To know and exchange the advances and experiences of urban health in different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the experiences of other regions of the world. 
  3. The creation of a Latin American urban health network which includes current networks, policy makers, experts from governmental institutions, practitioners, cooperation agencies, and researchers with the objective to promote multilateral collaboration for the development of urban health in the LAC region. 


CODATA Data Science Journal: Revised Focus and Scope

Date: Jun 11, 2019

The DSJ editorial board has revised the focus and scope of the journal. It is not a big change, but rather one of clarification in a changing world. We primarily want to specify our definition of 'data science' as the classic sense of the science of data practices that advance human understanding and knowledge — the evidence-based study of the socio-technical developments and transformations that affect science policy; the conduct and methods of research; and the data systems, standards, and infrastructure that are integral to research. 

We recognize the contemporary emphasis on data science, which is more concerned with data analytics, statistics, and inference. We embrace this new definition but seek papers that focus specifically on the data concerns of an application in analytics, machine learning, cybersecurity or what have you. We continue to seek papers addressing data stewardship, representation, re-use, policy, education etc.

Most importantly, we seek broad lessons on the science of data. Contributors should generalize the significance of their contribution and demonstrate how their work has wide significance or application beyond their core study. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Mark A. Parsons editor@codata.org on behalf of the Editorial Board https://datascience.codata.org/about/editorialteam/

Submissions https://datascience.codata.org/about/submissions/ 


China GEO-CODATA LODGD supports New Year Flood Impact in Honiara

Date: Jun 10, 2019

Summary

From the 27th December 2018 the Solomon Islands experienced two weeks of intense rainfall due to the rapid succession of three tropical storms.  Firstly, a tropical depression that later turned into Cyclone Mona crossed the country bringing heavy downpours and high winds. This was followed by another tropical depression that formed nearby and lingered over the Solomon’s due to being sandwiched between Cyclone Penny to the south and another system to the west. A weather station in Honiara/Henderson recorded a total of 350mm of rain during this period. These heavy downpours caused rivers to burst their banks and flash flooding to occur.

On the 6th January the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) reported that an estimated 23,708 people had been affected with homes and crops destroyed.  Flash flooding also contaminated drinking water. This damage was captured both on the ground and through satellite imagery produced by China GEO from the 25th January 2019.

Site Extent

Honiara is situated on the island of Guadalcanal, the largest in the Solomon Islands archipelago. It is volcanic in origin and ranges in topography from tall mountain ranges to low- lying coral atolls. The Guadalcanal Island has three main rivers the Mataniko, Lunga and Tenaru rivers. The China GEO supported satellite imagery from CGSTL was flown over the wider Honiara area, encapsulating all three rivers. The river of interest, the Lunga River and the site extent for analysis is shown in Figure 1.

Damage Scenario

Severe damage to both the natural and built environment occurred due to the continuous intense rainfall over the Honiara area in late December 2018 through to January 2019. The damage to the built environment, mostly consisting of family homes, was more concentrated compared to the damage to crop land and food gardens which was more widespread.  

A large amount of crop land was destroyed as a result of the constant inundation of water, which also caused hillsides to buckle as shown in Figure 2. Root crops and vegetables were destroyed meaning economic loss for majority of the island. Eighty five percent of the community are subsistence farmers therefore, the crops destroyed are their primary source of food. This means that crop damage causes not only an economic loss but a detrimental effect on community life and health through severe food shortages. The cocoa, cassava and fishing industries were also impacted by the flood waters.

Family homes were damaged due to the constant rain and inundation of water, which left many people homeless. The rain and associated wind caused roofs to collapse and landslides to occur. The landslides causing communities to be blocked off. More than 22,000 people had their homes or cropland destroyed. The majority of communities do not have proper water networks, therefore wells and streams are the main source of drinking water. The flooding caused contamination of water ways and increased the likelihood of mosquito-borne diseases and secondary impacts on the community such as diarrhoea.

The flooding also caused damage to infrastructure such as road networks and stopbanks. As seen in Figure 3, the force of the water ripped/bent the corrugated iron holding the rock mesh together. Damage to these key protection measures and roading networks can inhibit aid reaching affected areas and cause future inundation where resilient systems have been damaged.

Analysis of New Year Flood

Responding to requests from CODATA/LODGD, China GEO activated its Disaster Data Response (CDDR) Mechanism to provide high-resolution satellite imagery in support of disaster response planning. Analysis of the New Year Flood was undertaken using 2m resolution satellite provided by China GEO from the 25th January 2019.  The high resolution imagery was used to depict the extent of the flood water, which was indicative of the potential impacts for the surrounding community. The flooding extent was depicted from the satellite imagery using ArcGIS. To understand what the river and water extent was before the New Year’s flooding event, images from Google Earth were used. The comparison between the New Year Flood Extent and the river extent from the 7th January 2018 is shown in Figure 4. The imagery and river extent from the 7th January 2018 acts as a control for how the river is in its “normal” state, therefore the comparison allows for an understanding of the disaster event.

Discussion and Recommendations

High resolution satellite imagery is crucial data to have in response to a disaster. During the early stages of a disaster it is hard to understand the true extent of damage, due to complications in communications and logistics. Some communities can be completely cut off due to various reasons, therefore the earlier satellite imagery is retrieved and analysed, the quicker decisions can be made to reduce further impact.

There are issues around how open and freely available high resolution satellite imagery is after a disaster which can inhibit the response. Having open source, high resolution imagery shortly after a disaster can allow for rapid disaster mapping to occur. This analysis helps communicate where the areas of high risk and importance are to allow for the first responders to assess how they might assist those areas of greatest need and desperation.  A lack of satellite imagery after a disaster represents a lack of visualisation of the situation. A lack of visualisation means a poor understanding of the extent of the disaster and its consequences and therefore external help cannot be as effective in the attempt to send the relevant information or aid.

Rapid procurement of satellite imagery after a disaster is not only crucial for response but it can help for understanding future risk and impact. By visualising the extent of a disaster in the same place at different periods in time, alongside a control (the area in its natural state), trends for that particular area to a particular natural hazard can be understood. For example, Figure 4 shows the comparison between the river in its natural state (2018) and the river in a state of flooding (2019). It is notable that there are particular areas along the river that have burst their banks. If this data was then to be compared against the 2014 flood extent of the Lunga River, some trends may start to appear allowing for areas of vulnerability and future risk to be identified. Identifying these areas also leads to a better understanding of the impacts to the surrounding areas, therefore resilience measures can be put in place.

To ensure better response to future disasters, freely open and available high resolution satellite imagery is crucial. The resolution has to be high to capture the important and necessary features to inform the appropriate response. The imagery has to be freely available to allow for rapid disaster mapping to occur by external agencies, as during the early stages of response there can be other priorities for agencies on the ground. The imagery has to be taken as early as possible to gain a true understanding of the impact. For example, water retreat can occur rapidly, therefore the full extent of the disaster can be lost. Analysing satellite imagery after a disaster is the quickest way of understanding and visualising what has happened on the ground and can identify areas that could be of potential danger. It is crucial to have this information to reduce the impacts and devastation of a disaster.  

Image courtesy: China GEO & CGSTL


DEADLINE TOMORROW - CODATA International Training Workshop on Scientific Big Data and Machine Learning

Date: May 27, 2019


9-20 September 2019, Beijing, China

Deadline for Applications, 30 May 2019 
Further information and application form: http://ccit2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/1
 
Information:
CODATA China and the Computer Network Information Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences are organizing an international training workshop on "Scientific Big Data and Machine Learning" in Beijing from 9-20 September 2019. Supported by CODATA, CODATA China has successfully held similar training workshops since 2012 and this is the 5th event in the series. The training course is funded by the Chinese Academy of Science and qualified applicants will receive full support for travel to Beijing as well as their subsistence and accommodation when at the workshop.

Participants in the Training Workshop will also attend the CODATA 2019 Beijing Conference: Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms.  Applicants are encouraged also to submit a paper or poster for the conference.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm CST (UTC+8) on 30 May.
 
Objective:
Due to advances in information technology, we are witnessing an explosion in digital data through all forms of human activity: much of this data can also contribute to the production of knowledge for all domains of enquiry and across domains, as well as providing essential information for decision-making in response to global challenges such as sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, climate change, the growth of cities, the maintenance of biodiversity etc., etc. In order to meet the many global challenges and to take advantage of the opportunities of the data revolution, it is imperative to develop global skills and capacity in the science of data.

The mission of CODATA, the Committee on Data of the International Science Council, is to support the advancement of science as a global public good by promoting improved research data management and use, and by advancing data science and the enhanced exploitation of data in all areas of scientific research. Building data science capacity in countries with developing and emerging economies (in part through promoting technical training in data science, in data management and in the implications of the data revolution for science) is an important part of CODATA’s strategy.

The training program offered aims to engage participants with a number of facets of data science and data management in the age of the data revolution and Big Data. Topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Basic data science skills (e.g. Introduction to data infrastructures in CAS, data carpentry, data management plan)
  • Machine learning and data driven scientific discovery
  • Scientific data policies, good practices, norms, specifications and standards
  • Selected disciplinary scientific data stewardship exemplars (e.g. geoscience, biology, genomics, astronomy, etc)
 
A number of activities will be organized involving elite Chinese scientists, in order to promote knowledge sharing and to develop opportunities for future exchanges and collaboration. Participants will benefit also from visits to a number of leading research institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). During these visits, participants will have the opportunity to learn from the scientific approach, management expertise, knowledge development and practical application which characterize activities at CAS institutes working at the frontiers of research. Furthermore, the program will promote interaction and exchange of knowledge between experts and participants and among participants who will benefit greatly from exchanges with colleagues for a variety of academic and national backgrounds.
 
How to Apply: 
Apply at http://ccit2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/70005 to complete the online form and to submit the necessary support documents.  The deadline is 23:59 CST (UTC+8) on 30 May.
 
You will be asked to complete an application form with personal information and to submit supporting document. Once you have created an account and entered the personal information you will need to click on [Submission] to access the page to upload your supporting document.
 
The supporting document should comprise your CV, a personal statement (of no more than one side) and references combined as a single PDF file (maximum volume 20MB).

The personal statement should describe your interests and why you want to do the Training Workshop.  You should answer these questions:
  1. What expertise and qualities would you bring as a participant?
  2. What specific topics would you like to cover and how will this help you?
  3. How would you hope to apply the experience gained from the course in your own country? 
Please consult Eligibility and Important Dates
 
Further information about the training programme and contact details is available on the Training Workshop Website


Call for Applications - CODATA RDA Data Steward School 2019 - Deadline 1 June 2019

Date: May 21, 2019

The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School provides training in the foundational skills of Research Data Science. Contemporary research – particularly when addressing the most significant, transdisciplinary research challenges – cannot be done effectively without a range of skills relating to data.

The school is held at the [International Centre for Theoretical Physics](https://www.ictp.it/ running from August 5-16. The venue, the Adriatico Guest House, is a delightful self-contained site, overlooking the sea,where there is accommodation, lecture halls, a terminal room and a canteen.

 

This year the school will be running a parallel strand that is oriented to students who are interested in Data Stewardship.

The curriculum for these students will be

  • Open Science
  • Introduction to Unix Shell
  • Programming for Analysis
  • Git
  • Research Data Management
  • Author Carpentry
  • Introduction to Information Security
  • Metadata & Persistent Identifiers
  • Data discovery and automated DMP’s
  • Repositories
  • Ontologies
  • Linked data

The first week of the school will be for both Early Career Reseachers (ECR’s) and Data Stewards. The seocnd week will break into two parallel strands, one focussing on Data Science techniques for ECR’s and the other for Data Stewards.

The provisional detailed programme can be found here with a breakdown of the shared and separate courses.

Graduate students or ECR’s considering a career in Data Stewardship and Early Career Data Stewards would benefit most from this school.

This school is a part of a planned series of CODATA-RDA schools that will run in Europe as part of the FAIRsFAIR initiative.

There is space for 5 students who wish to take the Data Steward strand. Students wishing to attend this strand will need to cover their accommodation and travel expenses to the school but there are no registration fees. Single rooms at the Adriatico start at €50 per night.

As this is a pilot students attending this strand will be interviewed afterwards to get feedback to improve the curriculum.

Candidates interested in attending should contact the director of the Data Steward strand, Hugh Shanahan before June 1.


CODATA 2019 BEIJING: CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS, DEADLINE 24 JUNE - REGISTRATION OPEN

Date: May 20, 2019

The Call for Presentations and Posters for CODATA 2019 Beijing: Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms, 19-20 September has now been released.  Please submit proposals at https://conference.codata.org/CODATA_2019/ by the deadline of 24 June.
 
Registration is also now open!  The Conference Website http://codata2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/1 now has information for registration, accommodation and visa matters.  Make your arrangements as soon as possible.
 
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS, DEADLINE 24 JUNE
 
CODATA 2019: Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms
Science globally is being transformed by new digital technologies.  At the same time addressing the major global challenges of the age requires the analysis of vast quantities of heterogeneous data from multiple sources.  In response, many countries, regions and scientific domains have developed Research Infrastructures to assist with the management, stewardship and analysis.  These developments have been stimulated by Open Science policies and practices, both those developed by funders and those that have emerged from communities.  The FAIR principles and supporting practices seek to accelerate this process and unlock the potential of analysis at scale with machines.  This conference provides a significant opportunity to survey and examine these developments from a global perspective.
 
The conference themes and guidelines for proposals for presentations and posters may be consulted at https://conference.codata.org/conference/CODATA_2019/call_for_presentations/
 
The conference will follow a high-level workshop, 17-18 September 2019, on ‘Implementing Open Research Data Policy and Practice’ that will examine such challenges in China and elsewhere in the light of the emergence of data policies and in particular the China State Council’s Notice on ‘Measures for Managing Scientific Data’.
 
Applications are also open for the CODATA China 2019 Training Workshop: Scientific Big Data and Machine Learning http://www.codata.org/events/training-workshops/beijing-2019-scientific-big-data-and-machine-learning deadline 30 May.
 
REGISTRATION OPEN
We advise you to register, to make travel, accommodation and visa arrangements as soon as possible.
 
Practical information about the conference is available at http://codata2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/1

Registration is now open at http://codata2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/70017 - Please register as soon as possible!

We suggest you make your visa application as soon as possible.  Please find useful information at http://codata2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/70021

The conference venue is the Friendship Hotel.  Please find useful information at http://codata2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/65559.  Again we suggest you make accommodation arrangements at the Friendship Hotel or nearby as soon as possible.

For any further assistance and information please consult the website and contact details http://codata2019.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/65586


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