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Drexel-CODATA FAIR-RRDM Workshop 2019, 31 March-1 April: Call for Papers – Registration

A Drexel Metadata Research Centre and CODATA workshop on knowledge sharing between research communities and research institutions

Sun 31 March and Mon 1 April 2019, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA

Call for Papers, deadline, 4 March:

Places limited, register at:

Responsible data management embodies the FAIR principles of making data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. FAIR has helped focus minds and provided readily adopted terminology and guidelines, which in turn will help realise the benefits of accelerated analysis, with machines, at scale. In consequence, research communities and research institutions are faced with the task of rising to the challenge of FAIR and responsible data management.

Advancing the adoption of FAIR requires sharing protocols, practices, policies, methodologies, and approaches for responsible data management. The open science and open data movements have made significant progress in certain research communities and domains, but less so in others. While good practices have been developed within some research communities, it is in research institutions and universities that data management and some long term stewardship must take place. Sometimes reluctantly, research institutions have been obliged to take greater responsibility for research data management by the needs of researchers and their communities on the one hand and by the requirements of national funders on the other.

There are opportunities for knowledge sharing and coordination across a number of these axes: between research disciplines and communities; between research communities and institutions; and internationally among institutions.  The biomedical and genomics fields, for example, have made considerable progress with data sharing and with issues of nomenclature and semantics. Much research activity of the last two decades could not have happened without community agreements on data sharing and mechanisms for managing concepts, semantic specifications and ontologies.  Likewise, many biomedical research domains are addressing the challenges of controlled sharing of sensitive and restricted data, following the FAIR principles but with respect to ethical and legal criteria where these prevent certain data from being fully Open.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers, data management experts, policy leaders and to facilitate knowledge sharing between research communities and between institutions.  Perspectives from all domains and from research institutions are in scope. At least one session will examine progress in the biomedical community and lessons to be learnt, particularly in relation to good practice and mechanisms for controlled sharing of sensitive and restricted data.

Outputs and Impact

The workshop will feature invited speakers and an expert panel discussion, selected research and practice papers from an open call, a poster and lightning talks session, as well as workshop sessions on mechanisms for knowledge sharing and on issues of responsibility and sensitive data.

The workshop will:

  1. highlight and scrutinise innovative approaches and key developments fulfilling FAIR principles;
  2. promote broad interest and participation in the pursuit of solutions across disciplines and institutions; and
  3. identify concrete mechanisms for knowledge sharing between research communities and between research institutions.

The workshop builds on a successful Göttingen-CODATA Symposium on RDM in Institutions which was held in March 2018 and like its predecessor will result in a special collection of the CODATA Data Science Journal.

Call for Presentations and Posters/Lightning Talks

Submissions are to be made via the CODATA Conference Platform at:

The deadline will be 18 February and accepted speakers will be notified no later than 1 March.

Recommended proposal lengths for the three categories of presentation are:

  • Long, research presentation, addressing the workshop themes by reporting on an original research activity: 800-1200 words
  • Short, practice presentation, addressing the workshop themes by reporting on a project or institutional activity: 400-800 words
  • Poster and lightning talk addressing the workshop themes: 300-600 words

After the workshop, selected presenters will be invited to submit a full paper to the CODATA Data Science Journal where they will form a special collection.

Workshop Themes / Sessions

  1. FAIR data: implications and responsibilities 1) for research communities and 2) for research institutions.
  2. FAIR data stewardship and knowledge sharing.  What progress has been made in RDM and FAIR data stewardship?  What can be learnt from biomedical research and from other domains?
  3. Limits of open data and how do deal responsibly with sensitive data.  What can be learnt from biomedical fields and other fields for the controlled sharing of sensitive data?
  4. RDM, FAIR stewardship services and research infrastructures 1) for research communities and 2) for research institutions.  How are research communities and/or research institutions implementing research infrastructures for RDM and FAIR stewardship?  How are they tackling related and supporting issues such as: a) developing skills and capacity; b) addressing policy, legal and ethical issues; c) aligning strategies and priorities with FAIR and RDM responsibilities?
  5. Alignment of domain and institutional RDM and FAIR stewardship: What experiences exist and mechanisms are there for aligning domain and institutional RDM and FAIR stewardship? Examples of collaboration between research communities, domain research infrastructures and institutions will be particularly welcome.


The workshop is free.  Places are limited. Please register at: 


The programme committee and organisers are committed to ensuring this is a no-fee event.  To help with this ambition, we will be very grateful for financial support and sponsorship.  Please contact Jane Greenberg <>, Simon Hodson <> for further information.

Program Committee


  • Jane Greenberg, Alice B. Kroeger Professor, Director of the Metadata Research Center, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University, USA
  • Simon Hodson, Executive Director CODATA
  • Devika Madalli, Professor, Documentation Research and Training Center (DRTC), Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Bangalore, India

Programme Committee Members:

  • Jan Brase, Head of Research and Development Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen State and University Library, Germany
  • Sarah Callaghan, Editor-in-Chief of the Data Science Journal
  • Bonnie Carroll, CODATA Secretary General and Information International Associates, Inc. (IIa).
  • Kedma Duarte, Technical-Scientific Advisor, Goiás State Research Support Foundation (Fapeg), Goiania, Goiás, Brazil
  • Megan Force, Editor, Data Citation Index, Clarivate Analytics
  • Wolfram Horstman, Director, Göttingen State and University Library, Germany
  • Eva Mendez, Deputy Vice-Rector for Scientific Policy. Open Science, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain, and Chair of the EU Open Science Policy Platform
  • Rosina Weber, Associate Professor, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University.
  • Michael Witt, Head of the Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2), Purdue University


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