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TODAY at Virtual SciDatCon 2021: Core Interoperability, Supporting FAIR and new directions for CODATA and WDS

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We are into the last few days of SciDataCon 2021: only three days left, don’t miss out!

On Tuesday 26 October, there will be three strands.  This includes the final session in our exploration of components of Core Interoperability, looking at interoperability for cross-domain science.  We also see the first sessions in the strands on Supporting FAIR Research, showcasing two important European Research Infrastructures, and the suite of sessions exploring new directions for CODATA and WDS activities.

Exploring Core Interoperability

DDI-CDI: The Challenge of Cross-Domain Data Integration, Tuesday 26 October, 13:00-14:30 UTC and 16:00-17:30 UTC: REGISTER

This panel examines the development and use of the Data Documentation Initiative’s Cross-Domain Integration (DDI-CDI) specification. DDI-CDI provides a model for the enhanced metadata and documentation needed when integrating data which comes from different domains, characterized by diverse structures and provenance. This is a double session. The first part will focus on the capabilities of DDI-CDI and how it complements other metadata standards for meeting the breadth of requirements in a cross-domain scenario. The second part will look at specific implementations and the challenges of adoption and support of standards used in data sharing between domains. The focus of this part if to illustrate in a real sense the challenges to be met, and to look at the solutions which suggest themselves based on experience.

Supporting FAIR Research

SoBigData: An European Research Infrastructure for Big Data and Social Mining, Tuesday 26 October, 11:00-12:30 UTC: REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION

Data science is an opportunity for boosting social progress, and data analysis tools are triggering new services with a clear impact on our daily life. SoBigData RI ( is a multi-disciplinary research infrastructure aimed at using social mining and big data to understand the complexity of our contemporary, globally-interconnected society. The SoBigdata RI’s service platform empowers researchers for the design and execution of large-scale social mining experiments. Pushing the FAIR (findable, accessible, Interoperable, responsible) and FACT (Fair, Accountable, Confidential and Transparent) principles, the RI renders social mining experiments more efficiently designed, and repeatable by leveraging concrete tools that operationalize ethics, incorporating values and norms for privacy, fairness, transparency and pluralism; also touching upon how data science helps us to make more informed choices, underlining the need to achieve collective intelligence without compromising the rights of individuals. The format of the session is a mix of research and practice presentations where the SoBigData++ project is presented in all its parts.

Unlock scientific collaboration through technology, Tuesday 26 October, 13:00-14:30 UTC: REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION

This 90min practice session will showcase with real examples how the Science Mesh (explained below) is supporting collaboration of distributed science teams across disciplines dealing with data. The session will have presentations from Science Mesh developers and also representatives of each one of the use-cases. There will be opportunity for interaction and discussion with audience. The Science Mesh, a service developed by CS3MESH4EOSC project, enables the users to retain control over their remote or domestic datasets, while becoming FAIR (Findable, Acessible, Interoperable and Reusable)compatible and integrated with the EOSC (European Open Science Cloud) at the same time. Users are able to directly access the service provided by Science Mesh from easy-to-use interfaces and discover the different functionalities, as well as develop application plugins or easily set-up federations in their own scope and develop their own activities on top of them. The Science Mesh goes beyond the general-purpose storage services from multinational companies, by providing an interconnected platform suited to the particular needs of researcher and students at European academic institutions and increasing scientific knowledge coming from both the academia and the research industry.

CODATA and WDS Strategic Sessions

Open-Science addressing Collaboration of CODATA and WDS Communities in Asia-Oceania Area, Tuesday 26 October, 07:00-08:30 UTC: REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION

In the Asia-Oceania area, various activities on data have been performed mainly by WDS and CODATA because this area is highly important in terms of global aspects of environmental and socio-economic issues. On the other hand, the construction of a collaborative network on data under the WDS and the CODATA is still in an under-development stage. Many current CODATA Task Groups (e.g. agriculture data, disaster data, data preservation, improving data access) have a close connection with regional activities. Since the principal members of WDS are research-data repositories mainly operated by academic institutions, e.g. universities, the principal subjects of its activity have been weighted to bottom-up and reinforce collaborative infrastructure in the Asia-Oceania area. A collaboration of WDS and CODATA will be particularly important to expand our activity to involve both academic and social communities to establish a collaborative network on data under the Open-Science and FAIR principles.  The session will consists of several ignition/lightning talks and structured discussion to initiate collaborative actions of CODATA and WDS on data issue in the Asia-Oceania area.

Research Data and FAIR Data Framework in the Context of India’s STIP2021: The Way Forward, Tuesday 26 October, 11:00-12:30 UTC: REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION

In India, a draft version of the 5th national Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) was released in January 2021 for public consultation. This policy instrument includes the provision of open research data from the public-funded research and education. Additionally, UNESCO released the draft version of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, to be adopted by the Member States in November 2021. As a member country, India is also a party to the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science and will have to implement the set of recommendations therein. In this context, the current session will explore the challenges and opportunities in implementing the Research Data and FAIR Data Framework in the country. The panelists will look into the open research data aspects at the institutional, funders’, and national level in order to meet the national and international norms and obligations in collaborative research.

International data issues perspectives from the CODATA National Committees – Stories from various countries and how they relate to international issues and the CODATA Decadal Programme, Tuesday 26 October, 13:00-14:30 UTC: REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION

CODATA is the Committee on Data of the International Science Council (ISC). CODATA exists to promote global collaboration to improve the availability and usability of data for all areas of research. Its mission is to connect data and people to advance science and improve our world. It draws its membership from a network of 18 member countries, 32 international science unions and 4 institutional organizations. CODATA National Members meet in a monthly forum to facilitate the sharing of experiences and information among countries, to discuss updates from CODATA (International) and to identify opportunities for members to participate with each locally or globally. This session will feature short presentations by several countries to demonstrate the diversity and the richness of national activities as well as some of the challenges faced by individual countries, and highlight the state of play of scientific data among countries and how the priorities and approaches vary widely from country to country. Each presenter will also discuss how their national activities feed into and/or support the work and objectives of international activities such as those of CODATA and the Decadal Program.

Virtual SciDataCon 2021 is organised by CODATA and the World Data System, the two data organisations of the International Science Council – PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE – FULL PROGRAMME – please note that registration is free, but participants must register for each session they wish to attend.

CODATA and WDS are very grateful to SpringerNature for sponsorship of Virtual SciDataCon 2021This sponsorship has assisted us in running the conference without a cost-recovery access charge, for which we are extremely grateful.