Session proposals for SciDataCon has been extended to 2 February 2018 !

International Data Week entitled "Digital Frontiers of Global Science" will come for the first time to Africa and will comprise SciDataCon (a conference for research and practice papers addressing all aspects of data in research), and the 12th Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance (RDA).  

As one of its major themes, the International Data Week will be focused  on issues around Data for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & Data for innovation. 

To avoid the clash with the UN World Data Forum (22-24 October, 2018) and the Plenary Meeting of the Group on Earth Observations (31 October - 1 November, 2017) including major flagships, the Data Sharing Working Group and AfriGEOSS, the date for the International Data Week is shifted to 5-8 November, 2018

In line with the change of date:

The organisers of International Data Week* (@IntDataWeek) are:

CODATA invites proposals for Task Groups ...

... to be approved by the 31st CODATA General Assembly  held in Gaborone, Botswana, following International Data Week 2018, 9-10 November 2018 (comprising our research conference SciDataCon 2018). The final deadline for submissions of Task Group Proposals is 15 June 2018.  Proposals will be reviewed by the CODATA Executive Committee and by external experts.  Recommendations will be presented to the CODATA General Assembly which will select the Task Groups.

Potential Task Groups are invited to submit draft proposals for comment by the CODATA Executive Committee. 

Such draft proposals should be submitted in the attached form to Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director [email protected] no later than 28 February 2018.  Feedback will be provided no later than 30 April 2018.

Task Groups are approved by the General Assembly for 2 years. Existing CODATA Task Groups may apply for renewal and are subject to the same criteria, as described in the attached document.

The three priority areas in the CODATA Strategy are as follows:

  1. To promote Open Data principles, policies and practices;
  2. To advance the frontiers of data science and its adaptation to scientific research;
  3. To build capacity for  improving skills and the functioning of science systems (particularly in low and middle income countries - LMICs)

The call suggests some high priority topics under each of these headings (see the call document for further details): 

Open data principles, policies and practices

  • developing good practice and recommendations around data principles and policies;
  • examining the limits of openness;
  • synthesizing and advancing work on the benefits of data sharing;
  • exploring the theme of data diplomacy to consider what international agreements can promote the more open availability of data.

Frontiers of Data Science

  • Reproducibility in research
  • Statistical, epistemological and ethical challenges of Big Data
  • Criteria for selection and preservation of research data
  • Development of glossaries, data dictionaries or ontologies
  • Data integration and data strategies for international, transdisciplinary research programmes

Capacity building, data skills and education

  • analyzing requirements for data education
  • developing and refining the curriculum for ‘research data science’;
  • examining and articulating the processes and standards for the creation of reusable online materials and the development of those materials;
  • examining and addressing issues around access to research software, the maintenance and development of Open Source research software.

Task Group proposals addressing these or similar issues are particularly encouraged.  This does not mean that Task Group proposals addressing areas not described below will be considered out of scope: we invite and encourage innovative ideas from the CODATA community.


*** Invitation to the INTEREST GROUP in AGRICULTURAL DATA (IGAD) RDA Pre-Meeting P11 “The FAIR principles to all elements of the research process in agricultural sciences and related disciplines" (19-20 March, 2018, Berlin, Germany). Proposals are invited by 19 January 2018.

***  11 January (2pm-3pm), 2018 - JOIN OpenAIRE Webinar - Results H2020 DMP template survey... In Summer 2017, OpenAIRE and the FAIR data expert group ran a survey on the European Commission’s approach to Data Management Plans and the FAIR guidelines on data management…

*** LIBER, within the framework of the European Open Science Cloud for Research pilot project (EOSCpilot), is organising the workshop (19 February 2017) : “How Research Institutions and Libraries can help deliver the European Open Science Cloud” during the IDCC18 Conference to take place in Barcelona 19-22 February 2018

*** 21-23 March 2018 : Data for Development Festival

*** 25-29 March 2018: APAN Join Session on Web API, Open Data & Interoperability