[CODATA-international] CODATA Update and Important Dates 2019

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Sun Feb 10 23:55:08 EST 2019

This document provides a quick and accessible list of CODATA activities,
deliverables and impact from the past year. It then highlights some
important upcoming activities and events for 2019:

The CODATA Prospectus: Strategy and Achievement, 2015-2018 summarises the
most important activities, deliverables and impacts over that period:
Strategic Priority Area 1: Data Policy

The CODATA International Data Policy Committee
been reformed and invigorated.  Under the leadership of Paul Uhlir, the
Committee now boasts participation from a team of global experts.  In 2018,
the Committee explored a number of key policy areas, establishing
sub-groups for the following topics:

   - Upstream-Downstream: Non-Profit Research Data and Commercial
   - Data Diplomacy
   - Model Data Policy Training Module
   - Landscape Survey and Good Practice in Data Policies

Reports, White Papers or scholarly articles, as appropriate will be the
major outputs from these groups.  In 2019, the Committee will also deliver
the following:

   - The creation of the University of Arizona – CODATA Center of
   Excellence in Data for Society (formal announcement to follow)
   - International Workshop on Implementing Open Research Data Policy and
   Practice, Beijing, China, 16-17 September 2019
   - 20-Year Review of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

Other important data policy related contributions of 2018 were:

   - Turning FAIR into Reality https://doi.org/10.2777/1524, European
   Commission Expert Group Report, chaired by Simon Hodson, Executive
   Director, CODATA.
   - SA-EU Open Science Dialogue Report
   https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2559469, Report of the SA-EU Dialogue,
   Simon Hodson, Executive Director, CODATA, was a member of the Expert Task

Strategic Priority Area 2: Frontiers of Data Science

2018 saw *a significant milestone in the history of science
the General Conference of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures
approved the redefinition of four base units of the International System of
Units (SI) on values determined by the work of the CODATA Task Group on
Fundamental Physical Constants.

The CODATA Data Science Journal <https://datascience.codata.org/> continued
its renaissance with rapidly growing citations and impact.  Two
notable new Special
Collections <https://datascience.codata.org/collections/special/>
include Research
Data Alliance Results
papers from the Göttingen-CODATA RDM Symposium 2018
which took place in March 2018.

International Data Week 2018 <http://internationaldataweek.org/>, which
took place in Gaborone, Botswana, 5-8 November, organized in partnership
with the Research Data Alliance, the ISC World Data System and the African
Open Science Platform was a major success with 850 participants from around
the globe.  IDW combines SciDataCon
<https://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/programme/>with the RDA Plenary.
Papers from the conference will appear in the CODATA Data Science Journal.

The major data science activity in 2018 has been the piloting of the Data
Integration Initiative <http://dataintegration.codata.org/>, which
addresses the fundamental challenge of data interoperability for major,
global, interdisciplinary research questions.  In 2018, the initiative
advanced with three pilot case studies, examining these issues in the
context of infectious diseases, resilient cities and disaster risk
reduction.  Major outputs include:

   - *Data Integration Initiative: Planning Document *
   - *CODATA Workshop on Advancing Interdisciplinary Global Challenges
   Research Through Data Integration
   <http://dataintegration.codata.org/beijing-july-2018/>*, CNIC, Beijing,
   30-31 July 2018
   - *CODATA-DDI Workshop: Interoperability of Metadata Standards in
   Cross-Domain Science, Health, and Social Science Applications
   Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz Center for Informatics, October 1-5, 2018

The event held at the Schloss Dagstuhl in partnership with the Data
Documentation Initiative was particularly important in advancing the
initiative’s approach and it will result in a series of articles about the
pilot case studies and the data challenges involved.  CODATA is preparing
for consideration by the International Science Council, a proposal for a
major flagship programme to address the challenge for data interoperability
and integration for interdisciplinary research.
Strategic Priority Area 3: Capacity Building and Data Skills Training

The *African Open Science Platform* project addresses a number of areas
essential to building capacity in the use of data and Open Science.
Information on the project’s activities can be found at
http://africanopenscience.org.za/.  Two stakeholder and strategy workshops
(March and September 2018) led to the launch of *the Vision and Strategy
for the African Open Science Platform*
https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2222418 for the African Open Science
Platform at Science Forum South Africa, in a presentation by co-chair
Khotso Mokhele.  A founding members’ meeting will be hosted at the
Biblioteca Alexandrina later in 2019.

The *CODATA-RDA Schools of Research Data Science
continued expanding: in 2018 schools were held in Brisbane, Australia
(June; short version); Trieste, Italy (August; foundational school and
advanced workshops); Kigali, Rwanda (October; foundational school) and São
Paulo, Brazil (December; foundational school).  For 2019, Data Schools are
planned for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (July), Trieste (August), Kigali
(October), San José, Costa Rica (December) and Abuja, Nigeria (TBC).
Negotiations are underway with hosts for 2020 and, resources permitting,
that year could see as many as twelve schools.

A video about the Data Schools initiative can be watched at
https://vimeo.com/299263596; be sure to follow the CODATA website, lists
and social media for announcements of application deadlines.

Building on this work, CODATA is a partner in the European Commission
funded *FAIRsFAIR project
playing a major role in the development of virtual competence centres for
data skills.   CODATA is also leading the *GO FAIR Training Frameworks
Implementation Network
<https://www.go-fair.org/implementation-networks/overview/>* which will
leverage these activities to 1) refine a curriculum framework for data
science and data stewardship; 2) develop a train-the-trainer programme; and
3) design a mechanism for endorsement and certification of training
31st CODATA General Assembly (2018)

The 31st CODATA General Assembly was held at the University of Botswana,
Gaborone, Botswana on 9-10 November 2018.  The report and other materials
from the General Assembly may be consulted here

The General Assembly *elected Barend Mons as President and a new Executive
.  *Eight Task Groups were approved
Also significant was that the General Assembly approved revisions to the
CODATA Constitution designed to encourage organizations of various sorts to
become CODATA members and to allow CODATA to function in a more effective,
modern way.
Major Events for 2019

In addition to the activities noted above, CODATA will convene two major
conferences in 2019.

*CODATA-Drexel Workshop on FAIR and Responsible Research Data Management,
31 March-1 April *will take place as a collocated event to the 13th RDA
Plenary Meeting in Philadelphia, USA.  Like its predecessor in Göttingen,
the workshop will feature invited talks and selected presentation on
matters relating to FAIR and Responsible RDM.  It will result in a Special
Collection of the Data Science Journal.  *The deadline for papers is 18
February: http://www.codata.org/events/conferences/drexel-metadata-research-centre-and-codata-workshop

*CODATA 2019: Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies,
practices and platforms, 18-19 September 2019 in Beijing,
China: https://conference.codata.org/CODATA_2019/

The *Call for Sessions
<https://conference.codata.org/conference/CODATA_2019/call_for_sessions/>* has
been released with a deadline of 15 April 2019.

The conference will follow a high-level workshop, 16-17 September 2019, on
‘Implementing Open Research Data Policy and Practice’ that will examine
such challenges in China and elsewhere in the light of the emergence of
data policies and in particular the China State Council’s Notice on
‘Measures for Managing Scientific Data’.


The newly-elected CODATA Executive Committee after the General Assembly in
Gaborone: http://www.codata.org/about-codata/executive-committee


*Drexel-CODATA FAIR-RRDM Workshop 2019
31 March-1 April 2019:* Call for Papers, Deadline 18 February
<https://conference.codata.org/Drexel_CODATA_2019/> - Registration

*Call for Sessions, CODATA 2019 Conference 'Towards next-generation
data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms'
<https://conference.codata.org/CODATA_2019/>, Beijing, China, 18-19
September:* deadline 15 April

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