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CODATA China report on two workshops held in early 2022 on key data topics: ‘Scientific Data Ethics in the Digital Economy’ and ‘Open Data for Open Science’

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The CODATA China National Committee recently held two interesting scientific workshops on key data issues. 

CODATA China held ‘Scientific Data Ethics in the Digital Economy’ Workshop

On 17 Jan 2022, the workshop “Scientific Data Ethics in the Digital Economy” was held virtually for epidemic prevention and control reasons, organized by CODATA China National Committee. More than thirty experts and scholars from fields including population health, agri-food, earth observation, ecology and environment, intangible cultural heritage protection and big data attended. Chaired by secretary general of CODATA China National Committee Lianglin Hu, the workshop was composed of presentations by domain experts followed by discussions. 

Experts introduced ethics problems and developments in various fields in China and the relationship with the ethics of scientific data, sharing their concerns and thoughts on data ethics implementations. Attendees had in-depth and lively discussions on ethical issues in various fields and its evolution with data ethics. Lianglin Hu concluded that “In the era of the digital economy, the demand for data ethics is getting higher and higher. Balancing the relationship between data development and utilization, open sharing, data security, and reducing the ethical risks that may arise from data sharing and utilization is surely a major challenge. It is of great theoretical value and practical significance to systematically explore the ethics of scientific data, while the connotation and extension of the ethics of scientific data need to be further explored.”

Workshop of CODATA China on ‘Open Data for Open Science’ was held

On 3 March 2022, an ‘Open Data for Open Science’ Workshop, organized by CODATA China National Committee, was held successfully. Around twenty experts and scholars with open science research backgrounds from the Institute of Science and Technology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and other universities participated in the workshop. Lianglin Hu, Secretary General of the CODATA China National Committee, chaired the workshop. The workshop was composed of presentations by domain experts and with discussions to follow. 

The participants had in-depth and enthusiastic discussions on the current situation and development of open data and open science and concluded that development will continue to increase impact on the academic publishing community. Under the influence of relevant state policies and with the increasing call for open science, how to balance the relationship between data ethics, data security, and data standards is a major challenge in promoting open data sharing. Scientific researchers and the public will benefit from the development of open science. It is recommended to enhance open science education, carry out demonstration projects, increase the participation of universities, protect data property rights, and promote the implementation of open science in China by considering the actual needs of national development.

For details, please contact the CODATA China National Committee (codata(@)