[CODATA-international] Call for Nominations and Applications: Chair, CODATA International Data Policy Committee, Deadline Monday, 25 May 2020

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Tue May 12 10:59:56 EDT 2020

CODATA invites nominations and applications to become the Chair of the
organization’s International Data Policy Committee for a 3-year term
(renewable once by mutual consent), beginning 1 July 2020.  We will accept
applications directly from the candidate or nominations from a candidate’s
institution or endorsing organization.

Applications or nominations can be made through the Google form at
https://forms.gle/jCNBPYVKeQGD2zYC9 or by sending the linked/attached Word
 to asha at codata.org

The deadline for applications is 23:59 UTC on Monday, 25 May 2020.

CODATA is the Committee on Data of the International Science Council
(ISC).  CODATA’s mission is to connect data and people to advance science
and improve our world. CODATA achieves this through strategic activities to
build consensus and implement good practice, and through advancing data
policies, data science and data education.  The Data Policy Committee plays
an important role in CODATA’s mission and activities.  For more details
about the scope of the organization, please see https://codata.org/about/.

The CODATA Data Policy Committee (DPC) 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 ISC-sponsored international collaborative
   research programmes; 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 four sources of DPC activities and general
relationships to coordinate:

   - Policy support of CODATA initiatives and programs. This is focused on
   internal organizational projects in which DPC members can be individually
   or collectively involved. Recent examples include the participation of DPC
   members in CODATA Conferences and the organization of sessions. Another is
   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 for a
   description of the Conferences, Strategic Initiatives, and Task Groups:
   - External requests for advice or projects. CODATA is frequently
   contacted by other organizations for various activities, some of which
   involve the DPC or its members. There has been a series of externally
   generated and funded reviews and reports that CODATA has been asked to
   undertake. The DPC membership often acts as a source of expertise for such
   - DPC-generated projects. DPC members bring forward policies or policy
   issues for consideration by the Committee. A recent activity that fits in
   this category was the Research Data Policy meeting in September and the
   resulting Beijing Declaration (see
   - 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 Merc
   Fox, a DPC member (ex officio). There are several projects being pursued
   and the DPC will be asked to respond to many of them.

The DPC Chair coordinates activities with Dr. Simon Hodson, the Executive
Director of CODATA, and reports directly to the CODATA Executive Committee. The
successful candidate will be expected to work in the general areas outlined
above and perform the following tasks, among others:

   - Act as the primary manager of the Committee and develop a strategy for
   - Carry out projects, with the DPC members and others, and consistent
   with the areas outlined above. Projects may include: organizing workshops
   or side-events at meetings or conference sessions (in the near term, these
   will be online only because of the COVID-19 pandemic), lead the drafting of
   reports and other germane documents, communicate and establish productive
   relationships with experts in other organizations working on data policy
   issues, and undertake other activities as deemed appropriate.
   - Hold regular (about monthly) conference calls with the DPC members to
   discuss projects and issues. This will involve preparations before the
   Committee call and a summary of actions after. The CODATA Secretariat
   assists with and supports the calls: Asha Law schedules the calls and
   handles the logistics; Simon Hodson participates in the calls, if available.
   - Hold face-to-face meetings of the DPC at conferences or events that
   are attended by a substantial subset of Committee members.
   - Select the membership of the DPC, in consultation with Simon Hodson,
   the CODATA Executive Committee, and others.

The outgoing DPC Chair, Paul Uhlir, allocated c.10% or 3-4 hours per week
to this role. As is often the case for such senior volunteer activities,
the employer of a successful candidate should allow this time (0.1 FTE) as
part of his or her activities. Paul will be available to continue as a
member or advisor to the Committee at the new Chair’s discretion, and will
answer any questions that the new Chair may have.

The Chair of the Data Policy Committee is also an *ex officio* member of
the CODATA Executive Committee. As for other members of the Executive
Committee, CODATA funds travel for the Chair to the annual meetings of that

CODATA provides a fund (generally c.5K EUR p.a.) to support DPC activities
(travel, meetings, workshops). The Committee has been successful in recent
years in obtaining external funding for specific reports and activities.
The position itself, however, is a volunteer assignment and not remunerated.

Enquiries may be addressed to the Executive Director, Simon Hodson
simon at codata.org

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