[CODATA-international] CODATA Connect Essay Competition 2020 Winner - Esther Plomp

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Tue Nov 3 12:10:20 EST 2020

The CODATA Connect Early Career and Alumni Network is pleased to announce
the winner of the (inaugural) 2020 Essay Competition is Esther Plomp
from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, the Netherlands)!

Esther’s essay “Going digital: persistent identifiers for research samples,
resources and instruments” was unanimously considered to be the best of a
strong field by the panel of judges from CODATA Connect
Executive Committee <https://codata.org/about-codata/executive-committee/> and
the Editorial Board <https://datascience.codata.org/about/editorialteam/> of
the Data Science Journal <https://datascience.codata.org/>.

Judges praised the quality of Esther’s essay and suggested that not only
was it worthy of publication in the DSJ, but that it would also be a useful
reference for data stewards.

As winner, Esther’s prize is twofold.  After peer review and response to
any suggestions and recommendations, her essay will be published in the Data
Science Journal <https://datascience.codata.org/>, with the APC covered by
CODATA.  Additionally, CODATA will support her participation in International
Data Week, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, 8-11 November 2021
<https://codata.org/events/conferences/international-data-week-2021/>!  We
are currently planning that this will be hybrid physical and virtual and we
hope that the global health situation will allow maximum in-person

*“Many thanks for the news that my essay was selected as winner!”, was
Esther’s response to the news. “I’m very grateful for this positive news
in these strange times. I would of course love to participate in next
year’s International Data Week, hopefully physically if this is
possible again!”*

The other shortlisted essays were from Joshua Borycz, Vanderbilt
University, USA, for his essay “Changing incentives can change the world:
Data consultancy and the open data revolution” and Francesca Eggleton
and Kate Winfield, both STFC, UK, for their piece on “Open data challenges
in climate science”.  Joshua, Fran and Kate have also been invited to
submit their essays to the Data Science Journal and the APCs will be
covered by CODATA.

Watch out for these essays when they are published in the Data Science
Journal <https://datascience.codata.org/>   And stay alert for the
announcement of the 2021 CODATA Connect Essay Competition!


*Winner: Esther Plomp*
Esther Plomp (0000-0003-3625-1357, @PhDtoothFAIRy) is a Data Steward at the
Faculty of Applied Sciences at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft,
the Netherlands). As a Data Steward she supports researchers with
their data and
code management to make their workflows more efficient and reproducible,
facilitates researchers in making their data FAIR (Findable, Accessible,
Interoperable and Reusable), and answers questions about Open Science
Esther’s PhD research at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
focuses on the chemical composition of human teeth, which may reveal where
someone grew up when their teeth were formed. This isotopic signature can
be used to examine human mobility in forensic and archaeological studies.
You can find Esther’s dissertation “Unlocking Teeth” and related outputs
here: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3929551.

The essay “Going digital: persistent identifiers for research samples,
and instruments” discusses the uptake of Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) in
research. The uptake of PIDs for physical aspects of research (such as
samples, artefacts, reagents and analyses instruments) has thus far
been embraced primarily for use in the fields of Earth and Life Sciences.
Wider adoption of PIDs for physical aspects of research can improve the
findability and accessibility of these resources, which will allow for data to
be put into more detailed context. By using PIDs all the information about
a sample or artefact will be available in a single location, which allows
for links to other sources of relevant information. Through the use of
interoperable (metadata) standards and shared forms of documentation it
will be easier to collaborate across multiple disciplines and the
reusability resulting data and the physical samples and artefacts
themselves will improve. Wider adoption of PIDs for physical aspects of
research is challenging, as research communities will have to work together
to establish relevant standards that are meaningful across multiple
domains. The essay is a call to action for researchers to adopt and extend
the existing standards and implement PIDs for the physical aspects of their

Francesca Eggleton and Kate Winfield*
Francesca Eggleton: I work as an environmental data scientist at the Centre
for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) at the Science and Technology Facilities
Council (STFC). I have been in this role for over a year and half after
joining through their graduate program. My role includes archiving and
managing data from NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) funded
projects and other scientific research, such as European Space Agency (ESA)
Sentinel satellites and CMIP6 (Climate Modelling Intercomparison
Project Phase 6).
Previously, I did an MSc Applied Meteorology degree at Reading University
and a BSc Environmental Science degree at Plymouth with a year placement at
the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). Throughout this time, I
focussed mainly on learning more about climate change, as this is something
I am very passionate about.

Winfield: I am an environmental data scientist at the Centre for
Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) at the Science and Technology
Facilities Council
(STFC). I joined CEDA through the graduate scheme in 2017 following a
degree in BSc Geography at Coventry University and a year in industry at
CEDA. I support data management for NERC (Natural Environment Research Council)
funded projects and other general science programmes, such as ESA Climate
Change Initiative and IPCC Working Group 1, that support atmospheric
and earth observation measurements.

Joshua Borycz is a Librarian for STEM Research at Vanderbilt University. He
has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a
Master’s Degree in Information Science from the University of Tennessee,
Knoxville. His PhD work focused on quantum mechanical calculations of
metal-organic frameworks to determine potential applications in magnetic
sensing, small molecule filtration, and catalysis. After performing
chemistry research for 5 years Joshua became interested in how the
research practice
itself might be improved. His research focus during his Master’s in
Information Science was on the data management and sharing attitudes and
practices of scientists.  The goal of this research was to determine the
barriers that prevent scientists from organizing and sharing data and to
work towards removing those barriers to establish open data practices.




*International (Virtual) FAIR Convergence Symposium, 27 Nov, 30 Nov-4 Dec: *
 | Programme Overview
 and Full Programme

*Open Science for a Global Transformation:* Call for Papers for
a Special Collection in Data Science Journal in relation to the UNESCO
Recommendation on Open Science

*Data for Resilient Cities Podcast Series: *CAG-CEPT and
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*Register for CODATA Connect Webinar:* Shoaib Sufi, Software Sustainability
Institute on 'Better Software, Better Data Handling’, Friday 20 November,
15:00-16:00 UTC

*UN Data Forum Session 'Multi-Stakeholder Data Bridges - making data work
for cross-domain grand challenges’:* Pre-Recorded Session
<https://vimeo.com/465263347> in UN Data Forum Attendify
 | Recording of Live Discussion Session <https://vimeo.com/469702557>

*August 2020 publications*
<https://codata.org/august-2020-publications-in-the-data-science-journal/> in
the CODATA Data Science Journal <https://datascience.codata.org/>

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