The ICSU World Data System (ICSU-WDS) and the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) are pleased to announce the launch of a new certification organization: CoreTrustSeal

The CoreTrustSeal Board offers all interested data repositories a core-level certification based on the DSA–WDS Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements catalogue and procedures. CoreTrustSeal Data Repository certification replaces the DSA certification and the WDS certification of Regular Members.

The CoreTrustSeal is a community-based nonprofit organization promoting sustainable and trustworthy data infrastructures. It is governed by a Standards and Certification Board consisting of members drawn from the Assembly of Reviewers (by election) and the wider repositories stakeholders (appointed).

We are driven by our commitments to offer professional certification tools and services to data repositories and to support our voluntary qualified reviewers to conduct audits under optimal conditions’ said Mustapha Mokrane, Chair of the ad hoc CoreTrustSeal Standards and Certification Board. CoreTrustSeal is developing a sustainable business model and as an initial step, will start charging a modest fee to cover administrative costs as of January 2018.

The CoreTrustSeal certification is envisioned as the initial level in a global framework for repository certification that also includes the extended and formal levels. Ultimately, the CoreTrustSeal will endeavour to provide core-level certification for other research entities such as data services and software.

For more information check out the CoreTrustSeal website

Sustaining open research resources – a funder perspective

The Office of Scholarly Communication at Cambridge has published the second blog post in a series of three about sustainable open resources. David Carr from the Wellcome Trust has authored this post and provides the view of a research funder on the challenges of developing and sustaining the key infrastructures needed to enable open research.

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Formalised data citation practices would encourage more authors to make their data available for reuse

It is increasingly common for researchers to make their data freely available. This is often a requirement of funding agencies but also consistent with the principles of open science, according to which all research data should be shared and made available for reuse. Once data is reused, the researchers who have provided access to it should be acknowledged for their contributions, much as authors are recognized for their publications through citation. 

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The International Research Data Management (IRiDiuM) Glossary

The International Research Data Management (IRiDiuM) Glossary ( and ( is intended as a practical reference for individuals and working groups concerned with the improvement of research data management, and as a meeting place for further discussion and development of terms.

The aim is to create a stable and sustainably governed standard glossary of community accepted terms and definitions, and to keep it relevant by maintaining it as a ‘living document’ that is updated when necessary.

Definitions should be clear and unambiguous, and where possible, fit with common usage. Definitions should be apposite across research data management activities of key stakeholders, including, but not limited to: researchers/authors, research management, research policy, computer science, IM/IT, research administration, libraries; scholarly publishers, and research funders. Some terms may have more than one definition, in which case the relevant context should be specified.

In this year’s first review cycle, the Working Group convened by CASRAI, CODATA and Research Data Canada has delivered a subset of new and edited terms for addition to the IRIDUM Glossary.

IRiDiuM is led by a Program Committee:

Open Review is now invited for these new and revised terms.  This review is open until June 30, 2017.

The new and revised terms are listed at – to comment on the terms you will need to register on the forum.


CODATA 2017 International Conference, ‘Global Challenges and Data-Driven Research’, Saint-Petersburg, 8-13 October, Registration and Information:


CODATA 2017 International Conference, ‘Global Challenges and Data-Driven Research’, Now Accepting Proposals for Sessions and Papers:


What has CODATA delivered recently? See the CODATA Prospectus: Strategy and Achievement, 2015-2016


Asha Law | Program Assistant, CODATA |



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Data Information Literacy presentation

Please find the updated link  for the Data Information Literacy presentation that was presented Wouter Klapwijk on 14 June 2017  at the NeDICC workshop :

14 June NeDICC meeting

Date and time 14 Junie at 14:00-16:00
Venue Virtual participation (See instructions below.).

CSIR Knowledge Commons, Pretoria for Gauteng participants. Please notify Adele Van der Merwe ( by 9 June if you are going to attend at the CSIR.

Agenda 1.       Welcome (Ronell Bezuidenhout – UNISA)
  2.       Presentation (Wouter Klapwijk – Adjunkdirekteur: IT en Digitale Dienste / Deputy Director: IT and Digital Services, Biblioteek- & Inligtingsdiens / Library & Information Service, Universiteit Stellenbosch University)

Title: Data Literacy, libraries, and librarians

Description: Libraries have traditionally excelled in promoting information literacy and  bibliographic instruction as part of learning research skills. But data literacy is now also becoming a growing and important building block in the knowledge base of information professionals involved in supporting data-intensive research. This presentation takes a broad look at how important data literacy skills are becoming for librarians, especially within the larger context of the data science revolution (or the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution). It ends of with suggestions on how libraries can become more involved in supporting new data-intensive roles within institutions, including the data and software skills needed to support such roles.

Please use the  link below to access the presentation about Data Information Literacy:

  3.       Discussion
  4.       Any other matters

Call for participation in 2017 standards Open Review

CODATA is collaborating on an international glossary of research data management terms and definitions:


Dubbed the IRIDIUM (International Research Data Management) Glossary, this is an evolving partnership initiative growing out of a pilot project last year.  You can review the current glossary at  (it is currently branded as a ‘dictionary’ but will be rebranded, post-pilot, as a ‘glossary’).

The Working Group’s outputs (new and revised terms) will shortly be made available for a month-long period of Open Review with the international research community.

We invite participation from any and all experts, from any country, with an interest in this glossary to participate in the Open Review.  

Further information is contained in the message below and at

Call for participation in 2017 standards Open Review


This is an international call for participants in the upcoming Open Review of the 2017 outputs of the CASRAI standards active Working Groups (WGs).

These four CASRAI WGs are now in the final stages of preparing their outputs for a month-long period of Open Review in the international research community.

Track 1IRIDIUM (Research Data Management) Standard Glossary Review
Track 2Open Access Standard Glossary Review
Track 3Academic Research Career Levels Standard Taxonomy Review
Track 4Impacts Data Collection Standard Template Review

Participants are welcome from all research-producing nations.


Please see the instructions at

Please sign up for the Open Review of the IRIDIUM International Research Data Management Glossary outputs at

Apply for the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School, ICTP, Trieste, Italy, 10-21 July 2017 – Deadline 25 April 2017

Apply for the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Applied Workshops, ICTP, Trieste, Italy, 24-28 July 2017 – Deadline 25 April 2017

Apply for CODATA International Training Workshop in Open Data for Better Science, Beijing 16-29 July 2017 – Deadline 25 April 2017

Dr Simon Hodson | Executive Director CODATA |

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