[CODATA-international] Call for sessions, posters and lightning talks: International FAIR Convergence Symposium 2020

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Thu Apr 30 11:08:17 EDT 2020

*DEADLINE for session proposals is 20 July 2020.   *

*The Symposium will be an innovative mixed virtual and in person event. As
travel restrictions are likely to still be in place, the symposium offers
virtual participation options for those of the international data community
who will not be able to participate in person.*

The International FAIR Convergence Symposium is organised by CODATA and GO
FAIR on 22-23 October 2020 in Paris and virtually. This event will provide
a unique forum for advancing international and cross-domain convergence
around FAIR. The two internationally recognized organisations will convene
a global community with an interest in combining data across domains for a
host of research issues – including major global challenges, such as those
relating to the SDGs or the COVID-19 pandemic. Outcomes will directly
inform the CODATA Decadal Programme ‘Making data work for cross-domain
grand challenges’
<https://www.codata.org/strategic-initiatives/decadal-programme> and the GO
FAIR community’s convergence
<https://www.go-fair.org/go-fair-initiative> towards
bottom-up development of the Internet of FAIR data and services globally.

The outcomes will address fundamental issues, such as an improved alignment
with parallel and emerging data initiatives around the world and lessons
learned during the current crisis (virus outbreak) in relation to
international research data sharing and the role of FAIR.

The approach in many sessions will be detailed and technical, resulting in
recommendations, consensus for action and draft implementations.

Participation is open to ALL researchers, data experts, funders, and
science policy makers.

We invite proposals for sessions:
<https://conference.codata.org/FAIRconvergence2020>The deadline for
proposals is 20 July 2020.

All topics related to issues, challenges, convergence and
consensus-building around FAIR are in scope. Four primary themes are
highlighted below. Examples of particular interest are listed under each of
the themes, but proposals on other topics relating to the four themes are
1. CRISIS REDUCTION AND RESPONSE (learning from COVID-19 outbreak)

   - Virus Outbreak Data Network
   - COVID-19 initiatives on data exchange
   - Balancing public good and individual freedom in disaster data
   - Disaster Risk Reduction
   - Infectious Disease (including (meta)data collection, description,
   analysis, modelling, etc.)
   - Applying lessons from COVID-19 to other hazards

2. FAIR specifications

   - Semantic interoperability
   - FAIR vocabularies, FAIR metadata
   - Certification of FAIR services (repositories, process)
   - Legal challenges to tackle
   - Systems analysis
   - Core tools for cross-domain interoperability
   - FAIR data objects applications

3. FAIR society

   - FAIR for SDGs (including contributing to SDG data, scientific analysis
   of SDGs)
   - Traditional knowledge, indigenous data and CARE
   - Use cases of FAIR in business and industry
   - Ethical dimensions of data, FAIR and open
   - Smart, resilient and healthy cities
   - Citizen science and the SDGs
   - Policy monitoring: transportation, health, planning, and measuring
   economic impacts

4. Data stewardship: training and career opportunities

   - Role of data stewardship centres in research institutions
   - Data stewardship competences, skills and training
   - Data stewardship career profiles and development
   - Distributed learning on Federated Data train

Session types

The sessions will be 90 minutes. For each session there will be the
opportunity for virtual, in person and mixed formats. Sessions will have
facilitated remote presentations and participation, with technical support
and can be broadcast and/or recorded (according to the wishes of
participants and organisers).

The following parallel session types are suggested by the organisers.

   - Paper sessions may include research papers, practice papers or a
   mixture of these. Paper presentations should be a minimum of 15 minutes;
   papers sessions should include a maximum of 4-5 papers and should leave
   sufficient time for discussion.
   - Workshops, interactive practical sessions, structured discussions
   and/or demos. Different lengths than 90 minutes may be suggested and
   justified in the session proposal.

Session organisers should submit a proposal including a full description of
the session.

   - For a papers session there should be a compelling description of the
   session theme along with short abstracts of each presentation.
   - For other session types the proposal should include a compelling
   description of the session theme, the session format, activity and
   outcomes, as well as any other information which will allow the proposal to
   be judged.
   - It is the responsibility of session organisers to ensure appropriate
   thematic alignment of the content and invite proposals for papers or
   practical sessions and workshops to be included in the proposal.

The recommended total length of a session proposal is 1000-1200 words and
should clearly communicate the vision of the session, its structure and
desired objectives. A short bio of all speakers should be submitted
together with the session proposal. Proposals for papers sessions should
include short abstracts of each paper within this word limit.

Posters and Lightning Talks

We invite proposals for posters and lightning talks to appear in a
dedicated session. Proposals for posters and lightning talks should be no
more than 600 words and should address the themes of the symposium listed
DEADLINE for posters and lightning talks proposals is 21 August 2020.

The Symposium programme in virtual and in person format will be announced
early in September.

It will include keynotes and/or plenary sessions introducing each of the
four themes, parallel sessions of various formats (paper sessions,
workshops, interactive practical sessions and demos) and a plenary poster
session. A plenary panel discussion will close the second day of the
Symposium. See also paragraph on session types above.

Important dates:

   - 30 April: call for session proposals released
   - 22 May: registration open
   - 20 July: deadline for session proposals
   - 17 August: accepted session proposals notified
   - 21 August: deadline for posters and lightning talks submissions
   - W/C 1 September: programme announced
   - 2 October: close of registration
   - 22-23 October: International FAIR Convergence Symposium


   - Convenors:CODATA, GO FAIR
   - Supporter / Local organiser: Ministry of Higher Education, Research
   and Innovation of the French Republic




*DDI – Cross Domain Integration (DDI-CDI):* first Public Review Release,
deadline for comments 31 July.

*Call for Nominations and Applications: *Chair, CODATA International Data
Policy Committee, Deadline Monday, 25 May 2020

*CODATA Connect and Data Science Journal Essay Competition*
deadline 30 June 2020.

*Data Together COVID-19: Appeal and Actions*
<https://codata.org/data-together-covid-19-appeal-and-actions/> - commitment

*SAVE THE DATE! International Data Week 2021
8–11 November 2021, Seoul, South Korea

*SAVE THE DATE! International FAIR Convergence Symposium
22-23 October 2020, Paris, France

2020 publications*
<https://codata.org/march-2020-publications-in-the-data-science-journal/> in
the CODATA Data Science Journal <https://datascience.codata.org/>

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