Presentations from the Göttingen-CODATA RDM Symposium Now Available

Date: Apr 17, 2018

The organisers and hosts are pleased to announce that the presentations from the Göttingen-CODATA RDM Symposium 'the critical role of university RDM infrastructure in transforming data to knowledge’ are now almost all available from the conference management system (click through to each session) and the CODATA website.
Göttingen-CODATA RDM Symposium 2018
The symposium was held in Göttingen from 18-20 March 2018.  It was a collaboration between the University of Göttingen and CODATA and was a precursor event to the RDA plenary meeting in Berlin on 21-23 March 2018.
The event was attended by 160 research data management experts and professionals from around the globe.  
The event was possible thanks to the generous support of the University of Göttingen and the hard work of the programme committee and the local organisers.

Symposium Keynotes

The Symposium featured nine keynote presentations.

The keynote presentatons may be downloaded as a zipped file.

Symposium Thematic Parallel Sessions

Nine parallel sessions tackled the symposium themes listed below.  The content of each session may be consulted by means of the links below.  All presentations from the symposium may be downloaded as a zipped file (warning c.500MB).

1.1 Institutional Strategies and Solutions 1

1.2 RDM Solutions 1

1.3 National RDM Strategies

2.1 Measuring Success and Changing Culture

2.2 Skills

2.3 Lessons from Domains

3.1 Institutional Strategies and Solutions 2

3.2 RDM Solutions 2

3.3 Implications of FAIR and Sustainability

Symposium Programme

The full programme for the symposium may be viewed on the conference management site, hosted by Ubiquity Press.

Special Collection in the Data Science Journal

Accepted and commended abstracts have been invited to submit full papers for a Special Collection of the CODATA Data Science Journal on this topic.

Programme Commitee

The programme committee comprised:

  • Jan Brase, University of Göttingen
  • Simon Hodson, CODATA
  • Liz Lyon, University of Pittsburgh
  • Devika Madalli, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore
  • Michael Witt, Purdue University

Call for Nominations for CODATA Officers (President and Vice-President(s)) and Executive Committee Members: Deadline 27 April 2018

Date: Apr 13, 2018

The deadline for nominations for Elections to the CODATA Executive Committee is approaching: Friday 27 April

Call for Nominations for CODATA Officers (President and Vice-President(s)) and Executive Committee Members: Deadline 27 April 2018

Help CODATA deliver on its strategy to mobilise the data revolution for research!

CODATA Members (National, Union, Co-Opted and Affiliate Members) as well as Task Groups are invited to nominate candidates for the following positions:

  • President (to serve 2018-22)
  • Vice-President (1-2 positions, to serve 2018-22)
  • Ordinary Member (8 positions, to serve 2018-20)

Nominations will be considered for election at the 31st CODATA General Assembly, which will take place on 9-10 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana, following International Data Week 2018.

Please find attached a letter from CODATA Past President, Professor GUO Huadong, inviting nominations.

Nominations should be submitted by CODATA Members and Task Groups on the form attached, to the Nominating Committee, c/o, by the deadline of 27 April 2018.

The most important criteria for nomination is to be able to contribute strongly to the delivery of CODATA’s strategy and strong record of delivery as attested in the CODATA Prospectus of Strategy and Achievement 2015-2017. The covering note to the nomination form and the procedure document explain terms of eligibility.



CODATA exists to promote global collaboration to improve the availability and usability of data for all areas of research. CODATA supports the principle that data produced by research and susceptible to be used for research should be as open as possible a

nd as closed as necessary. CODATA works also to advance the interoperability and the usability of such data: research data should be intelligently open or FAIR. By promoting the policy, technological and cultural changes that are essential to make research data more widely available and more usable, CODATA helps advance ICSU’s mission of strengthening international science for the benefit of society.

The updated CODATA Strategic Plan 2015 and Prospectus of Strategy and Achievement 2015-2017 identify three priority areas:

  1. promoting principles, policies and practices for Open Data and Open Science;
  2. advancing the frontiers of data science;
  3. building capacity for Open Science by improving data skills and the functions of national science systems needed to support open data.

CODATA achieves these objectives through a number of standing committees and strategic executive led initiatives, and through its Task Groups and Working Groups. CODATA supports the Data Science Journal and collaborates on major data conferences like SciDataCon and International Data Week.



Timescales back from 2018 General Assembly, Gaborone, Botswana

General Assembly

9-10 November 2018

Deadline for Final Slate

5 October 2018

Deadline for Additional Candidates

28 September 2018

Deadline for Provisional List

11 May 2018

Deadline for nominations

27 April 2018

Call for nominations

26 October 2017

ICSU/NASAC/ISSC call for pre-proposals: Pathways towards Sustainable African Urban Development

Date: Mar 27, 2018

Up to eleven collaborative research projects across Africa will receive funding for research that will explore integrated approaches for sustainable urban development in Africa.

As part of the 5-year “Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa programme, the International Council for Science (ICSU), in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) will support up to 11 collaborative research projects across Africa (to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years) that will that explore integrated approaches for sustainable urban development in Africa. The programme is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

They are inviting African early career scientists to submit collaborative research proposals that apply a systems approach to analyzing urban processes in Africa. These projects are expected to examine the inherent complexity of cities, to explore the interconnections, trade-offs and synergies between different dimensions of urban systems, e.g. governance, human and social capital, environment, economic systems and infrastructure.

The call for pre-proposals aims to identify collaborative research projects in Africa that bring together African early career scientists from different scientific disciplines and key stakeholders (e.g. local authorities, policy makers, built environment professionals, the private sector, civil society and citizens) in research co-design and co-production.

Applicants should have no more than 10 years work experience following their PhDs or equivalent research experience. The deadline for pre-proposal submission is 14 May 2018 (18:00 CET). Submission of pre-proposals and relevant documents may only be made using the online application form.

Please read carefully the call for pre-proposals with key requirements before submitting your pre-proposal.

Following the call, 35 pre-proposals will be selected, representatives of which will be invited to attend a training event on integrated research, which will take place on 3-7 September 2018 (location tbc). This training aims to strengthen scientific capacity to undertake this form of research, to enable researchers to build meaningful inter- and trans-disciplinary projects, to support the development of full proposals and to strengthen science communication skills. Applicants should be aware that if their pre-proposals are selected, they are expected to attend this training. The programme will cover associated travel and subsistence costs.

Participants of the training will then be given about two and half months to submit full proposals (deadline is 23 November 2018, 18:00 CET). In February 2019, up to eleven collaborative research projects across Africa will be awarded up to 90,000 Euro each over two years.

For more, please visit here

WDS Data Stewardship Award 2018: Call for Nominations Open!

Date: Mar 26, 2018

The Call for Nominations for the 2018 WDS Data Stewardship Award is now open until 21 May 2018. This annual prize celebrates the exceptional contributions of early career researchers to the improvement of scientific data stewardship through their (1) engagement with the community, (2) academic achievements, and (3) innovations.

The winner will be presented with their Award and a prize in plenary at SciDataCon 2018 (part of International Data Week, 5–8 November in Gaborone, Botswana)—alongside the 2017 Award winner, Linhuan Wu—with their attendance covered by the ICSU World Data System.

If you know of an early career researcher who deserves to have their accomplishments recognized and highlighted to the international community then please be sure to complete the below form (see notes) and send it to the WDS International Programme Office by 21 May 2018. We also encourage you to disseminate this information far-and-wide.

  • WDS Data Stewardship Award 2018 (Word / PDF)

Summer School On Urban Data Science

Date: Mar 26, 2018

In today's world we have data all around us. With the progress in technology, a large amount of data is collected on a daily basis using different technology. Today’s urban world has ample of data which would be explored, for identifying trends by studying available open data sets. Research is primarily the use of available data to make informed decisions via proper data management skills. The ability to analyze data is a very powerful skill and well sort of in many data-driven organizations. Why data is available everywhere and seem to grow at an exponential rate, not many have learned to utilize its potential. 

Data analysis skills are highly sought after skills and this summer school will provide the practical experience you need to get started. It begins with setting a study objective, planning your questionnaire design and entry, thus bearing in mind the type of data you want to capture, whether continuous, discrete, ordinal or nominal data and the different stages of statistical analysis that you want to conduct in other to produce your results. This process has become an integral part of both academic and development work, and also a vital part of the decision making in different sectors today. Knowledge of research methodologies and implementation of statistical application software to support data analysis is one of the vital goals of this course. Statistical software packages have become very useful for the purpose of data management and cleaning, statistical analysis, and data graphical representation. When mastered, these applications are user-friendly and also could reduce the time and efforts of the researcher and the student. Expense for students: Material cost: Rs. 500/- and local travel: Rs. 1000/-.

To register, please visit here

Save the date! IDCC19, 4-7 February, Melbourne

Date: Mar 21, 2018

The IDCC conference is going down under and it's going to be hot, hot hot!
From the 4th to 7th February 2019, Donna McRostie, Anna Shadbolt, Peter Neish and the wonderful team at the University of Melbourne will be hosting the 14th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC). Save the date now - this is not one to miss!
Melbourne in February is going to be hot! Hot on the heels of the Australian Open (reason to extend travel with some Winter vacation?) you can expect temperatures of 27-30+ degrees. Pack well and remember to slip, slop slap! 
We have one piping hot programme shaping up, with a great call for papers, dinner venue and set of keynotes in mind. Melbourne have asked for a cracking overarching theme, which builds on momentum from IDCC18 and speaks to concerns relevant to so much of our work as the sector matures.
And I have a hunch we will have a very hot, dynamic and diverse audience. Get ready to start pulling together your ideas as the call for papers will be out very soon. A wee Easter treat is on it's way...

Workshop Applying bioinformatics and data science competency frameworks to ELIXIR Training, 5-6 April 2018, Amsterdam

Date: Mar 13, 2018

Date: 5-6 April 2018 (preceded by an optional seminar on April 4)

Venue: Amsterdam Science Park Congress Centre, Science Park 123, 1098 XG Amsterdam

Website & registration: Eventbrite page

Full Programme:

Organizers: Celia van Gelder (DTL/ELIXIR-Netherlands), Gabriella Rustici (University of Cambridge, ELIXIR-UK), Vera Matser (BioExcel), Allegra Via (ELIXIR-Italy)


Much work is currently being done in developing and applying competency frameworks, both in bioinformatics and in data science. 

In the context of ELIXIR Training, we aim to build on the existing expertise in this area and, together with the training stakeholders, to derive a proper implementation strategy.
This international workshop will bring together individuals from organisations and projects who have expertise in defining and in applying competency bioinformatics and data science frameworks in their own organisations. 

In a series of interactive sessions, we will build on the existing knowledge and work towards the following workshop goals:

  • Identify competency frameworks that are relevant to the ELIXIR user community and learn about successful implementation examples of these frameworks
  • Further define the relevant “personas” we are targeting with (ELIXIR) training
  • Extract from the existing work a set of core competencies and sets of KSAs (knowledge, skills and abilities) that can subsequently be used:
    • to map courses in TeSS, the ELIXIR Training Portal
    • to build a curriculum for a one-week Advanced Bioinformatics Workshop (which will be part of the CODATA RDA Research Data Science Summer school series)
    • to set the first steps towards defining routes through a specific set of courses (learning paths)

Target audience
Individuals working in training and education who are interested in learning the state of the art about bioinformatics and data science competency frameworks and their application to date.

More information?
Please contact Celia van Gelder ( if you need more information.

Improving Reproducibility in Research: The Role of Measurement Science

Date: Mar 12, 2018

Venue: National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0LW

Date: 01 May 2018 - 03 May 2018

We live in a world in which it is increasingly easy to collect enormous amounts of data, in which research frequently spans physical, chemical, and biological sciences. Despite these advances, many scientific research results in recent years have proven to be difficult to reproduce.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together experts from the measurement and wider research communities to understand the issues and to explore how good measurement practice and principles can foster confidence in research findings, including how we can tackle the challenge posed by increasing data volumes in both industry and research. It is important to recognise that there is no process that can entirely eliminate measurement uncertainty, but a good measurement process can lead to an appropriate interpretation of the data. Collecting and reporting the control experiments and systems and the details of and computational process will add confidence to results, improve the efficiency of follow-up studies, and establish a more reasonable basis for conclusions. Such practices can also add to our knowledge in ways that simply reproducing an experiment cannot.

The international network of National Metrology Institutes (NMIs), coordinated by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (Bureau International des Poids et Measures, BIPM), develops novel measurement methods, conducts cross-validation studies, and provides expertise in experiment design and uncertainty analysis and characterisation. By bringing together practitioners from the metrology community with discipline scientists and representatives of scholarly publishers, we hope to establish better awareness and adoption of best practices in measurement.

The workshop organisers intend to produce a report describing the actions the network of NMIs might take moving forward. In this way, we may mitigate the 'reproducibility crisis' and increase confidence in evidence-based decision-making.

Invited speakers:

  • Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive UKRI, (UK)
  • Barend Mons, Leiden University Medical Center/GO FAIR (NL)
  • Geoffrey Boulton, University of Edinburgh/CODATA (UK)
  • Tony Hey, Science and Technology Facilities Council (UK)
  • Natalie de Souza, Nature Methods (US)
  • Owen Sansom, Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, (UK)
  • Martin Milton, Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (FR)
  • Antonio Possolo, National Institute of Standards and Technology (US)
  • Leslie McIntosh Borelli, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/Research Data Alliance (US)

Download workshop flyer Adobe Acrobat PDF file

Cost: Free to attend, but registration is essential
Registration: Register online
Contact: Technical: Ian Gilmore, Admin/registration:

CODATA will play a major role in the GO TRAIN Implementation Network

Date: Feb 9, 2018

Reproduced from the GO FAIR website 


On 26 January 2018, more than 20 people attended the GO TRAIN kick-off meeting in Leiden (the Netherlands). GO TRAIN is one of three GO FAIR pillars. Hugh Shanahan (Royal Holloway, University of London): “We used the meeting to discuss how to instigate a concerted action of global FAIR data training providers.”

Barend Mons (GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office, GFISCO): “The High Level Expert Group report on the EOSC mentions an urgent need to educate and equip up to 500,000 data stewards in Europe. The​ ​GO TRAIN​ ​pillar will train individuals that will make the best use of FAIR data and services as well as data stewards that are capable of providing those services. The GFISCO will support and coordinate the GO TRAIN pillar. The guiding principles of GO TRAIN were already drafted at a stakeholder workshop, convened by CODATA in Paris on​ ​3​ ​February​ ​2017″​ (read the workshop report).

The January 2018 meeting was entitled ‘Realising GO TRAIN – a concerted action by global data training providers’ and it aimed to establish the scope, specific goals, and foreseen activities of GO TRAIN. In addition, it aimed to define the next steps towards realising one or more formal GO TRAIN Implementation Networks (INs). GO FAIR INs are consortia of individuals, institutions, projects, and international organisations who have decided to jointly implement the FAIR principles in their fields towards the goals of GO FAIR.

The meeting was organised by Hugh Shanahan, Simon Hodson (CODATA), Celia van Gelder (DTL/ELIXIR-NL), and Mascha Jansen (GO FAIR). The meeting featured presentations by Barend Mons (GO FAIR) about the progress of GO FAIR, Hugh Shanahan about the management structure of GO TRAIN, Erik Schultes (GO FAIR) about current FAIR training activities, and Albert Mons (Euretos) about Other People’s Existing Data and Services (OPEDAS Implementation Network). Participants included a.o. representatives of CODATA-RDA Data Schools, DANS, DCC, EDISON, ELIXIR, DTL, and Foster.

Van Gelder: “During a number of break-out sessions, we discussed the overall scope and specific goals of GO TRAIN. In addition, we dedicated some sessions to the future activities of the GO TRAIN Implementation Networks. We discussed what a GO TRAIN IN can and should do to advance training-the-trainer events. And we also talked about an IN’s possible role in the certification or endorsement of training materials and activities.”

In the closing session of the day, the participants discussed concrete steps towards the implementation of GO TRAIN. “A number of key decisions were made, in particular the details on GO TRAIN’s three main goals, i.e., developing an appropriate curriculum framework, approaches for endorsing developed materials and organisations teaching the materials, and developing a train-the-trainer programme,” concludes Shanahan.

GO FAIR (Global Open FAIR) is a self-governed, community-driven initiative to accelerate the early development of the Internet of FAIR Data and Services. GO FAIR originated in Europe, inspired by the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on the European Science Cloud (EOSC). GO FAIR will be implemented by three pillars: GO CHANGE, GO BUILD, and GO TRAIN. GO CHANGE aims to instigate cultural change to make the FAIR principles a working standard in science and to reform reward systems to incorporate open science activities; GO BUILD deals with building the technical infrastructure; and GO TRAIN which will provide the training and in the future the mechanism for the standards-compliant certification.

CODATA Prospectus, 2015-2017 - and Looking Forward to 2018

Date: Feb 8, 2018

The Second Edition (2017) of the CODATA Prospectus provides a brief summary of strategy and achievement in 2015-2017: it lays out CODATA's mission and strategy and provides information about the key activities and outputs that contribute to the realisation of this strategy:
A third and final update of the CODATA Prospectus 2015-2017 has brought the document up to date to the end of 2017 and looks forward at major activities in 2018.
Of particular significance in 2017 are the following outputs and activities:
The OECD-CODATA Report on Sustainable Business Models for Research Data Repositories
Special Collections of the Data Science Journal, including a ‘Advances in Data Modeling and Knowledge Representation’, ‘20 Years of Persistent Identifiers’, ‘Open Data and Africa’, a special collection on SciDataCon 2016 and forthcoming collections from the CODATA 2017 Conference:
CODATA convened workshops in June 2017 (ICSU, Paris) and November 2017 (Royal Society, London) to prepare a Commission on Data Standards to address issues of interoperability and data integration in particular for interdisciplinary research areas. The initiative is now moving forward with three pilot case studies, examining the issues of data availability and interoperability in relation to infectious disease, disaster risk and resilient cities.
The African Open Science Platform project is addressing a number of areas essential to building capacity in the use of data and Open Science. Information on the project’s activities can be found at
In 2017, the CODATA-RDA Schools of Research Data Science expanded, adding three advanced workshops to the recurring event in Trieste (July) and running a foundational school in São Paulo (December).  In 2018 schools will take place in Brisbane, Australia (June); Trieste, Italy, with advanced workshops (August); Kigali, Rwanda (October) and São Paulo, Brazil (December).
Looking Forward to 2018: 
The attached document provides a summary of important activities, events and dates relating to CODATA initiatives and governance in 2018.  Of particular importance will be:
CODATA-Göttingen Symposium on ‘the critical role of university RDM infrastructure in transforming data to knowledge’, 18-20 March, Göttingen, Germany:
SciDataCon 2018, part of International Data Week 2018, ‘The Digital Frontiers of Global Science’, 5-8 November, 5-8 November, Gaborone, Botswana: and
The document also provides important information about dates in relation to the CODATA Elections 2018 Elections-2018 and the process for selection of CODATA Task Groups 2018-20


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