[CODATA-international] An Invitation to take part in the CODATA Connect – Data Science Journal Early Career Essay Competition

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Mon Jun 7 04:11:41 EDT 2021

Connect Early Career and Alumni Network in collaboration with the CODATA
Data Science Journal (DSJ) is pleased to invite to its second Essay
Competition for Early-Career Researchers (ECR), defined as a university
undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate students or early career
researchers/ data professionals within five years of completing their
highest qualification. CODATA Connect exists to ensure a structural and
sustained collaboration and support for the activities of the alumni of
CODATA-RDA Summer Schools, of the CODATA China and Trieste Training
Workshops and other early-career researchers and data professionals
involved in the CODATA community and those of partner organisations.

Topic for the Essay: “Challenges and Benefits for governments and industry
involvement in the Open Data Initiative”


   Participants interested in disseminating information on research data in
   the sciences, humanities and the arts using essays as the medium are
   welcome to apply.

   Topics might include but are not limited to human health, climate
   change, resilience, etc.

   Essays that discuss the necessary limits in openness are also in scope
   and are welcome (e.g. personal health information, indigenous sovereignty,

   Essays that discuss the challenges and benefits in making data as open
   as possible and the roles the government and industry can play is welcome.

   Essays might discuss challenges at any point in the data lifecycle and
   in relation to any of a number of global and societal challenges.

   We discourage essays that simply present well known and generic
   arguments in favour of open data.

   Essays are encouraged to use local or specific examples for the benefits
   of open data and to discuss how challenges can be overcome in both specific
   circumstances and more globally.



   The dates for the essay writing are 7th June to 31st August 2021.

   The Essay Writing Competition is open to all CODATA-RDA Summer Schools
   Alumni and any early career researchers/ data professionals.

   The Essay must adhere to Data Science Journal guidelines for Essays They
   should cover topics and controversies of interest to the community and aim
   to stimulate discussion and debate. Essays may be provocative and less
   focused on reporting original research work but should still consist of
   original thoughts and ideas. More information on the criteria for essay
   submission at the DSJ can be found here:

   The essay writing time is 3 months and the length of the essay should be
   2000-3000 words. References do not count as part of the word limit.

   Each essay must contain the full name(s), affiliations and contacts
   details of the authors.

   Essays are only accepted in the English language.


The panel of judges consists of representatives from the CODATA community
and editors of the CODATA Data Science Journal. The judges’ decision is
final and may not be appealed. The review process will be single-blind:
judges will not know the identity of the authors.

Essays should be interesting, original and provocative but also clearly
situated in a body of knowledge. It is important that the authors show an
appropriate knowledge of the chosen research area for discussions. Other
criteria include but are not limited to:


   Contemporary relevance of the topic to the science of data.

   Demonstrated awareness of the state of discussion around the topic.
   Essays do not need to include a comprehensive literature review but must
   illustrate where their argument fits into the broader discussion in the

   Strength and persuasiveness of the argument, underpinned by reference to
   literature, evidence and data.

   Clarity of writing and appeal of writing style.


Essays must adhere to DSJ submission guidelines:


   The winning essay will be published in DSJ for free along with a formal
   certification of their achievement.

   Shortlisted essays will be invited for submission to the CODATA Data
   Science Journal (the usual peer review, article processing charges and
   waiver terms will apply).



   The deadline for submitting the essays is 23:59 UTC on Tuesday 31 August

   Essays submission process will be updates by 1st July 2021.


The selected essay winner will be announced on the CODATA website
https://www.codata.org by Thursday 30 September 2021. The winner will also
be contacted through the CODATA Connect email.

CODATA reserves the right to publish the winners’ name and affiliation, as
well as the winning essay in the CODATA Data Science Journal:

For further enquiries and information, contact: codataconnect at codata.org

If you wish to read the Essays of the Winners of the 1st Essay Competition
2020, they are shared on




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