Abstract submission deadline extension to November 24th - Announcement of 2018 Digital Earth Summit in Morocco

Date: Nov 3, 2017

Abstract submission deadline extension to
November 24th

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  DES-2018, will cover all the aspects of geo spatial data and information themes , Earth sciences, space sciences and information sciences and technology to assess, monitor and  forecast natural and human phenomena under the overarching theme: “ Digital Earth for Sustainable Development in Africa ”
1: Digital Earth: best practices and applications
2: Earth Observation and Applications to Science and Policy
3: Digital Earth technologies to Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals
4: Digital Earth and Citizen Well-Being
5: Zero Hunger with Digital Earth technology
6: Geo-ethics, Educating next-generations with Digital Earth

Participation in DES-2018 is open to all individuals interested in or working in the fields of earth observation and geo-information science. For all sub-themes, papers for oral presentation, discussion and poster sessions are invited.

Abstracts received by the deadline will be considered for program placement under the standard peer review process. Late abstracts cannot be accepted due to the large number of submissions and short review schedule. Authors should indicate the sub-theme under which their papers fall.

April, 30 2017                Announcement and Call for Papers
November, 24 2017      Deadline of Abstract Submission
December, 8 2017         Notification of Abstract
December, 31 2017       Deadline for Papers
February, 28 2018        Early Registration Closed
March, 31 2018              Final Program
April, 17 2018                 Conference
For more information and updates please continue to visit the conference website: or contact:

Media Partners

Towards a Data Infrastructure Framework, UbuntuNetConnect 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1 November 2017

Date: Nov 2, 2017

Presentations available at:

The African Open Science Platform partnered with the organisers of the UbuntuNetConnect 2017 conference and hosted a workshop – focusing on data infrastructure and capacity building – to 65 participants from all over Africa. From previous workshops presented, it was evident that Ethiopia faces the same needs in terms of open science policy, infrastructure to exchange and make data openly available, and capacity building.
Prof. Afework Kassu (State Minister for Science and Technology, Ethiopia) welcomed all, and during his opening made the comment that openness should be embraced towards global peace. He further said that we need to lay the foundation for future citizens. We also need universities and industries to work together to promote further innovations. The important role of digital library systems to benefit students and staff was highlighted. A Science Cloud, and Science Cafes in the city for citizens to benefit from, are just two of the very successful initiatives. He ended by saying that Africa needs a continental strategy for Science and Technology towards addressing the objectives of the United Nations 2036 agenda.

Presentations from the Botswana National Forum on Open Data Open Science, 30-31 October 2017

Date: Nov 2, 2017

Congratulations to the Botswana National Open Data Open Science Forum with a highly successful workshop presented on 30 & 31 Oct. 2017 in Gabarone. The focus of the workshop was mainly on policy and infrastructure.

Presentations are available at:

From the national forum attended in Botswana 30 – 31 October 2017, it was clear that the country shares the same challenges as other African countries in terms of open science (incl. open data) policy, utilising and adapting the current ICT infrastructure/fibre connections to allow for the transmission of data sets to advance science, and building capacity – not only in terms of plans to manage research data on individual researcher/project level, but also in terms of soft skills to properly manage and re-use data. Botswana Statistics (focusing on government data) is one of the success stories which was shared. The presence of high-level key stakeholders demonstrated commitment from government level. The general experience was positive, with Botswana colleagues adamant to not only start doing African science in an African way, but also to do Botswana science the Botswana away – steering away from benchmarking with countries they have very little in common, at the same time, implementing international best practice. This coordinated effort brought together stakeholders from all over Botswana.

The Botswana ODOS National Committee has indicated that actions from this workshop will include the following:

  • Addressing policy and infrastructure needs;
  • Adaptation of the ODOS mandate by key stakeholders;
  • Capacity building, training people on institutional and community level;
  • Finding innovative uses of data; and
  • Engaging citizens.

Papers from SciDataCon 2016, part of International Data Week, Denver, Colorado

Date: Oct 25, 2017

SciDataCon2016 took place on 11-13 September 2016 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado, USA. It was part of International Data Week, 11-16 September 2016, convened by CODATA, the ICSU World Data System and the Research Data Alliance. SciDataCon2016 sought to advance the frontiers of data in all areas of research, acknowledging that the most significant contemporary research challenges— including those reaching across disciplines—cannot be properly addressed without due attention to data-related issues. These include policy frameworks, data quality and interoperability, long-term stewardship of data, and the research skills, technologies, and infrastructures required by increasingly data-intensive research. They also include frontier challenges for data science: e.g. fundamental research questions relating to data integration, analysis of complex systems and models, epistemology and ethics in relation to Big Data, etc. The transformative effect of the data revolution should be examined from the perspective of all fields of research, and its relationship to broader societal developments and to data-driven innovation scrutinised. These issues create a multi-faceted challenge which cannot be tackled without expertise drawn across disciplines and diverse roles in the research community, stating nationally, but moving internationally and globally, for the benefit of us all.

Papers from SciDataCon 2016, part of International Data Week, Denver, Colorado now available in the CODATA Data Science Journal


Date: Oct 25, 2017

Conference hashtag: #iassistcarto
The 44th annual conference of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) will be jointly held with the 52nd annual conference of the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA-ACACC) in Montréal, Québec, Canada from May 28-June 1, 2018.
Once Upon a Data Point: Sustaining our Data Storytellers
In many ways, researchers are data storytellers: they create compelling data-supported narratives for examining both historical and current social phenomena and for facilitating social change and reconciliation. We professionals who support these data storytellers play vital roles in giving their data stories life. We assist our data storytellers in:
  • Discovering existing and collecting new data from which to craft the stories.
  • Analyzing and managing data to uncover the stories hiding within.
  • Visualizing data to offer vivid and meaningful illustrations to enhance the stories.
  • Teaching data literacy skills to their audiences so they can understand and critique the stories.
  • Curating, archiving, and sharing data so that the stories are not lost for future generations, and so new data storytellers may weave even more stories from the data.
And we conduct our own research to tell our own stories and to also improve our support of other data storytellers.
We welcome submissions that tell diverse stories about our IASSIST and ACMLA-ACACC communities’ experiences, that offer conference attendees suggestions of how they can implement or adapt lessons for their own work, and that have wide-reaching appeal to our international attendees. Although the positive outcomes are always something people want to hear, there’s also an appetite for learning about the things that didn’t go well, particularly any problems you faced and how others might avoid or handle them.
So bring us your data comedies, tragedies, epics, horror stories, mysteries, histories, thrillers, adventures, fables, fantasies, science fiction, and even romances if you’ve got them! We look forward to sharing, learning from, and adapting each other's stories.
Submitting Proposals
We welcome submissions for papers, presentations, panels, posters, and Pecha Kuchas in English and French.
The Call for Presentations, along with the link to the submission form, is at: 
Questions about presentation submissions may be sent to the Program Co-Chairs (Jay Brodeur, Laurence Horton, and Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh) at
We are also accepting submissions for Pre-conference Workshops. The Call for Workshops, along with the link to the submission form, is at: 
Questions about workshop submissions may be sent to Workshop Coordinators, Jenny Muilenburg ( and Andy Rutkowski (
Deadline for ALL submissions: 20 November 2017
Notification of acceptance: February 2018
Support for Attending the Conference
IASSIST Fellows Program supports data professionals from underrepresented regions and countries with emerging economies. IASSIST Early Professional Fellows Program helps early career data professionals recognizing the value of innovative ideas. Applications can be made at and will close 19 January 2018.
Address questions about the Fellows Programs to Florio Arguillas ( and Stuart Macdonald (

Workshop - Managing Digital Research Objects in an Expanding Science Ecosystem

Date: Oct 24, 2017

“Managing Digital Research Objects in an Expanding Science Ecosystem”

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications

U.S. National Library of Medicine/NIH

8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894

“We are at a tipping point in the development of a common conceptual framework and set of tools and components which will revolutionize the management of scientific data.” Keynote Speaker Presenting the Global Challenge Peter Wittenberg, Co-Editor of Recommendations for Implementing a Virtual Layer for Management of the Complete Life Cycle of Scientific Data

Sessions on

Developing Frameworks that Address the Challenge
Identifiers as an integral Part of the Scholarly Record

Creating and Maintaining Standards for Object Identifiers, Persistent Identifiers for Data Sets, Industry Incorporation of Identifiers

Using multiple, interlinked, and evolving research artifacts to advance research

Scientific Use Case Analysis, Metadata Harmonization, Linked Open Data Approach, Sustainable Environment/Actionable Data

Connecting Users with Digital Research Objects
Filling the Gaps and Moving the Agenda Forward

Register Now!

(Use FY17 or FY18 funding)

Co-sponsored by CENDINational Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS)Research Data Alliance/US (RDA/US)and the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information.  Hosted by The National Library of Medicine/NIH 

Contact Information:

Heather M. Parrish
Phone: 865-298-1245

Nancy Blair DeLeon                  NFAIS  
Phone: 443-221-2980

Lynn Yarmey         RDA/US  
Phone: 858-722-0127

Ester Sztein
Phone: 202-334-3049

RDAP18 Call for Proposals

Date: Oct 24, 2017

The Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit, to be held March 21-23, 2018 in Chicago, IL, invites calls for proposals from managers, users, and generators of digital data from all sectors, including industry, academia, government, and cultural heritage centers, to present within the sessions described below. 

Session topics are as follows: 

  1. Defining the role of the library in research data management within an institution
  2. FAIR vs. Friction
  3. Intersection of Publishing and Data
  4. Underserved Data Communities: Understanding Access & Preservation Bias
  5. Research reproducibility - how data librarians are getting involved
  6. Open Call for Proposals

There will also be a poster session and separate oral session (TBD).

Please submit proposals via this form by Friday, November 17.  

Questions can be directed to the RDAP Program Chairs, Amy Neeser ( and Jon Petters (

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


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'

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