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ISSUE #8  /  October 2020                                                                                                  NEWSLETTER


Welcome to the October 2020 Module 1 Newsletter.

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We hope to see you all soon at the Convention and during our IDM COP annual meeting - please read further for more details!

Best wishes to all,
Medha and Michelle

Big Data Virtual Convention & IDM COP Annual Meeting

2020 has presented the BIG DATA Platform with a unique opportunity to  “walk the talk” on agile, adaptive, digitally-enabled collective action, and this year the Platform's annual convention will be an inclusive, accessible and fully online event.

The event theme, Digital Dynamism for Adaptive Food Systems, will examine food system resilience and highlight how digital tools and technologies can help us sense, respond and (re)build better systems in times of global food security crises. For more information - and to register for free - visit the 2020 Convention page. The Convention agenda is also available.

The Convention is being run on the Whova platform. You can access Whova by:

  1. Registering ASAP for the Convention if you have not already done so – it is free, and easy to do:
  2. Setting up an account and profile on Whova using this URL: you complete your profile, you should be able to see the Convention page, schedule, etc.

Here are some sessions dealing with data and information management that you may find interesting:

Wednesday, Oct 21 | 13:35 - 14:20 CEST: The Working Group Chairs present their work in the "Data Management for Agile and Adaptive Food Systems" session. 

Wednesday, Oct 21 | 15:15 - 16:00 CEST: A 5-person panel discusses "Gender Data: Knowledge Gaps, Research Protocols, and Improving the Data System". 

Thursday, Oct 22 | 13:55 - 14:50 CEST: Four speakers will present on "CGIAR's Management of Data Assets: The Policy and Strategy Environment".

Thursday, Oct 22 | 16:05 - 16:50 CEST: I provide a quick overview of the GARDIAN data ecosystem, and 3 speakers present on their use of it in "Explore the GARDIAN Ecosystem With Us!".

IDM CoP update

We now have our CoP page up on the Big Data Platform website. Check it out! 

There's a nice little cartoon video to describe our CoP on the webpage that we hope you like.

Please also join the CoP's new LinkedIn group:

IDM CoP annual meeting
The Working Group Chairs voted to schedule our annual meeting after the Convention this year. We have worked together to develop a draft agenda that was shared with you in a recent email. This year's virtual meeting will take place over a 3-hour period on two days: One morning and one afternoon, with the same agenda for both - to accommodate eastern and western time zones. 

Thanks to all who have already indicated their prefered timing via this Doodle poll. If you have not, please try to do so ASAP. We will close the poll on Tuesday, Oct 20 and pick the dates that work best for most people. 

    Open Access, Open Data Policy Review

Thank you for your participation in the OADM Policy review. The Policy has been discussed by the Performance Management Unit of the CGIAR System Organization, and is undergoing further revision to better align it with the new format of CGIAR policies. It will then likely be shared with legal and IP focal points at Centers, and I will also send it to you at that point. The Policy will not be presented to the System Management Board for their November meeting, but will be shared with Board members for virtual comment and approval. 

Data Management Maturity Assessment (DMMA)
Many thanks once again for your input to the DMMA. It has been completed, and the final assessment will be shared by the Internal Audit Function of the CGIAR System Organization once it is uploaded for the CGIAR community to view.

Big Data Platform Digital Strategy
The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture was tasked by the System Management Board to assist in developing a digital strategy for One CGIAR. A draft strategy has been developed and a slide deck based on it shared with the System Organization for comment. I will share it with you once there is a more final version, but if you're curious about this, come to the Thursday, Oct 22 | 13:55 - 14:50 CEST session on "CGIAR's Management of Data Assets: The Policy and Strategy Environment". One of the speakers is Brian King, and he'll talk a bit about the Strategy. :) 

Working Groups (WGs) are intended to be a forum for cooperation and participation, with members sharing with each other what information, knowledge and expertise they have to help sort issues that are common to benefit all. Your active participation ensures that we move ahead cooperatively and efficiently, so big THANK YOU for your time and dedication!
The Information and Data Management Community of Practice (IDM CoP) includes the Metadata, Repository, Ontology, Open Access, and Globus Working Groups. If you would like to actively participate in those groups, please do not hesitate to request to join. 

There are no Working Group updates this time - instead, come to the Wednesday, Oct 21 | 13:35 - 14:20 CEST Convention session to hear your Working Group Chairs present!

Upcoming webinars - stay tuned!

These webinars are intended to facilitate exchange among our members and enhance capacity. Please forward widely as relevant to communities/researchers at your Center.

October 27-28: IDM COP Annual Meeting
November (date TBD): FAIRify your research resources
- Workflow to enable FAIR data assets

Please email Michelle ( if you have suggestions for topics of interest, or would like to present on something you’re doing at your Center that may be of interest to all of us – in which case a tentative topic/title and rough date would be helpful. We would love to hear from you!

Past webinars

Click on the links below to access recordings and presentations. Please note that some events are facilitated through the CGIAR Big Data course Platform and are internal to CGIAR for open learning and conversation within CGIAR specifically. You will need to register to to access those.

Feb 24 & 26: COPO User Workshops - Implementation of CG Core
March 26: Publishing Scientific Datasets - the Alliance Bioversity-CIAT Example
April 7: Ontology CoP webinar: The Agronomy Ontology and AgroFIMS - Harmonizing Agronomic Data Collection and Annotation 
April 16: Globus - Simplifying Research Data Management via SaaS
April 27: Ontology CoP webinar: Use of Ontologies and Knowledge Graphs by BASF and KWS
May 19: Ontology CoP webinar: The Food Ontology, and its application for text mining (LexMapr), and food production description (PO2)

June 2: Ontology CoP webinar: Strengthening AGROVOC through engagement with expert communities
August 6: CGLabs - The Collaborative Gardian Labs
Sept 22: CGLabs: How we use Globus in a Collaborative Analytical Environment [add link]

Information on past webinars is available via Meetings and Workshops in the OA-OD Support Pack.

Useful resources

Questions/Concerns? Here's how you can get in touch:
Medha Devare
Michelle Fotsy
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