[CODATA-international] RECORDING AND PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE! FAIR Vocabularies in Population Research, Webinar 12 June

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Mon Jun 26 08:47:36 EDT 2023

On 12 June 2023, IUSSP and CODATA, sponsored a webinar on the publication
of FAIR Vocabularies in Population Research
https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7818157. This new report explains the
benefits of making data “Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable”
(FAIR) and recommends ways to apply these principles in population research.
Speakers, Presentation and Recording

   - Simon Hodson, CODATA, Introductions and Welcome: why this is important
   for CODATA and data more generally
   - George Alter, University of Michigan, FAIR Vocabularies in Population
   - Abdulla Gozalov, United Nations Statistics Division, Statistical Data
   and Metadata eXchange (SDMX)
   - Steven McEachern, Australian Data Archive, Australian National
   University, FAIR Vocabularies in Data Collection and Management
   - Edith Gray, IUSSP Council Member, Why this is important for IUSSP and
   next steps, what IUSSP will do with the recommendations
   - Discussion, chaired by Arofan Gregory, CODATA and DDI Alliance

The presentation slides are available here

Recording of the session is here: https://vimeo.com/836453804

The Working Group

The joint IUSSP-CODATA Working Group on FAIR Vocabularies
together 25 scientists in the fields of demography and data science, who
met twice a month for two years to study how population research can apply
the rapidly developing standards and technologies associated with the FAIR
principles. Co-chaired by George Alter (University of Michigan), Arofan
Gregory (DDI Alliance/CODATA) and Steven McEachern (Australian National
University), the working group benefited from the strong support of IUSSP
leadership and the participation of Simon Hodson, Executive Director of
The Report

Demography is an empirically focused field with a long tradition of widely
shared, easily accessible, data collections. Although demographers benefit
from many excellent sources of data, combining data from multiple
collections is often a time-consuming manual task. The FAIR principles
et al., 2016 <https://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2016.18>) aim to make data
“Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable” by both humans and
machines. FAIR vocabularies, which allow machines to associate data with
concepts, will save hours of tedious work by automating processes of data
discovery and harmonization. FAIR Vocabularies in Population Research
<https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7818157> introduces readers to
international standards for documenting data (metadata) that underlie
international infrastructures for producing and disseminating demographic
data, and it recommends enhancing these services through application of the
FAIR principles. The key recommendation for IUSSP is publication of a FAIR
Vocabulary of Demography, an authoritative online vocabulary for population
research. There are also recommendations for SDMX and for the DDI Alliance
to improve the functioning of the most important metadata standards and
their alignment with the FAIR principles.  The report recommends that
CODATA invites similar activities in other research areas and contribute to
the development of recommendations on governance and sustainability of FAIR
The Webinar

Speakers presented the report and discussed the next steps for implementing
its recommendations. Online vocabularies already exist in many disciplines,
and many of them define demographic terms in ways incompatible with
demography. Population research will be at a disadvantage without an
authoritative FAIR vocabulary of its own. Fortunately, a new FAIR
Vocabulary of Demography can build upon IUSSP’s long history of support for
dictionaries of demography in multiple languages. The webinar also
highlighted recommendations for international organizations that collect
and publish statistics, like the UN and OECD, and for applying FAIR
principles at all stages of data collection in surveys and other data
collection projects.
Next Steps

The IUSSP will create a Standing Committee to oversee and maintain a FAIR
vocabulary for population research, providing authoritative definitions of
demographic terms in a form consistent with emerging standards.

In a second stage, the IUSSP will seek partners with the technical
capabilities required to create a FAIR online platform for the Vocabulary.


*FAIR Implementation Profiles, the Cross-Domain Interoperability Framework
and the WorldFAIR Methodology: *REGISTER for webinar 28 June

*CODATA General Assembly 27-28 October 2023
 and Task Group Proposals, deadline 27 June!

*Twelve Months of WorldFAIR: *links to deliverables and upcoming webinars

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