Francophone Open Data Conference
17 – 19 December – Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Conscious of the importance of data to build sustainable development, the Francophone African Community on Open Data (CAFDO) in collaboration with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire through the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry host of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), organizes the second edition of the Francophone Open Data Conference (CAFDO 2019) from 17 to 19 December 2019 in Abidjan at the Palm Club Hotel.
The theme of this second edition is ” Open Data: From Principles to Action “. It is placed under the very high patronage of His Excellency the Prime Minister, Head of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire.
The objective of the conference is to promote the openness and reuse of data in French-speaking Africa. Specifically, it will:
- Advocate at the political level for more openness of data produced in ministries and public institutions;
- promote good practices on models of openness and exploitation of data;
- identify common challenges and propose actions for a better contribution of data in building a sustainable economy in member countries.
It is expected at this conference, actors from government, civil society, development organizations, research centers, universities, digital communities (Open Source, Open Data, Open Government, etc.).
This post is a syndicated copy of the one at http://eurodoc.net/news/2019/eurodoc-participated-in-the-1st-data-steward-school
Eurodoc Open Science ambassadors for France, Sothearath Seang (Policy Officer and Treasurer of Eurodoc) and Slovenia, Ana Slavec (Open Science Work Group Coordinator of Eurodoc) attended the Data Steward School that was held during the 4th edition of the CODATA-RDA Summer School for Research Data Science in Trieste, Italy on 5-16 August. The school is part of the FAIRsFAIR Initiative but unlike the previous editions of the summer school, this year’s edition included a pilot programme solely dedicated to data stewardship. Only five participants were selected to attend the program.
Data Stewards play an essential role in helping and accompanying researchers throughout the research process. They do so by providing information and guidelines about policy requirements, helping to implement the FAIR Data Principles and co-constructing a Data Management Plan (DMP). Data Stewards interact with many stakeholders including policy makers, researchers, data scientists, IT personnel and technicians. The FAIR data principles are a set of guidelines that aim to improve the findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability of digital assets. A DMP is a document that provides information on how the data will be generated, its nature, how it will be stored and shared and the restrictions that are applied to it. There are online tools that help you assess the FAIRness of your data and create a DMP like for example the ARDC self-assessment tool and DMP Online.
During the first week of the programme, all participants followed a common learning curriculum. For the second week, data stewards had a different programme that covered topics such as Metadata, Persistent Identifiers, Data Discovery, DMPs, Repositories, Ontologies and Linked Data. As part of the programme, data stewards had to prepare a data stewardship action plan to implement in the next six months. For Sothearath and Ana, that will include sharing the experience with members of the Eurodoc Working Group on Open Science and Eurodoc Open Science ambassadors to motivate them to learn more about data stewardship. We highly recommend this programme to every data scientist, data steward and early-career researcher because it provides substantial knowledge and training in the foundational skills of Research Data Science, essential for conducting good research.
Sothearath Seang, Treasurer of Eurodoc
September 2019: Publications in the Data Science Journal
||Title: Data Sharing at Scale: A Heuristic for Affirming Data Cultures
Author: Lindsay Poirier, Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn
||Title: Building Infrastructure for African Human Genomic Data Management
Author:Ziyaad Parker , Suresh Maslamoney, Ayton Meintjes, Gerrit Botha, Sumir Panji, Scott Hazelhurst, Nicola Mulder
||Title: Analysis of Rainfall and Temperature Data Using Ensemble Empirical Mode Decomposition
Author: Willard Zvarevashe, Symala Krishnannair, Venkataraman Sivakumar
||Title: Policy Needs to Go Hand in Hand with Practice: The Learning and Listening Approach to Data Management
Author: Maria Cruz, Nicolas Dintzner, Alastair Dunning, Annemiek van der Kuil, Esther Plomp, Marta Teperek, Yasemin Turkyilmaz-van der Velden, Anke Versteeg
||Title: The Australian Research Data Commons
Author: Michelle Barker, Ross Wilkinson, Andrew Treloar
||Title: The Impact of Targeted Data Management Training for Field Research Projects – A Case Study
Author: Jonathan L. Petters , George C. Brooks, Jennifer A. Smith, Carola A. Haas