Exploiting the Data Revolution: the CODATA Strategic Plan 2013-2018

CODATA’s second strategic plan covers the period 2013-2018. Working within this context, a new Executive Director, appointed in August 2013, has had a significant impact by building on existing activities and developing new and influential activities. A new President and new Executive Committee, elected in 2014, have used this record of recent achievement, and the comments of the 2014 ICSU review of CODATA, to sharpen the strategic focus of CODATA’s work, with a clear view of the way that the small secretariat but large CODATA community can use their resources in the most productive way.

The updated Strategic Plan Exploiting the Data Revolution: the CODATA strategy identifies three major strategic programmes that will form clear priorities for CODATA to the end of the planning period in 2018. They are:

  1. promoting data principles, policies and practice,
  2. advancing the frontiers of data science; and,
  3. mobilising data capacity (with particular attention strategies, skills and ‘soft’ infrastructure in LMICs).

These priorities are central to exploiting the scientific potential of the data revolution. Their credibility as achievable objectives is demonstrated by CODATA’s impressive record of recent achievement. This document argues the relevance of these priorities, sets objectives, identifies planned outputs and indicates the intention to review outcomes at the end of the planning period.

The revised CODATA Strategic Plan was prepared by the Executive Committee that was elected in 2014.  Members of that Committee are pictured here at the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, following the General Assembly in November 2014.

From left to right: Simon Hodson, Executive Director; Anil Kumar, India; Paul Laughton, South Africa; Mary Zborowski, Canada; Sara Graves, Secretary General, USA; John Broome, Treasurer, Canada; Geoffrey Boulton, President, UK; Niv Ahitiv, Vice-President, Israel; Bonnie Carroll, USA; Mark Thorley, UK; Der-Tsai Lee, China: Taipei; Alena Rybkina, Russia.
Not present: Huadong Guo, Past-President, China; Takashi Gojobori, Vice-President, Japan; Jianhui Li, China; Sarah Callaghan, UK.