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Submissions for IDCC19 in Melbourne now open!

Date: May 2, 2018

Collaborations and Partnerships: addressing the big digital challenges together
14th International Digital Curation Conference, 4-7 February 2019, Melbourne, Australia

We're delighted to announce that submissions for IDCC19 are now open! Some of you may already have seen announcements about the theme for the conference and an indication that we were reworking submission formats. This is now complete and we're ready to receive your papers via conftool.

As well as the usual poster, demo and workshop submissions, we are introducing lightning talks and have merged the research and practice paper strands.

Proposers of lightning talks are invited to submit a one-page abstract (approximately 500 words) to give a 10 minute talk at the conference. Paper proposers are required to submit a 5-page extended abstract. If your abstract is accepted, you will be invited to give a 20-minute presentation at I and will be entered into an award for the best paper. You are also invited to write-up your paper in full for publication in IJDC, either as a peer-reviewed or general article. Please follow the link below to get full details of the submission process.

Paper submissions and lightning talks close on 18th June 2018.

Demos and workshop submissions close on 31st July 2018

Poster submissions close on 30th September 2018

The central focus of IDCC19 is to examine collaborations and partnerships in the field of digital curation and preservation. Submissions should address one of the topics below:

  • Grand curation challenges
  • Building diverse and inclusive communities
  • Examples and models
  • Good foundations for working together

For full call information and details of how to submit, please go to
http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc19/submissions


National Research Data Workshop (DIRISA), South Africa

Date: Apr 30, 2018

The South African Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA) is hosting a National Research Data Workshop from 19 to 21 June 2018 at the CSIR International Convention Centre (ICC) in Pretoria, South Africa. Please see attached for more information as well as the call for papers. Please pass on to your eResearch colleagues, researchers and scientists.

Flyer

Call for Papers

 

For more information: https://www.dirisa.ac.za/workshop/


Making FAIR Data a Reality - Recording and Slides from a LIBER Webinar on the work of the European Commission's FAIR Data Expert Group

Date: Apr 25, 2018

Simon Hodson, Executive Director of CODATA and chair of the European Commission’s FAIR Data Expert Group and Sarah Jones, Associate Director at the Digital Curation Centre and Rapporteur of the Expert Group given a webinar earlier this week.

The webinar was organised by LIBER's Research Data Management Working Group and took place on 23 April at 12:00 UTC.  

The recording is available on YouTube.
 
The slides can be downloaded here.
 
The webinar allowed the Expert Group to give an update on progress and the forthcoming report and Action Plan on ‘Making FAIR Data a reality’.
 
The FAIR Data Expert Group was convened in March 2017 with a remit to propose recommendations and indicators on what needs to be done to turn FAIR data into reality. The Group was extended in 2018 to develop the FAIR Data Action Plan. This should guide the implementation of the EOSC but also address broader concerns on an EU, member state and international level. The Group’s Plan should act as a rubric for more context-specific FAIR Data Action Plans to be developed at member state and disciplinary level.

The interim report of the Group is due in June 2018 and will be launched at the EOSC Summit in Brussels. The report addresses the changes needed to research culture, infrastructure, skills, metrics and costs to support the transition to FAIR. Details of the main discussion points in the report and preliminary recommendations will be shared on the webinar.The launch of the interim report on 11th June will be followed by a workshop where stakeholders are invited to reflect on the content of the Action Plan and brainstorm how this could be progressed further in specific national or disciplinary contexts. The consultation period will continue over Summer with the final report being launched at the Austrian Presidency event in November.


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.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/18ZcaRia4L9sToN4_GWUL8I-bvF3JA74r/view?usp=sharing

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 simon@codata.org, 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.

 

About CODATA

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

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: https://www.dtls.nl/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Full-Programme-120318.pdf

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

Description

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 (celia.van.gelder@dtls.nl) if you need more information.


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