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TOMORROW at Virtual SciDatCon 2021: Data Policy and Data Stewardship

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On Day Three (Weds 20 October) of Virtual SciDataCon 2021, we start the strand of sessions on Data for the SDGs and DRR, and continue the Interoperability strand with sessions on the I-ADOPT Framework and DRUM (Digital Representation of Units of Measure).

The sessions are listed below to make it easier to register if you have not done so already.

Data for the SDGs and DR

Harnessing risk-based data for disaster and climate resilience, Wednesday 20 October, 07:00-08:30 UTC: REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION

Data plays acrucial role in addressing a broad spectrum of challenges for improving risk reduction and sustainable development. Data standardisation, interoperability,availability, veracity, and accessibility are crucial techniques to address arange of vulnerability factors acting at the macro (i.e., national) andcommunity levels. For instance, standardisation of loss data quantification can assist in identifying gaps in vulnerability or risk assessment and simultaneously improving risk information. Likewise, accessing under-utilisedor unexplored data or data sources could be a valuable resource for assessingvulnerabilities and helping develop adaptive capacity. The session will discuss the mechanisms and methods on how data could be made accessible, available, interoperable, and standardised for climate and disaster risk assessment and a Systematic approach to ensure data coherence.

Accelerating South-South Cooperation to unlock the value of data for development, Wednesday 20 October, 11:00-12:30 UTC: REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION

South-South Cooperation (SSC) is critical to fuel technological innovation to advance the Data for Development (D4D) agenda and progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.  However, it is broadly acknowledged that SSC modalities for harnessing innovations in data for development remain under-developed. To overcome this deficit, there is a need for more documentation, discussion, and diffusion of lessons learned to spur fruitful South-South and Triangular data collaborations. The Thematic Research Experts Network for Data and Statistics (SDSN/TReNDS), established in 2015, is global in reach with an objective to leverage knowledge from both the Global North and South to put innovative data sources to work for development. This session would draw from TReNDS members’ direct experience in South-South and Triangular Cooperation processes with the aim of distilling lessons learned and sparking a broader conversation with SciDataCon participants about accelerating more fruitful data collaborations.

From Sendai to Send Data: Using Hazard Information Profile Data to understand the impact of hazards, Wednesday 20 October, 13:00 – 14:30 UTC: REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION

With disasters increasing in intensity, severity and impacts across the globe, improving risk information across all types of hazards is critical to enhance our capacity to anticipate, prevent and respond to disaster risks from the local to the global scales. One barrier to sharing and using risk information effectively has been the lack of standardized definitions of hazards and a lack of guidance on the full range of hazards from hydrometeorological, extraterrestrial, geological, environmental, chemical, biological, technological and  societal that need to be addressed in risk management. Through the development of a set of over 300 Hazard Information Profiles, the Technical Working Group of the UNDRR/ISC Hazard Definition and Classification Review has taken a significant step to improve the consistent reporting of hazard data with benefits for governments, society and science. CODATA will now be working to make the HIPs into a FAIR Vocabulary, following the guidelines laid down in the article Ten simple rules for making a vocabulary FAIR. This session will provide a greater understanding of how the Hazard Information Profiles can facilitate the data underpinning the work of national partners in their ability to systematically and accurately attribute risks and impacts to hazards which is key for disaster risk reduction and having a role in enhancing resilience.


Enabling data interoperability through the I-ADOPT Framework: implementation scenarios in the environmental science domain and beyond, Wednesday 20 October, 13:00-14:30 UTC: REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION
The RDA InteroperAble Descriptions of Observable Property Terminology (I-ADOPT) WG set out to produce an Interoperability Framework, co-developed by a diverse community of terminology experts and users, for representing and describing observable properties. By decomposing variable descriptions into atomic components and linking them to existing vocabulary terms, the framework helps to provide FAIR descriptions and to map between terminologies without changing their original structure. At this session, attendees will learn about the development of the I-ADOPT framework, and will get insights from its early adopters including data service providers, research infrastructures and research communities, from various domains.
Improving Our World One Unit at a Time, Wednesday 20 October, 16:00-17:30 UTC: REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION

The current state of the digital representation of units of measure (DRUM) across domains is a significant problem relative to the interoperability of data and it needs to be addressed urgently.  Across the scientific disciplines there is a wide variety of knowledge about, focus on, and care with the recording of a unit of measure with each piece of experimental, calculated, modeled, or derived data. Much information is available for annotation of units for humans, however there is no authoritative source for how to represent and store units of measures in digital systems. This is a fundamental problem for data science currently and a major problem for the future integration of large, heterogeneous datasets both within and across disciplines. This session will serve to inform participants of the ubiquity and urgency of the issue, will bring to light additional use cases and pain points, and will increase engagement from multiple stakeholders.

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.