Call for Abstracts – ‘Measuring the Impact of Data Citation Practices in Research’ – SciDataCon, part of International Data Week

The organisers of a session on ‘Measuring the Impact of Data Citation Practices in Research’ at SciDataCon part of International Data Week invite the submission of abstracts.

We invite researchers and organisations that are looking at the impact of data citation to consider contributing to this session.

Session Title: Measuring the Impact of Data Citation Practices in Research

Data citation has been advocated across and within many research enterprises globally. Individual researchers have adopted data citation as part of their work and an increasing number of publishers and funders are now encouraging or requiring some level of data citation. The benefits of data citation are clear: besides increasing the visibility of data resources, improving the integrity of research and publications, there is a general trend of acknowledgment and accreditation being associated with data citation. Researchers are beginning to see the value in the citation of their data to be as important as citation of their other outputs.While the benefits extend beyond reuse and accreditation, there is however little insight into the real impact of data citation. A number of questions have to be addressed; for example, what metrics can be used to measure the impact of data citation and how should impact be measured?

Information about submissions for SciDataCon can be found at Submit Abstracts for Papers and Posters:

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International Data Week comprises the next Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance and the SciDataCon conference on all aspects of the role of data in research. It is taking place in Gaborone, Botswana, 5-8 November 2018.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 25 June.

Assessment of Data Management Practices of the Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Communities: deadline for SciDataCon abstracts on June 25

This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting abstracts for this session on the validation, curation and management of citizen science data at the SciDataCon is on Monday, June 25.  They  would use people’s help in recruiting papers, especially from African citizen science groups. Given costs, it may be most pragmatic to focus on southern African (or South African) groups, but CS groups or researchers from all over the world are welcome to participate.  To submit, go to:

Assessment of Data Management Practices of the Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Communities

Alex de Sherbinin and Anne Bowser

The objectives of the CODATA–WDS Task Group on citizen science data are to better understand the ecosystem of data-generating citizen science, crowdsourcing, and volunteered geographic information (VGI) projects so as to characterize the potential and challenges of these developments for science as a whole, and data science in particular. Through interviews with principals involved in 50 projects, the task group has assessed the methods and approaches for validating various streams of citizen science data, the mechanisms for cleaning and curating the data, and systems in place for the long-term management, documentation and dissemination of those data. This presentation reports on results of this assessment, and provides recommendations to the citizen science / crowdsourcing community on data quality and management practices.

Turning FAIR Data into Reality – Report and Action Plan Consultation until 5 August

The European Commission’s Expert Group on FAIR Data, chaired by Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director, published the interim report ‘Turning FAIR Data into Reality’ and the interim ‘FAIR Data Action Plan’ on 11 June 2018 at the Second EOSC Summit in Brussels.

Interim Report and Action Plan

The interim report and Action Plan are available from the Zenodo repository with the DOI-URLs below:

Consultation until 5 August

Consultation is being conducted on the interim report and Action Plan until 5 August 2018.  A commentable version of the report is available on Google Drive.  Structured comments on the Action Plan and specific recommendations and actions may be made via a dedicated GitHub repository.

The Expert Group will conduct webinars to support and facilitated the consutlation and these will be announced in due course.

About the Expert Group and the Report

Rec. 3: A model for FAIR Data Objects
Implementing FAIR requires a model for FAIR Data Objects which by definition have a PID linked to different types of essential metadata, including provenance and licencing. The use of community standards and sharing of code is also fundamental for interoperability and reuse.

It is recognised that FAIR data (data that are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) play an essential role in the objectives of Open Science to improve and accelerate scientific research, to increase the engagement of society, and to contribute significantly to economic growth. Accordingly, ‘the Open Science agenda contains the ambition to make FAIR data sharing the default for scientific research by 2020.’ The overall objective of the European Commission Expert Group on Turning FAIR data into reality is to help operationalise and facilitate the achievement of this goal.

Rec. 4: Components of a FAIR data ecosystem
The realisation of FAIR data relies on, at minimum, the following essential components: policies, DMPs, identifiers, standards and repositories. There need to be registries cataloguing each component of the ecosystem and automated workflows between them.

To this end, this report that examines the FAIR data principles, considers other supporting concepts and discusses the changes necessary, as well as existing activities and stakeholders to make these interventions. Recommendations and actions are presented as an Action Plan for consideration by the Commission, Member States and leading stakeholders in the research and data communities.

It might have been possible to take a data centric point of view and to work through the FAIR principles slavishly or systematically (depending on your point of view) asking what needs to be done to achieve each one. The Expert Group decided at an early point that this would not be the most effective approach to our task. Rather we felt it was important to take a holistic and systemic approach and to describe the broader range of changes required to achieve FAIR data. It is hoped that what has emerged will be at one and the same time an Action Plan that will be immediately useful and a longer standing survey and discussion, providing a discursive framework for ongoing considerations of how to make FAIR data a reality.

Consultation is open on the interim report and Action Plan and we actively invite constructive feedback. Does the Action Plan highlight the correct priorities? Are the recommendations sound and the actions tangible and achievable? Are they presented in a way that will helpfully guide the stakeholders mentioned? Is the Action Plan sufficiently grounded in the discussions and arguments of the broader report? Given the way this particularly piece of marble has already been cut and carved, what still needs to be done to make a polished statue emerge?

Consultation on the interim report was launched at the EOSC summit on 11 June 2018 and initiated by means of a workshop at that meeting. It will be pursued by online means and by webinars until 5 August. A final version of the Report and Action Plan will be published at the Austrian Presidency event on 23 November.

The group has conducted its work by means of face-to-face and virtual meetings and a lot of asynchronous, collaborative work with the text. All members of the group have contributed substantively and substantially to the text. We hope that we have harnessed the strength and collective wisdom of the Expert Group, while minimising the flaws of group authorship. Our approach has been discursive and we have endeavoured to explore the arguments relating to FAIR in detail to identify the key steps needed for implementation. This is an iterative process and the final version of the report will present a more condensed argument.

The group has been chaired by Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director, with Sarah Jones, Associate Director of the Digital Curation Centre, as Rapporteur; but in effect the two have acted as co-chairs.

Membership of the Expert Group

  • Sandra Collins, National Library of Ireland
  • Françoise Genova, Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg
  • Natalie Harrower, Digital Repository of Ireland
  • Simon Hodson, CODATA, Chair of the Group
  • Sarah Jones, Digital Curation Centre, Rapporteur
  • Leif Laaksonen, CSC-IT Center for Science
  • Daniel Mietchen, Data Science Institute, University of Virginia
  • Rūta Petrauskaité, Vytautas Magnus University
  • Peter Wittenburg, Max Planck Computing and Data Facility

Reliable ICT Infrastructure a condition for research data sharing – African NRENs to play an important role

Whether it will be called a guideline, a roadmap or a framework – all participants during the AOSP ICT Infrastructure meeting held on 14 May 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa were in agreement that a document guiding African countries in preparing ICT infrastructures in support of research data sharing, will be of benefit to all. The one day meeting brought together key stakeholders. African regional NRENs (National Research Education Networks) attendees included Dr Pascal Hoba (Chief Executive Officer, UbuntuNet Alliance), Dr Ousmane Moussa Tessa (Chief Executive Officer, NigerREN & member of the WACREN Board, on behalf of Dr Boubakar Barry (Executive Director, WACREN), Dr Yousef Torman (Managing Director, ASREN) and Dr Leon Staphorst (Executive Director, SANRen).

The objective of this meeting was to help NRENs better understand the needs experienced by collaborative data intensive research projects, and for NRENs to consider future service delivery in support of research data. The three projects represented included H3ABioNet (Prof Nicky Mulder, Head: Computational Biology, UCT & Lead: H3ABioNet), GBIF (Dr Mélianie Raymond, Senior Programme Officer for Node Development, GBIF Secretariat) and Dr Jasper Horrell (representing the Square Kilometre Array Organisation, SA).

Regional NRENs represented indicated that they are in full support of working with AOSP on developing and populating a framework as part of service delivery to their research communities, and to also invite national NRENs in their respective regions to explore opportunities. Important elements to be included in such a document have been identified, and the group will continue as a working group, building on what is already in place through the SADC Cyberinfrastructure Framework, of which an overview was provided by Prof Colin Wright. This framework was approved by SADC ministers in June 2016, and the next step would be to revisit the existing framework and to adapt – where needed – for the whole of Africa, with input from key stakeholders across Africa. It was also clear that – through possible partnerships and lessons learned from KENET, Ilifu, DIRISA, Sci-GaIA and more, the design, development and implementation of ICT infrastructures in support of data sharing and curation can become a reality – sooner rather than later.

The AOSP ICT Infrastructure Framework will be tested during various stages and across different domains, before it will be finalized to be shared with African countries interested in advancing the sharing and responsible management of data.

Research Data Management: Opportunity for continuing professional development in LIS at UCT

Occasional course in Research Data Management (24 credits)

The Library and Information Studies Centre at the University of Cape Town offers a master’s level course in Research Data Management that is ideal for persons and/or organisations seeking continuing professional development in this new skills areas.
Lifecycle Models | Data Management Planning | Policy Analysis & Development | Challenges to Data Curation
6 weeks, starting 21 September 2018
Closing date for application: 20 July 2018
Entry requirements: NQF level 8 (Honours or equivalent)
Blended online/contact format ideal for students based outside of Cape Town
To apply, visit (On application, apply for Occasional Postgraduate Studies: Level of Qualification: Postgrad Non- Degree; Faculty: Humanities)
Library and Information Studies Centre, University of Cape Town
email: or tel.: 021 650 4546

Register now! AfriGEOSS Week 2018

The AfriGEOSS Week 2018 will take place from 22 to 29 June 2018. The 3rd AfriGEOSS Symposium will be held during AfriGEOSS Week, from 26 to 28 June 2018 with some training sessions taking place beforehand.

The Symposium is hosted by the Agence Gabonaise d’Etudes et d’Observations Spatiales (AGEOS) and the theme is “Building smarter Earth observations to support sustainable development policies”.

The objectives include:

  • Engage with end users, particularly policy and decision makers, to understand information needs for evidence-based policy-making and raise awareness on the value of Earth observations in meeting those needs;
  • Showcase the use of Earth observations in implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and development policies at national and regional levels;
  • Reinforce dialogue on Earth observations priorities in Africa and promote or build synergies with ongoing and planned Earth observations initiatives at the national, regional and international levels – to draw linkages with the implementation of the African Space Policy according to development policies;
  • Strengthen regional and national thematic Earth observations coordination mechanisms to broaden African participation in the Group on Earth Observations and AfriGEOSS activities; and
  • Review the implementation of the 2017 AfriGEOSS Symposium outcomes and contributions, and establish a mechanism of Monitoring and Evaluation for the future.

For more information and registration visit the AfriGEOSS Week website or contact

Register Now: June 14 Symposium on Statistics and Data Science for a Cyber Secure Internet of Things

Statistics and Data Science for a Cyber Secure Internet of Things 

Rapid growth in the number of devices connected through the internet of things (IoT) poses major challenges to maintaining connectivity, functionality, and security, as demonstrated by prominent cyber attacks launched through IoT devices. Traditional approaches in cyber security such as firewalls and encryption aim to prevent malicious intrusion, however additional countermeasures and approaches are necessary to detect and respond to malicious behavior and to identify when devices or data are compromised.

The National Academies invite you to attend a symposium and webcast on Statistics and Data Science for a Cyber Secure Internet of Things on June 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. During the event, speakers will discuss the role of statistical models and theory for IoT and for detecting, overcoming, and neutralizing cyber attacks.

Date/Time: June 14, 2018 from 1-5 p.m. EDT
Location: Keck Center, Room 100
500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Or via webcast
Register Now

e-AGE18: Call for Papers & Posters, Amman, Jordan, 2-3 December 2018

Under the Patronage of HE Professor Adel Tweissi, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research
8th International Platform on Integrating Arab e-Infrastructure in a Global Environment, e-AGE18

ASREN Publications The proceedings of the conference will be published at IEEE Xplore.

Call for Papers & Posters

Scientists, researchers and educators are invited to submit full papers reporting on their original and unpublished research in e-Infrastructures and computational and data-intensive sciences to be presented in this conference in special sessions and panels. Paper contributions are accepted in English and should not exceed 8000 words.
Each paper should include:
(1) Author(s) First name, Last name, Institution, Address, Fax, Email, and Short biography.
(2) Abstract with no more than 500 words and 7 keywords that refer to the paper’s key subjects.
All papers will be peer-reviewed by three reviewers for relevance and quality of research. Authors will need to submit their manuscripts in MS-Word/ PDF format, following IEEE template’s format for publishing purposes of the conference proceedings at IEEE Xplore. Authors of the accepted papers must guarantee that at least one of the authors will attend the conference and present the paper.
Detailed instructions about the submission process, including IEEE manuscript templates, are available on IEEE website:

Posters are also welcomed, for those interested, please send a summary in MS-Word format including title of the poster, name and affiliation of author(s) and a short abstract of maximum one page to:

An effective poster presentation is not just a standard research paper stuck to a board. It should summarize your work with graphs and images to tell the story and should use text more sparingly. Featuring a poster at e-AGE will serve as an excellent advertisement for your work, and can act as a great conversation starter with e-AGE participants.

Call for Presentations

Renowned speakers and experts are also invited to give presentations and participate in panel discussions on latest developments in e-Infrastructure services and application areas, various aspects of R&E networks, telecommunications technologies and the Internet, industry and research case studies of e-Infrastructure use, etc..

Call for Participation

Representatives from academia, research, industry, telecom organizations, NRENs, and governments are invited to participate in e-AGE18 to share experiences and exchange knowledge in a wide of topics relevant to e-Infrastructure and services.

Interested participants can register HERE.


English will be the event language; the opening ceremony will be in Arabic and English.

New OWSD Fellowship for Early Career Women Scientists – Call for Applications

OWSD is very pleased to inform you that the Call for Applications for our new fellowships for Early Career Women Scientists is now open, and would like to ask for your assistance in distributing this announcement.

This Fellowship is a prestigious award of up to USD 50,000, generously provided by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) who have completed their PhDs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and are employed at an academic or scientific research institute in one of the eligible countries. ECWS fellows will be supported for two years to continue their research at an international level while based at their home institutes, to build up research groups that will attract international visitors, and to link with industry.

The fellowship provides funding for a wide range of expenses, including equipment, consumables, research visits, exchanges and programmes, teaching and assistance, information resources, product development and linking with industry, outreach, communications and networking, and other expenses. A full list of eligible expenses is available in the Call for Applications. Fellows will also take part in two training workshops on leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

The application must be submitted through our online system. The link to the online application will be available on the OWSD website by 30 June 2018. However, all details about the application and the required supporting documents are already available on our website. We recommend that applicants begin to prepare their project proposals and applications immediately.

The Call for Applications is available online at:

The deadline for completed online applications is 31 August 2018.

The official language for the application is English; all information about the programme will also be available in French shortly.

A short video about the fellowship and how it will benefit women scientists starting their careers can also be viewed here:, or on the OWSD website under the Call for Applications.

Please also find attached a poster which can be printed and posted. Again, we encourage you to share this opportunity with women scientists and others in your networks.

Questions about this fellowship can be sent to

For general enquiries about OWSD please write to


Humans of Data 24

My story with data is funny. A year and half ago I didn’t know the term ‘big data’ exists. I couldn’t sleep one night in Cairo and I was reading online, and I found an article about big data. I had no idea what it was. So it was like, ‘This is interesting. I should be learning about this.’

So I was self-learning from scratch, so I think the passion started at the first sight. I’m so glad I didn’t sleep this night – because here I am studying data because of not sleeping!

I’m passionate about what we can do with data. It’s something very precious. It’s there and no one is using it so let’s use it. Because I have data, I can do things other people can’t. I’m still learning because data is complicated. But when you have them, data gives you power that other people don’t have.