[CODATA-international] TOMORROW at Virtual SciDatCon 2021: 21 October

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Wed Oct 20 13:45:47 EDT 2021

Day Four of Virtual SciDataCon 2021 will be the busiest yet, with four
themes over the day: cross-domain case studies as part of the Data for SDGs
first two sessions on Global Open Science
<https://codata.org/global-open-science-virtual-scidatacon-2021-strand/>, three
sessions on Data in the Earth Sciences
the first set of sessions on Data Skills and Stewardship

The sessions are listed below to make it easier to register if you have not
done so already.
*Cross-Domain Case Studies – Data for the SDG*

*Collaborative Systems Modelling for Urban Health
<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/302/>, Thursday 21

Current planetary health conditions culminate and often also originate in
cities. Cities are complex systems which have beneficial but also
detrimental impacts on human health and wellbeing. Collaborative Systems
Modelling (CSM) can help better understand those complex relations and can
provide decision support for urban planners, decision-makers and citizens
on how to plan, manage and make use of urban green spaces. The ISC
Programme for Urban Health and Wellbeing has been exploring a
in relation to CSM. This session will present the rationale, the process
and the outcomes of a Collaborative Systems Modelling Workshop carried out
for a green space in the city of Guangzhou, China. The presentation will be
followed by a panel discussion on the findings of the modelling workshop,
the type and quality of data, the value of a participatory and
collaborative approach and the prospects of the CSM being added to urban
monitoring activities, in order to improve health and wellbeing in cities
and be better prepared for and ideally prevent future health emergencies.

*Sharing Population Data for Infectious Disease Research in Africa
<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/362/>, Thursday 21

This panel will report on activity in African projects around the sharing
of population data coming from HDSS sites and other sources, including the
integration of such data with clinical sources. Several major developments
in this area have occurred, and ongoing projects have continued to evolve.
Built on the foundations of the IMDEPTH and subsequent ALPHA Networks,
INSPIRE has pushed forward in prototyping a data-sharing platform based on
OMOP. The INSPIRE PEACH project is now building analysis tools on top of
this platform in Kenya and Malawi. This initial work was presented at the
International FAIR Convergence Symposium in December 2020, and further
developments in this work are discussed. A major new effort in this space
is also taking shape in the form of the African Population Cohort
Consortium (APCC). This panel will present a high-level view of
these developments, and explore some specific topics of interest within
this frame.
*Global Open Science / Global Open Science Commons*

*Update from the Global Commons
<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/306/>, Thursday
21 October, 11:00-12:30 and 13:00-14:30 UTC: REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION

There is an ever expanding ecosystem of activities and organizations
working on national, regional, disciplinary, topical, and global
infrastructures. There are also a variety of names and possible functions
for these infrastructures: clouds, commons, platforms and just plain
infrastructures. Previous meetings
<https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/gorc-international-model-wg> have
provided high level overviews of national, pan national and domain
infrastructures in various Commons. This meeting will be a deep dive into
our understanding of the mechanics used in these infrastructures. The
overarching goal of this session is to bring clarity around this question:
once an organization or community of practice has published data, what
technical devices are being utilized to ensure that those data are both
discoverable at a meaningful level of detail and consumable in other
Commons? The Data Discovery session will address two tiers of discovery:
high level and domain specific metadata. The Data Access session will
address technical issues, examining use cases and solutions that allow for
interoperability between clouds/commons. The wrap up panel discussion will
explore how the various initiatives can more effectively work together to
create optimal synergies among them.
*Earth Sciences Data*

*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.

*Education, Skills and Developing Data Stewardship*

*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

*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
- Earth
Sciences Data
- Data
Skills and Stewardship

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