[CODATA-international] REMINDER, DEADLINE APPROACHING: Call for CODATA Task Group Proposals, 2016: deadline 11 July

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Wed Jun 29 10:38:18 EDT 2016

CODATA has released a call inviting proposals for Task Groups to be
presented to the CODATA General Assembly on 11 September 2016 in Denver,

The attached document provides detail of the required scope of such Task
Groups as well as an indication of some priority areas.  *Proposals should
be sent to simon at codata.org <simon at codata.org> on the form included in that
document no later than 11 July 2016.*

The call is open to new Task Groups or to existing Task Groups to renew
their activities.

Task Groups are an important means through which CODATA delivers on its
mission and Strategic Plan.  It is imperative that Task Groups should have
clearly defined outputs that contribute to one or more of the strategic
priorities that are laid out in that plan.

The three priority areas in the CODATA Strategy are as follows:

   1. To promote Open Data principles, policies and practices;
   2. To advance the frontiers of data science and its adaptation to
   scientific research;
   3. To build capacity for  improving skills and the functioning
   of science systems (particularly in low and middle income countries - LMICs)

The call suggests some high priority topics under each of these headings
(see the call document for further details):

*Open data principles, policies and practices*

   - developing good practice and recommendations around data
   principles and policies;
   - examining the limits of openness;
   - synthesizing and advancing work on the benefits of data sharing;
   - exploring the theme of data diplomacy to consider what international
   agreements can promote the more open availability of data.

*Frontiers of Data Science*

   - Reproducibility in research
   - Statistical, epistemological and ethical challenges of Big Data
   - Criteria for selection and preservation of research data
   - Development of glossaries, data dictionaries or ontologies
   - Data integration and data strategies for
   international, transdisciplinary research programmes

*Capacity building, data skills and education*

   - analyzing requirements for data education
   - developing and refining the curriculum for ‘research data science’;
   - examining and articulating the processes and standards for
   the creation of reusable online materials and the development of those
   - examining and addressing issues around access to research software,
   the maintenance and development of Open Source research software.

Task Group proposals addressing these or similar issues are particularly
encouraged.  This does not mean that Task Group proposals addressing areas
not described below will be considered out of scope: we invite and
encourage innovative ideas from the CODATA community.


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

E-Mail: asha at codata.org
Tel (Office): +33 1 45 25 04 96

CODATA (Committee on Data of the International Council for Science), 5 rue
Auguste Vacquerie, 75016 Paris, FRANCE
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