Opportunities for ECRs from around the World

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We hope this message finds you well and eagerly awaiting the newest edition of the WDS-ECR Network Newsletter. Our dedicated team has curated yet another collection of compelling opportunities, upcoming events, and essential resources to pique your interest and keep you updated in the ever-evolving landscape of data science. So, without further ado, let's jump right in! 

News from World Data System
Opportunities for ECRs from around the World
Exclusive Opportunities! 
Call for Expressions of Interest in ISC Global Science-Policy Work  
As the International Science Council (ISC) and the Global Young Academy (GYA) continue to broaden their influence and , the ISC Secretariat is in the process of forming a roster of experts over the next few weeks. These experts will cover 20 key areas prominently featured on the United Nations (UN) agenda, enabling the ISC to offer timely insights drawing from a diverse range of expertise across regions. 
Roles of the Expert Roster:  
  • Providing ad-hoc science advice to the UN Secretariat and UN Member States. 
  • Preparing high-level briefs for the UN Secretariat and UN Member States. 
  • Developing statements on behalf of the international scientific community. 
  • Offering recommendations for speakers in high-level debates and panels for policy-making audiences. 
Call to Experts: The ISC invites experts to join this initiative, especially if their expertise aligns with the identified by the UN. Participate in shaping impactful science contributions to the global agenda. 
Contributing to Global Science Impact: By joining the ISC's expert roster, individuals can actively contribute to shaping science advice, briefs, statements, and speaker recommendations for critical policy discussions. This initiative emphasizes the importance of diverse expertise in addressing the UN's agenda. 
Deadline: The deadline to express your interest is 29 February! 
Stay Informed: Watch for updates from the ISC Secretariat regarding the expert roster and opportunities for engagement. Your expertise can play a crucial role in influencing global science contributions within the framework of the UN agenda. 
More information is available
Kickstart WDS’ 2024 Webinar Series 
Rising Stars: A Webinar on Early Career Researchers' Conference Experiences in Data 
Save the Date: 27 February at 4:00 AM UTC.  
Mark your calendars and set your alarms for an insightful webinar where our ECR co-chairs, Maja Dolinar, Claire Rye, and Lianchong Zhang, will share their experiences and key takeaways from major data science conferences such as IDW23 and DSWS. Gain valuable insights into networking opportunities, the significance of their research, and the specific challenges faced by early career researchers in the data science community. Don't miss the chance to understand the unique aspects of presenting at prominent data science conferences. 
How to Attend: Secure your spot by registering for the webinar through the following link: . Be part of this illuminating discussion and learn from the rising stars in the data science community. 
We look forward to your active participation and engagement in this unique exploration of the conference landscape and the role of early career researchers in shaping the future of data science. 
Call for papers [Deadline extended to 11 February] 
DARIAH Annual Event 2024: Shaping Digital Workflows in Arts & Humanities Research 
Event organizers are looking for contributions that explore, assess, analyze, and embody the challenges of designing, implementing, documenting, and sharing digitally enabled workflows in the context of arts and humanities research from a technical, methodological, infrastructural, and conceptual point of view. You can find more details ! This is truly an exciting exploration into how we can elevate our practices within digital arts and humanities. 
Save the Date: 'Universities@DataCite - Revisited' Webinar 
The RDAP community invites you for a webinar on 14 February, from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST via Zoom to revisit the world of DataCite usage within universities. In this session, Ted Habermann, from Metadata Game Changers, will explore how the introduction of the DataCite Commons has boosted global research infrastructure capabilities and changed how over 450 universities are engaging with it. Expect an insightful discussion on resource types, affiliations, connectivity, collaboration, and repository re-curation processes. Plus, get an exclusive look at DataCite Commons results pertaining to university researchers' connectivity. 
 today to secure your spot! 
Invitation: Unveiling of the First UNESCO Open Science Outlook 
The UNESCO Open Science Team invites you to an exclusive online presentation where they'll be revealing the findings of the first edition of the . This event is scheduled for Thursday, 15 February 2024, from 1-2:30 PM CET. The Open Science Outlook represents the first global assessment of open science as per the guidelines of the 2021 UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science. This debut publication was shaped with input from several open science experts and contributors worldwide, many being our esteemed readers. Your contributions have been invaluable in crafting this comprehensive outlook on open science status and trends around the world. Join this presentation to explore the findings and engage in enriching discussions about global open science trends.  
 for this enlightening session. 
RItrainPlus Community of Practice – 8th Online Meeting 
This session is dedicated to incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion practices into research projects.  
Date & Time: 16 February, 12:00 – 13:30 CET 
More information
Join the ModelShare Program: A Call to the Scientific Community  
We are thrilled to announce the launch of the ModelShare Program—an initiative designed to address the challenges in model sharing, led by the Open Modeling Foundation’s Certification Working Group, and made possible by the support of the Digital Research Alliance of Canada and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Kairoi coordinates the program. 
Through a series of interactive, free workshops running from mid-February to late May 2024, this program aims to unite the scientific community and shape guidelines for effective model-sharing practices throughout the modeling lifecycle. 
Key Information:  
  • Workshop topics include Guidance and Standards, Development Environments and Platforms, Research Computing, Preservation and Publication, Publication and Discoverability, Sustainability, and Assessment. 
  • The workshops facilitate dialogue among data scientists, academic publishers, computational modelers, and the broader scientific community. 
  • Events will feature presentations and panel discussions by leading experts, ensuring thought-provoking discussions. 
  • Community-driven discussions will explore questions such as domain-specific vs. domain-agnostic modeling standards, the application of FAIR and CARE principles to model-sharing, and the support publishers need for preserving, sharing, and citing open models. 
  • The ModelShare team is committed to creating inclusive and welcoming events, adhering to the Open Modeling Foundation’s Code of Conduct. 
Upcoming Workshop: Save the date for the first workshop on 20 February at 03:00 PM (UTC).  
Volker Grimm, from the Open Modeling Foundation, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, and University of Potsdam, will deliver a presentation titled “Developing standards for modeling is critical and exciting: lessons from ODD and TRACE.” 
Get Involved: To stay updated and participate in the ModelShare Program, join the for program-related email notifications. 
More information is available
PIDfest Conference: Call for Proposals  
Overview: Get ready for PIDfest 2024, a three-day international summit in Prague, Czech Republic, from 11-13 June. This event is dedicated to exploring how Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) can elevate global research infrastructure. The aim is to gather PID stakeholders worldwide for discussions and solutions that address real-world infrastructure challenges, propelling research and innovation forward. 
Invitation for Session Proposals: Proposals for concurrent sessions (30 or 60 minutes) organized by community members. These sessions, featuring a mix of presentations and panel discussions, will cover a broad spectrum of PID topics, including: 
  • PIDs 101/PID basics 
  • Case studies/lessons learned (technical and social) 
  • PID strategies and policies 
  • National PID strategies 
  • Novel uses and emerging PIDs 
  • Persistence and sustainability of PIDs 
  • Technical applications of PIDs 
  • PID value propositions 
  • PIDs at scale (globally in research workflows and infrastructure) 
  • PID-enabled connections 
  • Beyond PIDs - metadata and schema 
Submission Details: 
  • Proposals must be submitted by 23 February, using the form provided (one form per proposed session). 
  • All proposals will be anonymized and reviewed by the PIDfest Program Committee. 
  • Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent by 15 March 2024. 
Inclusivity Encouraged: Diverse perspectives in proposals, considering factors such as profession, location (Global South), career stage, gender, and more are strongly encouraged. Demographically diverse sessions are being prioritized. 
Important Note: All speakers must be able to attend PIDfest 2024 in person. 
Join the Conversation: Be part of shaping the future of research infrastructure with PIDs. Submit your session proposal and contribute to PIDfest 2024. Your insights and experiences are valuable to advancing global research practices. 
For more information and to submit your proposal, visit . 
Invitation: Contribute Your Insights on RDA’s Research Data Repositories Recommendations 
We're excited to announce that the Data Repository Attributes Working Group has submitted its final recommendations, titled "2." Before these recommendations are finalized, your input is invaluable! Starting now until 1 March 2024, a community review period is open. We highly encourage you to take part in this process and share your thoughts and comments on the recommendations. Your insights will play a pivotal role in shaping this vital resource for research data repositories around the globe. 
CLARIN Annual Conference 2024: Call for Extended Abstracts 
CLARIN ERIC invites extended abstract submissions for the . This conference is a platform for scholars, researchers, students, and citizen scientists across disciplines to engage with digital language resources provided by CLARIN. The new focus this year will be Education and Training with CLARIN tools. The event will be in a hybrid format - both physical and virtual - and hosted in Barcelona, Spain. It's organized in collaboration with CLARIAH-ES and the Basque Center for Language Technology.  
Key Dates: 
12 February & 29 March: Second and third calls disseminated 
12 April: Submission deadline 
17 June: Notification of acceptance 
2 September: Camera-ready version deadline (to be extended) 
15-17 October: Conference dates 
The conference aims to facilitate the exchange of experiences, best practices tied to the use of the CLARIN infrastructure, and future development plans within the Humanities and Social Sciences community. 
More information
Job, Education & Funding Opportunities! 
Shape Your Story with The Pudding: Introducing the 2024 Summer Fellowship 
Are you a budding visual storyteller? If so, we have exciting news for you! The Pudding is now accepting applications for its esteemed summer fellowship, designed exclusively to nurture emerging talent in the field of visual storytelling. This unique opportunity welcomes applications from current college or graduate-level students and recent graduates (within the last year). Spanning ten weeks from 18 June 2024 to 1 September 2024, this fellowship offers participants a platform to bring their project ideas to fruition. Enter with an idea and walk away with a near-publishable or completed project! 
The Pudding Fellowship Experience 
As a fellow at The Pudding, you will benefit from one-on-one mentorship while working on your project. This part-time program (20 hours/week) is remote-friendly and open to international applicants as well. Note that there will be dedicated team-wide and cohort-wide events during EST hours; applicants should be available for these sessions. The 2024 Cohort will consist of up to three individuals who share a passion for visual storytelling.  
Applications are being evaluated continuously since 25 January 2024. There's no official cut-off deadline for applications - meaning it's never too late to apply! Participants can look forward to receiving a stipend of $7,200 for their contribution during the fellowship period. 
How to Apply 
Interested in this opportunity? For more details and instructions on how to apply, visit 
Don't miss out on this incredible chance to shape your career as a visual storyteller and create something extraordinary with The Pudding! 
Several Positions Open at Grammarly! 
Are you passionate about data and its transformative power? Grammarly has multiple open positions waiting for exceptional talents like you! 
Meet Cameron Breland: The New Communications Specialist for WDS-IPO 
We're thrilled to welcome  as the new Communications Specialist for the World Data System's International Program Office (WDS-IPO). Cameron comes with rich experience in marketing from varied sectors including collegiate athletics, higher education, and public health. 
His passion for information seeking was enhanced while pursuing his master's degree when his unique viewpoint on COVID-19 misinformation and the possible health effects of social media misinformation led him to develop a thesis project based on the public health field. His subsequent work with community shareholders in public health enhanced his communication skills within international research communities. With his strong background in data-driven communications and critical analysis, Cameron is well poised to support WDS's mission of promoting unrestricted access to crucial research data globally. Meredith Goins, Executive Director at WDS-IPO, “is thrilled to have a strong communicator with research experience join our team." On joining WDS-IPO, Cameron shared his enthusiasm saying, "I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to the valued team at the World Data System's International Program Office." 

Explore the Ethics of AI with WHO's New Guidelines 
The rapid growth of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and its application in healthcare has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to release new guidelines on the ethics and governance of large multi-modal models (LMMs). The guidelines present over 40 recommendations for governments, tech companies, and healthcare providers. The aim is to ensure that LMMs are used appropriately and effectively, all while promoting and protecting public health. This comprehensive guidance is a must-read for anyone invested in the ethical implications of AI-based healthcare solutions. 
To learn more about these guidelines or download the full report, visit:  
For more details about this release, check out:  
Stay informed and stay ahead with WHO's guidance on ethics and governance of artificial intelligence for health! 
Remember, Take the Stage and Showcase YOUR Talents in Our WDS-ECR Webinar Series! 
We invite our Early Career Members to step into the spotlight and share their work with our community! Prepare a talk capturing the essence of your accomplishments and expertise. 
Submit your proposal
Why should you participate? 
  • Visibility: Feature prominently in our webinar, spotlighting the exceptional skills of our ECR members. 
  • Networking: Connect with like-minded professionals in your field. 
  • Recognition: Earn acknowledgment for your valuable contributions. 
How to get involved? 
  1. Submit an abstract outlining your talk idea for approval. 
  2. Your abstract should concisely summarize (max. 250 words) the main points, objectives, and key takeaways that participants can expect to gain from attending the webinar. Here are some essential elements to include: 
  3. Introduction: Begin with a brief introduction that captures the essence of your work or the topic of the webinar. This should provide a clear understanding of what the webinar will focus on. 
  4. Purpose/Objectives: Outline the main goals and objectives of the webinar. What specific information, skills, or insights will participants gain by attending? 
  5. Key Topics: Highlight the main topics or themes that will be covered during the webinar. Provide a high-level overview of the content areas that will be discussed. 
  6. Audience Benefits: Explain the value participants will receive by attending. How will this webinar contribute to their knowledge, skills, or understanding of the subject matter? 
  7. Key Takeaways: Summarize the main points or actionable insights participants can expect to take away from the webinar. This could include new perspectives, practical tips, strategies, or solutions to specific problems. 
  8. Speaker(s) Information: Briefly mention the speaker(s) expertise, qualifications, or experiences related to the webinar topic. 
  9. Indicate your top two preferred months to be featured as the guest of honor in one of our webinars. 
  10. Once approved, submit your slide deck presenting your work. 
Don't miss this opportunity to shine a light on your achievements! Your voice matters, and we're excited to showcase the incredible talent within our ECR community. 
Ready to make your mark?  
Submit your proposal on our and be part of a webinar that celebrates the skills and accomplishments of our ECR members! Let's amplify your success together! 
We Would Love to Hear from You 
Dive into our dynamic community, connect with fellow researchers, and contribute to the WDS-ECR Community of Excellence. Showcase your work, share stories, and expand your professional network. Your contribution to this newsletter is welcome! Submit your content ! Engage in workshops, webinars, and conferences for learning and collaboration. Your active involvement drives our success. Together, let's impact scientific research data management. Thanks for being part of WDS ECR Network. Stay tuned for valuable opportunities and resources in our newsletter. For questions, email .

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