Call for Participation: Interdisciplinary Conference on Digital Cultural Heritage

Date: Sep 10, 2015

Berlin State Library - CC BY-SA 3.0 - Manfred BrückelsCODATA-Germany is partnering CODATA International (the ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology) in organising "DCH2015": the International Interdisciplinary Conference on Digital Cultural Heritage, in Berlin (Germany), 28-30 October 2015.


The conference is open for contributions that cover technical challenges as well as strategic guidance. Key messages relating to the impact of new technologies and processes on cultural heritage are especially welcome.

Our special aims:

raise awareness in society, science, and technology fields about importance of the cultural

  • dimensions and the growing potential of Digital Cultural Heritage
  • promote innovative content analysis from cross-organizational interoperability of digital 
  • humanities databases and XML methods, techniques, and approaches
  • indicate on the central role of spatial concepts enabling synergy for knowledge generation 
  • from massive granular digital cultural heritage content
  • create innovative cross-disciplines / cross sectors partnerships facilitate intercultural and 
  • interdisciplinary dialogue
  • elaborate roles and interest of information society

Venue: Staatsbibliothek Berlin

Program Details and registration (open) at:


IUCr Workshop on Metadata for raw data from X-ray diffraction and other structural techniques

Date: Sep 9, 2015

From 22 to 23 August 2015, in Rovinj (Croatia), the International Union of Crystallography, which is a member of CODATA, held, through its Diffraction Data Deposition Working Group, a Metadata workshop to define the need for and practicalities of routine deposition of primary experimental data in X-ray diffraction and related experiments.

The workshop took the form of a two-day satellite of the 29th European Crystallographic Meeting with lectures from crystallographic practitioners, data management specialists and standards maintainers.

The videos of all the presentations and discussions during the workshop "Metadata for raw
data from X-ray diffraction and other structural techniques" are now available through the workshop web page at:

The event, graciously described by one participant as "an inspiring workshop on what was nominally a rather dry subject", gathered over 20 experts to critically review the central importance of detailed metadata to proper scientific practice.

It also considered the challenges of acquiring, sharing and validating high-quality metadata, especially in the age of high-throughput 'Big Data' experiments; and the best approaches to interoperability amongst diverse workflows, file formats and granularity of descriptive ontologies.

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First ICSTI Webinar featuring CODATA President Geoffrey Boulton

Date: Sep 1, 2015

This autumn, CODATA as an associate member of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI), will participate to the first webinar organised by this institution in collaboration with the National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

The event will take place on Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 10-00am (Eastern Daylight Time USA) and will address the topic of ‘A Pathway from Open Access and Data Sharing to Open Science in Practice’.

It will last 90 minutes and the contributors are Professor Geoffrey Boulton of the Royal Society and President of CODATA, and José Cotta of the European Commission; Jerry Sheehan of the National Library of Medicine on secondment to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will moderate the meeting (to be confirmed). We will send you more details, including how to sign up for the webinar, in due course.

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ICSTI website

NISO website

Christine Borgman: Data Citation and Scholarship

Date: Aug 25, 2015

As previously announced, the CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation Standards and Practices is organising an International Series of Workshops to Implement Data Citation Principles.  The objective of this series is to promote the implementation of data citation principles in the research policy and funding communities throughout the world.  The first of these workshops was held on Tuesday 25 August in Lan Zhou, China, co-located with the Second National Scientific Data Conference.

Task Group co-chair, Christine Borgman, Distinguished Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies, UCLA, gave the introductory keynote setting the scene for the discussions.  Christine's presentation, 'Data Citation and Scholarship', is available from her UCLA bepress site.

The workshop surveyed current practice of data citation in China and among stakeholders including publishers and data centres.  Reports from all the workshops, providing a survey of data citation practices and agreements for implementation, will be made available.

The next scheduled workshops are:

  • Australia, 28 October (including introductory presentation in person from Simon Hodson).
  • Japan, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, 29 October (including keynote, in person, from Christine Borgman).
  • India, New Delhi, 5-6 November (including keynote, in person, from Jan Brase).
  • South Africa, Pretoria, December (TBC, including remote introductory presentation from Jan Brase).


Trans-Disciplinary Glossary for Research Data Management

Date: Aug 25, 2015

Research Data Canada and CASRAI have produced a PILOT trans-disciplinary glossary for research data management.  This is potentially a very useful tool for increasing understanding of the domain and for assisting standardisation of business processes around the management of research data.

The PILOT glossary is available at

RDC and CASRAI are seeking feedback on the PILOT Glossary, to which end they have made available a short survey:

RDC and CASRAI would be very grateful for feedback.  The first update of the Glossary (corrections, additions, deletions, etc.) will occur during the first week of September, 2015 and the glossary will be frozen on 1 October 2015.

Walter Stewart, coordinator or Research Data Canada writes:

Research Data Canada (RDC) in partnership with the international Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI) is pleased to announce the launch of a PILOT for a new interactive Glossary containing 500+ draft terms and definitions to support work in the field of research data management. The glossary is publicly available under a Creative Commons Attribution Only license (CC-BY) at:

The Glossary is meant to be a practical reference for individuals and working groups concerned with the improvement of research data management, and as a meeting place for further discussion and development of terms. Each term has a unique identifier and a URL that can be used as a tool to enhance reading comprehension of documents by hyperlinking terms to their definition. The aim is to create a stable and sustainably governed glossary of community accepted terms and definitions, and to keep it relevant by maintaining it as a ‘living document’ that is updated when necessary. The URL for each term contains a link to a discussion page to complete the feedback loop with the community of users. The glossary is developed and maintained by RDC's Standards & Interoperability Committee (RDC-SINC) in collaboration with CASRAI.

Current Best Practice for Research Data Management Policies

Date: Aug 24, 2015

In 2014, CODATA was commissioned by the Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation and the Danish Digital Library to produce a briefing note or report on Current Best Practice for Research Data Management Policies. The full report - written by Simon Hodson and Laura Molloy and including an Executive Summary, Report and Appendices - was completed in May 2014 and is now avaialble from the CODATA collection in Zenodo.

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) (

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