[CODATA-international] Earth Sciences Data: vocabularies, identifiers and cross-domain collaborations: Virtual SciDataCon 2021 Strand

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Tue Oct 19 07:37:24 EDT 2021

Virtual SciDataCon 2021 <https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/> is
organised around a number of thematic strands.  This is the sixth 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.

On Thursday 21 October, SciDataCon is hosting a series of session on data
in the Earth sciences. These cover the state of vocabularies and ontologies
in the Earth sciences (how are they managed and how are they used by
scientists?); an emerging initiative on geochemical data; and finally a
celebration of a decade of IGSN and of making material samples data open.
It will be a fantastically interesting strand of sessions of relevance to
other domains and to those interested in FAIR data more generally as well
as Earth science specialists.

*Earth and Environmental vocabularies and ontologies today: how are they
managed? How are they used by scientists?
<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/320/> Thursday 21

The Environmental and Earth sciences are faced with complex and dynamic
challenges: they cannot be solved in isolation from each other or from
other sciences, such as the social and health sciences. Researchers who
tackle real world challenges must have data that are easy to use and
understandable in a variety of contexts. An important element of
understanding these data is the use of well-organised, community-accepted
terminology for data. This session presents seven experts with a range of
approaches to effectively using heterogeneous environmental and earth
science terms. They will present brief histories of vocabulary
implementation, plus the challenges encountered in real-world use. After
the presentations, a panel discussion will be used to outline
characteristics of vocabularies and ontologies which are required to
support existing and anticipated environmental and earth science research.

*The OneGeochemistry Initiative: Mobilising a Global Network of FAIR
Geochemical Data to Support Research into the Grand Challenge of an
Environmentally Sustainable Future
<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/360/>, Thursday 21

Geochemical data are fundamental for understanding past, present, and
future processes in natural systems, from the interior of the Earth to its
surface environments on land, in the oceans and in the air, to the entire
solar system. Currently, despite the pervasive acquisition and analysis of
geochemical data in the last century, it is hard to harness this wealth
of data as existing practices have resulted in geochemical databases that
are located in either personal, institutional, national, or programmatic
silos. Due to lack of standards that are especially challenging to develop
in long-tail communities, like geochemistry, much of this existing data is
not interoperable and reusable: very little is open and accessible
online. The OneGeochemistry initiative is proposed as a new initiative to
rally geochemists around the world to come together to help develop the
required international standards and define the best practices to enable
the creation of a FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable)
global network of interoperable distributed geochemical databases. This
cannot be done in isolation of standards that are being developed
elsewhere, in particular liaison with the International Union of Pure and
Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is required so that the Geochemistry Community
can leverage relevant standards based on the periodic table that are
already developed within the chemistry community. The objective of this
session is to consolidate ideas for a viable and sustainable FAIR global
geochemistry network to support research grand challenges of today and meet
those of the future.

*Celebrating a decade of making material samples FAIR and Open: where to
next? <https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/349/> Thursday 21

After a decade of successful operation, the IGSN e.V. is working to
modernise and  implement new governance and technical models which will
continue to support the physical specimen communities into the next
decade. As this year marks the 10th anniversary of the formation of the
IGSN e.V., this session provides an opportunity to celebrate the past,
present, and plan the future of physical specimens.  This session will
include presentations from the physical specimen community to present work
that highlights services, tools, projects, and community efforts which
involve making physical specimens FAIR and Open. The session will go beyond
identifiers per se, and encompass themes of discovery, access,
reproducibility, and the support of a global, multidisciplinary
specimen ecosystem.

*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/global-open-science-virtual-scidatacon-2021-strand/> - Open
Science and Data Policy
- Data
Repositories and Stewardship

<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*

*Data-Knowledge-Action for Urban Systems:* New Podcast Series

*DEADLINE EXTENDED! Call for Proposals to Host International Data Week
2025: *deadline 31 January 2022

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