[CODATA-international] ONE WEEK TO GO! Call for nominations or applications to join the CODATA International Data Policy Committee

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Tue Sep 12 04:26:03 EDT 2023

CODATA invites nominations or applications to become a member of the
organisation’s International Data Policy Committee
for a 2-year term (renewable for a second term and for a third and final
term in exceptional circumstances when leading an IDPC sub-group).

The IDPC is particularly interested in candidates that bring expertise and
enthusiasm to contribute actively to the six topics described in the IDPC
Action Plan, 2023-2025

We strongly encourage CODATA members to make nominations of appropriate
candidates.  Nevertheless, this is an open call and potential candidates do
not need to have an existing connection with a CODATA member to be

We will accept applications directly from the candidate or nominations from
a candidate’s institution or endorsing organisation. The applications and
nominations will first be considered by the IDPC Chair, by another senior
member of the IDPC, and by the CODATA Executive Director who will prepare a
recommendation to the CODATA Executive Committee to decide on and approve
new members of the IDPC.

Applications or nominations can be made through this form

*The deadline for applications is 23:59 UTC on Monday, 18 September 2023.*
*About CODATA*

*CODATA’s mission is to connect data and people to advance science and
improve our world.*

As the Committee on Data of the International Science Council (ISC), CODATA
helps realise ISC’s vision of advancing science as a global public good.
CODATA does this by promoting international collaboration to advance
trustworthy, equitable and transparent science and to improve the
availability and usability of data for all areas of research. CODATA
supports the principle that data produced by research and susceptible to be
used for research should be as open as possible and as restricted as

The CODATA Strategic Plan 2023-2027 (draft approved by the Executive
in May 2023) describes four priorities through which CODATA takes forward
this objective.

   1. Making Data Work for Cross-Domain Grand Challenges: a programme of
   activity to help deliver areas of the ISC Action Plan.
   2. Data Policy: promoting principles, policies and practices for FAIR
   Data and  trustworthy, equitable and transparent science.
   3. Data Science and Data Stewardship: advancing the frontiers of the
   science of data, particularly to enable interoperability and reusability
   4. Data Skills: building capacity for trustworthy, equitable and
   transparent science and data stewardship by improving data skills and

*About the CODATA International Data Policy Committee (IDPC)*

The CODATA International Data Policy Committee (IDPC) is the key instrument
by which CODATA pursues its mission of promoting effective and appropriate
policies for Open Science and FAIR data. A subsidiary task is to support
the other strategic objectives of CODATA.
*IDPC Mission*

*The mission of the CODATA IDPC is to serve as a global platform for
collaboration, research, and advocacy in shaping effective data policies
that address the complex challenges of today’s increasingly digital

The IDPC fosters international dialogue, knowledge sharing, and
consensus-building among diverse stakeholders, including policymakers,
researchers, industry leaders, civil society organisations, and the public.
By conducting rigorous analysis, engaging in broad consultation, providing
evidence-based recommendations, and promoting best practices, the IDPC
develops robust and inclusive data policies that foster innovation, protect
privacy, contribute to data security, promote data accessibility, and
advance the responsible and ethical use of data for the benefit of humanity.
*IDPC Activities*

The role of IDPC in relation to the overarching Strategic Plan of CODATA
and details of ongoing and planned IDPC activities are described in the IDPC
Action Plan, 2023- 2025

The CODATA IDPC focuses on the following six topics for action in the years
2023-2025 while recognizing that each of these topics requires an
engagement beyond 2025. Nonetheless, these topics all contribute to the
longer-term vision of CODATA and the IDPC.

   1. Data policy for data quality, reliability, and integrity
   2. Data policy for science in crisis situations
   3. Data policy for education
   4. Data policy for AI
   5. Data policy for Open Science
   6. Data policy for the publication and communication of science

*IDPC Membership characteristics*

The International Data Policy Committee is composed of diverse and
knowledgeable individuals who are dedicated to advancing responsible and
effective data governance through data policy on a global scale. IDPC
members play a vital role in shaping the development of policy studies,
research, projects, publications, guidelines, and standards that promote
data quality, reliability, and integrity, while upholding the values of
open science and ethical principles and practices.

Membership on the committee is open to individuals with expertise in
various domains related to data policy, including, but not limited to:

   - data scientists: those with advanced knowledge, skills, and experience
   in the field of data science with experience in an interdisciplinary
   context that often combines various techniques, methodologies, and tools to
   extract insights, patterns, and knowledge from large and complex datasets;
   - academics and researchers: scholars, researchers, and educators
   specialising in data science, data ethics, law, or other relevant
   disciplines, contributing expertise in data policy research, analysis, and
   best practices;
   - civil society representatives: non-governmental organisations (NGOs),
   advocacy groups, and civil society organisations focused on legal,
   regulatory, and ethics experts: lawyers, legal professionals, experts in
   regulatory compliance and data protection laws, and ethicists providing
   insights on legal and ethical frameworks as well as in the area of
   compliance, data governance, privacy rights, human rights, and social
   impact, bringing perspectives that prioritise the public interest and
   ensure ethical considerations;
   - industry experts: professionals from the technology companies,
   data-driven enterprises, and industry associations experience in data
   management, data privacy, cybersecurity, AI, machine learning, or related
   fields; and
   - government experts: policy makers, regulators, and officials from
   national or international governmental bodies responsible for data
   governance and regulations.

*Role of the IDPC Member*

Membership in the IDPC offers a unique opportunity to shape global data
governance standards, influence policy decisions, foster international
collaboration, promote science, and contribute to the responsible and
ethical use of data and AI for the benefit of society.

The commitment expected of members will be to participate in virtual eb
meetings (conference calls) approximately once a month and to actively
contribute to the committee’s programme of activities.  Committee members
will also be consulted on data policy activities in which CODATA is
currently involved. This may include work with other scientific
organisations, national ministries and research funding agencies. Expectations
of the IDPC members are described in detail in the IDPC Membership Policy

IDPC members are appointed for a 2-year term and are eligible for renewable
for a second term. A third and final term may be engaged only in
exceptional circumstances, if the member in question is leading a


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