[CODATA-international] Open Science and Data Policy Developments: Virtual SciDataCon 2021 Strand

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Fri Oct 15 10:54:17 EDT 2021

Virtual SciDataCon 2021 <https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/> is
organised around a number of thematic strands.  This is the third of a
series of announcements presenting these strands to the global data
community. Please note that registration is free, but participants must
register for each session they wish to attend.

The  COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated some of the benefits of Open
Science practices, while highlighting persistent shortcomings in the
current science system. The deepening climate crisis underlines the need
for targeted data gathering and action oriented research. In the policy
sphere, 2021 started with the adoption of the ‘Recommendation of the OECD
Council concerning Access to Research Data from Public Funding
should see the adoption of a Recommendation on Open Science by the UNESCO
General Conference
a major achievement which it is hoped will have a mobilising effect on
Members States world-wide. The UNESCO Recommendation defines shared values
and principles for Open Science, and identifies concrete measures on Open
Science, with proposals to bring citizens closer to science and commitments
to facilitate the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge
around the world.

On Tuesday 19 October, SciDataCon will host a strand of sessions
exploring these and other important Open Science and data policy
developments.  Two sessions relate to the implementation of the
OECD Recommendation. The third will include an update on the UNESCO
Recommendation and other developments.

*Enhancing access to research data in the health sector
<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/338/>, Tuesday 19
October, 11:00-12:30 UTC: REGISTER

Open to everyone, this joint CSTP-CODATA workshop, organised in the context
of SciDataCon 2021 (Virtual Conference), discusses the proposed roadmap for
the implementation of the OECD’s Recommendation concerning Access to
Research Data from Public Funding
specific focus on applications of research data to the domains of
health and climate. The Recommendation aims to establish access and global
sharing of research data as a major policy priority, with the ultimate goal
of making the global science system more efficient and effective.

This first session will focus on how to operationalise the OECD
Recommendation in relation to health data. The accumulation of
health-related data in recent years has provided significant opportunities
for personalised medicine and the prospect of improved prevention,
diagnosis and treatment of diseases. These data come increasingly
from wearable devices, social media and GPS-tracking mobile applications.
This has consequences for data governance, ownership and ethics as data
gathering occurs increasingly outside of the traditional social contract of
healthcare systems with implied consent and privacy protection. The ongoing
pandemic has further emphasised the importance of access to data for the
purpose of rapid advancement of science, which best occurs under conditions
of free flow of ideas and available data. While global sharing and
collaboration of research data has reached unprecedented levels, challenges
remain. Trust in at least some of the data is relatively low, and
outstanding issues include the lack of specific standards, co-ordination
and interoperability, as well as data quality and interpretation. To
strengthen the contribution of open science to the health sector, policy
makers need to ensure adequate data governance models, interoperable
standards, sustainable data sharing agreements involving public sector,
private sector and civil society, incentives for researchers, sustainable
infrastructures, human and institutional capabilities and mechanisms for
access to data across borders.

*Enhancing access to research data for climate research
<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/342/>, Tuesday 19
October, 13:00-14:30 UTC: REGISTER

This second session will focus on how to operationalise the OECD
Recommendation in relation to climate data. The Science of earth and
environment is emerging as the Science of environmental applications, a
data-intensive discipline that integrates physical, biogeochemical,
engineering, and human processes, to find solutions to
climate challenges. Drastically increasing volumes of data, e.g. through
high-resolution satellite images, create opportunities but also challenges
for data governance, storage and ownership of these data. Further, lack of
standards hamper interoperability while for some data spatial and temporal
gaps exist, often exacerbated by discontinuation of remote field stations
which are expensive to maintain. The resulting concerns around reliability
of data need to be addressed by human capacities to interpret and
interpolate existing data as well as through enhanced incentives and
sustainable infrastructures for further sharing of data. For this purpose,
international co-operation remains indispensable. As stipulated in the 2015
Paris Agreement, open access to all climate data is necessary to monitor
global fluctuations of the climate that may start with local changes but
have a global impact.

*The State of Open Science
<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/379/>, Tuesday 19
October, 16:00-17:30 UTC: REGISTER

This session will explore the State of Open Science and Open Data from a
policy perspective. Four speakers will describe key developments and
discuss the State of Open Science from a variety of perspectives and then
engage in an open discussion with participants.  What is the state of Open
Science and what should be done to build on the landmark policy
developments of 2021? The speakers will discuss: the UNESCO Recommendation
on Open Science (context, timescales, implications, how to engage and
support it)! SpringerNature’s community-led approach to developing
standardised data policies; Group on Earth Observation’s Data Working Group
and the further development of GEO data sharing and data management
recommendations; new initiatives for the CODATA International Data Policy
Committee, including expertise, coordination and data diplomacy! The
session will be introduced and chaired by Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive

*Virtual SciDataCon 2021 <https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/> is
organised by CODATA <https://codata.org/> and the World Data System
<https://www.worlddatasystem.org/>, the two data organisations of
the International Science Council <https://council.science/> – PROGRAMME AT
PROGRAMME <https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/programme/> – please
note that registration is free, but participants must register for each
session they wish to attend.*



*SciDataCon Strands: Sessions Exploring Core Interoperability
- Sessions
on Data for SDGs and DRR
- Global
Open Science

<https://codata.org/events/conferences/scidatacon-2021/>** Virtual
SciDataCon 2021, 18-28 Oct: *register free for each session - PROGRAMME AT
 - FULL PROGRAMME <https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/programme/>

*ISC-UNDRR Hazard Information Profiles Launched*

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2025: *deadline 31 January 2022

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