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Deadline Extended: Call for Nominations for ISC Awards Programme

Deadline Extended: Call for Nominations for ISC Awards Programme

In response to several requests from ISC Members and affiliated bodies, the deadline for submission of nominations for the ISC Awards Programme 2021 has been extended to 8 March 2021. In September 2020, the President of the International Science Council (ISC), Professor Daya Reddy, announced the launch of a new ISC Awards Programme . The Programme recognizes individuals, groups, and ...

Second LAC Workshop: Presentations and Recordings Now Available

Presentations and recordings of the Second Latin America and the Caribbean Scientific Data Management Workshop are available now. This workshop was convened by WDS, in collaboration with the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA). Presentation slides and recordings The Second Latin America and the ...

ISC Podcast: Nature ‘Working Scientist’ Series

ISC Podcast: Nature ‘Working Scientist’ Series

The  International Science Council  is supporting a mini-series of the Nature ‘Working Scientist’ podcast , dedicated to diversity in science—why it matters, and how to improve it. Featuring voices from the ISC community, the podcasts explore how organizations such as ISC can be better allies for better science. Science Diversified Why is diversity—of voices, ideas and people—so important ...

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Canada’s Path to a Global Open Research Commons

Karen.jpgBlog post by Karen Payne (WDS-ITO Associate Director)

I would like to bring your attention the following white paper that was recently published by David Castle (WDS-SC member), Mark Leggott (Executive Director, Research Data Canada), and I. This paper is one of a set collected by Canada's New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) as part of their needs assessment and strategic planning activities. We believe it is also of interest to the WDS community:

 This article emphasizes three points:

  • The need for Canada to differentiate the national government’s role from that of commercial providers;
  • The need to meet researchers where they are, by taking stock of the tools they already use; and most importantly,
  • The need to support international coordination mechanisms such as the World Data System.

The article concludes that “a principled approach to building scientific infrastructure will best serve Canada and our international partners. No single community or country can address every consideration in the [digital research infrastructure] landscape, making it incumbent upon NDRIO to coordinate with international scientific federations as they marshal their strengths to address global challenges.”

Benchmarking the Global Open Research Commons

Karen.jpgBlog post by Karen Payne (WDS-ITO Associate Director)

Trustworthy Data Repositories (TDRs) are a key pillar within the Global Open Research Commons (GORC), utilized by researchers as they address societal grand challenges such as climate change, pandemics, and poverty. The realized vision of the GORC will provide frictionless access to all research resources, including data, publications, software, and compute resources; plus the metadata, vocabulary, and identification services that enable their discovery and use by humans and machines. Part of the mission of the WDS International Technology Office (WDS-ITO) is to ensure that WDS Members are well represented in the coordination bodies, infrastructures, and functional pipelines that connect TDRs, analytics, and computing resources, globally. As part of this work, the WDS-ITO has taken a leadership role within the Research Data Alliance’s (RDA’s)  GORC Interest Group (IG), and the GORC Working Group (WG) on International Benchmarking

The GORC IG is working on a set of deliverables to support coordination amongst organizations that are building commons, including a roadmap for global alignment to help set priorities for commons development and integration. In support of this roadmap, the GORC Benchmarking WG will develop and collect a set of benchmarks for organizations such that they can internally measure their user engagement and development, and gauge their maturity and compare features across commons. 

In the first case, the WG will collect information about how existing commons measure success, adoption, or use of the services within an organization, such as data downloads, contributed software, and similar Key Performance Indicators and access statistics.  Secondly, we will also curate a set of benchmarks that will enable commons developers to compare features across science clouds. For example, we could consider benchmarks such as evidence or the existence of a well-defined decision making process, a consistent and openly available data privacy policy, and a workflow for adding and maintaining PIDs for managed assets—just to name a few. 

This WG is motivated by the broader goal of openly sharing data and related services across technologies, disciplines, and countries. The deliverables of the WG will inform roadmaps for development of the infrastructure necessary to meet this goal, while forging strong partnerships across the national-, regional-, and domain-focused commons that will be crucial to its success. Observable and measurable benchmarks will help create a tangible path for the development and support of strategic planning across science commons infrastructures and build a common that is globally interoperable. It will also support developers as they seek resources to build the GORC by helping them respond to funding agency requirements for measurable deliverables. WDS Members are a key component of this vision. 

The work will build on previous RDA groups that some WDS Members may have previously or are currently involved with, such as the National Data Services IG, the  Domain Repositories IG, the Data Fabric IG, and the Virtual Research Environment IG. These groups, and many others outside of RDA, will have recommendations that speak to functionality and features of various components of commons; for example, the re3data.org schema for collecting information on research data repositories for registration, the European Open Science Cloud’s (EOSC’s) FAIR and Sustainability WGs that seek to define the EOSC as a Minimum Viable Product. We will review these and other related outputs to see if they have identified benchmarks that we feel will support our goals. 

The GORC International Benchmarking WG Case Statement is open for public review until Monday, 8 February 2021, and we have submitted a session proposal for RDA’s 17th Plenary Meeting to be held in April. We invite all WDS Members to provide comments or get involved in the RDA GORC IG and WG. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Karen Payne (ito-director[at]oceannetworks[dot]ca) at the WDS-ITO. We would love to talk to you!

We Must Tear Down the Barriers That Impede Scientific Progress

We would like to bring your attention the following article published on 18 December 2020 in Scientific American that we believe is of interest to the WDS community:

  –  We Must Tear Down the Barriers That Impede Scientific Progress

This article was written by Michael M. Crow and Greg Tananbaum to emphasize how Open Science contributed to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of 'openness' not only for science and the economy but also for society. The article concludes with a paragraph that strongly resonates with the work of the World Data System:

There are hurdles to widespread adoption of open science practices, to be sure. Researchers need proper training on data management plans, reuse licensing and other good open science hygiene. Infrastructure must be developed and nurtured to preserve scientific data, curate it and render it actionable. And organizations must overcome their natural entropy, which makes tackling big, cross-cutting initiatives like open science challenging. While these obstacles are nontrivial, they are small in comparison to the scientific, economic, and societal benefits of open. In a moment of great peril, maintaining the status quo will ultimately prove more costly.

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FAIRsFAIR: Open Call for Policy Enhancement Support

FAIRsFAIR: Open Call for Policy Enhancement Support

Would you like advice on how you can better align your policy with the FAIR Principles? FAIRsFAIR has prepared a series of recommendations for policy enhancement to support the realization of a FAIR ecosystem. The project now invites expressions of interest (EoIs) from policymakers at all levels to work with FAIRsFAIR in order to assess their current policies against these ...

Workshop: Establishing Norms of Data Ethics in Citizen Sciences

The National Science Foundation  is currently funding the 'Establishing Norms of Data Ethics in Citizen Sciences' project, in which a toolkit is being co-created to support trustworthy data practices in citizen science. Following the completion of a series of focus group sessions across data ethic topics, the next step is to host a series of resource workshops to develop the data practice ...

The Open Festival of PIDs: PIDapalooza 2021

The Open Festival of PIDs: PIDapalooza 2021

PIDapalooza 2021 will be held by  California Digital Library (WDS Regular Member), DataCite (WDS Partner Member), ORCID (WDS Partner Member), Crossref, and NISO on 27 January 2021.   PIDapalooza 2021 will be a 24-hour nonstop PID party happening around the world, and the idea behind PIDapalooza is to invite everyone that has a shared love of persistent identifiers and the metadata that ...

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World Data System Asia–Oceania Conference 2019

WDS Asia–Oceania Conference 2019 in Journal of Global Change Data & Discovery (2019.3 (4); 412-413; DOI:  10.3974/geodp.2019.04.17 ). The World Data System Asia–Oceania Conference 2019 (WDS-AO 2019) was held in Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, on May 7–8. The conference was hosted by World Data System of ...

Call for Contributions for iPRES 2020

iPRES is the premier and longest-running conference series on digital preservation. Since 2004, we have had annual iPRES conferences in rotation around the globe on four continents so far. Our conference brings together 300-400 scientists, students, researchers, archivists, librarians, providers, and other experts to share recent developments, innovative projects and to collaboratively solve ...

Data Distribution Centre Support for the IPCC Sixth Assessment

Stockhause et al.  in Data Science Journal (Volume 18, Number 20; doi.org/10.5334/dsj-2019-020 ). Abstract: The information provided in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC; http://ipcc.ch ) Assessment Reports (ARs) inform climate change policy development. Within the IPCC the scientific coordination of the ARs is conducted by three Working Groups (WGs) comprising of the ...

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