Save the date – 15 November 2017: Engaging Researchers in Good Data Management

Date: Aug 22, 2017

A one-day conference sharing fresh ideas and good practices for creating and promoting effective RDM practices
St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, UK
Is it possible to achieve better management and universal sharing of the world’s data through mandates alone? Policy change and other top-down approaches are important, but many advocates are also driving change through engaging with researchers directly. This one-day conference featuring workshops, talks and demonstrations will
address how advocates are finding increasing success in managing and providing greater access to research data.
The University of Cambridge together with SPARC Europe and Jisc invite you to join us to:
  • Hear success stories from programmes including Cambridge’s Data Champions, TU Delft’s Data Stewardship, and the University of Lancaster’s Data Conversations
  • Discuss with researchers and librarians how many are encouraging others to make data more open.
  • Explore common data management-related challenges faced across the globe
  • Find new opportunities to build a stronger community that includes researchers at all levels, across all disciplines to help manage and share research data more effectively.
We intend to bring together those working to support and engage researchers with open research and Research Data Management (RDM), including librarians, scholarly communication specialists and researchers from both the sciences and humanities.
If you are responsible for a researcher engagement programme, are actively involved and passionate about RDM, or if you are looking to improve RDM practices by working together with researchers, you will want to attend.
Registration will open soon with an early bird discount!

Paper submission

As well as featuring talks, focus groups and a panel discussion, the event will feature a series of community input talks in the form of lightning talks. We are seeking researchers who have exciting and innovative stories to share about good RDM practices, collaborations and methods of engaging colleagues, or even stories about barriers that had to be overcome and methods for doing this.
If you know researchers who might be interested in speaking about their experience with Research Data Management and sharing, please encourage them to submit an abstract of their talk here:

Deadline for submissions

Sunday 17 September 2017 

Professor Vladimir Mau to give Keynote at CODATA 2017

Date: Aug 11, 2017

The organisers and programme committee are very pleased to announce that Professor Vladimir Mau, Rector of RANEPA will give a keynote presentation at the CODATA 2017 International Conference ‘Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science’, 8-13 October, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

Vladimir Mau

Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).

Professor Mau is an expert in the field of economic theory, the history of economic thought, and national economy. He is the author of about 30 books and textbooks published in Russia and the UK as well as more than 700 other published works in several languages. Professor Mau’s research focuses on economic history and the history of economic thought in Russia and the USSR; the theory and history of economic policy, political economy of economic transformation, the evolution of the economic system of the USSR; and the experience of economic reforms, constitutional economics. Vladimir Mau is the editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Economic Policy; he is chairman of the Editorial Board for the journal Logos; as well as member of the editorial board for various academic publications.

Professor Mau is also a member of the presidium of Russian Presidential Economic Council, member of the Presidential Commission for Civil Service and Management Personnel Pool, chairman of the Expert Council under the Government Commission on Economic Development and Integration, member of the Government Commission on Training Managerial Personnel for the National Economy, member of the Government Commission on Administrative Reform, member of the Government Commission for the Coordination of the Open Government. He is also a member of the Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences on Russian and World Economic history.

CODATA 2017 Keynotes


Register to Attend CODATA 2017

Register to attend the conference at

Save the Date - North American DDI Conference: April 5-6, 2018

Date: Aug 3, 2017

The 2018 North American Data Documentation Initiative Conference (NADDI) will be held at the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. on April 5-6, 2018.

The Call for Papers will be published shortly and further details will be added to the Conference web site over the coming months.

The theme for NADDI 2018, ‘Benefits of Describing National Statistics with Common Standards’, 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.

Save the dates: IDCC18, Barcelona, 19-22 February 2018

Date: Aug 2, 2017

13th International Digital Curation Conference

19 - 22 February 2018
Hesperia Tower, Barcelona


Welcome to the 13th edition of the International Digital Curation Conference.

The conference brings together digital curation professionals and educators with data producers and consumers to consider digital curation in a multi-disciplinary context.

Further details will be added to the Conference website over the coming months.

Costs and Registration

More information on costs and the registration process will be announced in the coming months. 

Deadline Approaching, Paper Submissions for the 2nd Conference Digital Belt and Road, Hong Kong, 6-8 December 2017

Date: Jul 31, 2017

Following a large number of requests, the deadline for papers for the 2nd Conference of the Digital Belt and Road (DBAR 2017) and the 3rd International Conference on Remote Sensing Applications in Tropical and Subtropical Areas (RSATSA 2017) has been extended to 15 August.

The conference will be held in Hong Kong, China, on 6-8 December 2017.  Further information is available at

Abstract submissions may be made here:

The Belt and Road region covers a vast area and involves over sixty countries and a large population, facing numerous problems related to sustainable development. The combined pressure of climate variability, intensified use of land and marine resources, and the fragility of many ecosystems in the Belt and Road countries make it very challenging to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Therefore, the Digital Belt and Road Programme (DBAR) was initiated in 2016 by the scientists from Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, aiming to promote cooperation with countries along the Belt and Road to demonstrate and foster the smart uses and applications of “Big Earth Data”, in support of the sustainable development of people and economies at local, national and regional levels. Assessment and monitoring of terrestrial and marine ecosystems require observations that must be precise, accurate, and timely, and measure both objects and processes across a range of spatial and temporal scales. Earth observation technologies have the advantage of macro-level, rapid, accurate monitoring of global and regional environmental changes. They play a significant role in studying resources and the environment and are of great significance for the construction of the Belt and Road.

The DBAR vision is the promotion of international cooperation that integrates Earth observation science, data, technology, and applications to address environmental change and attain SDGs in the Belt and Road region. The uniqueness of DBAR is its goal of building upon the diverse Earth observation capacities in the Belt and Road countries in Asia, Europe, and Africa through comprehensive and well-funded action.

The main topics of the conference are listed at 

They include: 

1: Digital Earth and Spatial Data Infrastructure
2: Remote Sensing for Agriculture Monitoring and Food Security
3: Environmental Monitoring and Analysis for Sustainable Development and Management of Coast and Sea
4: Remote Sensing for Global Environment Change
5: Natural and Cultural Heritage Conservation and Sustainable Development
6: Big Earth Data for Disaster Risk Reduction
7: Remote Sensing for Water Resources
8: Urban Environment and Sustainable Urban Development
9: Observations and Adaption to Changes in High Mountain and Arctic Cold Regions

The eminent keynote speakers are listed here: 

Two more keynote speakers have been announced for CODATA 2017: Catriona MacCallum and Nikita Shamgunov

Date: Jul 26, 2017

The organisers and programme committee are very pleased to announce that Catriona MacCallum, newly appointed Director of Open Science, Hindawi and Nikita Shamgunov, co-founder of MemSQL will give keynote presentations at the CODATA 2017 International Conference ‘Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science’, 8-13 October, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.


Catriona MacCallum

Catriona has more than 19 years experience in scholarly publishing and 14 years in OpenAccess publishing. She worked initially for Elsevier as Editor and Managing Editor of Trends in Ecology & Evolution. In 2003 she joined PLOS as they launched their first journal. As well as being a Senior Editor on PLOS Biology, she was involved in the planning stages of PLOS ONE and the PLOS Community Journals and also acted as a Consulting Editor on PLOS ONE. Her most recent position before joining Hindawi in July 2017 was as Director of Advocacy. She took a sabbatical in 2007-2008 as an invited Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Berlin and has a Ph.D. from Edinburgh University on the evolutionary ecology and genetics of speciation. She is currently Chair of the OASPA Policy Committee and a member of the Advisory Boards of OpenAire and the Royal Society (Publishing), the UUK Open Access Efficiencies Working Group and RCUK’s Open Access Practitioner Group. 


Nikita Shamgunov

Nikita Shamgunov co-founded MemSQL and has served as CTOsince inception. Prior to co-founding the company, Nikita worked on core infrastructure systems at Facebook. He served as a senior database engineer at Microsoft SQL Server for more than half a decade. Nikita holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in computer science, has been awarded several patents and was a world medalist in ACM programming contests.

CODATA 2017 Keynotes


Deadline for Session Proposals and Abstracts for Presentations, 28 July

The deadline to propose conference sessions and papers is now only days away, 28 July: see

Announcement of 2018 Digital Earth Summit in Morocco

Date: Jul 24, 2017

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 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.

Ismail Serageldin, Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, will give a keynote presentation at CODATA 2017

Date: Jul 21, 2017

The organisers and programme committee are very pleased to announce that Ismail Serageldin, Founding Director of the Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, will give a keynote presentation at the CODATA 2017 International Conference ‘Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science’, 8-13 October, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
ISMAIL SERAGELDIN, Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), the new Library of Alexandria, inaugurated in 2002, is currently, Emeritus Librarian, and member of the Board of Trustees of the Library of Alexandria. He is advisor to the Egyptian Prime Minister in matters concerning culture, science, and museums. He serves as Chair and Member of a number of advisory committees for academic, research, scientific and international institutions, including as co-Chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC), and serves on the Advisory Committee of the World Social Science Report for 2013 and 2016, as well as the UNESCO-supported World Water Scenarios (2013) and the executive council of the Encyclopedia of Life (2010) and Chairs the Executive Council of the World Digital Library (2010).  He has held many international positions including as Vice President of the World Bank (1993–2000). He also co-chaired the African Union’s high level panel for Biotechnology (2006) and again for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in 2012-2013, and was a member of the ICANN Panel for the review of the internet future (2013). 
Deadline for Session Proposals and Abstracts for Presentations, 28 July

The deadline for to propose conference sessions and papers is now only one week away 28 July: see

Research Fellowship on OpenCitations [Deadline: 7 August 2017]

Date: Jul 20, 2017

The OpenCitations Corpus (OCC, is a new repository of open citation data harvested from the scholarly literature. As the Co-Directors of the OpenCitations Corpus, we are writing to let you know that we have a Research Fellowship available in the Digital and Semantic Publishing Laboratory (DASPLab) of the University of Bologna, Italy, to work with Dr Silvio Peroni on the OpenCitations Corpus.

We seek a skilled computer scientist / research engineer who is an expert in Web Interface Design and Information Visualization, who will be able to develop novel data visualizations and query services over the stored data to facilitate interaction with and human comprehension of the citation information, as well as assisting Dr Peroni with expansion of the volume of data held, and other technical aspects of running the OpenCitations Corpus. Expertise in Semantic Web technologies, Linked Data, and Web technologies would be highly desirable, plus a strong and demonstrable commitment to open science and team-working abilities. The position is for one year duration, starting 1st November 2017, and is funded by the Sloan Foundation. It has a net salary (exempt from income tax, after deduction of social security contributions) in excess of 23K euros per year.

Applications are open and will close on 7 August 2017, 23:59 CET. The call for application and the other related documents (activity plan, call form, and affidavit form) can be downloaded from the following URL:

Governance of domain specific data and metadata standards to support FAIR Data

Date: Jul 20, 2017

By: Xiaogang (Marshall) Ma

On May 26, 2016, I attended the Workshop on Research Data Management [] at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association, New Orleans, LA, USA and gave a talk on Open Science, FAIR DATA and Data Standards.

The workshop was organized by the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)’s Diffraction Data Deposition Working Group (DDDWG), and was co-chaired by John R. Helliwell and Brian McMahon, who are the DDDWG chair and the IUCr CODATA representative, respectively. The workshop had two plenary sessions: (1) What every experimentalist needs to know about recording essential metadata of primary (raw) diffraction data and (2) Research Data Management policy mandates and requirements on Principal Investigators (PIs). It also covered a technical session on high-data-rate/high-performance-computing issues of research data management for MX. The first plenary session was closely related to the efforts within DDDWG, and the second session covered broad topics on the open science trends, open data mandates, best practices and successful stories. The technical session covered demonstration of state-of-the-art progress from industry.

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