We are delighted to announce that after a long delay, we are able to recommence the popular WDS Webinar series. On Monday, 07 October at 23:00 UTC, Dawei Lin (Associate Director for Bioinformatics; Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation) from the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will present An Introduction to the TRUST Principles – A use case of ...
The Call for Abstracts for the WDS co-convened Third International Polar Data Forum (PDF III) is now closed. N otification of abstract acceptance will be given by 16 September 2019.
Information about PDF III
We are pleased to announce that PDF III will be hosted by the Finnish Meteorological Institute at their Dynamicum campus on 18–22 November 2019 in Helsinki, Finland. PDF III ...
We are very sorry to inform the WDS Community that David J. Patterson (Paddy) has been forced to retire from the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) 2018–2021 with immediate effect due to health reasons. Paddy's leaving is a big loss to WDS: he has been playing a key role in the SC by not only bringing his wealth of knowledge and expertise in the area of Biological data, but also his drive and ...
The Call for Nominations for the 2019 WDS Data Stewardship Award is now closed. The WDS Scientific Committee will now examine all of the nominations, as we hope to announce the winner soon, who will then be presented with their Award and a prize in plenary at the next SciDataCon (dates and venue to be confirmed), with their attendance covered by the World Data System.
The WDS Data ...
Universities are inherently multidisciplinary and often hold a wide variety of research datasets. This makes them an ideal place to develop and test systems to manage, host, and access multidisciplinary and heterogeneous research datasets. However, the existence of such datasets and how they are preserved is not always well known. At Kyoto University, a survey was conducted by the Academic Data Innovation Unit* to gain a basic understanding of this information towards the planning of a new research data management system. The survey was sent to all researchers at Kyoto University, more than 3,000 of them, in December 2018 and we collected their responses until the end of January 2019. Although the survey was not mandatory, valid responses were received from 244 researchers ranging across the disciplines in Figure 1. From the results, we see that the largest proportion of datasets are held by the Life Sciences. This may not be the reality, however, since we received an unexpectedly low response from the Technology departments, which form the largest group at Kyoto University.
Figure 1: Responses by discipline
Figure 2 indicates the level of openness for each of the datasets identified by researchers. As can be seen, the majority of datasets are shared within a research group only and are not open to others (or even open at all). The implication is that the principle use case we need to account for on campus when developing a data management system is the sharing of data among members within each research group rather than making the data completely open.
Figure 2: Number of open and closed datasets
Despite the above, we believe that it should be possible for some researchers to make their datasets open to all if they are provided with appropriate technical support. Proper education and training on open data and data management will also assist in this process. In particular, around 20 data repositories—mostly hosted by research institutes within Kyoto University—are of especially high quality, and we would expect that about half of them could potentially become CoreTrustSeal-certified WDS Regular Members.
*The Academic Data Innovation Unit is a virtual organization at Kyoto University and is currently chaired by Prof Shoji Kajita. One of its main tasks is to propose a research data management system to accommodate the needs of all researchers at Kyoto University.
Enabling the Next Generation of Data Managers to be Part of the WDS Scientific Committee
A Blog post by Alice Frémand (WDS-ECR Network Representative on the WDS Scientific Committee)
The WDS-ECR Network was set up in September 2017 to promote scientific data stewardship, share best practices, and foster better communication among ECRs. As a co-lead of the Network, alongside Sabrina Delgado Arias (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.) and Ivan Pyshnograiev (Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute), I coordinate events, speaker series, and periodic teleconferences, as well as liaise with other ECR communities to share ideas on future data practices.
In 2018, the WDS-SC invited a representative of the ECR Network to take part in their meetings by opening up a one-year rolling seat on the Committee. This initiative facilitates communication with the next generations of data managers and enables WDS to develop activities targeting ECR’s interests. I represented the Network on the WDS-SC from July 2018 to June 2019. Being a member of the WDS-SC was an amazing experience and opportunity.
All SC members are working pro bono to share their ideas on how to best shape the future of data stewardship for better science. This is very exciting! SC members meet each month via teleconference, and then twice a year in person where most of the plans for actions are validated. In order to reach out to different communities, face-to-face meetings of the WDS-SC are often co-located with other WDS events such as regional conferences. I attended two such meetings, one in November 2018 in Cape Town, and another in May 2019 in Beijing. During the very intense two-day meetings, SC members present their ideas and discuss the tasks for WDS to undertake in the following months. I got to meet exceptional data experts from around the world, and took part in the decisions, and strategic actions and activities of WDS.
In particular, I participated in the preparation of a training workshop targeting ECRs that is sponsored by a grant of the European Geosciences Union. I saw how much work is involved in setting up such events, and I am sure it will be very rewarding for PhD students and Post-docs to learn more about Research Data Management. The training workshop is a great opportunity for those attending and crucial for the future of science. Being part of the WDS-SC provided me with the chance to share my inputs when necessary. I really appreciated seeing that my suggestions were valued. I thank all the SC members for their warm welcome and for the trust I was given. I also encourage all early career scientists and researchers who work with data to join the WDS-ECR Network. It might be you representing the ECR Network on the WDS-SC in the future!
Talking of which...Sabrina Delgado Arias will represent the WDS ECR Network on the WDS-SC from July 2019 to June 2020. We wish her all the best!
In this piece, the authors begin to describe intersections of information maintenance and care ethics in ways that are real and meaningful for information maintainers (i.e., those who manage, maintain, and preserve information systems).
Contributors to this document have varied experiences with information maintenance: community organizers and facilitators, archivists, repository managers, project managers, designers, librarians, researchers, grantmakers, educators, and more. The authors invite those in occupations and roles who understand that the relationship is especially valuable between information maintenance and an ethic of care to read, react, share, and engage with this potluck of ideas. Please circulate widely!
The main point of the article is to encourage the broad research community to work towards open and FAIR data and put in place the policies, guidelines, incentives, and funding necessary to support the needed culture and systemic change around how we handle our scientific data.