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CODATA Early Career Essay Competition 2020 on “Open Data Challenges to Address Global and Societal Issues”

CODATA Connect Working Group: Early Career and Alumni Network

An Invitation to Take Part in the CODATA Connect – Data Science Journal
Early Career Essay Competition

The first of its kind, CODATA Connect Early Career and Alumni Network in
collaboration with the CODATA Data Science Journal (DSJ) is organizing an
Essay Competition for Early Career Researchers (ECR), defined as university
undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate students or early career researchers
within five years of completing their highest qualification. CODATA Connect
exists to ensure a structural and sustained collaboration and support for
the activities of the alumni of CODATA-RDA Summer Schools, of the CODATA
China and Trieste Training Workshops and other early career researchers and
data professionals involved in the CODATA community and those of partner

Topic for the Essay: “Open Data Challenges to Address Global and Societal

Participants interested in disseminating information on research data in
the sciences, humanities and the arts using essays as the medium are
welcome to apply. Topics might include but not limited to human health,
climate change, resilience, etc. Essays which discuss the necessary limits
in openness are also in scope and are welcome (e.g. personal health
information, indigenous sovereignty etc.) Essays that discuss the
challenges in making data as open as possible and how such data can be used
to address global and societal issues (Crime, Disease, Governance, etc.)
might discuss challenges at any point in the data lifecycle and in relation
to any of a number of global and societal challenges. We discourage essays
that simply present well known and generic arguments in favour of open
data. Essays are encouraged to use local or specific examples for the
benefits of open data and to discuss how challenges can be overcome in both
specific circumstances and more globally.

Rules and Instructions

The dates for the essay writing are: 1st April to 30th June 2020.

The Essay Writing Competition is open to all CODATA-RDA Summer Schools
Alumni and any Early Career researchers. The essay writing time is 3 months
and the length of the essay should be 2000-3000 words. References do not
count as part of words limit. Each essay must contain the full name(s),
affiliations and contacts details of the authors. Essay is accepted only in
English Language.

The Judging Panel

The panel of judges consists of representatives from the CODATA Community
and Editors of the CODATA Data Science Journal. The judges’ decision is
final and may not be appealed. The review process will be single blind.
Judges will not know the identity of the authors.

Judging Criteria

Essays should be interesting, original and provocative but also clearly
situated in a body of knowledge. It is important that authors show an
appropriate knowledge of the chosen research area for discussions. Other
criteria include but are not limited to:

- Contemporary relevance of the topic to science of data
- Demonstrated awareness of the state of discussion around the topic.
Essays do not need to include a comprehensive literature review, but must
illustrate where their argument fits into broader discussion in the field.
- Strength and persuasiveness of the argument, underpinned by reference
to literature, evidence and data.
- Clarity of writing and appeal of the style.

Format: Essays cover topics and controversies of interest to the
community and aim to stimulate discussion and debate. Essays may be
provocative and less focused on reporting original research work but should
still consist of original thoughts and ideas. Essays should be no longer
than 3,000 words in length. The content of the essay should be at the
author’s preference. More information on the criteria for Essay submission
at the DSJ can be found here:

Prizes: The winning essay will be published in DSJ for free and the
winner will receive a trip to the CODATA Symposium in October 2020 or
future CODATA event as appropriate along with a formal certification of
their achievement.

Shortlisted essays will be invited for submission to the CODATA Data
Science Journal (the usual peer review, article processing charges and
waiver terms will apply).

Submitting Essays: The deadline for submitting the essays is 23:59 UTC on
Tuesday 30 June 2020. Essays should be submitted at Click Here or sent by
e-mail as pdf attachments to asha[@]

Please make sure that you write “Essay Writing Competition April 2020: Your
Name [Surname, Firstname]” in the subject of your email.

Please ensure that the PDF of the essay does not include any information
about the author.

Please provide your Name, Degree, Address and Institutional Affiliation in
the covering email or in an accompanying document BUT NOT ON THE PDF OF THE

If you are in the ECR category please provide the date of completion of the
last degree with the pdf of the essay in one email.

Announcement Of Winners: The selected essay winner will be announced on
the CODATA website by Saturday 15 August 2020. The
winner will also be contacted through the CODATA Connect email.

CODATA reserves the right to publish the winners’ name and affiliation, as
well as the winning essay on the CODATA Data Science Journal:

Enquiry: For further enquiries and information, contact: codataconnect[@]

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Further Details

Dr. Anup Kumar Das
Centre for Studies in Science Policy
School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi - 110067, India
Twitter: @AannuuppK | @IndiaSTS
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