Workshop/CfP - Data Sharing for the Public Good, 9-11 April 2019, Lebanon

Publish Date: Feb 07, 2019

Deadline: Feb 28, 2019

Event Dates: from Apr 09, 2019 12:00 to Apr 11, 2019 12:00

Call for Applications: Workshop on Data Sharing for the Public Good

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS), through its new initiative the Arab Social Science Data Archive, is pleased to announce a three-day workshop on “Data Sharing for the Public Good,” co-organized with the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
The workshop will be held in Beirut, Lebanon, and is designed for researchers, administrators, librarians, and archivists focusing on the importance of data archiving for social science and public policy, and on global best practices in data archiving.
The benefits of making data open and accessible have been widely discussed within the academic and public policy communities. Sharing research data enables others to verify and build upon published results, supports transparency and accountability of research findings, increases the return on public investments in research, encourages new scientific innovations, and facilitates collaboration within and across disciplines. However, there are real challenges associated with sharing data with the broader community. Fortunately, many of these challenges can be overcome with careful data management planning and implementation. 
The Arab Social Science Data Archive initiative aims to address the fact that quantitative research methods and the datasets to which they are applied are not widely accessible in the Arab region. It aims to create an ACSS Dataverse as an ongoing resource with a growing number of quantitative datasets on the Arab region for use by Arab social scientists.

Workshop Objectives

The workshop will examine the opportunities and challenges of sharing quantitative data resources as well as the mechanisms available to help researchers produce and share high-quality datasets. 

Workshop participants will learn about:

  • The basics of data curation and the planning of institutional services for researchers;
  • The benefits of quantitative data sharing to both the individual researcher and to the scientific enterprise as a whole;
  • The complexities of research data based on disciplinary context, format, technical requirements, and applicable policies;
  • The implementation of data management standards and best practices across the research data lifecycle to produce and share high-quality datasets;
  • Preparation of datasets for analysis and best practices in data processing;
  • The application of the Data Quality Review framework for ensuring computational reproducibility of reported research findings; and
  • Mechanisms for archiving research data for long-term preservation, discovery, access, and reuse

Workshop Format

  • The three-day training workshop will be held in English.
  • Training will be from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
  • Participants are expected to fully participate in all sessions.
  • Participants will be given an official ACSS-Odum Institute certificate upon 

Applicants must:

  • Be citizens of an Arab League member state or nationals of an Arab country (defined as long-term residents, even if they do not hold citizenship as in the case of refugees or stateless residents).
  • Reside in the Arab region. The ACSS will not fund participants who study or reside outside the region.
  • Have at least intermediate level proficiency in English, as the workshop will be conducted in English.
  • Have a minimum of a Master’s degree in social science or related field (Economics, Political Science, Development Studies, Statistics, Computer Sciences, Library and Information Sciences, etc.) or Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years of relevant work experience.
  • Be currently working/involved in social science data management as researchers, administrators, librarians, and/or archivists in an academic or non-academic environment (such as public institutions, NGOs, etc.).

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below. 

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