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)...

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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.

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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.


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