[CODATA-international] Some good news for the weekend... Connections!

Simon CODATA simon at codata.org
Fri Feb 24 12:05:38 EST 2017

Following yesterday’s story that New Zealand Government thanks IRDR and CODATA Groups and China GEOSS for their help following 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake <http://www.codata.org/news/154/62/New-Zealand-Government-thanks-IRDR-and-CODATA-Groups-and-China-GEOSS-for-their-help-following-2016-Kaikoura-Earthquake>, I thought I would share some other good news with the CODATA International community.

Reviving Past Forestry Research Works in Nepal… 
Shiva Khanal is a Research Officer with the Department of Forest Research and Survey in Nepal.  He was one of the international scholars sponsored by CODATA and GEO, the Group on Earth Observations <https://www.earthobservations.org/index.php> to attend the CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, hosted at ICTP, near Trieste, Italy <http://indico.ictp.it/event/7658/other-view?view=ictptimetable> in August 2016.  Shiva is an excellent, enthusiastic participant and had previously attended the ISI CODATA International Training Workshop on Big Data held in Bangalore, March 2015 <http://www.codata.org/events/workshops/workshops-2015/training-workshop-on-big-data>   

Shiva was inspired by the evening class at the Summer School, given by Gail Clement (@repositorian) of CalTech, to make digitised back issues of Banko Janakari (A journal of Forestry Information for Nepal) available via the Zenodo repository.  Read more in Shiva’s blog post here <http://codata.org/blog/2016/08/23/reviving-past-forestry-research-works-in-nepal-using-zenodo/>.

Showing the power of twitter, a recent tweet from @repositarian was picked up by colleagues at INASP <http://www.inasp.info/en/>.  Thanks to this connection having been made the digitised back issues of Banko Janakari will now be made available through NepJOL, Nepal Journals Online <http://www.nepjol.info/index.php/index/about> which is part of the JOL project <http://www.inasp.info/en/work/journals-online/>, supported by INASP.

The power of connections and joining things up…  Connections are also important in the next story.

Humans of Data...
This week, the 12th International Digital Curation Conference <http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc17> took place in Edinburgh, Scotland.  To judge by the twitter stream it was a particularly good edition of this excellent event.  The week has seen a flurry of new posts on #humansofdata, which started at International Data Week and looks set to continue in relation to a lot international research data meetings.  Check out the channel at http://codata.org/blog/category/humans-of-data/ <http://codata.org/blog/category/humans-of-data/> to engage with a 'personal, human conversation’ and the concerns and motivations of people that work with data, your colleagues, peers and friends.

Get in touch with @LM_HATII <http://codata.org/blog/2016/09/16/humans-of-data/> if you would like to participate.

More connections at CODATA 2017 and International Data Week 2018...
Finally, two quick reminders in relation to forthcoming international data conferences.

The International CODATA 2017 Conference, “Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science” will take place on 8-13 October 2017, Saint-Petersburg, Russia <http://www.codata.org/news/152/62/Save-the-Date-the-International-CODATA-2017-Conference-Global-Challenges-and-Data-Driven-Science>: save the date!

The deadline for Expressions of Interest to host International Data Week 2018 is only two weeks away, 10 March 2017!  More information at http://www.codata.org/news/153/62/Call-for-Expressions-of-Interest-to-Host-International-Data-Week-2018 <http://www.codata.org/news/153/62/Call-for-Expressions-of-Interest-to-Host-International-Data-Week-2018>

With very best wishes for a great weekend,


1) Save the Date!  International CODATA 2017 Conference, “Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science”: 8-13 October 2017, Saint-Petersburg, Russia. <http://www.codata.org/news/152/62/Save-the-Date-the-International-CODATA-2017-Conference-Global-Challenges-and-Data-Driven-Science>  

2) Call for Expressions of Interest to Host International Data Week 2018 <http://www.codata.org/news/153/62/Call-for-Expressions-of-Interest-to-Host-International-Data-Week-2018> - deadline 10 March.

3) The CODATA Prospectus: Strategy and Achievement, 2015-2016 https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.165830 <https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.165830> summarises some of CODATA's most important activities over the last year of so.
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