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CODATA Becomes a Participating Organisation of GEO

Date: Nov 13, 2014

GEO LogoCODATA is delighted to have been recognised - today at the GEO-XI Plenary in Geneva - as a Participating Organisation of GEO, the Group on Earth Observations. As described on the CODATA blog earlier this year, CODATA has been deeply involved in a number of GEO activities and particularly the GEO Data Sharing Working Group. Hitherto, our participation has been under the ICSU umbrella - and with our sister organisation, the ICSU World Data System, we shall continue to represent ICSU as appropriate.

Given the contribution that CODATA has made to GEO and GEOSS it seems appropriate to be recognised as a Participating Organisation in our own right. The intention in becoming a PO is to officially and publicly register the support of CODATA, the CODATA Officers, Executive Committee, Members, Task Groups and Working Groups for GEO and GEOSS. It is hoped also that this step will provide additional means for CODATA to contribute expertise and stakeholders views to GEO’s activities and governance. We hope also to benefit through greater visibility and opportunities for collaboration with partners in the GEO community.

In 2014, we have had the following collaborations:

 


GEO XI Plenary Side Event: 'Open Data and the Developing World'

Date: Nov 11, 2014

Tomorrow, Wed 12 Nov 2014, on behalf of the Group on Earth Observations' Data Sharing Working Group (GEO DSWG), CODATA is organising a side event at the GEO XI Plenary in Geneva.  Entitled 'Open Data and the Developing World: The GEO Data Sharing and Data Management Principles in the context of the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development', the programme is available here and on the GEO website.

World That Counts ReportWe are particularly pleased that the event will be opened by a keynote from Claire Melamed from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and who headed the secretariat for the UN Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution.  Claire's presentation on the recently released report 'A World That Counts: Mobilising The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development' will provide an important context to discuss two key developments for GEO. These are:

1) the GEO Data Sharing Principles post-2015; and,

2) the GEO Data Management Principles.

These principles will be discussed in conjunction with ‘Nairobi Principles and Draft Guideline for Implementation of Principles of Preservation of and Open Access to Research Data in Developing Countries’ developed on behalf of CODATA.  The side event will engage participants in constructive conversation on how the principles can contribute to increased data sharing and use in the developing world, and in particular seeking African perspectives on the use of GEOSS data.

 


CODATA Elections, Candidates' Statements, Part Four

Date: Nov 4, 2014

That's a full house!

In advance of the forthcoming CODATA Elections to positions on the Executive Committee, candidates have been invited to submit supporting statements and these are being posted on the CODATA blog. The final two supporting statements now available:


Takashi Gojobori: Towards CODATA Initiatives for Data-centric Sciences and Technologies for “Big Data” and “Small Data”

Date: Nov 4, 2014

In support of his candidacy as CODATA President, Takashi Gojobori presents his vision of CODATA initiatives for data-centric sciences and technologies for 'Big Data' and 'Small Data' which he describes as 'beyond 50 years of CODATA'.

Following its mission, CODATA works to improve the quality, reliability, management and accessibility of data of importance to all fields of science and technology, I would like to work, together with the elected EC members, to ensure that CODATA takes a strong initiative of dealing with Data-centric Sciences and Technology for the so-called “Big Data” and “Small Data.” Taking into account the fact that CODATA will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016, I would like to try to make CODATA more visible in global scale, in both developed and developing countries.

Read more...!  The statement is available as a PDF and on the CODATA blog.


CODATA Elections, Candidates' Statements, Part Four

Date: Oct 29, 2014

In advance of the forthcoming CODATA Elections to positions on the Executive Committee, candidates have been invited to submit supporting statements and these are being posted on the CODATA blog. Three further supporting statements are now available:


ESIP Innovator Interview with Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director

Date: Oct 27, 2014

Earlier this summer, Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director, was interviewed by Erin Robinson, of ESIP, the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners, as part of the ESIP 'Innovator Series' of interviews.

The interview touches on a broad range of issues covering the CODATA mission, current work on data policy issues and the rationale behind the creation of CODATA's International Data Policy Committee.  Among other things, the conversation explores potential areas of collaboration with ESIP, including issues around capacity building, early career data professionals, skills and career development.

ESIP Innovator Interview: Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director from ESIPFed on Vimeo.


CODATA Elections, Candidates' Statements, Part Three

Date: Oct 24, 2014

In advance of the forthcoming CODATA Elections to positions on the Executive Committee, candidates have been invited to submit supporting statements and these are being posted on the CODATA blog. Three further supporting statements are now available:


Geoffrey Boulton: 'Science in a Data-Intensive Age'

Date: Oct 23, 2014

In support of his candidacy as CODATA President, Geoffrey Boulton presents his vision of 'Science in a Data-Intensive Age' and describes the challenges and agenda this sets for CODATA.

Geoffrey Boulton

The last two decades have seen unprecedented growth in the capacity to acquire, store, manipulate and instantaneously transmit data. It is a world historical event that is changing the lives of individuals, societies and economies. It has major implications for science, research and learning that are far more profound and pervasive than those of the earlier, analogous revolution in data storage and human communication, that of Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press in the 1430s.

These developments offer profound challenges to science, and because of this to CODATA in adapting its historic role as the principal coordinator of data initiatives at the international level to focus on new, data-intensive ways of doing science.

Read more...!  The statement is available as a PDF and on the CODATA blog.


CODATA Elections, Candidates' Statements, Part Two

Date: Oct 22, 2014

In advance of the forthcoming CODATA Elections to positions on the Executive Committee, candidates have been invited to submit supporting statements and these are being posted on the CODATA blog.  Three further supporting statements are now available:


CODATA Elections, Candidates' Statements

Date: Oct 17, 2014

In advance of the forthcoming CODATA Elections to positions on the Executive Committee, candidates have been invited to submit supporting statements and these are being posted on the CODATA blog.  Four supporting statements are now available:


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