[CODATA-international] Best Wishes for the December Solstice and Related Holidays

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Sat Dec 22 09:37:19 EST 2018

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The December solstice was 22:23 UTC on Friday 21 December, so this comes a
‘little’ late.  Nevertheless, I would like to send the warmest best wishes
to everyone involved in CODATA activities and to the wider global research
data community.  *2018 has been a significant year for CODATA and you may
find some of the following interesting:*

*‘A milestone in the history of science’:* the redefinition of the
International System of Units was based on the work of *CODATA and the Task
Group for Fundamental Constants

*International Data Week*, held in Gaborone, Botswana was an enormous
success with 850 participants.  Selected paper will be published in the *CODATA
Data Science Journal*. <https://datascience.codata.org/>

*The vision and strategy for the African Open Science Platform
<https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2222418>* was launched at Science Forum
South Africa, in a *presentation by co-chair Khotso Mokhele
<https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2357337>*.  A founding members’ meeting
will be hosted at the Biblioteca Alexandrina later in 2019.

The *ISC CODATA initiative on Data Interoperability Integration for
Interdisciplinary Research <http://dataintegration.codata.org/>*made
progress, notably through a very successful *Dagstuhl Workshop co-organised
with the DDI Alliance
will result in a series of articles on data integration challenges in
cross-disciplinary research areas.

Other notable activities include the work of the* Data Policy Committee
a major contribution to the European Commission report on *Turning FAIR
into Reality <https://doi.org/10.2777/1524>* and the ongoing series of
Data Schools

Finally, we are grateful for the enormous contribution that Past President
Geoffrey Boulton has made to CODATA.  The CODATA General Assembly at the
University of Botswana 9-10 November elected *a new President, Barend Mons,
and a new Executive Committee*.
 *We look forward to further increasing CODATA’s impact and to promoting
international collaboration for Open Science and FAIR data.*



On behalf of Simon Hodson, Executive Director, CODATA


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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