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CODATA Elections, General Assembly 9-10 November 2018, Gaborone, Botswana, following International Data Week

Date: Oct 2, 2018

In advance of the forthcoming CODATA Elections to positions on the Executive Committee, to be conducted at the CODATA General Assembly, 9-10 November 2018, Gaborone, Botswana, following International Data Week and SciDataCon, candidates have been invited to submit supporting statements and these are being posted on the CODATA blog. 
 
The next few blogs are from Barend Mons, Niv Ahituv, Toshihiro Ashino, Bob Hanisch, Refiloe Mabaso and Joseph Wafula have now been posted.
 
Barend Mons <Read full statement>
Niv Ahituv <Read full statement>
Toshihiro Ashino <Read full statement>
Bob Hanisch <Read full statement>
Refiloe Mabaso <Read full statement>
Joseph Wafula <Read full statement>


Call for Project Presentations: Open Science Conference 2019 (March 19-20, 2019, Berlin, Germany)

Date: Oct 2, 2018

The Open Science Conference 2019 is the 6th international conference of the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0. It is dedicated to the Open Science movement and provides a unique forum for researchers, librarians, practitioners, infrastructure provider, policy makers, and other important stakeholders to discuss the latest and future developments in Open Science.

 

The Open Science movement made substantial progress and receives increasing recognition in the research system. The achievements of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and the FAIR data movement are only two popular examples for this development. However, establishing open science practices as natural component of daily scientific working routines is still a great challenge. Furthermore, the open movement is facing negative trends such as ‘predatory science’ that recently gained broader public attention.

Within this context, this call invites the research community as well as further important stakeholders of the open science movement to submit project presentations and other contributions covering topics including (but not limited to):

 

  • Recent innovations in infrastructures, technologies, and tools supporting open science practices
  • Best practices dealing with open science implementation and education
  • Empirical studies and use cases about the application, acceptance, establishment, and  improvements of open science practices
  • Quality assurance in an open science system, e.g., in the context of ‘predatory science’

 

Please submit your English abstract which describes the main idea, the practical relevance, and its innovative and/or scientific impact. The abstracts may not be longer than 500 words and must be in anonymous format (e.g. no author names) to enable blind review. All contributing authors must be added in the metadata of the submission system.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the members of the programme committee and a review board. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to present a poster at the conference. The most outstanding contributions can also be presented as lightning talk. The abstract, the poster, and the lightning talk must be submitted and presented in English.

To also contribute to the open science movement, the programme committee will publish the scientific justification for acceptance on the conference website. All accepted posters (including the abstract) and corresponding lightning talks will be displayed on the conference website, too.

Please send your submission as PDF document via EasyChair (requires free EasyChair account): https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=osc2019 

 

Important dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: October 12, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance / rejection: December 7, 2018
  • Final submission of abstract, poster, and lightning talks: February 08, 2019
  • Conference dates: Berlin (Germany), March 19–20, 2019

Programme Committee

Thomas Köhler, Technical University Dresden

Stephanie Linek, Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW)

Peter Mutschke, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Marc Rittberger, German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF)

Klaus Tochtermann, Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW)

Andreas Witt, University of Cologne & Institute for the German Language Mannheim (IDS)

 

You can find this call as well as the complete review board also on the conference website: http://www.open-science-conference.eu/call2019


Barend Mons: Candidate for the CODATA Executive Committee and CODATA President

Date: Oct 1, 2018

CODATA: 2018-2022 

Barend Mons
 
Vision: CODATA serving the global community as a global champion of machine-actionable data publishing, according to FAIR principles in a well coordinated ecosystem of global organisations
 

A phase transition in Science

Both science and innovation are in the process of a methodological transformation. Because of the unprecedented amount of data we deal with, we are in the midst of a significant landslide away from a closed, individual-privilege-patent- and ‘center of excellence’ based system towards a system that has to support fully distributed, collective human intelligence much more effectively.  But even more critically, a modern data science and innovation ecosystem should be able to maximise the use of powerful, distributed digital assistants.
 
The roughly ten million times increase of storage and compute power over the past three decades, accompanied by roughly a hundred thousand times decrease in storage costs, has finally brought us to a point where ‘ICT’ is frequently mis-conceptualised as a commodity. Consequently, we capture so much data and subsequently reveal such complex patterns in it, that the human mind is unable to make sense of these patterns anymore. That is…. without massive international collaborations and digital assistance. So, on top of the Internet for People, we now need and Internet for Machines, in which machine actionable data and services will play a central role.
 
Read the full statement here


Call for Registrations: GODAN Action Training - Open Data in Agriculture

Date: Oct 1, 2018

Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)  and it’s GODAN Action partners in collaboration with Agricultural Data Interest Group (IGAD)  are pleased to announce an Open Data in Agriculture Workshop to be held during International Data Week in Gaborone, Botswana on 6 November 2018.
 
The workshop will be part of a two-day meeting of the Agricultural Data Interest Group (IGAD) at the  RDA Pre-Plenary meeting.  It  will provide an overview of open data in agriculture and nutrition and help participants to make better use or share open data. The workshop will provide users with the knowledge and specific skills they need to understand and use open data effectively and responsibly, and to participate fully in the agricultural open data community.
 
Training Format
The training will have an online and face-to-face component.
 
  • One (1) week online pre-workshop training – 29 October- 2 November 2018 (requires approx. 10 hours to complete)
  • One (1) full day workshop 08.30am - 5pm, 6 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana
 
Target Audience
Infomediaries Including private and public sector - ICT professionals, information specialists, journalists, extension officers, and communication specialists. Those who take data as input and create outputs for others.
 
Researchers: Including private and public sector, communicate their research, collaborate with others - where appropriate - and transfer and exploit knowledge for the benefit of their employer, the economy and society as a whole.
 
Learning Outcomes
Participants will acquire the following:
 
  • A good understanding of the definition, significance, benefits, and best practices relating to Open Data in agriculture and nutrition.
  • Techniques to search, acquire, evaluate, and select open data from a diverse set of sources.
  • Knowledge and application of open data licenses.
  • Approaches to clean and validate data where necessary.
  • Techniques in data analysis and visualization and data storytelling.
  • Best practices for presenting, citing, and sharing data publicly.
  • Understand good data management practices and apply the principles of conceptual frameworks for sharing open data
 
Registration

There is no registration fee to participate in the course. Very limited sponsorship is available towards travel. Participants or their organisations may therefore need to be fully responsible for all costs related to participation in the event, including  travel, accommodation and subsistence. 

Please note that participation is required for both the online and face-to-face component. The registration form is available here.

Registration will close on Wednesday, 10 October 2018

 
Communication
For more information please contact msengezi@cta.int.


The (draft) Programme for SciDataCon, part of International Data Week 2018, has been published!

Date: Sep 28, 2018

The SciDataCon Organisers and Programme Committee are delighted to announce that the draft programme for SciDataCon has been published at https://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/programme/
 
Remember that International Data Week combines SciDataCon, the international conference for scrutiny and discussion of the frontier issues of data in research, and the RDA 12th Plenary Meeting.
 
The high level programme covering pre- and post- events, the formal opening, keynotes and which slots are assigned to SciDataCon and which slots assigned to the 12th RDA Plenary meeting is at http://internationaldataweek.org/programme-overview
 
To consult the detailed programme for those slots assigned to the RDA Plenary visit http://internationaldataweek.org/rda-12th-plenary-programme
 
And as announced above, the detailed programme for the SciDataCon component may be consulted at https://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/programme/
 
International Data Week will take place on 5-8 November in at the Gaborone International Convention Centre, Botswana.  The organizing committee of International Data Week 2018 and the Botswana Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research Science and Technology are pleased and honoured to announce that the Botswana President - His Excellency Mokgweetsi Masisi - will formally open International Data Week and will deliver the opening keynote address for the week-long conference beginning on 5 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana.


EDDI18 – 10th Annual European DDI User Conference

Date: Sep 28, 2018

The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW Berlin Germany

December 4, 2018 – December 5, 2018

The conference will be opened by the keynote speech on “Making Fair Data a Reality… and the Challenges of Interoperability and Reusability” by Simon Hodson (Executive Director of CODATA, the Committee on Data of the International Council for Science).

Description

EDDI18 is organized jointly by SOEP - The German Socio-Economic Panel, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and IDSC of IZA - International Data Service Center of the Institute for the Study of Labor.

EDDI18 will be hosted by SOEP (The Socio-Economic Panel) at DIW (German Institute for Economic Research), Berlin, Germany.

The conference will bring together DDI users and professionals from all over Europe and the world. Anyone interested in developing, applying, or using DDI is invited to attend and present.

The conference will provide presentations on a wide range of topics relating to DDI:

  • Case studies
  • Mature implementations
  • Early implementations
  • Interplay of DDI with other standards or technologies
  • Projects in early phases in which DDI is under consideration
  • Critiques of DDI

Host & Venue

EDDI18 will be hosted by SOEP (The Socio-Economic Panel) at DIW (German Institute for Economic Research), Berlin, Germany.

Venue of the Conference
Headquarter of Leibniz Association, Berlin.
Address: Chausseestraße 111, 10115 Berlin - at Google Map
PhoneNational: 030 / 20 60 49 - 0
Phone International: +49 30 / 20 60 49 - 0

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International Data Week – Deadlines are Fast Approaching!

Date: Sep 27, 2018

It’s hard to believe, but International Data Week (IDW) 2018 is only five weeks away!  Hopefully, you will be joining us in beautiful Botswana for a data-filled week of great conversation, networking and collaboration. If you aren’t sure yet, don’t be deterred, there is still time to book your travel and register for the event.  

Here are a few reminders about deadlines and other important information:

  • The organizing committee of International Data Week 2018 and the Botswana Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research Science and Technology are pleased and honoured to announce that the Botswana President - His Excellency Mokgweetsi Masisi - will formally open International Data Week and will deliver the opening keynote address for the week-long conference beginning on 5 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana.


If you have any questions or concerns about IDW, don’t hesitate to contact the IDW organizing committee at info@internationaldataweek.org.

 

We look forward to seeing you in Botswana!


INTRODUCING INTERNATIONAL DATA WEEK 2018, Dr Simon Hodson, CODATA

Date: Sep 26, 2018

International Data Week is a global conference which is taking place in Africa for the first time... It’s exciting and dynamic.” Dr Simon Hodson, Executive Director, CODATA introduces International Data Week 2018.

International Data Week (IDW 2018) will be held on 5-8 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana. Hosted by the Botswana Open Science and Open Data Forum, and co-organized by the ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), the ICSU World Data System (WDS) and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), IDW 2018 will bring together data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and from all parts of the globe.
 
The organizing committee of International Data Week 2018 and the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research Science and Technology are pleased and honoured to announce that the Botswana President - His Excellency Mokgweetsi Masisi - will formally open International Data Week and will deliver the opening keynote address for the week-long conference beginning on 5 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana.”
 


CODATA Elections, General Assembly 9-10 November 2018, Gaborone, Botswana, following International Data Week

Date: Sep 26, 2018

In advance of the forthcoming CODATA Elections to positions on the Executive Committee, to be conducted at the CODATA General Assembly, 9-10 November 2018, Gaborone, Botswana, following International Data Week and SciDataCon, candidates have been invited to submit supporting statements and these are being posted on the CODATA blog. 
 
The first two blogs from Richard Hartshorn, IUPAC and Simon Cox, Australia have now been posted.
 
Richard Hartshorn <Read full statement>
Simon Cox <Read full statment>


Call for Exhibitors - International Data Week, Gaborone, Botswana, 5-8 November 2018

Date: Sep 24, 2018

International Data Week  2018 (IDW 2018), to be held in Gaborone, Botswana from 5-8 November 2018, is pleased to announce a Call for Exhibitors.  

Data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and across the globe will be in attendance, and together, explore how best to use the data revolution to improve knowledge and benefit the society through data driven innovations.

The conference will be officiated by the President of the Republic of Botswana His Excellency, Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi.

Organisations from around the globe are invited to participate in this exciting event and embrace the opportunity to promote their data products, services and innovations to this global data professional community.  

The Gaborone Convention Center, the event venue, will provide exhibitors the following:

  • A prominent area to display their information
  • One large table and two chairs
  • Clean-up after the event

The cost to participate as an Exhibitor is P6000 (c.USD 565).  Exhibitors should also register for the conference.

Space is limited, so visit www.internationaldataweek.org/exhibitors to reserve your exhibitor table today.

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