Ask Me Anything Call On CODATA, Wednesday October 16th at 14:00-15:00 UTC (10:00-11:00 EDT)

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Ask Me Anything Call On CODATA, Wednesday October 16th at 14:00-15:00 UTC (10:00-11:00 EDT)

16 Oct 2019




We are writing to invite you to yet another "Ask me Anything" meeting, this time dedicated to CODATA.

Our speaker Simon Hodson will talk about CODATA and its mission and in particular the preparation for a decadal programme, under the auspices of the International Science Council (ISC), to make data work better for cross-domain global grand challenges. The FAIR principles have enabled us to accelerate progress in improved data stewardship.  It is essential for us to apply further effort to the I and the R of FAIR: interoperability and reusability.  This is particularly striking in those areas of research and policy priority (climate change adaptation, sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, resilient and healthy cities, etc) where progress cannot be made without making data from many different sources work together.

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. CODATA supports the principle that data produced by research and susceptible to be used for research should be as open as possible and as closed as necessary. CODATA works also to advance the interoperability and the usability of such data: research data should be intelligently open or FAIR. By promoting the policy, technological and cultural changes that are essential to make research data more widely available and more usable, CODATA helps advance ISCs mission of strengthening international science for the benefit of society.


If you are interested in attending please note that registration is required


Additional information:

The talk will be held online on Wednesday, October 16th at 14:00-15:00 UTC (10:00-11:00 EDT)

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Some short information about the speaker:


Short bio

Simon Hodson has been Executive Director of CODATA since August 2013. Simon is an expert on data policy issues and research data management. He as contributed to influential reports on Current Best Practice for Research Data Management Policies and to the Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World As part of his CODATA role, Simon leads or participants in numerous projects, Working Groups and Steering Groups. Currently, he is: Project Director, African Open Science Platform Project Chair, European Commission’s Expert Group on FAIR Data, which is preparing a report and guidelines on how to make FAIR data a reality; Co-chair, OECD Global Science Forum Project on Sustainable Business Models for Data Repositories; Co-chair, GEO Data Sharing Working Group, to which CODATA has made a longterm contribution; Co-chair, IRIDIUM Research Data Management Glossary Working Group, which is a collaboration between CODATA, CASRAI and Research Data Canada Simon is also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dryad Data Repository, a not-for-profit initiative to make the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable; and he sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of CESSDA ERIC, the European data infrastructure for the social sciences. Simon has a strong research background, as well as considerable project and programme management experience: from 2009 to 2013, as Programme Manager, he led two successive phases of Jisc's innovative Managing Research Data programme in the UK.


Twitter: @simonhodson99 AND @codataNEWS





The Early Careers and RDA14th Plenary co-located meeting is on Tue, 22 October 2019, at 15:00 - 17:00, prior to the ‘RDA for Newcomers’ session. You can find further information on the RDA website here.


Looking forward to talking with you!


Mervyn O Luing

on behalf of the Early Career and Engagement Interest Group (ECEIG)