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