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North American DDI conference Call for Proposals now open!

Date: Oct 23, 2017

Call for Proposals for the 6th Annual North American Data Documentation Initiative Conference (NADDI).  The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is an international standard for describing the data produced by surveys and other observational methods in the social, behavioral, economic, and health sciences.
 
NADDI 2018 Theme 
The conference theme is "Benefits of Describing National Statistics with Common Standards," which emphasizes the benefits of using metadata to drive efficiencies in a research data lifecycle, as well as promotes subsequent re-use of end data products, especially those generated by federal and national statistical agencies.  
 
Aimed at individuals working in and around data and metadata, NADDI 2018 seeks submissions of presentations and posters that highlight the use of DDI and other metadata standards within research projects, official statistics, survey operations, academic libraries, and data archives.

Proposals can include:
  • Presentations
  • Panels
  • Posters
  • Workshops or Tutorials

Important Information 
  • December 1: Deadline for conference proposals
  • January 5: Notification of acceptance
  • February 14: Early-bird registration deadline
  • Conference Dates: April 4-6, 2018
  • Conference Location: Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C.
 
How to Submit 
Submissions may be made through the conference web site.  The proposal deadline is December 1, 2017.


An African Open Science Platform initiative - Invitation to a series of webinars on "Incentives for sharing research data" 25, 26 and 27 October 2017 (Open Access Week)

Date: Oct 9, 2017

The Open Science movement – focused on making research data, software code and experimental methods publicly available and transparent - is steadily gaining momentum. According to Gewin (2016), “[A]a spirit of openness is gaining traction in the science community, and is the only way, say advocates, to address a 'crisis' in science whereby too few findings are successfully reproduced. Furthermore, they say, it is the best way for researchers to gather the range of observations that are necessary to speed up discoveries or to identify large-scale trends.” 
 
Although many researchers are already sharing their raw data and data sets, there are researchers who still question why they should share their data, and what benefits are in it for them. In other words, how will they be incentivized, when others use the outputs of their hard work. These issues also apply on national and institutional levels.  What do research institutions have to gain by embracing Open Science?  Will the associated data expertise and opportunities for collaboration outweigh the perceived loss of intellectual capital that, if closed, can be exploited ahead of rivals?  Similarly, on the national level: is there a strong incentive for poorer nations not to be left behind as science is transformed by the digital revolution?  Or will open data and open science merely lead to data assets in the ‘South' being more quickly exploited by better resourced researchers in the 'North'? Very few countries and institutions have policies in place regarding the management (incl. curation) and sharing of data as an outcome of funded research projects.
 
The above just some of the issues the African Open Science Platform would like to address during this series of webinars, to be presented during International Open Access Week 2017
 

Presenters

We are very excited to bring you 3 experts on this topic, to share their perspectives.
 
 

Registration (free)

If you are interested in attending any one/all of the webinars, please complete the registration form by 20 October 2017. The webinars are presented free of charge. Once you have registered, we will provide you with the login details and further instructions.


Report from the Madagascar High-Level Meeting on Environmental & Scientific Data for Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries

Date: Oct 4, 2017

From 4-8 September 2017, the African Open Science Platform Project (in collaboration with CODATA and with the Madagascar Ministries of Environment, Ecology and Forests; of Higher Education and Research; of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Development; and of the Economy and Planning) organised a series of workshops and meetings in Antananarivo, Madagascar. 

 
These included, on Monday 4 September, a High-level Meeting on Environmental and Scientific Open Data for Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries, hosted at the Prime Minister’s Residence and attended by 11 Ministers from the Madagascar government.  
 
The report of this meeting - prepared by NOASILALAONOMENJANAHARY Ambinitsoa Lucie, National Focal Point of AfriGEOSS and Member of the AOSP Technical Advisory Board - is now available here.
 
The keynote presentation by Simon Hodson of CODATA and directing the AOSP project is available here (in French): 'La Science Ouverte et les Données ‘FAIR’ : Composants essentiels pour le développement durable dans un monde de données massives'


7th Digital Earth Summit 2018 (DES-2018) 17-19 April, 2018, Morocco - Deadline for abstract submission: 21 October 2017

Date: Oct 3, 2017

The 7th Digital Earth Summit 2018  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 (ISDE, http://www.digitalearth-isde.org) and the Chouaib Douakkali University (UCD, http://www.ucd.ac.ma )  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.

For further details and to submit your abstract, please visit the conference website at: www.desummit2018.org

The deadline for abstract submission is 21 October 2017.


IDCC call for papers: beyond FAIR

Date: Oct 2, 2017

The 13th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) will take place in Barcelona on 19-22nd February 2018. The call for papers is out now and we encourage you to submit work on relevant digital curation, preservation and research data management initiatives.
 
 
Beyond FAIR - from principles to practice to global join up
 
The need to manage and share digital outputs and data has been clearly articulated and gained international traction over the past decade or more. Effective data handling skills and curation services are essential to support and embed these practices. Much progress has been made towards implementation with services being provided by research institutions, funders, domain groups, commercial providers and others. As the landscape matures, attention is turning to coordination and interoperability, with investments being made in the NIH Commons initiative, the European Open Science Cloud and African Open Science Platform. This evolution poses many difficult questions: Who is responsible for what? What do principles like FAIR mean in reality and how should they be assessed? How do you join up or ensure interoperability across existing and emerging infrastructure and services? Where does the investment come from and how do we make this sustainable?
 
The focus of IDCC in 2018 is sharing practical lessons on the efforts made so far to curate data and pursue a digital data commons. Papers should address one of three overarching themes:
 
  • Data: We want to hear from different communities on data processing pipelines - what works and where do tools fail you? How realistic is it to use other people’s data? And what challenges emerge from the current policies and drivers for openness?
  • Skills and services: Lessons from those supporting data and digital collections are also called for. What programmes have you been running to share skills and build capacity? To what extent are you tailoring provision to different domains? How are the services on offer maturing and evolving?
  • Value: In terms of impact and sustainability, we want to know what value is being generated for society by sharing and reusing data? What models are emerging to demonstrate the impact of services. And how are services being sustained?
 
The deadline for paper submissions is Monday 23rd October and for workshops Monday 30th October.
 
For the full call and further details about the conference, please visit the conference website:http://www.dcc.ac.uk/drupal/events/idcc2018


Disaster Loss Data: Raising the Standard - a white paper

Date: Oct 2, 2017

National disaster loss databases are crucial to producing and acting upon risk information that, in turn, advances appropriate policy making and risk governance. They also serve as basic mechanisms for reporting on the Sendai Framework targets. Data collection is pivotal to the comprehensive assessment of disaster impacts. Risk interpretation, with standardized loss data, can also provide loss forecasting data in referencing historical loss modelling.

 
This white paper describes standard framework and protocols for loss data collection systems that offer enhanced and accurate risk assessments.  The paper also discusses identification of indicators in disaster loss estimation, outlining standards, and designing data collection and assessment procedures.
 
Read the white paper 'Disaster Loss Data: Raising the Standard’ here.


EDDI17 - 9th Annual European DDI User Conference: draft program / registration open

Date: Sep 27, 2017

9th Annual European DDI User Conference (EDDI17) DDI - The Basis of Managing the Data Life Cycle
 
The draft program is available here.
 
It comprehends 2 keynotes, 24 presentations, 3 tutorials, posters, and side meetings.
 
The conference will be opened by the keynote speech on “DDI Is Not Enough” by Ron Dekker (director of CESSDA ERIC - Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives)
 
The deadline for the early booking conference fee is October 17.
 
Approx. 90 participants are expected for the conference.
 
EDDI17 is organized jointly by FORS - Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and IDSC of IZA - International Data Service Center of the Institute for the Study of Labor.
 
The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is an international standard for describing the data produced by surveys and other observational methods in the social, behavioral, economic, and health sciences.
 
The meeting 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 presentations focus on:
  • 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
The topics of the conference include:
  • User Needs, Efficient Infrastructures and Improved Quality
  • Official Statistics
  • Reusing and Sharing Metadata
  • Data Harmonization
  • Incentives to Document Data
  • Open Data and Linked Open Data
  • Privacy and Access Control
  • Metadata versus Data and Related Ethics
  • Software / Tools
For more information about the EDDI conference series and details on the previous EDDI conferences, look at http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/.
 
Jon Johnson and Joachim Wackerow (co-chairs) 
on behalf of the EDDI1
7 Program Committee


Registrations open: Engaging Researchers in Good Data Management - 15 November at Cambridge

Date: Sep 25, 2017

15 November 2017,  St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, UK

On 15th November, Cambridge University, together with SPARC Europe and JISC, will host a one-day conference sharing the latest thinking as well as good practices around creating and promoting effective RDM practices. Via a combination of workshops and talks, focus groups and panel discussions, participants will discover how researchers across an array of disciplines, and librarians, are finding increasing success managing and providing greater access to research data.
 
Who should attend? Anyone working to support and engage researchers with Open Research and Research Data Management (RDM); librarians and scholarly communications specialists included. We invite you to find out more and secure your place.
 
REGISTER NOW
Register by 17th October for an early bird discount.
 

Lightning Talks Proposal? Submissions welcome.
The conference, intended to represent a wide range of experiences and voices, will feature a series of lightning talks, 5-10 minutes in length. If you have experiences to share, we would very much like to hear from you. We welcome researchers, librarians and support professionals with exciting and innovative stories regarding good data management practices, collaborations and methods of engaging colleagues to submit an abstract. 

SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT
Bursary Application

Thanks to the Wellcome Trust, we are pleased to be offering a limited number of bursaries to qualified applicants based on financial need. To be considered, please submit your application by 30th September. We will contact you to let you know if you have been awarded. 
 
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact info@osc.cam.ac.uk. We look forward to seeing you in November


International Data Week 2018: The Digital Frontiers of Global Science, 5-8 November 2018, Gaborone, Botswana

Date: Sep 21, 2017

The second edition of International Data Week (IDW 2018) will be held on 05-08 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana. Hosted by the Botswana Open Science and Open Data Forum, IDW 2018 will bring together data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and from all parts of the globe.

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), this landmark event will address the theme of ‘The Digital Frontiers of Global Science’. In a hyperconnected world where the internet is pervasive and web technologies are driving major changes in our lives, research has become more than ever before digital and international.  Furthermore, the major societal and scientific challenges facing humanity in this digital age are profoundly global in character, requiring the participation of researchers from all countries and disciplines. The data revolution is also a major source of the scientific opportunities to address these issues but to realise these potentials the frontiers of science, data analysis and stewardship must be advanced.  Likewise, the data revolution must be inclusive, benefitting all,  and harnessing all energies: no parts of the world and no disciplines should be left behind.

The following themes will be encompassed within the conference’s scope:

  • frontier issues for research in a global and digital age;
  • applications, progress and challenges of data intensive research;
  • data infrastructure and enabling practices for international and collaborative research.

Like its predecessor, IDW 2018 will bring together data scientists, researchers from all disciplines, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers and data stewards.  All areas of research are in scope, including the social sciences, humanities, and business and management sciences. Similarly, the applications of data outside of research will also be considered.  The event will be a rich week of science and data, featuring world renowned keynote speakers, plenary panels and discussions, the presentation of high quality research and practical working sessions for international collaborations.  IDW 2018 combines the 12th RDA Plenary Meeting, the biannual meeting of the research data community, and SciDataCon 2018, the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research.  To a greater degree than at IDW 2016 in Denver, Colorado, the events will be integrated, such that each day will feature an inspiring and engaging range of activities.

Botswana, Africa and the World

The meeting will be held in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana.  This is an excellent location for this compelling international conference:

  • The fundamental role of data for research, for economic development and ecological sustainability are recognised as important and are supported by the government, research institutions and community.
  • The government of Botswana has a strong and forward looking policy to support education, technology, development and research.
  • Botswana is active and well-integrated in regional (Southern African Development Community: SADC), African and international collaboration in various areas of research and in data activities.
  • The Botswana university and research sector is advancing greatly as a result of these policies and engagements.
  • Gaborone is easy to get to, with connecting flights for international participants from Johannesburg (JNB), Nairobi (NBO) and Addis Ababa (ADD), and boasts attractive venues and excellent quality, competitively priced hotels.
  • Botswana is one of the safest countries in the world according to the Global Peace Index: http://visionofhumanity.org/indexes/global-peace-index/.  Since independence in 1966, Botswana maintained a stable representative democracy, with a consistent record of uninterrupted democratic elections and ranking 35 (out of 176 countries) in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 https://www.transparency.org/news/feature/corruption_perceptions_index_2016
  • Gaborone offers a pleasant location and attractions; in the north of the country, there are unique UNESCO sites for participants who wish to visit before or after the conference.


Organisers

The local and international organisers are:

Local Organising Committee
International Data Week will be locally led by the University of Botswana. The university will deliver the IDW through a committee comprising of a consortium of research institutions, public and private organizations.  This consortium includes, national Open Science and Open data Forum Department of Research Science and Technology (DRST), Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN), Botho University (BU), Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH), Botswana Institute for Technology, Research and Information (BITRI), Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA), Botswana Fibre Networks (BOFINET), Department of Information Technology (DIT), Joint Minds Consult (JMC), Botswana Library Consortium (BLC), National Food Technology Research Centre (NFTRC).

ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA):

ICSU-CODATA was established in 1966. Its membership is comprised of National Academies, Science Councils, international Scientific Unions, and related organizations that care about data. Its focus is on creating both a culture and a framework of standards, agreements and protocols that enable data to be shared and reused.

ICSU World Data System (ICSU-WDS):
ICSU-WDS was established in 2008 (its predecessor bodies were established in 1957). Its membership is comprised of data repositories, data service providers, and their partners. Its focus is on identifying, creating, and sustaining institutions that provide stewardship, long-term preservation, and access to data.

Research Data Alliance (RDA):

RDA was established in 2013 by several funding agencies in Europe, the United States, and Australia. Its membership is comprised of individuals and organizations (private and non-profit). Its focus is on the detailed implementation of policies, practices, and technologies (i.e., infrastructure) that lower barriers to data exchange

Contact Information:

More about International Data Week 2016


Save the Date: 19-20 March 2018, Pre-RDA Symposium in Göttingen, 'The critical role of university RDM infrastructure in transforming data to knowledge'

Date: Sep 21, 2017

All over the world universities and libraries have started the task of developing research data services. Ideally such initiatives aim to result in a complete service portfolio covering the entire research lifecycle: support in writing proposals and data management plans, repository infrastructures for the storage of data, support in publishing data, assignment of persistent identifiers, lecturing in data management, etc. This broad scope means that such services are often seen as requiring a joint effort from from university, library, IT centre, faculties and other stakeholders.

Nowhere in the world has such a complete support scenario yet been established. It is timely for actors in the various dimensions of such initiatives internationally to share their experiences, research and insights.

In this symposium we will explore the topic and hear research papers, practice papers and lightning talks from organisations that have started to offer such services in whole or in part on their campus. The symposium will provide a forum for universities and libraries to share their experience and to learn from each other.

The symposium will take place as a precursor event to the RDA plenary meeting in Berlin on 21-23 March 2018 and will be co-organised by CODATA, the Committee on Data of the International Council for Science. Attendance will be both by invitation and open registration. A call for abstracts and other contributions will be released shortly.

Further information will appear here: http://www.eresearch.uni-goettingen.de/content/190320032018-pre-rda-symposium-göttingen-critical-role-university-rdm-infrastructure


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