[CODATA-international] Building digital workforce capacity and skills for data-intensive science: CODATA contributes to new OECD report on skills for the digital workforce

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Mon Jul 20 10:34:36 EDT 2020

OECD has published ‘Building digital workforce capacity and skills for
data-intensive science’, a report examining the skills requirements for
data-intensive science, focusing primarily on research conducted in the
public sector and its related training needs.

The use of digital technologies affects all aspects of scientific practice.
Open science practices rely upon access to and use of research data, and
deployment of digital infrastructures and platforms is increasing; but
inadequate attention has been given to the skills that researchers and
research support professionals need to fully exploit these tools and
strategies. The COVID-19 pandemic, which struck as this report was being
finalised, has underscored the critical importance of data-intensive
science and the need for strategic approaches to strengthening the digital
capacity and skills of research as it is now performed.

This report was commissioned by the OECD Global Science Forum to identify:
the skills needs for data intensive science; the challenges for building
sustainable capacity as these needs evolve; and the policy actions that can
taken by different actors to address these needs.  The report includes
policy recommendations for various actors and good practice examples to
support these recommendations.  The report notes the value of international
cooperation in skills capacity efforts such as the partnership between
CODATA and the Research Data Alliance on the School of Research Data
Science, as well as how the School helps to define digital skills needs,
and how the School meets skills needs that are not being addressed

Dr Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director, was a member of the Expert
Group which oversaw and implemented this project.  In addition Laura
Molloy, CODATA Senior Research Lead, and Prof Hugh Shanahan of the
CODATA/RDA School of Research Data Science participated in the October 2019
workshop which informed this timely publication.  The report and expert
group was ably chaired by Michelle Barker, previously at ARDC and now
director of the Research Software Alliance (ReSA), with the support of
Carthage Smith and his team at OECD Global Science Forum.  We are pleased
to have collaborated with a range of other global actors in this project
and hope this report will be of interest and value to the CODATA community.

*OECD (2020), “Building digital workforce capacity and skills for
data-intensive science”, OECD Science, Technology and Industry Policy
Papers, No. 90, OECD Publishing, Paris, **https://doi.org/10.1787/e08aa3bb-en




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