CODATA Recommended Values of the Fundamental Physical Constants: 2014: Full Scholarly Paper Now Available

Date: Nov 20, 2016

The full scholarly paper providing 'the 2014 self-consistent set of values of the constants and conversion factors of physics and chemistry recommended by the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA)' was published in September 2016 in Reviews of Modern Physics and is also openly available from the NIST website <>.  'These values are based on a least-squares adjustment that takes into account all data available up to 31 December 2014.'  The paper also provide ‘details of the data selection and methodology of the adjustment’.


JKUAT iCEOD and IBM: Sharing knowledge with the wider community to improve public health and solve social challenges

Date: Nov 18, 2016

IBM Cloud is collaborating with the ICT Centre of Excellence and Open Data (iCEOD) of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the initial locus of CODATA Kenya.

IBM Cloud has recently published an article about this activity.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology: Sharing knowledge with the wider community to improve public health and solve social challenges
By building an open cloud data platform that academics and social entrepreneurs can use to access research datasets and build innovative mobile applications, JKUAT is able to preserve the value of its data and encourage the development of solutions for social and economic challenges across Kenya.

'“We wanted to maximize the value of our datasets—both to save money and, crucially, to encourage innovation and collaboration in the wider community,” says Professor Wafula. “For example, we knew that improving research and knowledge in areas such as nutrition would be important in enhancing the health of Kenyans—many of whom also need to maximize limited resources when it comes to buying the best food for their families.

“If we could take our data outside the confines of academia and allow developers and social entrepreneurs to harness it, we hoped that they would start building applications to use this information for the public good.”

Read the rest of the story at

Upcoming CODATA Data Citation Workshops in Helsinki and Taipei

Date: Nov 17, 2016

The international series of workshops on the practice of data citation as part of the activities ofthe CODATA Task Group on Data Citation is continuing with upcoming workshops in Helsinki and Taipei.
Nordic Data Citation Workshop, Helsinki, 23 Nov
CODATA, the Finnish Committee for Research Data (FCRD)  and the Finnish Open Science and ResearchInitiative are co-organising a Nordic CODATA Data Citation Workshop on 23 November 2016. The workshop is organized during the Nordic Open Science and Research Forum 2016, a pan-Nordic discussion event for researchers and research policy makers alike. 
Unfortunately, attendance for the event is already fully booked, but the programme will be of interest
Data Curation and Citation Workshop, Taipei, 5 Dec
The 2016 Data Curation and Citation Workshop in Taiwan will be held on 5 December and will take place at the National Taiwan University Library.  As with some of the other workshops in this international series, the subject of Data Curation is also emphasized.  It is felt by the organisers that given the current stage of development in Taiwan, research libraries and specially data librarians form a major audience for the issues related to the production, management, curation and use of research datasets.
Speakers include Christine Borgman (University of California, Los Angeles), Louise Corti (UKDA), Chiu-Chuang Chou (Senior Data Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Prof. SHAO Guangzhao (Ocean University), Dr. Wang Yuhuang (Central Research Institute), Prof. Lin Qixiu (Director of the Department of Library and Information Science) and Prof. Liao Peishan (Academician of the Academia Sinica).


ISDE10 Call for Papers

Date: Nov 16, 2016

Submission Deadline: 30th November 2016

ISDE10 Call for Papers: 10th International Symposium on Digital Earth

Sydney, Australia 03-06 April, 2017

The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), founded in Beijing in 2006, is a non-political,
non-governmental and not-for-profit international organization principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the ISDE.Initiated in 1999, nine international symposia on Digital Earth have been held in China, Canada,Czech Republic, Japan, the United States, Australia, and Malaysia in every two years.

The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA).

The proposed bringing together of the 10th International Symposium on Digital Earth in Sydney 2017 with Australia’s premier spatial conference, Locate 17, will provide both local and international guests with an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the latest trends and applications of the Digital Earth as well as forging new connections with subject matter experts from Australia and across the globe.

SUBMIT A PEER REVIEW ABSTRACT: If your submission is for peer review go to research@locate by clicking the below button. The best ASIERA refereed papers will be considered for a special issues journal paper for IJDE.

Referred Paper Abstract

SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT: To submit an abstract please click the button below. The abstracts will be evaluated by the programme committee. Successful and unsuccessful submissions will be notified via email.

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Skills for e-infrastructures and data management in global change research

Date: Nov 15, 2016

The Belmont Forum e-Infrastructures and Data Management Project ( recognizes that, for global change research to flourish, a range of skills are necessary, increasingly so in the broad area of data intensive digital skills.  Through this short survey, the Belmont Forum would like to establish where skills gaps exist or are emerging.  Results will be anonymized.
Global change research encompasses the interdisciplinary investigation of the natural world and how it is changing, from climate change to air quality to ecology and the human interaction with the environment.  Global change research is increasingly data intensive, requiring significant computing resources and efficient techniques for effective analysis.  This survey is aimed at enabling capacity building in the requisite digital skills for those already working in global change research.
The Belmont Forum ( is a group of the world's major and emerging funders of global environmental change research. It aims to accelerate delivery of the environmental research needed to remove critical barriers to sustainability by aligning and mobilizing international resources. It pursues the goals set in the Belmont Challenge by adding value to existing national investments and supporting international partnerships in interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary scientific endeavors. (Read the full Belmont Challenge at 
The survey should take 10 minutes to complete.  The Belmont Forum e-Infrastructures and Data Management Project would appreciate your input by 22 November.

The Internet of Things: Impacting Scientific Data and Information Flows, 9 Dec 2016, Washington D.C.

Date: Nov 10, 2016

This workshop will examine how the Internet of Things affects information professionals, is transforming some fields of research and impacts upon issues relating to policy, ethics and standards.

Date: Friday 9 December 2016, 9:00am - 4.30pm EST
Location: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., NW, Room 100 Washington, DC.
Co-Sponsors: CENDI, National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS), Research Data Alliance/US (RDA/US), and the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information


iCEOD & CODATA Open Research Data Hackathon

Date: Nov 9, 2016

iCEOD, the ICT Centre for Excellence and Open Data of the Jomo Kenyatta University
of Agriculture and Technology, and the locus of CODATA Kenya, is hosting a hackathon on 12 November. The theme will be ‘Developing innovative mobile applications based on open research data in agriculture, energy and public health’ 
The event will take place from 7AM to 7PM EAT at the JKUAT IBM Lab, Technology house, 4th Floor, Eastern Wing. Please see the event poster and information at (iCEOD website). 
Remote participation will be possible. For remote participants, please register at (for the hackathon) and at (for the remote link) via GoToWebinar.

A Light in the Darkness

Date: Nov 9, 2016

SciDataCon participant,
Here is some good news!  

Most of the presentations given at SciDataCon 2016 which took place in September in Denver, Colorado are now available from the conference website alongside the accepted abstract for the paper.  Each session and the abstracts and papers that comprised it are best accessed from the programme page

We are very sorry for the delay in making these available which was occasioned by a change in personnel.

12th International Digital Curation Conference

Date: Nov 7, 2016

"Upstream, Downstream: embedding digital curation workflows for data science, scholarship and society"

Date: 20 - 23 February 2017

Venue: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

*Registration is now open*

The 12th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC17) will be held from 20-23 February 2017 at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd). The conference brings together digital curation professionals and educators with data producers and consumers to consider digital curation in a multi-disciplinary context.

There will be a programme of workshops on Monday 20 February and Thursday 23 February and the main conference will run from Tuesday 21 to Wednesday 22 February 2017.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RSCEd) is the oldest of the UK surgical Royal Colleges, and one of the largest of all the UK medical Royal Colleges. First incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, the College has been at the vanguard of surgical innovation and developments for over 500 years.

The RCSEd has a number of landmark buildings including The Playfair Building, dating back to 1832 and the Surgeons' Hall Museums which houses collections of international importance.

The complex also includes the Quincentenary Conference Centre. The building its adjacent to the RCSEd and this is where the main conference will be held.

The Pre-Conference Drinks Reception will be held on the evening of Monday 20 February in the Playfair Library and the Conference Dinner will be held on the evening of Tuesday 21 February in the Caves. For more further information about these events and making the most of your time in Edinburgh check our Social Events page

The Call for Papers is now available plus details of the submissionprocess and key dates


For details on fees and guidelines on how to book a place, please visit the Registration Page


Limited accommodation is available at the conference venue's onsite hotel Ten Hill Place and a free online accommodation booking service is also available via Marketing Edinburgh, Convention Bureau who have negotiated rates at a range of accommodation options for the conference dates 20-23 February 2017, including both hotels and apartments.

For full details check Accommodation 


Call for Working Group and Review Circle Members: Standard Glossary for Research Data Management (IRIDIUM)

Date: Nov 2, 2016

CODATA invites participants for a Working Group and a broader set of reviewers to advance a new international glossary of research data management terms and definitions. Dubbed the IRIDIUM (International Research Data Management) Glossary, this is an evolving partnership initiative growing out of a pilot project last year. You can review the current glossary at  (it is currently branded as a ‘dictionary’ but will be rebranded, post-pilot, as a ‘glossary’).

This work is a partnership between CODATA, CASRAI, and Research Data Canada It is intended that
other partners and national services will be added in the near future.

Please consider the issues statement, CASRAI Annual Process and the Tasks of the 2017 IRIDIUM WG Described below.

Please complete the form at to be considered for the Working Group or Review Circle.  The deadline to complete the form is 23.59 Eastern on Monday 21 November.

Issue Statement:

Improvement of research data management is a rapidly developing field that is increasingly recognized as a key element in advancing research and innovation in government, academic, and private sectors. A major difficulty in any newly emerging field is the lack of consistent terminology and precise, definitive definitions of these terms. Such a complex endeavour involving people and technologies from different fields, and transcending each of those fields, requires a standardization and harmonization of terms and definitions used. Currently, there is no formal international standard for terminology in the field of research data management, although some standards contain some relevant terms. In the meantime, there is a pressing need for a common, practical vocabulary. The aim of this activity is to advance a stable and sustainably governed international glossary of community accepted terms and definitions, and to keep it relevant by maintaining it as a ‘living reference’ that is updated as necessary.

The CASRAI Annual Process:

CASRAI maintains a standard master glossary of terms and definitions (including but not limited to RDM terms). This master glossary is maintained and developed via an annual cycle of coordinated Subject Experts at the Steering, Working and Review levels.  The work on the ‘Standard Glossary for Research Data Management (IRIDIUM)’ will follow this process.

  1. Annual Open Call (to which the current call is related) issued jointly by all CASRAI Steering Committees to signal upcoming work cycles, seek feedback on scoping and volunteer subject experts for the noted priorities;

  2. Steering Committees process all submissions and form Working Groups (WG) and Review Groups (RG);

  3. From January through to March all WGs deliberate (coordinated and facilitated by the CASRAI Secretariat) on their part of the master glossary (in 3 monthly cycles of online calls with term and definition writing assignments between calls);

  4. In April the WGs open their work to the wider RG community for comments;

  5. In May the WGs finalize their work based on the RG feedback and submit to the applicable Steering Committee for formal approval before publishing in the online glossary;

  6. In June begins a wider promotion and adoption period for the WG outputs - and the planning cycle starts again for the next annual period.

The tasks of the 2017 IRIDIUM WG will be to:
  1. Identify priority terms absent from the pilot glossary;

  2. Revue existing terms, identify definitions which need to be revised and improve those definitions;

  3. Scope above items into a proposed work Package for the 2017 cycle;

  4. Participate in the 4 month deliberations and review to develop the new and revised glossary definitions.

It is hoped, additionally, that WG members will be available in April to participate in an online webinar to present the works to the wider community before the review period starts.


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