[CODATA-international] TOMORROW at Virtual SciDatCon 2021: Data Policy and Data Stewardship – 24 October 2021

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Sun Oct 24 12:05:05 EDT 2021

Virtual SciDataCon 2021 Day Six (Mon 19 October), there are two themes: the
strand Exploring Core Interoperability
with an extremely important double session on ‘FAIR Vocabularies’
<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/351/>, while the strand
on  Data for the SDGs
with three sessions, including a discussion of what the Data Together
organisations are doing in relation to the SDGs.

The sessions are listed below to make it easier to register if you have not
done so already.
*Exploring Core Interoperability *

*Scientific Vocabularies: needs, status, validity, governance and
sustainability <https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/351/>,
Monday 25 October, 11:00-12:30 UTC and 13:00-14:30 UTC: REGISTER

To maximize semantic interoperability, shared or harmonized terminology is
essential: internationally-agreed controlled vocabularies allow different
domains to express agreement, and thereby globally integrate data and share
a common understanding of the meaning across the natural, social and health
sciences, which transcends their traditional boundaries within a humanities
context. But harmonisation of the vocabularies is not enough: vocabularies
also need to be sustainable and properly governed to enable the inevitable
evolution over time as new concepts become relevant, definitions are
revised, and older concepts are retired or replaced. It is essential to
know which vocabularies to use for a particular purpose, and whether the
vocabularies we select are fit for purpose, and most importantly, whether
they have been endorsed by an authoritative source (e.g., Science Unions,
Scientific Societies). There will be two sessions. The first will be
focused on the scientific validity of the vocabulary, the context it
addresses, the community and processes required to govern and sustain it
over time, i.e., vocabulary scope, content and governance. The second
session will focus on the technical aspects of building, preserving and
making a vocabulary FAIR and accessible online.
*Data for the Sustainable Development Goals and Disaster Risk Reduction*

*Fishing from an ocean of data to foster the development of a knowledgeable
and ocean friendly society
<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/331/>, Monday 25
October, 11:00-12:30 UTC: REGISTER

An interactive workshop: The goal of the workshop is to explore the role of
researchers and citizens in supporting community led action on
marine sustainability, marine pollution, climate action, and community
resilience through engagement and outreach. Co-designed in collaboration
with European partners and community representatives, the workshop will
explore opportunities and challenges in communication of scientific
information to general public. A series of short introductions from the
panel (including live links and/or recorded video messages from community
groups) will precede group work on creation of dedicated ocean related
actions to promote effective transfer of ocean related knowledge to

*Data Science and Systems Analysis
<https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/319/>, Monday 25
October, 13:00-14:30 UTC: REGISTER

Systems analysis is applicable to a wide variety of problems facing our
planet. Its many applications are spurred by the dramatic amount of data
available and the remarkable new tools for using data to make better
decisions and influence policy. This session will explore the interplay
between data science/data analysis and systems analysis by focusing on
complex socio-technological systems involving interactions of people and
man-made devices with the natural environment, and specifically examining
the challenges posed by destructive impacts from changing climates,
droughts and floods, earthquakes, and other natural events, as well as by
human activities including technological catastrophes, acts of terror, and
cyber-attacks. The world-wide COVID-19 pandemic illustrates the
vulnerability of our human and economic systems, challenging the ability of
our healthcare system to provide needed services, the resilience of our
supply chains to provide needed goods, and the ability of our social
infrastructure to provide for economic well-being– all examples of issues
that systems analysts address. We will explore the use of advanced
approaches of Big Data collection and deep analytical processing to explore
these problems of systems analysis.

*Data Together Activities Evaluating Landscape Mapping concepts for the
SDGs <https://www.scidatacon.org/virtual-2021/sessions/364/>, Monday 25
October, 16:00-17:30 UTC: REGISTER

This session will explore the Data Together (CODATA, GO FAIR, RDA,
WDS) organisations’ respective activities in relation to data for the SDGs.
Given their commitment to open data science and the FAIR Principles, each
organization can contribute to the availability of data, data management
and re-use of data. Collectively they contribute to the broader global call
for SDG data and as a group, they can synergize their impact for future SDG
evaluations. In addition to identifying collective strengths
and opportunities for collaboration, this session will identify challenges
in facilitating the use of data and data science towards assessing and
achieving the SDGs. Important topics for discussion include the role of
data repositories, the necessary data granularity,
data integration and interoperability, statistical concerns including QA/QC
and linkage with national level data. A panel discussion will consider the
following questions: What is the largest challenge that a data science
organization such as yours faces in getting data science from repositories
incorporated into SDG evaluations? What are some of your most significant
successes? What are the top three ways your organization would prioritize
to expand and enhance the data availability of science data to inform SDGs?

*CODATA and WDS are very grateful to SpringerNature for **sponsorship of
Virtual SciDataCon 2021*
<https://www.scidatacon.org/conference/virtual-2021/Sponsors/>*. **This
sponsorship has assisted us in running the conference without a
cost-recovery access charge, for which we are extremely grateful.*

*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
 - 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

September 2021 publications
the CODATA Data Science Journal <https://datascience.codata.org/>

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