[CODATA-international] Programme published: Towards a FAIRer World symposium at UNESCO, Paris, and virtual – 29 March 2023

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Thu Mar 16 07:40:23 EDT 2023

*Towards a FAIRer World**Implementing the UNESCO **Recommendation on Open
* to address global challenges*
*A Symposium co-organized by UNESCO, International Science Council (ISC)
Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS)**UNESCO, Paris and
Virtual; Wednesday, 29 March 2023*

We are pleased to announce that *the full programme for symposium ‘Towards
a FAIRer World: Implementing the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science to
address global challenges’ has been published. *See
https://bit.ly/TowardsAFAIRerWorld for details.

Please note the registration links and due dates, if you wish to attend
this event co-organised by UNESCO, International Science Council, CODATA,
and World Data System on 29 March 2023 in Paris or virtually.

   - Register by 19 March to attend the event onsite (at UNESCO, Paris):
   - Register to attend the event virtually:

*Introduction to the Symposium*

The UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science
<https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000379949.locale=en> (2021)
provides an international framework for the global transformation of
societies towards Open Science. It sets out the fundamental principles of
human rights and ethics that define the leading role UNESCO has in ensuring
science benefits all by promoting just and equitable access to knowledge
and other products of the scientific endeavour. This symposium examines
next steps in developing cooperative scientific, digital, and ethics
frameworks for implementing the principles and values expressed in the
UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science while responding to the seven areas
of action it sets out.

The need for Open Science to address global challenges, specifically in
times of crisis and to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the
Sustainable Development Goals, has been further highlighted by the UNESCO
Executive Board at its 215th session in October 2022 and at the third Open
Science Conference held at the United Nations Headquarters in February 2023.

The challenge remains as how to best harness the potential of Open Science
for the benefit of humanity and how to ensure that the principles and
values of Open Science, as defined in the UNESCO Recommendation on Open
Science, are respected.

The International Science Council, supported by its two data organisations
CODATA (the Committee on Data) and WDS (the World Data System), are among
the key partners and stakeholders in the implementation of the UNESCO
Recommendation on Open Science. They have played a leading role in
developing international and multi-stakeholder cooperation by promoting
Open Science incentivisation, capacity-building, education, and digital
literacy as well as contributing to Open Science infrastructure and

UNESCO, ISC, CODATA and WDS have joined efforts to organise this one-day,
hybrid symposium to explore the existing and most recent cooperative
scientific, digital, and ethics frameworks for advancing the implementation
of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science across its Areas of Action,
with the focus on:

   - Data Commons for Global Challenges, and
   - Open Science and data policy in times of crisis.

*Thematic Session 1: Data Commons for Global Challenges*

The major global human, societal, and scientific challenges of our age are
fundamentally interdisciplinary and related to all sectors of society.
These challenges can only be addressed through the close collaboration of
science, civil society, and government using cross-domain and
multi-stakeholder research that seeks to understand complex systems,
including through machine-assisted analysis at scale.

The FAIR Principles <https://www.go-fair.org/fair-principles/> are key to
the success of such research. They enable the efficient and reliable
processing of data, contributing directly to a globally shared approach to
Open Science by the scientific community and those engaged in the digital
transformation of their disciplines and sectors in society.

This session will explore case studies in which data infrastructures
(commons, platforms and clouds) are developed to implement Open Science and
the FAIR principles for cross-domain research areas, such as ocean science,
biodiversity and disaster risk reduction. Also presented will be the vision
of the WorldFAIR Project
<https://codata.org/initiatives/decadal-programme2/worldfair/> (funded by
the European Commission, coordinated by CODATA), to move from a
‘bibliographic’ approach to data management to a network of FAIR data
exchange that better facilitates machine-assisted data combination and

The emerging network of Open Science ‘commons’ and data exchanges are
supported and advanced by the FAIR Principles
<https://www.go-fair.org/fair-principles/>, which are referenced in the
UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science and foundational to the work of ISC,
CODATA and WDS. This session explores how ‘commons’ (Open Science and FAIR
data platforms) facilitate the implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation
on Open Science by responding to its seven areas of action.
*Thematic Session 2: Open Science and Data Policy in Times of Crisis*

Science as a global public good should belong to humanity in common and
benefit humanity as a whole. To this end, scientific knowledge should be
openly available and its benefits universally shared. This is even more
relevant in times of crisis caused by health, natural and/or geopolitical
disruptions.  Well-developed and documented data policy for crisis
situations is of vital importance to support the critical role of science
in local, national, regional, and global preparedness and response to
significantly disruptive or disaster situations.

This session will examine the underlying ethical, human rights, and
humanitarian frameworks needed to support data policy during crisis
situations in an open science context, respecting the FAIR (data
stewardship) and CARE <https://www.gida-global.org/care> (ethical) data
governance principles.

Taking into consideration and learning from the ongoing work by the World
Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Office for Disaster Risk
Reduction (UNDRR), ISC, CODATA, WDS, and others, the UNESCO Recommendation
on Open Science could be used as a framework for development of principles
addressing data policy in times of crisis within Open Science commons.

The session will also explore data commons pathways that support the
development of tools for the responsible practice and use of data when
generating scientific evidence in crisis situations.




*WorldFAIR Project's Cross-Domain Interoperability Framework: *workshop
Gothenburg and online, 20 March

*DDI-CDI: Optimising Your Data Description for Integration and Reuse:* workshop
Gothenburg and online, 24 March

*Towards a FAIRer World: Implementing the UNESCO Recommendation
on Open Science to address global challenges:* UNESCO, ISC, CODATA and WDS
Symposium, 29 March

*Call for Sessions, Presentations and Posters: SciDataCon 2023, part of IDW
2023:* deadline 15 May 2023

*New WorldFAIR Project Deliverables!* Mapping Report: Cultural Heritage
image sharing platforms <https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7659002> and Ocean
Data Priority Areas Roadmap <https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7682399>

Jan 2023 publications
<https://codata.org/january-2023-publications-in-the-data-science-journal/> in
the CODATA Data Science Journal <https://datascience.codata.org/>

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

E-Mail: asha at codata.org
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