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Advancing the RDA/CODATA Data Systems, Tools, and Services for Crisis Situations WG

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    Stefanie Kethers

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    Welcome and introduction 

    Stefanie Kethers


    Presentation: The  RDA/CODATA Data Systems, Tools, and Services for Crisis Situations Working Group

    Background and description

    Aims and objectives

    Deliverables and methodologies

    Timeline and milestones 

    Group status and next steps

    Gnana Bharathy


    The UNESCO Toolkit for Open Science and this working group’s contribution

    Francis P. Crawley


    Case studies on data systems, tools, and services in crisis situations (lightning talks based on pre-recorded videos)

    Covid-19 (Virginia Murray, United Kingdom)

    Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria (Burcak Basbug Erkan, Turkey)

    Cyclones in Asia (Ron Law, The Philippines)

    Bushfires (Stefanie Kethers, Australia)

    The War in Ukraine (Francis P. Crawley, Belgium)



    The roles of scientific principles and ELSI principles in framing the working group’s research

    Perihan Elif Ekmekci


    Breakout groups activity to identify potential characteristics and applications of systems, tools, and services to emergency situations



    Report back from the working groups



    Summary of the working meeting and next steps

    Stefanie Kethers

    Additional links to informative material
    2015 UN Landmark Agreements of Sendai, SDGs and Paris
    The all hazards approach that the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction call for: ‘To strengthen technical and scientific capacity to capitalize on and consolidate existing knowledge and to develop and apply methodologies and models to assess disaster risks, vulnerabilities and exposure to all hazards; (paragraph 24 j)’

    UNDRR/ISC Hazard definition and classification review (2020)

    UNDRR/ISC Hazard Information Profiles: Supplement to UNDRR-ISC Hazard Definition & Classification Review – Technical Report (2021)

    ISC Policy Brief: Using UNDRR/ISC Hazard Information Profiles to Manage Risk and implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2022)

    The report on  the Main findings and recommendations of the midterm review of the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 states in Paragraph 2:

    21. Information and guidance on addressing technological hazards are now available and several United Nations organizations are supporting Member States in improving understanding of and reporting on human-made hazards and risks. In 2020, a hazard definition and classification review was published, together with hazard information profiles which outline a detailed description of each hazard.’

    Avoid conflict with the following group (1)
    Artificial Intelligence and Data Visitation (AIDV) WG

    Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group
    This working meeting will help to develop and recruit members to a new RDA/CODATA Data Systems, Tools, and Services for Crisis Situations Working Group (DSTSCS-WG). This working group arises out of a widespread set of activities and interests in RDA and CODATA that have developed through close interaction with leading international, regional, and national organisations playing prominent roles in crisis preparedness and response architecture, crisis governance, and the management of crisis situations.
    There is an increasing awareness of the need for data systems, tools, and services (DSTSs) addressed to the contexts of disasters, emergencies, and crises as well as how these core data elements should be accessible in timely and reliable manners that are interrelated and interoperable. Leading inter-governmental, international, and national agencies as well as emergency response organisations and frontline workers and communities have recently expressed this need. Examining the applicability and interoperability of data systems, tools, and services is a critical step to developing more cohesive, supportive, and complementary mechanisms for preparedness, response, and recovery to crisis situations. Doing so will also lead to synergies across international, regional, and national institutions and initiatives. This working group will contribute to addressing the governance and management of cascading and transboundary crises by strengthening the understanding of the characteristics and interoperability of data systems, tools, and services fundamental to policy and governance for strategic crisis management.
    Most of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) address aspects that are directly related to the need for the collection, analysis, sharing, and interpretation of data in crisis situations: e.g., SDG 1, 2, 3, 4. 5. 8. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17. The 2030 Agenda, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015, recognizes the importance of high-quality, timely, and disaggregated data to support the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. It emphasises the need for data-driven decision-making and evidence-based policies to effectively address development challenges. The UN has called for collaborative efforts among governments, organisations, and stakeholders to strengthen data systems, tools, and services.

    Estimate of the required room capacity

    I Understand a Chair Must be Present at the Event to Hold the Breakout Session

    Meeting objectives
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    The aim of this working meeting is to present the idea of the RDA/CODATA Data Systems, Tools, and Services for Crisis Situations Working Group and receive feedback, input, and further direction on the WG’s aims, objectives, methodologies, and deliverables as well as expand the WG’s collaborations within RDA and attract an expanded and more diverse WG membership.
    This working meeting will present the specific context and needs for data collection, data analysis, interoperability standards, and data presentation in crisis situations alongside why specific data systems, tools, and services need to be developed, oriented, and applied (as appropriate) to the urgencies of the needs of scientists, policymakers, first responders, private sector, NGOs and individuals and communities directly affected by a crisis. The adaptability, quality, reliability, and interoperability of data systems, tools, and services is of foremost importance to first responders, scientists in the field and those responsible for situation analysis, as well as for governments, emergency response organisations, funders, science publishers, mass media and social media, and (perhaps above all) the individuals and communities on the ground in need of an accurate understanding of their situation and appropriate support.
    In order to facilitate discussion, the full presentations of the session will be recorded two weeks in advance of the session and made available for participants to watch and share. The presentations provide a general introduction to the need for data systems, tools, and services to consider how to ensure rapid and accurate connectivity and interoperability during crisis situations alongside the need for open architect and open science allowing scientists, first responders, help organisations, and affected communities and individuals address the urgencies of crises with timely, accurate, and rich data. This includes the need to have data seamlessly transferred to repositories and databases for curation, accurate and rapid analysis, and integration into decision-making for policy makers and emergency responders. The session will also present case studies in differing crisis situations to demonstrate the needs and requirements for data systems, tools, and services in crises. In addition, ELSIethically significant issues related to data collection, curation, and transfer, which are often overlooked, will be clarified in order to prevent potential risks to both decision-making and response mechanisms, as well as the well-being of individuals and society as a whole.   The session will be primarily interactive with the RDA community, with short summaries by working group members and experts with the majority of the time allocated to working groups and interactive discussion.

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    Breakout 2, Breakout 4, Breakout 5

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