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An interview with Alena Rybkina, Vice-President, CODATA on “Building foundation for a world of open data and open science”

This interview is with Alena Rybkina, a Vice President of the CODATA Executive Committee.

“Building foundation for a world of open data and open science” was posted in Options magazine (published by IIASA). The link to online magazine –

Read the full interview here

A Data Ecosystem to Defeat COVID-19

Bapon Fakhruddin is a specialist in climate and hydrological risk assessment with a focus on the design and implementation of hazard early warning systems and emergency communication. He is Technical Director, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Resilience at Tonkin + Taylor, New Zealand. He is also Co-Chair for the Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research task force with CODATA.

Bapon Fakhruddin discusses why the COVID-19 pandemic requires thinking and decision making supported by a data ecosystem which looks much further into the future than previous short-term approaches.

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has created a human crisis globally, which has demanded an array of drastic, immediate responses. The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General has swiftly called for action, “for the immediate health response required to suppress transmission of the virus to end the pandemic and to tackle the many social and economic dimensions of this crisis[1]“. The pandemic also requires thinking and decision making supported by a data ecosystem that is more complete than currently, and which looks much further into the future than previous short-term approaches.

The COVID-19 outbreak has led to the proliferation of initiatives to facilitate open access to scientific research and databases and encourage research collaboration through digital platforms. However, there are concerns about the quality of data and publications provided in near real-time, leading to potentially poor decision making. These issues include comparability and interpretation of data, notably between countries, insufficient specification of methodology, and political acceptance of invalid results potentially biasing scientific methods. A call for data and research is necessary in relation to the discussion of the transmission of the disease.

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IIASA-CODATA Workshop, Laxenburg, Vienna – 24-25 February

CODATA and IIASA have co-convened a Workshop on Big (and FAIR) Data and Systems Analysis, 24-25 February. The workshop is organised by the CODATA Task Group on Advanced Mathematical Tools for Data-Driven Applied Systems Analysis which is working closely with IIASA (the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) on the interface of data, mathematical tools and systems analysis.

The workshop programme may be accessed here

The workshop also provides an important occasion to explore the opportunities for collaboration between CODATA and IIASA, on matters of FAIR data, data stewardship and the ISC CODATA Decadal Programme on Making Data Work for Cross-Domain Challenges.

CRIS2020 euroCRIS Conference: Call for Papers, deadline 31 March

euroCRIS, the International Organisation for Research Information will hold its biennial International Conference (CRIS2020) from June 17-20 in Limassol, Cyprus: New Technologies and Open Science in CRIS Systems.

All the necessary information on the CfP for CRIS2020 can be found at: including a range of themes.

The deadline for proposals is 31 March.

euroCRIS and CODATA are complementary organizations active in the research information domain and pursuing common goals, and euroCRIS is one of CODATA’s strategic partners.  Therefore, we are glad to bring the Call for Papers for this conference to your attention as we are convinced that contributions from within the CODATA community could be of interest for the euroCRIS community and beneficial to both organisations in the pursuit of their mission.

Second LAC Scientific Data Management Workshop: Final Extension to Call for Abstracts and Register Online

Second Latin America and the Caribbean Scientific Data Management Workshop

Owing to a number of requests, abstract submission for the Workshop has been extended one (very) last time to Sunday, 1 March. To enable people to already start planning their journeys, abstracts received thus far will now be reviewed and the authors notified of acceptance.

This Workshop is convened by WDS, in collaboration with the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the São Paulo Research Foundation, and the Research Data Alliance (RDA). It builds on the success of the First Latin America and Caribbean Workshop in 2018 that explored the data landscape in the region to understand the opportunities and challenges, and discussed how data initiatives could be supported by WDS. The Second Workshop will continue discussions on data management best practices for data repositories and on new trends and perspectives for scientific data systems. However, there will also be a greater emphasis on analyzing and finding concrete solutions to the technical, political, and infrastructure issues identified during the First Workshop.

We invite all researchers and scientists currently involved in scientific data management initiatives in the Latin American and the Caribbean region to present their experiences, research, operations, and projects or programmes at the Workshop. Abstracts for short oral presentations must be in English and should not exceed 3000 characters. The deadline for abstract submission is Sunday, 1 March.


Online registration is now open. The process is managed by FAPESP, who officially invite you here to join us in São Paulo.

For more information on the Workshop, Call for Abstracts, and Registration, please see the Workshop website.

Save the Date: International FAIR Convergence Symposium & CODATA General Assembly in Paris on 22-24 October 2020

Please save the date for the International FAIR Convergence Symposium convened by CODATA and GO FAIR on October 22-23 2020; followed by the CODATA General Assembly, 24 October 2020.

Where: Paris, France
Venue: TBC

The International FAIR Convergence Symposium will provide a forum for advancing international and cross-domain convergence around FAIR. The event will bring together a global data community with an interest in combining data across domains for a host of research issues – including major global challenges, such as those relating to the Sustainable Development Goals. Outcomes will directly link to the CODATA Decadal Programme ‘Data for the Planet: making data work for cross-domain grand challenges’ and to the developments of GO FAIR community towards the Internet of FAIR data and services.

Participation is open to ALL researchers and data experts, particularly those with an interest in participating in the CODATA Decadal Programme and in the GO FAIR Community. There will be a mechanism for participants to organise workshop sessions: for example, GO FAIR INs, CODATA TGs and other groups are encouraged to participate and to organise sessions.

The two-day Symposium will be followed on 24 October by the CODATA General Assembly which will see the election of new Officers, Executive Committee and Task Groups.

More information about the event and means of participation will follow in due course.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Paris.

Special Issue on Emerging FAIR Practices Published in Data Intelligence

A special issue on The FAIR Principles: First Generation Implementation Choices and Challenges, has been recently published in Data Intelligence. This special issue, organized by Prof. Dr. Barend Mons, the senior author of the foundational paper on FAIR Principles and the President of CODATA, Dr. Erik Schultes and Dr. Annika Jacobsen, contains 28 articles authored by 135 experts from 14 countries/territories worldwide.

In this special issue, the original conception of the FAIR principles and what they are intended to cover is explained in detail (see, and the prototype of FAIR Implementation Profile and the FAIR convergence Matrix which aims to coordinate a broadly accepted, widely used FAIR implementation approaches is presented (see The first 16 articles are bundled as a relevant set of “first generation” implementations and emerging practices in the context of FAIR and the last 12 articles focus more on gaps in existing technology and practices encountered or envisioned and offer opinions and propose directional solutions for the relevant communities to develop FAIR guided approaches. Although this special issue only has covered a limited number of all early endeavors, “it will likely inspire other efforts to bundle and expose useful and hopefully reusable solutions”, as stated by Prof. Dr. Rianne Letschert in her brief introductory comment to this special issue. 

The TOC of the issue is listed below. To go to a full-text page, please just click on the title.


Editorial: The FAIR Principles: First Generation Implementation Choices and Challenges

Barend Mons, Erik Schultes, Fenghong Liu & Annika Jacobsen

1 FAIR Principles: Interpretations and Implementation Considerations

  1. Jacobsen, R. de Miranda Azevedo, N. Juty, D. Batista, S. Coles, R. Cornet, … & E. Schultes.

2 Unique, Persistent, Resolvable: Identifiers as the Foundation of FAIR

Nick Juty, Sarala M. Wimalaratne, Stian Soiland-Reyes, John Kunze, Carole A. Goble & Tim Clark

3 Making Data and Workflows Findable for Machines

Tobias Weigel, Ulrich Schwardmann, Jens Klump, Sofiane Bendoukha & Robert Quick

4 The “A” of FAIR – As Open as Possible, as Closed as Necessary

Annalisa Landi, Mark Thompson, Viviana Giannuzzi, Fedele Bonifazi, Ignasi Labastida, Luiz Olavo Bonino da Silva Santos & Marco Roos

5 A Generic Workflow for the Data FAIRification Process

Annika Jacobsen, Rajaram Kaliyaperumal, Luiz Olavo Bonino da Silva Santos, Barend Mons, Erik Schultes, Marco Roos & Mark Thompson

6 Ontology-based Access Control for FAIR Data

Christopher Brewster, Barry Nouwt, Stephan Raaijmakers & Jack Verhoosel

7 FAIR Data Reuse – the Path through Data Citation

Paul Groth, Helena Cousijn, Tim Clark & Carole Goble

8 Making FAIR Easy with FAIR Tools: From Creolization to Convergence

Mark Thompson, Kees Burger, Rajaram Kaliyaperumal, Marco Roos & Luiz Olavo Bonino da Silva Santos

9 Distributed Analytics on Sensitive Medical Data: The Personal Health Train

Oya Beyan, Ananya Choudhury, Johan van Soest, Oliver Kohlbacher5, Lukas Zimmermann, Holger Stenzhorn, Md. Rezaul Karim, Michel Dumontier, Stefan Decker, Luiz Olavo Bonino da Silva Santos & Andre Dekker 

10 FAIR Computational Workflows

Carole Goble, Sarah Cohen-Boulakia, Stian Soiland-Reyes, Daniel Garijo,Yolanda Gil, Michael R. Crusoe, Kristian Peters & Daniel Schober

11 FAIR Data and Services in Biodiversity Science and Geoscience

Larry Lannom, Dimitris Koureas & Alex R. Hardisty

12 Taking FAIR on the ChIN: The Chemistry Implementation Network

Simon J. Coles, Jeremy G. Frey, Egon L. Willighagen & Stuart J. Chalk

13 Growing the FAIR Community at the Intersection of the Geosciences and Pure and Applied Chemistry

Shelley Stall, Leah McEwen, Lesley Wyborn, Nancy Hoebelheinrich & Ian Bruno

14 Helping the Consumers and Producers of Standards, Repositories and Policies to Enable FAIR Data

Peter McQuilton, Dominique Batista, Oya Beyan, Ramon Granell, Simon Coles, Massimiliano Izzo … & Susanna-Assunta Sansone

15 FAIR Convergence Matrix: Optimizing the Reuse of Existing FAIR-Related Resources

Hana Perg Sustkova, Kristina Maria Hettne, Peter Wittenburg, Annika Jacobsen, Tobias Kuhn … & Erik Schultes

16 The FAIR Funding Model: Providing a Framework for Research Funders to Drive the Transition toward FAIR Data Management and Stewardship Practices

Margreet Bloemers & Annalisa Montesanti

17 Ontology, Ontologies and the “I” of FAIR

Giancarlo Guizzardi

18 How to (Easily) Extend the FAIRness of Existing Repositories

Mark Hahnel & Dan Valen

19 Licensing FAIR Data for Reuse

Ignasi Labastida1 & Thomas Margoni

20 Data Management Planning: How Requirements and Solutions are Beginning to Converge

Sarah Jones, Robert Pergl, Rob Hooft, Tomasz Miksa, Robert Samors, Judit Ungvari … & Tina Lee 

21 Social Data: CESSDA Best Practices

Ron Dekker

22 State of FAIRness in ESFRI Projects

Peter Wittenburg, Franciska de Jong, Dieter van Uytvanck, Massimo Cocco, Keith Jeffery, Michael Lautenschlager … & Petr Holub

23 GO FAIR Brazil: A Challenge for Brazilian Data Science

Luana Sales, Patrícia Henning, Viviane Veiga, Maira Murrieta Costa, Luís Fernando Sayão, Luiz Olavo Bonino da Silva Santos & Luís Ferreira Pires

24 FAIR Practices in Africa

Mirjam van Reisen, Mia Stokmans, Munyaradzi Mawere, Mariam Basajja, Antony Otieno Ong’ayo, Primrose Nakazibwe, Christine Kirkpatrick & Kudakwashe Chindoza

25 FAIR Practices in Europe

Peter Wittenburg, Michael Lautenschlager, Hannes Thiemann, Carsten Baldauf & Paul Trilsbeek

26 Towards the Tipping Point for FAIR Implementation

Mirjam Van Reisen, Mia Stokmans, Mariam Basajja, Antony Otieno Ong’ayo, Christine Kirkpatrick & Barend Mons

27 The Need of Industry to Go FAIR

Herman van Vlijmen, Albert Mons, Arne Waalkens, Wouter Franke, Arie Baak, Gerbrand Ruiter … & Jean-Marc Neefs.

28 Considerations for the Conduction and Interpretation of FAIRness Evaluations

Ricardo de Miranda Azevedo, Mark Wilkinson & Michel Dumontier


About Data Intelligence

Data Intelligence (DI) journal, a new publication jointly launched by the MIT Press and Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is chaired by Prof. Barend Mons. Co-Editors in Chief of the journal are Prof. Jim Hendler at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA , Prof Huizhou Liu, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Prof. Ying Ding at University of Texas at Austin.

RDAP 2020 Summit registration now open

Registration is now open for the RDAP (Research Data Access and Preservation Association) 2020 Summit in Santa Fe, NM! The Summit, which will take place at the Santa Fe Convention Center, will run March 11 and 12, with an additional day of workshops on March 13. Registration for the Summit is $209; workshops are an additional $50 each, although one is being provided free of charge thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. You can also now view our program schedule, including on Sched.

You can reserve a room at one of our two conference hotels.

North American DDI conference Call for Proposals now open!

We are happy to announce the Call for Proposals for the 8th Annual North American Data Documentation Initiative Conference (NADDI).  The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is an international standard for describing the data produced by surveys and other observational methods in the social, behavioral, economic, and health sciences.

NADDI 2020 Theme

The conference theme is “Making Data FAIR by using Metadata Standards.”

The main conference sponsor is IPUMS at the University of Minnesota Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation.

Aimed at individuals working in and around research data and metadata, NADDI 2020 seeks submissions of presentations and posters that highlight the use of DDI and other metadata standards within research projects, official statistics, survey operations, academic libraries, and data archives.

Proposals can include:

  • Presentations
  • Panels
  • Posters
  • Workshops or Tutorials

Important Information

  • March 6: Deadline for conference proposals
  • March 31: Notification of acceptance
  • May 31: Early rate registration deadline
  • Conference Dates: June 17-19, 2020
  • Conference Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

How to Submit

Submissions may be made through the conference web site.  The proposal deadline is March 6, 2020.

Data for our planet: Increasing the use and value of global information infrastructures to support resilient cities, disaster risk reduction and infectious diseases


  • Erin Robinson – Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)
  • Dr Steven McEachern – Australian Data Archive, ANU
  • Alena Rybkina – Committee on Data of the International Science Council (CODATA)
  • John Broome – Committee on Data of the International Science Council (CODATA)
  • Francoise Perlman – FourBridges
  • Dr Ben Evans – National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)
  • Magdalena Brus – Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) European Research
  • Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), ENVRI


  • Building on the FAIR principles, this session explored a series of pilots and initiatives currently underway to develop data infrastructures and to increase collaboration and access to the increasing surge of data currently being captured globally. There has been some headway in the global north, but less in the global south.
  • Collaboration was identified as a major obstacle to increase cross-institutional, multi-disciplinary and international access to de-fragment the data landscape.
  • By improving the access and collaboration across disciplines, it will be possible to better address socioeconomic problems such as responses to infectious diseases, disaster risk reduction and building resilient cities.
  • Using the FAIR principles to unify data across a range of sources and data types requires the development of pilots to test how this unification and inter-operability of data would be undertaken.
  • It is important to recognize how different disciplines can offer insights to different data problems or questions, but still work together to address larger societal problems.
  • As the amount, quality and type of data available grows rapidly, it is equally important to ensure that the data infrastructure grows with it in order to process it. At the moment, the infrastructure is somewhat lagging behind.
  • By developing and investing in the data infrastructure, it is possible to make the data easier to access and use, and make the data smarter and better targeted to the problems it is used to address. However, there are challenges for business models, societal models and policy/governance issues. Of serious concern is that the people working on the policy around data and data infrastructure cannot keep up or understand the challenges.
  • While there are many groups working towards de-siloing data and data infrastructure, there needs to be an umbrella approach to avoid duplication of efforts and unify the approach. CODATA is leading the design and execution of a Decadal Programme that will address the data interoperability challenge  identified in the International Science Council’s  2019-2021 Action Plan. The Decadal Program is currently being developed to address this issue and is seeking expressions of interest to help in its development.
  • The session brought together individuals from around the world and many different organisations who are interested in addressing this concept of a multi-disciplinary, democratization of data.
  • During discussion there was some concern regarding ethical issues around data accessibility and sharing that still needs to be addressed.

QUOTES:  John Broome (CODATA): ‘Partnerships will be critical. Clearly no one organisation can hope to achieve the overall goal.’

Accessing and integrating data from heterogeneous sources is a significant barrier facing evidence-based responses to global grand challenges. To address this ISC-CODATA is preparing an international, coordinating research program; ESIP has developed a community of practice around earth science data standards; and ENVRI aims to align and share FAIR compliant in-situ data and services. This workshop will 1) invite the GEO community to engage with these initiatives; 2) examine specific challenges relating to data accessibility, interoperability and reusability (FAIR); and 3) examine these issues around a set of pilot case studies, including infectious diseases, resilient cities and disaster risk reduction.

Grand challenges need to access and integrate data from many different sources. Discovery and interoperability mechanisms are frequently suboptimal.  Time and space is usually a key to integration, and remote sensing and in-situ Earth observation data play a crucial role.  The session will allow detailed exploration of the issues in relation to case studies of significance to the GEO community.  The workshop will explore the applicability and potential of the FAIR principles, ‘fitness for use’ criteria, Operational Readiness Levels, alignment of metadata specifications, and data cubes to contribute towards the solutions needed to assist data integration.


Please find the presentation here.


  • International Science Council – ISC
  • CODATA – Committee on Data of the ISC
  • ESIP – Earth Science Information Partners (US)
  • ARDC – Australian Research Data Commons
  • The National Committee for Data in Science (NCDiS) of the AAS – Australian Academy of science
  • AuScope
  • NCI – National Computational Infrastructure (Australia)
  • CSIRO (Australia)
  • The European Environmental Research Infrastructure Community (ENVRI


John Broome (CODATA), Erin Robinson (ESIP) (