CODATA (http://www.codata.org/) is the Committee on Data of the International Council for Science (ICSU).  CODATA exists to promote global collaboration to improve the availability and usability of data for all areas of research.  CODATA supports the principle that research data should be as open as possible and as closed as necessary.  By promoting the policy, technological and cultural changes that are essential to make research data more widely available, CODATA helps advance ICSU’s mission of strengthening international science for the benefit of society.

The CODATA Strategic Plan 2015 http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.50343 and Prospectus of Strategy and Achievement 2016 https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.165830 identify three priority areas:

  1. promoting principles, policies and practices for Open Data and Open Science;
  2. advancing the frontiers of data science;
  3. building capacity for Open Science by improving data skills and the functions of national science systems needed to support open data.

CODATA achieves these objectives through a number of standing committees, Task Groups and Working Groups as well as executive-led activities.  CODATA supports the Data Science Journal http://datascience.codata.org/ and collaborates on major data conferences like SciDataCon http://www.scidatacon.org/2016/ and International Data Week http://internationaldataweek.org/.

Message from the President

Who Are We And What Are Our Objectives?
CODATA is an interdisciplinary Scientific Committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU), which works to improve the quality, reliability, management and accessibility of data of importance to all fields of science and technology. ( more )

What Does It Mean To Be A Part of CODATA?
The pre-eminence of the information revolution fueled through the Internet, the World Wide Web and the explosion of personal computing today, makes CODATA's mission even more important. ( more )

CODATA's Constitution [pdf file]
Recognizing a world-wide demand for useful, reliable and readily available scientific and technological data, the International Council for Science (ICSU) established in 1966 a committee to promote throughout the world the evaluation, compilation and dissemination of data for science and technology and to foster international collaboration in this field. ( more )

CODATA Executive Committee
For more information about the current CODATA Executive Committee please see ( more )

For more information about CODATA, please contact the Secretariat. ( more )

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