CODATA invites proposals for Task Groups to be approved by the 32nd CODATA General Assembly which will be held on 12-13 November 2021, following International Data Week 2021, convened by CODATA, the Research Data Alliance and the World Data System on 8-11 November 2021. Like IDW 2021, the General Assembly will be held in a hybrid format, with both virtual and in-person participation in Seoul, Korea.
The final deadline for submissions of Task Group Proposals is 12 July 2021. Proposals will be reviewed by the CODATA Executive Committee and by external experts. Recommendations will be presented to the CODATA General Assembly which will vote on and select the Task Groups.
Task Groups are approved by the General Assembly for two years. Existing CODATA Task Groups may apply for renewal and are subject to the same criteria, as described in the Call for Task Groups document.
Decadal Programme Themes and Priority Activities
Pilot activities for the CODATA Decadal Programme ‘Making Data Work for Cross-Domain Grand Challenges’ are now underway and the Programme will be officially launched at the ISC Virtual General Assembly in October 2021. The overall aim of the CODATA Decadal Programme is to enable an ecosystem for FAIR data for cross domain research to be developed and implemented. To do so, the Decadal Programme addresses three broad themes. Proposals should state clearly and specifically how the Task Group activities will contribute to the realisation of one or more of these objectives.
Theme 1: Enabling Technologies and Good Practice for Data-Intensive Science: Desired activities should aim to identify, define, develop or validate enabling technologies and good practices for data-intensive science that is applicable across disciplines.
Theme 2: Mobilising Domains and Breaking Down Silos: Desired activities should promote and progress interoperability of data and related services within and across the disciplines of science.
Theme 3: Advancing Interoperability Through Cross-Domain Case Studies: Desired activities would seek to develop and apply solutions for interoperability and reuse of data in cross domain case studies and all areas of research which rely on combining data from disparate, and often heterogeneous sources.
The call suggests some high priority topics under each of these three themes (see the call document for further details). Task Group proposals addressing these or similar issues are particularly encouraged. This does not mean that Task Group proposals addressing areas not described above will be considered out of scope: we invite and encourage innovative ideas from the CODATA community.
Submission Procedure and Deadlines
Applications should be made by filling out the form available at CODATA website as completely as possible by the deadline of 12 July 2021. This form is the principal information source used for evaluating the proposals.
Proposers are encouraged to download a template to pre-fill proposed membership of the Task Group for easy upload to the above linked web form when submitting the proposal. We also attach the template as .xlsx for convenience.
For existing CODATA Task Groups that are applying for renewal, there is an additional section required, in which the Task Group should report on its activities, outputs and outcomes to date.
Proposers are encouraged to liaise with Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible in the process for guidance, advice and to ensure criteria are met as far as possible.