[IRTalk] Call for Participation in IDW2018

Ina Smith Ina at assaf.org.za
Sun May 13 14:16:00 SAST 2018

Dear Colleagues

ASSAf - through the African Open Science Platform project<http://africanopenscience.org.za/> - is a proud partner of the International Data Week 2018/SciDataCon to be hosted in Botswana from 5-8 November 2018. Can you kindly also share the following with colleagues and other contacts? We are also looking for researchers across the continent to get involved - as reviewers, but also as attendees. The Call for Papers is still open.

Many thanks for your help! This conference covers all disciplines, and the themes are aligned with achieving the SDGs, with the focus on research data.
Dear African Colleagues

We would like to invite you to participate in International Data Week 2018<http://www.internationaldataweek.org/>, in any of the following ways:

*         Submit a paper or poster<https://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/>

*         Review papers<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvsKZ062WF_Qac_MDeSTo1FH-LSxy7eE1RPcluF3eh7e8YxA/viewform>

*         Attend the conference<http://www.internationaldataweek.org/registration-coming-soon>

*         Sponsorships<http://www.internationaldataweek.org/content/sponsorship-opportunities>

About IDW2018

International Data Week 2018 (IDW 2018) will be held on 5-8 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana. Hosted by the Botswana Open Science and Open Data Forum, IDW 2018 will bring together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers and data stewards from all disciplines and geographies across the globe.
Co-organized by the ICSU World Data System (WDS), the ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), the Research Data Alliance (RDA), University of Botswana (UoB) and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), IDW 2018 combines the 12th RDA Plenary Meeting, the bi-annual 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.
In a hyper-connected 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. With the theme of 'The Digital Frontiers of Global Science', this landmark event will be a rich week of science and data, featuring world renowned keynote speakers, plenary panels and discussions, and the presentation of high quality research and practical working sessions for international collaborations.  Focus topics will include:

  *   Research issues in a global and digital age
  *   Applications, progress and challenges of data intensive research
  *   Data infrastructure and enabling practices for international and collaborative research
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.
Thank you for your support to help make this event a success, putting the focus on data intensive research happening on the African continent.
On behalf of the IDW2018 Programme Committee<http://www.internationaldataweek.org/programme-committee>

Ina Smith
Project Manager: African Open Science Platform<http://africanopenscience.org.za/>
Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
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