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The CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science

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The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, in collaboration with CODATA, RDA and TWAS, is organising a short course in the data science approaches and skills that are essential for 21st century research.
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Aug 01, 2016 04:45 PM to Aug 12, 2016 04:45 PM (Europe/Vienna / UTC200)
Trieste (Italy)
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The ever-accelerating volume and variety of data being generated is having a huge impact on a wide variety of research disciplines, from the sciences to the humanities. The international, collective ability to create, share and analyse vast quantities of data is having a profound, transformative effect. This 'Data Revolution' offers great opportunities for students with modern data skills, both in conducting their research and in entering a jobs market where those skills are in demand.

Contemporary research – particularly when addressing the most significant, transdisciplinary research challenges – cannot be done effectively without a range of skills relating to data. This includes the principles and practice of Open Science and research data management and curation, the use of a range of data platforms and infrastructures, large scale analysis, statistics, visualisation and modelling techniques, software development and annotation and more. We define ‘Research Data Science’ as the ensemble of these skills.

The school will provide students with an introduction to the ‘Research Data Science’ skills necessary for modern research. In particular, students will engage with the following topics:
●Software Carpentry,
●Data Carpentry,
●Open Research Data
●Computational Infrastructures
The mode of learning will be based on lectures plus extensive hands-on experience gained in labs with tutor support.

Scientists and students from all countries that are members of the United Nations, UNESCO or IAEA may attend the workshop. The workshop will be conducted in English. Students are expected to have a basic understanding of Statistics, namely how to compute summary statistics such as means, variances and hypothesis tests. Students and post-doctoral scientists from developed countries are welcome to attend although the main purposeof the workshop is to help early-stage graduate students from developing countries. Limitedfunds are available for participants who are nationals of, and working in, a developing country and who attend the entire workshop. Otherwise travel and subsistence expenses of the
participants should be borne by the participant, their institution or a third party grant. Candidates are expected to make every effort to secure (full or partial) support for their travel.
There is no registration fee.
An Online Application Form can be accessed through the Workshop website:
Once in the website, comprehensive instructions will guide you step-by-step on how to fill out and submit the Application Form.
Deadline for requesting participation: 18 April 2016

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Invited teaching teams
Software Carpentry
Data Carpentry
The Digital Curation Centre
Colin Gillespie
(University of Newcastle)
Andy South
Jan Aerts
(University of Leuven)
Tim Head
Roger Barlow
(University of Huddersfield)

Andrew Harrison (University of Essex/RDA), Hugh Shanahan (Royal Holloway, University of London/RDA), Simon Hodson (CODATA ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology), Romain Murenzi (TWAS) - ICTP Local Organizers: Ivan Girotto (ICTP), Clement Onime (ICTP)
International Council for Science - Committee on Data for Science and Technology, The Research Data Alliance (RDA), The World Academy of Sciences, The Association of Commonwealth Universities
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The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School will be held at the ICTP, AGH (Kastler Lecture Hall), Strada Costiera, 11 I - 34151 Trieste (Italy).



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