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9th Meeting of the Board on Research Data and Information Tuesday 24 September 2013. CODATA Activities and Plans. Simon Hodson Executive Director CODATA /blog [email protected] @simonhodson99. What is CODATA?.

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Codata activities and plans

9th Meeting of the Board on Research Data and Information

Tuesday 24 September 2013

CODATA Activities and Plans

Simon Hodson

ExecutiveDirector CODATA

[email protected]


Whatis CODATA?

  • Mission: To strengthen international science for the benefit of society by promoting improved scientific and technical data management and use.

  • An Interdisciplinary Body of ICSU, the International Council for Science:

  • CODATA has been working at the forefront of data science since 1966[email protected]

  • Not-for-profit, membership organisation (national members, scientific unions, affiliate members, members-at-large).

  • Genuinely global: 23 national members.

  • Strong links with international scientific unions: 16 union members.

  • CODATA is…

  • An international community and network of expertise on data issues.

  • An influential and authoritative voice in national and international policy regarding scientific data management.

  • A focal point for international, cross- disciplinary collaboration and communication on key scientific data issues.

CODATA Activities

  • Policy frameworks for data: take the lead in defining a policy agenda for scientific data.

    • Establishing high level and expert Data Policy Committee. Provide authority and support for data policy issues: international, national, research initiatives.

    • Contributing to ICSU consultation workshop on OA for publications, data and on the use of metrics for the appraisal of scientific contributions.

  • Frontiers in data science and technology: coordinate work in key frontiers of data science and interdisciplinary application areas.

    • CODATA workshop series on Frontiers of Data Science and Technology: looking to partner other organisations and build on work of task groups.

    • Capacity building activities: curriculum for data science, global outreach activities.

    • International Science Data Conference, with WDS, New Delhi 2-5 Nov 2014.

    • Reinvigorate the Data Science Journal.

    • Task Groups Working Groups (e.g. Young Data Scientists).

  • Data strategies for international science: support major ICSU scientific programmes to address data management needs (including infrastructure, policies, processes, standards).

    • Future Earth; Integrated Research on Disaster Risk

CODATA Data Policy Committee

  • Core membership: Mark Thorley (chair), Paul Uhlir, Tyng-Ruey Chuang, UshaMunshi.

  • Expand to 10-12 international experts.

  • Propose call for members and selection process involving CODATA EC.

  • Propose CODATA DPC to proposed data principles for Future Earth initiative.

  • Discussed with Mark Thorley that CODATA DPC should prepare model data policies and engage in a process of validation and iteration with National CODATA Committees (and academies, funders, transnational bodies …), with International Scientific Unions (and Learned Societies, publishers, journal editorial boards ….).

  • Involves CODATA in expert agenda setting activity.

  • Engages DPC with National Committees and IUs: opportunity for an informed dialogue around national and disciplinary concerns WRT data policies.

  • Addresses ICSU initiatives: Future Earth, ‘Report on Open Access and metrics for evaluation’

CODATA National Committees

  • Keen to understand and promote activities of CODATA National Committees.

  • Opportunity for National Committees to take leading role in addressing data issues – relationships with funders, with National Academies, learned societies.

  • What issues and debates are being raised at national levels? To what extent can various stakeholders be involved (funders, research organisations, data experts, data centres, research libraries etc)?

  • Can we build dialogue and exchanges between national committees?

  • If CODATA rests on national membership, then National Committees must have a prominent role and must benefit from international exchange.

  • National Data Coordinating Committees (IPY had National Data Coordinators…)?

  • In the UK the time is ripe for a data forum to build dialogue between funder driven policy, data experts and the demands of particular research disciplines.

Frontiers of Data Science

  • Frontiers in data science and technology: coordinate work in key frontiers of data science and interdisciplinary application areas; capacity building activities.

    • CODATA workshop series on Frontiers of Data Science and Technology: Identify and address key data issues (workshops, white papers, put together larger initiatives).

    • Where do you want to see exploratory work done?

    • Opportunity to partner other organisations…

    • Build on work of Task Groups, engage with International Unions

    • Identify and support addressing of data issues in coordination with International Unions.

    • Current activities: nanotechnology, data for sustainable development.

    • Possible areas: contextual metadata, data policy/standards/repository ‘interoperability’,

    • Expand CODATA’scapacity building activities, education and training activities including curriculum development.

    • Early Career Data Scientists (funding allocated, programme needs to be designed).

CODATA Task Groups

  • TGs are approved for two-years by the CODATA General Assembly; seed funding provided; benefit from community endorsement, linkages.

  • Task Groups to contribute more directly to realisation of strategic plan: contribute to programme of workshops, white papers, reports on Data Frontiers.

  • Current TGs

    • Advancing Informatics for Microbiology

    • Anthropometric Data and Engineering

    • Data Citation Standards and Practices

    • Data at Risk

    • Earth and Space Science Data Interoperability

    • Exchangeable Materials Data Representation to support Scientific Research and Education

    • Fundamental Physical Constants: 2010 CODATA constants

    • Global Information Commons for Science Initiative

    • Global Roads Data Development

    • Linked Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research

    • OCTOPUS: Mining Space and Terrestrial Data for Improved Weather, Climate and Agricultural Predictions

    • Preservation of and Access to Scientific and Technical Data in/for/with Developing Countries

Data for Future Earth

  • Lessons from IPY (Mark Parsons in Nature Article on Data Sharing, 2009, doi:10.1038/461160a

  • Particular challenge in interdisciplinary projects.

  • Disparate data sharing cultures in research disciplines: some disciplines have established cultures of data sharing; others not.

  • Some disciplines have established data infrastructures others not.

  • Dependency on funding streams can lead to orphan data.

  • How readily can established data centres expand to cover other areas in interdisciplinary projects? Need for data archives that can deal with diverse data types.

  • Despite good intentions a lack of follow through and integration: essential to involve data scientists directly in the science at all levels early in the process and throughout. This means funding data science as part of the scientific effort.

  • As a result of ‘ “naive assumptions”, [a] lack of planning and other unanticipated obstacles, properly managing the IPY data will require another decade of work.’

Proposals for Future Earth

  • CODATA and WDS seeking to work closely with Future Earth and support the data agenda in Future Earth.

  • Joint CODATA-WDS SciDataCon to give prominence to Future Earth related themes.

  • Agreement to nominate some from the FE SC as data champion.

  • Agreement that data experts need to be directly involved with projects.

  • Resistance from Future Earth team to overarching data policy…

  • CODATA and WDS to work on brief data principles text for MoU between projects and Future Earth.

  • CODATA and WDS to have ongoing dialogue with Future Earth…

Thank for your attention!

Simon Hodson

ExecutiveDirector CODATA

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @simonhodson99

Tel (Office): +33 1 45 25 04 96 | Tel (Cell): +33 6 86 30 42 59

CODATA (ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology), 5 rue AugusteVacquerie, 75016 Paris, FRANCE