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EPC: Re: ICSTI/CODATA Winter meetings

  • To: "IUCr Committee on Electronic Publishing, Dissemination and Storage of Information" <epc@iucr.org>
  • Subject: EPC: Re: ICSTI/CODATA Winter meetings
  • From: Lachlan Cranswick <lachlanc@magma.ca>
  • Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2009 22:00:20 -0500

Hi Brian,

This reads fine by me (don't want to suggest changes for the sake of some


At 10:20 AM 3/4/2009 +0000, you wrote:
>I have just returned from a Paris weekend in the company of ICSTI and
>CODATA. I have put together the remarks below as a possible front-page
>leader article for the IUCr web site. The idea is to provide the wider
>crystallographic readership with some information about these bodies, and
>the reasons for the IUCr's interest in them. While this naturally focuses
>on the data/publishing area, I would hope that it could be used as a model
>for other brief notes from IUCr representatives on other bodies to explain
>to the  community a little more about our interactions with those bodies
>(ICSU itself, ICTNS, COSPAR etc.)
>Your comments are welcome on this piece - whether it's sufficiently
>informative, sets the right tone, etc. - before I actually submit it to the
>Executive Secretary, who is acting as the front-page editor. It currently
>runs to nearly 500 words, so suggestions for shortening it are particularly
>Best wishes
>Relationships with ICSU bodies
>The IUCr is a member of ICSU, the International Council for
>Science. The acronym ICSU represents its original role as the
>International Council of Scientific Unions, but in 1998 the official
>name was changed and its membership broadened to allow it to take on a
>more strategic role in representing science at the international policy
>Over time, ICSU has generated a number of more specialised bodies. Two
>of these are of particular relevance to the IUCr's interests in
>publication and data management: ICSTI, the International Council for
>Scientific and Technical Information; and CODATA, the Committee for
>Data. In 2004, ICSU conducted an extensive strategic review programme
>that included three Priority Area Assessments (PAA). One of these,
>addressing scientific information, resulted in a comprehensive account
>of the major challenges for science in the effective use and curation
>of digital information, which nowadays includes published literature
>and primary research data. The PAA outlined strategic issues within
>this area, and identified roles in which CODATA and ICSTI could be
>effective agents for change.
>It also recommended closer cooperation between these two organizations
>on matters of common or overlapping interest. In response to the PAA,
>both ICSTI and CODATA have produced Strategic Plans that take note of
>ICSU's strategic vision, and are emerging from the review process with
>a reinvigorated sense of purpose.
>Over the course of the end February/beginning March weekend, the
>Executive bodies of both ICSTI and CODATA met at ICSU headquarters in
>Paris to develop their individual activities, but also, for the first
>time, to meet together in social and formal sessions to explore active
>routes to collaboration. Among the weekend activities was a workshop
>establishing a consortium of major scientific libraries to act as
>registration agencies for unique identifiers for data sets, and to
>improve the curation and management of scientific data in the library
>sector. Among the topics discussed at the workshop was the question
>of citing data sets, and specifically of citing particular views or
>subsets of the data. The IUCr was able to contribute to this discussion
>on account of its experiences in electronic publishing.
>The IUCr has active representation on both CODATA and ICSTI. On this
>occasion, I was able to represent the IUCr on the ICSTI Executive
>Board as alternate for John Helliwell, former Editor-in-Chief of IUCr
>journals. As the usual IUCr delegate to CODATA, I found it an
>excellent opportunity to renew or make new relationships with members
>of both bodies.
>The IUCr commends this active collaboration, which will allow the
>joint energies of ICSTI and CODATA to be focussed on some of the many
>difficult problems that they face in common, and can only help to
>improve the practice of international and interdisciplinary scientific
>information activities.
>Brian McMahon
>IUCr Representative to CODATA
>4 March 2009
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Lachlan M. D. Cranswick
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