Two Weeks Left for International Data Week: SciDataCon 2018 Session Proposals

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Two Weeks Left for International Data Week: SciDataCon 2018 Session Proposals
06 Feb 2018

Two Weeks Left for International Data Week: SciDataCon 2018 Session Proposals

06 February 2018

Only two weeks left to answer the call for sessions at the International Data Week's SciDataCon 2018. Visit the call for sessions page now or submit your session proposal now!

International Data Week will be a major event for the global Open Science, data science and research data community. On the agenda will be the role of data in the sustainable development goals, the emergence of FAIR data, the evolution of scholarly communications, the need for data skills in education and - in sum - the many issues related to Open Science/Open Research, globally and in Africa.


International Data Week = SciDataCon and RDA Plenary

International Data Week comprises of SciDataCon, a conference for research and practice papers addressing all aspects of data in research, and the 12th Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance.

Deadline for SciDataCon Session Proposals is Fri 19 Feb 2018
To learn more about the themes to be explored by the conference, please visit the conference themes and scope page.


Key Dates

Deadline for session proposals: 19 February 2018
Selected sessions will be notified by: 28 February 2018
Call for abstracts will be released on: 1 March 2018
Deadline for abstracts submission: 30 April 2018
Target for confirmation of accepted abstracts: 31 May 2018

The CODATA General Assembly will take place on 9-10 November 2018.


International Data Week

Co-organized by the ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), the ICSU World Data System (WDS) and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), this landmark event will address the theme of ‘The Digital Frontiers of Global Science’.

In a hyperconnected world where the internet is pervasive and web technologies are driving major changes in our lives, research has become more than ever before digital and international.

Furthermore, the major societal and scientific challenges facing humanity in this digital age are profoundly global in character, requiring the participation of researchers from all countries and disciplines.

The data revolution is also a major source of the scientific opportunities to address these issues but to realise these potentials.  Likewise, the data revolution must be inclusive, benefitting all, and harnessing all energies: neither country nor discipline should be left behind.

The following themes will be covered within the conference’s scope:

  • frontier issues for research in a global and digital age;
  • applications, progress and challenges of data intensive research;
  • data infrastructure and enabling practices for international and collaborative research.

Like its predecessor, IDW 2018 will bring together data scientists, researchers from all disciplines, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers and data stewards. All areas of research are in scope, including the social sciences, humanities, and business and management sciences. Similarly, the applications of data outside of research will also be considered.

The event will be a rich week of science and data, featuring world renowned keynote speakers, plenary panels and discussions, the presentation of high quality research and practical working sessions for international collaborations.

IDW 2018 combines the 12th RDA Plenary Meeting, the biannual meeting of the research data community, and SciDataCon 2018, the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research. To a greater degree than at IDW 2016 in Denver, Colorado, the events will be integrated, such that each day will feature an inspiring and engaging range of activities.


Botswana, Africa and the World

The meeting will be held in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana.  This is an excellent location for this compelling international conference:

  • The fundamental role of data for research, for economic development and ecological sustainability are recognised as important and are supported by the government, research institutions and community.
  • The government of Botswana has a strong and forward looking policy to support education, technology, development and research.
  • Botswana is active and well-integrated in regional (Southern African Development Community: SADC), African and international collaboration in various areas of research and in data activities.
  • The Botswana university and research sector is advancing greatly as a result of these policies and engagements.

Gaborone is easy to get to, with connecting flights for international participants from Johannesburg (JNB), Nairobi (NBO) and Addis Ababa (ADD), and boasts attractive venues and excellent quality, competitively priced hotels.

Botswana is one of the safest countries in the world according to the Global Peace Index. Since independence in 1966, Botswana maintained a stable representative democracy, with a consistent record of uninterrupted democratic elections and ranking 35 (out of 176 countries) in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016. Gaborone offers a pleasant location and attractions; in the north of the country, there are unique UNESCO sites for participants who wish to visit before or after the conference.


International Data Week Organisers

The organisers of International Data Week are the University of Botswana on behalf of the Botswana Open Data Open Science Forum, CODATA, the Committee on Data of the International Council of Science (ICSU), the ICSU World Data System and the Research Data Alliance.