[CODATA-international] INFORMED DECISIONMAKING RE: Data Together COVID-19 Appeal and Actions

Berkman, Paul A Paul.Berkman at tufts.edu
Mon Mar 30 13:51:46 EDT 2020

Hi Falk,

The  Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)<https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6?ocid=eventhub> is consistently updated.

With best regards,


From: Falk Huettmann [mailto:fhuettmann at alaska.edu]
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2020 1:43 PM
To: Berkman, Paul A <Paul.Berkman at tufts.edu>
Cc: Paul Uhlir <pfuhlir at gmail.com>; codata-international at lists.codata.org
Subject: Re: [CODATA-international] INFORMED DECISIONMAKING RE: Data Together COVID-19 Appeal and Actions

Dear all,

so as we frequently find with medical data specifically,
those are not really shared, made available, used well, and the hospitals
are usually the LAST ones to do so; as is the medical profession,
e.g. Chief Surgeons, local clinics and professional organizations and societies.
That's despite their huge salaries and sums spent on 'health'
and public health, on One Health projects and all such lipservices.

COVID-19 shows us no other, nor the 'great' OneHealth agencies,
funders and science institutions and organizations.
Just see the Arctic etc.
We never said any other.

Or how about a (children) leukemia data base for Germany,
or all EU & Asian Avian Influenza, or Rabies data shared properly,
with coordinates and ISO-metadata and published and well-analyzed?

It seems not to matter, nor do people really care.
I am not aware much that libraries demand those data for their
repositories neither, nor are many medical degrees having that
on their agenda, skill set and syllabi, at all. Add vets to that.

So here then is an action item for ICSU, CODATA, NSF, EU, UN
and all those 'grand ones' to resolve, fast please, for a massive cultural change.
And yes, the pharmaceutical industry fuels much of it; so one would tackle those the most then.

Just an idea for those who have none.

Very best and please keep me posted
   Falk Huettmann PhD, Professor
    Uni of Alaska Fairbanks

PS If you see public global COVID-19 data, compiled and authoritative with coordinates and time and.or DNA, and metadata,
please kindly advise.

On Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 9:22 AM Berkman, Paul A <Paul.Berkman at tufts.edu<mailto:Paul.Berkman at tufts.edu>> wrote:
Thank you Paul for your kind collaboration.  I look forward to feedback from Simon and hope you are doing well.  Stay healthy!!!  With best regards, Paul

From: Paul Uhlir [mailto:pfuhlir at gmail.com<mailto:pfuhlir at gmail.com>]
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2020 11:53 AM
To: Berkman, Paul A <Paul.Berkman at tufts.edu<mailto:Paul.Berkman at tufts.edu>>
Cc: Asha CODATA <asha at codata.org<mailto:asha at codata.org>>; codata-international at lists.codata.org<mailto:codata-international at lists.codata.org>; Simon Hodson, ED CODATA <simon at codata.org<mailto:simon at codata.org>>
Subject: Re: INFORMED DECISIONMAKING RE: [CODATA-international] Data Together COVID-19 Appeal and Actions

That sounds excellent, Paul. I'm not centrally involved, but Simon is the coordinator for CODATA of this initiative. Hope all is well on your end too!
Best wishes,

On Mon, Mar 30, 2020, 11:24 Berkman, Paul A <Paul.Berkman at tufts.edu<mailto:Paul.Berkman at tufts.edu>> wrote:
Hi Asha, Simon and Paul,

I hope you are doing well.

Thank you and CODATA for your leadership.

I would like to help Data Together COVID-19 Appeal and Actions<https://codata.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Data-Together-COVID-19-Statement-FINAL.pdf>.

Perhaps my best form of assistance would be in helping with science diplomacy to transform data into evidence for informed decisions, operating short-term to long-term, in view of the decisionmaking institutions with:

*       Governance Mechanisms (laws, agreements and policies as well as regulatory strategies, including insurance, at diverse jurisdictional levels); and

*       Built Infrastructure (fixed, mobile and other assets, including communication, research, observing, information and other systems that require technology plus investment).

Data are fundamental to address the immediate urgencies at security time scales as well as the urgencies across generations that will arise post-COVID-19 for our shared sustainability at local-global levels.   As introduced with science diplomacy training through the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) - informed decisionmaking skills, methods and theory are available to train and apply, transforming research into actions "to service the new reality of data-driven science."

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

I hope you and those closest are doing well.   Stay healthy!!!

With best regards,


Prof. Paul Arthur Berkman
Director, Science Diplomacy Center
Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Tufts University
160 Packard Avenue, Medford MA 02155
Office: +1-617-627-6959
Cell: +1-617-902-8361
Email: paul.berkman at tufts.edu<mailto:paul.berkman at tufts.edu>

Science Diplomacy: Antarctica, Science and the Governance of International Spaces (2011), available from the Smithsonian Institution (https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/16154<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__repository.si.edu_handle_10088_16154&d=DwMGaQ&c=c6MrceVCY5m5A_KAUkrdoA&r=-W0tYttYY2ls6FBzaQ0jgJPAJ_UDNvL6lzYvZV2flVs&m=46vGdcaSbcBSii0f6dt1E0uGahHxHfgSB-xoWuu2xgk&s=1t_bNYHOMf2kGVxYcj60ClpnwrL6hU0fGCcFgssdg-E&e=>), celebrating the first fifty years of the 1959 Antarctic Treaty at the 2009 Antarctic Treaty Summit in "the interests of science and the progress of all mankind" (www.atsummit50.aq<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.atsummit50.aq_&d=DwMGaQ&c=c6MrceVCY5m5A_KAUkrdoA&r=-W0tYttYY2ls6FBzaQ0jgJPAJ_UDNvL6lzYvZV2flVs&m=46vGdcaSbcBSii0f6dt1E0uGahHxHfgSB-xoWuu2xgk&s=cqvJbc8mxGoSuMnb-COkEKjx1vX0i1bIdDCCKs0E3nk&e=>), as the first book published on SCIENCE DIPLOMACY.

From: CODATA-international [mailto:codata-international-bounces at lists.codata.org<mailto:codata-international-bounces at lists.codata.org>] On Behalf Of Asha CODATA
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2020 8:57 AM
To: codata-international at lists.codata.org<mailto:codata-international at lists.codata.org>
Subject: [CODATA-international] Data Together COVID-19 Appeal and Actions

[Image removed by sender. https://codata.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/rda-codata-wds-gofair-1024x1010.jpg]CODATA together with GO FAIR, RDA, and WDS (the four major international data organisations), are pleased to outline their joint commitment to work together to optimise the global research data ecosystem and to identify the opportunities and needs that will trigger federated infrastructures to service the new reality of data-driven science.<https://codata.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Data-Together-Final-Version-March-2020-FINAL.pdf>

A first concrete example of this is the following 'Data Together COVID-19 Appeal and Actions<https://codata.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Data-Together-COVID-19-Statement-FINAL.pdf>'

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a major test for our science system and for our research and data infrastructures.  These infrastructures, such as open science clouds and data commons, must serve the needs of science, policy, and humanity not only in 'normal times', but also in times of crisis by providing controlled access to quality data in real-time and at scale for a range of scientific- and policy-related responses.

The Data Together organisations are jointly working on the following activities and invite all to contribute:
1.     Data Together-GO FAIR Virus Outbreak Data Network<https://www.go-fair.org/implementation-networks/overview/vodan/> (VODAN)
2.     The Data Together-RDA COVID-19 Working Group<https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/rda-covid19>
3.     CODATA 'Making Data Work for Cross-Domain Grand Challenges'<https://codata.org/initiatives/strategic-programme/decadal-programme/> for launch in 2021

Read the full statement on Data Together COVID-19 Appeal and Actions<https://codata.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Data-Together-COVID-19-Statement-FINAL.pdf>




Asha Law | Program Assistant, CODATA | http://www.codata.org<http://www.codata.org/>

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