[CODATA-international] Education, Skills and Developing Data Stewardship: Virtual SciDataCon 2021 Strand

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Tue Oct 19 09:11:18 EDT 2021

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

Virtual SciDataCon hosts an excellent set of sessions on education,
training and otherwise developing data stewardship. This includes an
exploration of successes using rubrics and ePortfolios
<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/326/>, a session on the
experience of the CODATA-RDA Data Schools and other initiatives in building
learning communities <https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/305/>,
a session on early career activities
<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/323/>, a report on the
CODATA PASTD TG’s activities in LMICs
<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/354/>, and an
interactive, unconference Do-A-Thon looking at ‘Data on the Brink’

*Research Data Management Skills Development Using Rubrics and ePortfolios
<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/326/>, Thursday 21

This session will discuss the use of ePortfolios to develop the Research
Data Management (RDM) skills ofnew researchers via four talks followed by a
panel discussion. Recognition of the importance of RDM skills has grown
since the 1950s to the point where RDM skills are now required for
all researchers in any discipline. Recently, several emerging factors have
increased the need for new researchers to develop their RDM skills. These
factors include surrounding contexts like Open Science, an increasing
concern for research integrity, and the rapid development
of digital support technologies. To succeed, researchers must now
continuously assess and systematically improve their RDM skills. In this
session, we will focus on a maturity model represented by “rubrics” and
their systematic use in ”ePortfolios,” which have become an effective
learning methodology in higher education.

*Building learning communities
<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/305/>, Thursday 21

Building communities based on individuals who have taken part in the same
training has been identified as a powerful enabler of that training. A
potentially very powerful idea comes into play – namely that these
communities mutually support its members even though individuals may be
isolated in the institutions that they work at; that they carry out
research together or work in associated research activities; or that they
are proactive in their learning through either learning and teaching
together or pulling in outside expert advice when required. Nonetheless,
evidence from a range of communities has highlighted the challenges of
ensuring longevity and effectiveness. These communities have addressed
these challenges in a range of different ways, including
the structure/hierarchy of the community, the leadership on community
activities and the resources dedicated to community building. In this
session we consider some established software development communities that
have evolved from training activities.

*Empowering Early Career Researchers in Data Science and Data Stewardship
During the Global Pandemic
<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/323/>, Thursday 21

Networking and sharing best practices are crucial for young scholars that
aim to excel in their fields and increase the visibility and potential
impact of their work. This is even more important now that Covid-19 raises
new challenges for early career researchers (ECRs). The pandemic has
affected our work in many ways, with the closure of laboratories
and libraries, travel restrictions, being forced to work at home—often in
difficult conditions—in addition to stressful caring responsibilities for
many. ECRs are being forced to adapt by learning new methods and skills,
accessing new types of data, and using new digital tools. The WDS-ECR
Network aims to offer support in this regard: through this
proposed session, we will provide ECRs with opportunities to come together
to network and share ideas for how to successfully carry out data
management, data analysis, and data sharing during these challenging
times. The session will consist of a mixture of invited research and
practice papers, followed by an open panel discussion of challenges and
opportunities that Early career researchers are facing in these challenging

<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/354/>, Friday 22

The PASTD TG has been convening policy and management workshops on
Scientific Data Sharing and integrated applications for interdisciplinary
communities as well as training workshops for young scientists and
early-career researcher throughout the Less Economically Developed
Countries (LEDs) for the past 19 years. For developing countries, the
technical methodology on research data sharing and best practices are of
similar importance as data policies and institutional guidelines. Data
publishing and full-open-free sharing in developing countries are crucial
for innovative development and reaching SDGs. The theme of the session
addressing in scope of  “Open Data, Innovation, Industry and Development”,
 focuses on open data publishing and capacity building in developing
countries, and best practices for improving and support
sustainable development (SDGs). As the expected result of the session is
the review of recent work of CODATA-PASTD and practical guidance
for planned activities in the following years.

*Data on the Brink: An Unconference / Do-A-Thon
<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/346/>, Friday 22 October,

In 1966, NASA’s Lunar Orbiter 1 captured breathtaking high-resolution
imagery of our planet.  Unfortunately, these data were almost lost due to
non-existent curatorial practices.  When they were accidentally discovered
and recovered 42 years later, the general public was finally able to view
these images due to the enthusiastic efforts of a small group of undaunted
experts who virtually willed these data back into usable existence. Small
groups of undaunted experts get things done. Today, there are countless
underutilized datasets, and the level of Data Access and Reusability varies
widely by region, scientific discipline, and medium.

We propose CODATA’s first Unconference / Do-A-thon at SciDataCon 2021.
Unconferences are dynamically configured meetings, planned and run by
attendees on the day of the event.  Do-A-Thons are are specifically
focused workshops that have tangible, impactful goals that exploit the
skills of a variety of experts. Our aim is simple:  After 10-15 minutes of
case-study lightning talks at the beginning of the session, we will form
small groups to improve the access to and awareness of a small but diverse
collection of scientific data.  In realtime.

*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.*




Asha Law | Program Assistant, CODATA | http://www.codata.org

E-Mail: asha at codata.org
Tel (Office): +33 1 45 25 04 96

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