[CODATA-international] Deadline extended to 31 July 2020: Essay Competition: Open Data Challenges to Address Global and Societal Issues

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Wed Jul 1 03:05:52 EDT 2020

*CODATA Connect Working Group: **Early Career and Alumni Network*


The first of its kind, CODATA Connect Early Career and Alumni Network in
collaboration with the CODATA Data Science Journal (DSJ) is organizing an
Essay Competition for Early Career Researchers (ECR), defined as university
undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate students or early career researchers
within five years of completing their highest qualification. CODATA Connect
exists to ensure a structural and sustained collaboration and support for
the activities of the alumni of CODATA-RDA Summer Schools, of the CODATA
China and Trieste Training Workshops and other early career researchers and
data professionals involved in the CODATA community and those of partner

*Topic for the Essay: **“Open Data Challenges to Address Global and
Societal Issues”*

   - Participants interested in disseminating information on research data
   in the sciences, humanities and the arts using essays as the medium are
   welcome to apply.
   - Topics might include but are not limited to human health, climate
   change, resilience, etc.
   - Essays which discuss the necessary limits in openness are also in
   scope and are welcome (e.g. personal health information, indigenous
   sovereignty, etc.)
   - Essays that discuss the challenges in making data as open as possible
   and how such data can be used to address global and societal issues (crime,
   disease, governance, etc.)
   - Essays might discuss challenges at any point in the data lifecycle and
   in relation to any of a number of global and societal challenges.
   - We discourage essays that simply present well known and generic
   arguments in favour of open data.
   - Essays are encouraged to use local or specific examples for the
   benefits of open data and to discuss how challenges can be overcome in both
   specific circumstances and more globally.


   - The dates for the essay writing are: 1st April to 30th June 2020. Extended
   Deadline 31th July 2020
   - The Essay Writing Competition is open to all CODATA-RDA Summer Schools
   Alumni and any Early Career researchers.
   - The essay writing time is 3 months and the length of the essay should
   be 2000-3000 words. References do not count as part of the word limit.
   - Each essay must contain the full name(s), affiliations and contacts
   details of the authors.
   - Essays are only accepted in the English language.


The panel of judges consists of representatives from the CODATA community
and editors of the CODATA Data Science Journal. The judges’ decision is
final and may not be appealed. The review process will be single-blind:
judges will not know the identity of the authors.


Essays should be interesting, original and provocative but also clearly
situated in a body of knowledge. It is important that authors show an
appropriate knowledge of the chosen research area for discussions. Other
criteria include but are not limited to:

   - Contemporary relevance of the topic to the science of data.
   - Demonstrated awareness of the state of discussion around the topic.
   Essays do not need to include a comprehensive literature review, but must
   illustrate where their argument fits into broader discussion in the field.
   - Strength and persuasiveness of the argument, underpinned by reference
   to literature, evidence and data.
   - Clarity of writing and appeal of writing style.


Essays cover topics and controversies of interest to the community and aim
to stimulate discussion and debate. Essays may be provocative and less
focused on reporting original research work but should still consist of
original thoughts and ideas. Essays should be no longer than 3,000 words in
length. The content of the essay should be at the author’s preference.

More information on the criteria for essay submission at the DSJ can be
found here: https://datascience.codata.org/about/submissions/


   - The winning essay will be published in DSJ for free and the winner
   will receive a trip to the CODATA Symposium in October 2020 or future
   CODATA event as appropriate along with a formal certification of their
   - Shortlisted essays will be invited for submission to the CODATA Data
   Science Journal (the usual peer review, article processing charges and
   waiver terms will apply).


   - The deadline for submitting the essays is 23:59 UTC on Friday 31 July
   2020. Essays should be submitted at Click Here
   <https://forms.gle/JDyVdfMFSdZQG4nz9>or sent by e-mail as pdf
   attachments to asha at codata.org
   - Please make sure that you write “Essay Writing Competition April 2020:
   Your Name [Surname, Firstname]” in the subject of your email.
   - Please ensure that the PDF of the essay does not include any
   information about the author.
   - Please provide your Name, Degree, Address and Institutional
   Affiliation in the covering email or in an accompanying document BUT NOT ON
   - If you are in the ECR category please provide the date of completion
   of the last degree with the PDF of the essay in one email.


The selected essay winner will be announced on the CODATA website
https://www.codata.org/ by Saturday 15 August 2020. The winner will also be
contacted through the CODATA Connect email.

CODATA reserves the right to publish the winners’ name and affiliation, as
well as the winning essay on the CODATA Data Science Journal:


For further enquiries and information, contact: codataconnect at codata.org





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