[CODATA-international] Mark Leggott appointed chair of the CODATA International Data Policy Committee

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Wed Jul 22 08:46:47 EDT 2020

The CODATA Officers and Executive Committee are delighted to announce that
Mark Leggott has been appointed as the new chair of the International Data
Policy Committee (IDPC)

Mark (ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1392-7799) is Executive Director
of Research Data Canada <https://www.rdc-drc.ca/> and Co-Chair of RDA
He is also the Director of CANARIE’s RDM funding program, which funds the
development of research infrastructure with a focus on FAIR, and
national/international interoperability. Prior to RDC, Mark was a senior
administrator at a number of Canadian universities, and involved in open
source projects that continue to play a role in digital access and
preservation. Mark provides a Secretariat function for the Canadian
National Committee for CODATA, sits on a number of national and
international committees with a focus on RDM, and participates in standards
development efforts, including an ISO technical sub-committee reviewing the
Research Activity ID (RaID).

This appointment marks a notable opportunity to enact some of the
objectives and aims of the Data Together declaration
<https://codata.org/data-together-covid-19-appeal-and-actions/> and ensure
a rich and increasingly coordinated cooperation between CODATA, GO FAIR,
RDA and WDS.

Important themes of data policy on which the IDPC will focus in the next
period are likely to include:

   - development and refinement of Open Science and data policy
   recommendations in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but informing
   research across all disciplines;
   - coordination and development of policy interoperability for Open
   Science platforms, in particular, where possible, between comparable and
   related initiatives in Africa
   Australia, Canada, China, Europe, Latin America, Malaysia and South East
   Asia, and the United States.
   - policy support for the ISC CODATA Decadal Programme ‘Making Data Work
   for Cross-Domain Grand Challenges’
   - engagement with the process to prepare a UNESCO Recommendation on Open
   Science, in relation to which Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive
Director is vice-chair
   of the International Advisory Committee

About the CODATA International Data Policy Committee

The CODATA IDPC is an international expert body that:

   - takes a leadership role in developing and advancing CODATA’s Open
   Research Data agenda at a national and international level, in support of
   the organization’s strategy;
   - encourages the adoption and implementation of open data policies,
   particularly in the context of international collaborative research
   programmes sponsored by the International Science Council; and
   - provides expert advice to the CODATA leadership, members and partners
   on the development, adoption, and implementation of data policies and
   related activities.

More specifically, there are generally four sources of IDPC activities.

   1. *IDPC-generated projects.* IDPC members bring forward policies or
   policy issues for consideration by the Committee. DPC members contributed
   to *Open Science for a Global Transformation*, a CODATA-coordinated
   submission to the UNESCO Open Science Consultation
   Another recent example was the Research Data Policy Workshop held in
   September 2019 and the resulting Beijing Declaration
   <https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3552330>. IDCP members also initiate
   projects or subgroups on particular issues (including e.g. ‘data
   diplomacy’, ‘data policy training’ and more) and organise sessions at
   International Data Week, CODATA and other conferences.
   2. *Policy support of CODATA initiatives and programs.* The IDPC acts in
   support of data policy activities of CODATA Task Groups and Strategic
   Initiatives. A major CODATA activity that is now being organized is the
   Decadal Programme that is focused on data interoperability issues in
   several cross-domain “grand challenges”’ See the CODATA website
   <https://codata.org/> for a description of Strategic Initiatives and
   Task Groups.
   3. *External requests for advice or projects.* CODATA is frequently
   contacted by other organizations for various activities and projects, and
   often draws on the IDPC as a network of expertise for these activities.
   There has been a series of externally generated and funded reviews and
   reports that CODATA has been asked to undertake. The IDPC membership often
   acts as a source of expertise for such work.  See the impressive list of
   reports since 2015
   4. *Response, advice, and targeted participation with the CODATA –
   University of Arizona Center of Excellence in Data for Society
(CEDS).* After
   a year of work, the Center is now being formed under the leadership of
   Mercury Fox, an IDPC member (ex officio). CEDS is pursuing many projects in
   the data policy arena and the IDPC will be asked to respond to and advise
   on many of them.




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