DEADLINE APPROACHING: WSS Fellows Seminar on Big Data in Urban Contexts

Date: Aug 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.

The deadline is now very close: 00.00 UTC, 24 August 2015.

For further information please see 

The application form can be downloaded from


First Introductory 'Vanilla' CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School

Date: Aug 18, 2015

The CODATA-RDA Working Group on Research Data Science Summer Schools has been making very good progress.

We are pleased to announce that the first full introductory or Vanilla course will take place from 1-12 August 2016 at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. Thanks to kind support from the ICTP and from The World Academy of Science, as well as CODATA and RDA, the course will accommodate up to 120 students at the beginning of their post graduate careers.  We currently have funds to support the travel of 30-40 students and are looking for more funding and sponsorship.

The curriculum for the first course is being prepared in collaboration with a number of partners, including Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry and the Digital Curation Centre.

The call for applications will be published later this year.

Applications from students in Lower and Middle Income Countries are particularly encouraged. Watch this space!


Vision: a scalable series of short courses in research data science

The broader objective of this activity is to develop a readily scalable series of short courses that address a recognised need for additional ‘research data science’ skills at post-graduate and early career level.

The vision is a set of short courses that: 

  • follow an recognised and accredited curriculum; 
  • provide a pathway from a broad introductory course for all researchers (Vanilla) through more advanced and specialised courses (Flavours and Toppings);
  • are reproducible: all materials will be online with Open licences;
  • are scalable: emphasis will be placed on Training New Teachers (TNT) and building sustainable partnerships. 

More Information

... is available on the Working Group's page.  See also:


International Series of Workshops to Implement Data Citation Principles

Date: Aug 13, 2015

In 2015-16 the CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation Standards and Practices is organising a series of workshops in participating countries.  The objective is to promote the implementation of data citation principles in the research policy and funding communities throughout the world.  Each workshop will bring together stakeholders including representatives of government, funders, research institutions, research data archives, learned societies, publishers, journal editors etc, to establish how principles may best be turned into practice in each national research system and culture.

Preparation is underway for the first five of these workshop:

  • China, Lan Zhou, after the Second National Scientific Data Conference, 25 August (including remote introductory presentation from Christine Borgman)
  • Australia, 28 October (including introductory presentation in person from Simon Hodson).
  • Japan, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, 29 October (includng keynote, in person, from Christine Borgman).
  • India, New Delhi, 5-6 November (TBC, including keynote, in person, from Jan Brase).
  • South Africa, Pretoria, December (TBC, including remote introductory presentation from Jan Brase).

These events will be followed in 2016 by workshops in Taiwan, Israel, Brazil, the European Union and the US.  Discussions are underway to add other countries to this series.

This activity harnesses many international partners and builds on a series of important collaborations of which the most recent are listed here:


Comparing Approaches to the Description of Nanomaterials

Date: Aug 7, 2015

The CODATA Working Group (WG) on Nanomaterials held a small workshop with members of the eNanoMapper ( team at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, on 13-14 July 2015. The purpose of the meeting was to clarify and compare approaches to the description of nanomaterials, specifically the  CODATA WG’s Uniform Description System for Materials on the Nanoscale  (UDS) ( and the eNanoMapper Ontology, as  described in Journal of Biomedical Semantics (2015) (

Read more on the CODATA blog...

Elizabeth Griffin: "Climate Change is everyone's responsability: we need community initiatives"

Date: Aug 6, 2015

In a recent post published on our blog, Elizabeth Griffin, the Chair of the CODATA Data at Risk Task Group underlines the urgent need to address climate change through local community initiatives such as Transition Towns like Totnes (UK)...

Read more on the CODATA blog


CODATA Recommended Values of the Fundamental Physical Constants: 2014

Date: Aug 4, 2015

The CODATA Task Group on the Fundamental Constants has released its adjustment to the recommended values for 2014.  See:


CODATA has new pages on Facebook and LinkedIn

Date: Aug 4, 2015

Come and visit our Facebook page and also be part of our network on LinkedIn!

You will find there more news and photos about our activities.

Join us and don't hesitate to like, share and comment!

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.

Read more.

Further information and application form.

Download the application form.

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.

Read more on the CODATA blog...

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