Announcement of 2018 Digital Earth Summit in Morocco

Date: Jul 24, 2017

Announcement of
2018 Digital Earth Summit in Morocco
and CALL for Abstract

International Society for Digital Earth

The 7th Digital Earth Summit 2018, DES-2018, on Digital Earth for Sustainable Development in Africa will be held in El Jadida, Morocco, at the Faculty of Science, Chouaib Douakkali University from April 17-19, 2018.

This conference will be a major event in the African and international community of Earth observation and geo-spatial information science in 2018.  It will be organized by International Society for Digital Earth and the Chouaib Douakkali University  in partnership with the the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) and  the Moroccan Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (MARSE).

The main objective of DES-2018 is to bring together scientist and professionals from the African and international community to present latest achievements, discuss challenges and share experiences. The conference program will feature keynote speeches delivered by leading scholars, technical sessions with reports of the latest research outcomes, discussion sessions on operational topics such as capacity building, Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), big data, space policy, programmes and projects, as well as commercial exhibitions showing latest products and services in Digital earth and geospatial information technologies.

Ismail Serageldin, Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, will give a keynote presentation at CODATA 2017

Date: Jul 21, 2017

The organisers and programme committee are very pleased to announce that Ismail Serageldin, Founding Director of the Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, will give a keynote presentation at the CODATA 2017 International Conference ‘Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science’, 8-13 October, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
ISMAIL SERAGELDIN, Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), the new Library of Alexandria, inaugurated in 2002, is currently, Emeritus Librarian, and member of the Board of Trustees of the Library of Alexandria. He is advisor to the Egyptian Prime Minister in matters concerning culture, science, and museums. He serves as Chair and Member of a number of advisory committees for academic, research, scientific and international institutions, including as co-Chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC), and serves on the Advisory Committee of the World Social Science Report for 2013 and 2016, as well as the UNESCO-supported World Water Scenarios (2013) and the executive council of the Encyclopedia of Life (2010) and Chairs the Executive Council of the World Digital Library (2010).  He has held many international positions including as Vice President of the World Bank (1993–2000). He also co-chaired the African Union’s high level panel for Biotechnology (2006) and again for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in 2012-2013, and was a member of the ICANN Panel for the review of the internet future (2013). 
Deadline for Session Proposals and Abstracts for Presentations, 28 July

The deadline for to propose conference sessions and papers is now only one week away 28 July: see

Research Fellowship on OpenCitations [Deadline: 7 August 2017]

Date: Jul 20, 2017

The OpenCitations Corpus (OCC, is a new repository of open citation data harvested from the scholarly literature. As the Co-Directors of the OpenCitations Corpus, we are writing to let you know that we have a Research Fellowship available in the Digital and Semantic Publishing Laboratory (DASPLab) of the University of Bologna, Italy, to work with Dr Silvio Peroni on the OpenCitations Corpus.

We seek a skilled computer scientist / research engineer who is an expert in Web Interface Design and Information Visualization, who will be able to develop novel data visualizations and query services over the stored data to facilitate interaction with and human comprehension of the citation information, as well as assisting Dr Peroni with expansion of the volume of data held, and other technical aspects of running the OpenCitations Corpus. Expertise in Semantic Web technologies, Linked Data, and Web technologies would be highly desirable, plus a strong and demonstrable commitment to open science and team-working abilities. The position is for one year duration, starting 1st November 2017, and is funded by the Sloan Foundation. It has a net salary (exempt from income tax, after deduction of social security contributions) in excess of 23K euros per year.

Applications are open and will close on 7 August 2017, 23:59 CET. The call for application and the other related documents (activity plan, call form, and affidavit form) can be downloaded from the following URL:

Governance of domain specific data and metadata standards to support FAIR Data

Date: Jul 20, 2017

By: Xiaogang (Marshall) Ma

On May 26, 2016, I attended the Workshop on Research Data Management [] at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association, New Orleans, LA, USA and gave a talk on Open Science, FAIR DATA and Data Standards.

The workshop was organized by the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)’s Diffraction Data Deposition Working Group (DDDWG), and was co-chaired by John R. Helliwell and Brian McMahon, who are the DDDWG chair and the IUCr CODATA representative, respectively. The workshop had two plenary sessions: (1) What every experimentalist needs to know about recording essential metadata of primary (raw) diffraction data and (2) Research Data Management policy mandates and requirements on Principal Investigators (PIs). It also covered a technical session on high-data-rate/high-performance-computing issues of research data management for MX. The first plenary session was closely related to the efforts within DDDWG, and the second session covered broad topics on the open science trends, open data mandates, best practices and successful stories. The technical session covered demonstration of state-of-the-art progress from industry.

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Dryad and DANS partner for long-term preservation of rich research data repository

Date: Jul 18, 2017

Dryad and DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) announce a new collaboration to 
ensure long-term preservation and accessibility to curated scientific data. The Dryad Digital
Repository makes research data discoverable, freely reusable, and citable. Over 50,000
researchers who have already deposited research data with Dryad can count on continuous
open access to their data packages with an extra layer of security and recoverability as a result of this partnership.

Public content on Dryad servers, currently over 15,000 data packages and 50,000 files, will be backed up in the DANS archive regularly to minimize the risk of loss or corruption of data over time. DANS will also serve as Dryad’s successor archive to maintain discoverability of Dryad Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) now and into the future. Metadata will be available in open access format to all researchers using the DANS online archiving system, EASY.

“We are excited that this partnership ensures that data on Dryad will remain accessible and
linked to the scholarly literature in any unlikely disruption of Dryad services. DANS has proven to be a natural fit for us in this effort,” said Executive Director Meredith Morovati. “Dryad and DANS share a deep commitment to the stewardship of global scientific data on behalf of more than 50,000 researchers who trust us with their data and hundreds of publishing partners working with Dryad to link this data to scholarly literature.”

Henk Harmsen, Deputy director of DANS added, “Together with Dryad we are committed to
making digital research data and related outputs Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and
Reusable (FAIR). This collaboration minimizes the risk of loss or corruption of data over time.
We are pleased to extend our capacity and data archive by partnering with Dryad.”

The Digital Revolution and the Future of Science: Jisc Futures Article

Date: Jul 17, 2017

Geoffrey Boulton writes the first in a series of articles from Jisc on research in the age of open science
Information and knowledge have always been essential drivers of social progress, and the technologies through which knowledge is acquired, stored and communicated have been determinants of the nature and scale of their impact.
A technological milestone was passed at the turn of the millennium when the global volume of data and information that was stored digitally overtook that stored in analogue systems on paper, tape and disk. A digital explosion ensued that has immensely increased the annual rate of data acquisition and storage (40 times greater than 10 years ago), and dramatically reduced its cost.
In 2003, the human genome was sequenced for the first time. It had taken 10 years and cost $4 billion. It now takes three days and costs $1,000 (£770). 
Like all revolutions that have not yet run their course, it is often difficult to distinguish reality and potential from hype. So what lies behind the “big data” phrase that has become the rallying cry of this revolution, and with which all levels of business and government, and increasingly universities and researchers, are struggling to come to terms? 

Announcing some of the eminent CODATA 2017 Keynote Speakers

Date: Jul 14, 2017

Four of the eminent keynote speakers at CODATA 2017 'Global Challenges and Data-Driven Research’ have been announced:

Barbara Ryan

Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) located in Geneva, Switzerland. In this capacity, she leads the Secretariat in coordinating the activities of 104 Member States and the European Commission and 109 Participating Organizations that are integrating Earth observations so that informed decisions can be made across eight Societal Benefit Areas, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sustainability, Disaster Resilience, Energy and Mineral Resources Management, Food Security, Infrastructure & Transportation Management, Public Health Surveillance, Sustainable Urban Development and Water Resources Management.

Gilberto Camara 

Brazilian computer scientist and former director of Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (2006—2013). Researcher in the areas of Geographical Information Science, Spatial Databases, Spatial Analysis and Environmental Modelling. Gilberto is the principal investigator on the area of Spatial Databases and Spatial Environmental Models in the GEOMA research network for Environmental Modelling of Amazonia. Professor in INPE’s graduate programs in remote sensing and computer science, a member of Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Land Project and of the editorial board of the Journal of Earth Science Informatics. In 2011 received an honorary doctorate from the University of Münster.

Pavel Kabat

Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Full Professor of Earth System Science at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, Founding Chair and Director of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and Arts Institute for Integrated Research on the Wadden Sea Region, a Member of the Leadership Council for the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and Co-Founder of the High Level Alpbach – Laxenburg Group.

Fred Roberts

Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers University and Director of the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA). Director Emeritus of DIMACS. Roberts has authored four books, over 185 scientific articles, and edited 21 books. Member of the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Applications at the US National Academy of Sciences, a former member of National Science Foundation advisory committees on International Research and Education, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Environmental Research and Education, is on the Steering Committee for the World-Wide Program Mathematics of Planet Earth, and on the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).
The deadline for early bird registration and to propose sessions and papers is two weeks way, 28 July:

EDISON Workshop: Data Science - from infrastructure to skills for insight and value (29 August 2017, Amsterdam)

Date: Jul 12, 2017

The EDISON project invites participation in a 1-day workshop at the Amsterdam Science Park on 29th August 2017 to explore how data science competences and skills can be bring value to data produced by European Research Infrastructures and what are the challenges with managing and sustaining these skills in the competitive condition of today with growing demand from industry, as well as beyond Europe. The EDISON project has developed the EDISON Data Science Framework (EDSF) as a conceptual approach to solving the challenges/problems with capacity building and skills management in modern data-driven research. This will provide a starting point for discussions around specific topics relating to recruitment, career development, team management and professional development.

Full details and registration <>

This document explains more. If you are interested, please register. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Steve Brewer ( and Yuri Demchenko (

Open Community Session: contribute to the FAIR data expert group - 26th July, 2017

Date: Jul 5, 2017

The European Commission’s FAIR data expert group is hosting its second open community session on Wednesday 26th July from 10:00-12:00 CEST. You may already have seen the call for contributions and the public GitHub. The aim of these open community sessions is to provide a forum where you can discuss ideas directly with Expert Group members and each other.

We’re particularly keen to hear from all those stakeholders who play a role in facilitating FAIR data, specifically Research Infrastructures and e-Infrastructures, ESFRIs, domain data centres, learned societies, universities, funders, publishers and policymakers. Our remit is to make recommendations on turning FAIR data into reality, so we want to understand your existing commitments, activities, plans and concerns regarding future work in this area.

If you would like to join the discussion, please register at and join the webinar on the day. The event is designed as a consultation: there will be a short introduction to the group and our objectives, but there’s not a formal presentation and strict agenda. This session will be driven by you and your contributions, so drop in at any time during the two hour window and take the opportunity to share your ideas. You can also leave whenever you like – this is going to be freeform.

Please take a look through the call for contributions and the GitHub comments in advance of the call. Then just sign on in, post your own suggestions, questions or comments, or otherwise help us to power up the wisdom of the crowd!

Webinar sign in link:

For latest updates on the community sessions, check  

Open community session: contribute to the FAIR data expert group

Date: Jun 28, 2017

The European Commission’s FAIR data expert group is hosting its first open community session on Monday 3rd July from 14:00-16:00 CEST. You may already have seen the call for contributions and the public GitHub. We realise GitHub may be an unfamiliar platform for some, so wanted to offer multiple fora in which you can get involved.

If you would like to feed into discussion, please sign in to the GoToWebinar on 3rd July. No pre-registration is required – just come along and share your ideas on the day. There will be a short introduction to the group and our objectives, but there’s not a formal presentation and strict agenda. This session will be driven by you and your contributions, so drop in at any time during the two hour window. You can also leave whenever you like – this is going to be freeform.

The aim is to provide a forum where you can discuss ideas directly with Expert Group members and each other. At the Research Data Network in the UK, Alice Motes spoke about the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme. When she asked if there was desire for a similar thing in the UK, there was consensus in the room that it would be great. Mary Donaldson suggested that placing postdocs in the library to understand the data management side of things could be a good way to start closing the gap on the 500,000 data stewards it is estimated that we need.

These are precisely the kind of ideas and discussions we want to generate in the open session. So take a look through the call for contributions, and the comments people have been posting on GitHub already, sign on in and post suggestions, questions or comments yourself or otherwise help us to power up the wisdom of the crowd!

This session will be run by Simon Hodson, Peter Wittenburg and Daniel Mietchen. A second session will be run on Wednesday 26th July from 10:00-12:00 CEST.

Webinar sign in link: .

For latest updates on the community sessions, check

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