CODATA 22 - Cape Town 2010

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The 22nd CODATA Conference was organised in partnership with the National Research Foundation of South Africa, with a focus on Scientific Data and Sustainable Development.

This event named "Scientific Information for Society: From Today to the Future", took place on 24-27 October 2010 at Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa, and was officaly opened by Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology of South Africa.

Welcome (extract) by Dr. Krishan Lal, (former) CODATA President:

Scientific data has been one of the key components that have propelled the growth of science and technology. Recent spectacular achievements in information technology have changed the way scientific research is being carried out. Similarly, modes of storage, dissemination, archival and management of data have undergone a sea change.

It is now possible to network research groups located anywhere in the world through internet and to transfer huge amount of data and other information practically without loss of time. It is hoped that this infrastructure together with possibilities of grid computing and other recent developments will be instrumental in taking science to new heights and technological developments will lead to transformation of human society.

(from left to right) Robert Kriger (NRF), Lidia Brito (UNESCO), Albert van Jaarsveld (NRF), and Krishan Lal (CODATA)Events (full scientific programme)

25 October

Keynote speakers:

Introduction: Pierre Cilliers, Co-Chair of the Scientific Program Committee, CODATA 2010; Lidia Brito, Head of the Science Policy Division, UNESCO.

High level sessions:

The Importance of Data Sharing in the Context of the Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS)

GRDI2020 - Towards a 10-Year Vision for Global Research Data Infrastructures (1)

CODATA Prize Award Ceremony:

Award given to Paul F. Uhlir

26 October

Keynote speakers:

Chair: Pierre Cilliers, Co-Chair of the Science Program Committee, CODATA 2010; Kari Raivio,Vice-President for Scientific Planning and Review, International Council of Science (ICSU); Jean Bernard Minster, Chair, ICSU World Data System Scientific Committee (WDS-SC).

Panel Discussion:

Strategic Planning for Data and Information Issues

Parallel High session:

Data Publishing in the Context of the ICSU World Data System (WDS)

27 October

High level sessions:

Scientifc Data : vision of the future

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