GEO Update

Take part in the Data Revolution, here’s how.

The moment’s ripe for you to take part in the Data Revolution – from electing key players to actively taking part in events or workshops – there is no time like the present.

Eye on Earth webinar on #stats4SDGs

Reena Shah, Chief of Environmental Statistics Section of the UN Statistics Division will present on Strengthening Environment Statistics for Monitoring the SDGs in a webinar on Wednesday 6th April at 1PM UTC / 9AM US Eastern time. The presentation will last 20-30 minutes followed by ten minutes of questions with the speaker.   The call will then remain open for as long as necessary for Community members to discuss the subject matter.

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Science International Accord on ‘Open Data in a Big Data World’

The Science International Accord on ‘Open Data in a Big Data World’, issued at the first edition of the annual science meeting ‘Science International’ in 2015 highlights the key issues relating to open data. The deadline for organizations to endorse the principles laid out in this accord is 1 May 2016. The endorsement form can be found here:

The accord highlights the importance of the open data imperative, the need to maintain scientific self-correction and ethical constraints.  Equally important is the need for global participation in the benefits of the data revolution; systemic capacity building and targeted training in data science are essential if this is to be achieved in countries with emerging or developing economies.

Open Data driving Sustainable Development for business, government, civil society

Africa Open Data Group and The World Bank are hosting an Open Sustainable Development Data Event in Cape Town, South Africa on May 4. This event is part of the Open Government Partnership Africa Summit, which meets on May 5-6, and whose focus is Sustainable Development. Interactive workshops will be held on SDG 5 (Empowering Women), SDG 2 (No Hunger), and SDG 13 (Climate Action).

The 6th Digital Earth Summit for international experts in open data is being held 7-8 July, in Beijing, China. The summit is convened by the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), an NGO.

CODATA is holding an International Training Workshop in Big Data for Science in Beijing 4 – 17 July.

Topics include interdisciplinary applications of open research data, data intensive research, data management policies, cloud computing, visualization, analytics and data infrastructure development, through a mix of theoretical study, workshop and practical sessions as well as field visits. Financial support is available from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Applications from early career researchers as well as from research leaders and managers of research institutes from countries with developing or emerging economies should be submitted by 18 April.

The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School is being held in Trieste, Italy, 1-12 August. The first full introductory course is supported by ICTP and from The World Academy of Science, as well as CODATA and RDA. The course will accommodate up to 120 students at the beginning of their post-graduate careers.

International Data Week – 11 to 17 September, Denver, US titled “From Big Data To open Data Mobilizing the Data Revolution” registration is now open

As part of International Data Week,

  • the next CODATA General Assembly is being held on 11 September 2016. A Call for nominations for CODATA Officers and Executive Committee Members to be elected is open until 1 April
  • ICSU World Data System – WDS Members’ Forum 2016, 11 September. Scientific Session and Plenary Session.

The 4th International Open Data Conference (IODC) titled "Global Goals, Local Impact", will be held in Madrid, Spain on 6-7 October, 2016.

The call for proposals is open until 3 April. The three topics to be covered are: Call for Impact: inspiring open-data-driven initiatives; Call for Sharing: collaborative learning, skills, and good practices; and Call for Action: building a roadmap for the global open data community.