2015 Dryad Community Meeting, 27 May, Washington. DC

Date: Mar 20, 2015

The 2015 Dryad Community Meeting will be taking place at 8:30am-4:00pm on 27 May in Washington, DC at the American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009.

The Dryad Community Meeting is an annual event for researchers, journal editors, librarians, data managers, publishers, funders and other individuals or organizations with a stake in the preservation and availability of the scientific and medical data associated with the published literature.

The theme of this year’s meeting is "Taking a closer look at data," featuring a keynote presentation from Brian Nosek of the Center for Open Science and an Emerging Issues panel discussion about data review.

The Program includes:

  • Dryad101, an introduction to the Dryad Digital Repository, including an overview of recent and upcoming developments
  • A Community Perspectives Forum with partner journals and member organizations sharing their experiences with data publishing
  • The annual Dryad Business Meeting
  • An Emerging Issues panel discussion all about the concept of “data review."

Dr. Brian Nosek is Director of the Center for Open Science and a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. The Center for Open Science is a nonprofit technology startup that aims to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. Nosek is also a co-founder the influential Project Implicit.

There is no cost for registration, but space is limited, so please register early to ensure availability.

For inquiries, please contact Meredith Morovati (, Executive Director.

Science Journalists Learn about the Data Revolution for the Sustainable Development Goals

Date: Mar 17, 2015

See the CODATA Blog for a new post from Alex de Sherbinin, Chair, CODATA Task Group on Global Roads Data Development and Associate Director for Science Applications, CIESIN, Columbia University who spoke recently on about Big Data, using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda as a foundation upon which to build an argument on the importance of the Data Revolution for sustainable development.

Read more on the CODATA blog here.

International Partnership to Increase the Benefit of Research Data for Society

Date: Mar 9, 2015

CODATA, the ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology, the ICSU World Data System and the Research Data Alliance today announce the completion of a Memorandum of Understanding which makes formal their collaboration.

Coordination of effort is important since each organisation focuses on different but complementary aspects of research data: CODATA on advocacy, policy, and process; WDS on data provision and stewardship; and RDA on bottom-up implementation of data sharing tools and practices.  

The three organisations already benefit from extensive collaboration: the new Memorandum of Understanding will clarify our respective strengths, with the result that we will be able to accomplish more, and advance data practices and science faster and further in this newly defined partnership.

The announcement is available here.

Uniform Description System for Materials on the Nanoscale (v.1.0) Published

Date: Feb 26, 2015

The CODATA-VAMAS Working Group on Nanomaterials has released version 1.0 of the Uniform Description System for Materials on the Nanoscale (UDS). This document, including a downloadable version and background information, is publically available at A tabular version of the technical dictionary will be available shortly.

This work is the result of the efforts of many people from a variety of disciplines and international perspectives. Over time, as new nanomaterials are developed and more nanoinformatics tools are released, the UDS will of course be expanded to include new knowledge.

We encourage you to submit your comments, corrections, and suggestions for improvement to Feel free to circulate this message to other interested parties.

If you wish to cite this work in a publication or digital resource, the suggested citation is given on the inside of the front cover.

We want to thank everyone who worked on this version as well as acknowledge the financial support of ICSU (the International Council for Science), CODATA (the ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology) and VAMAS (the Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards).

John Rumble:

Steve Freiman:

Clayton Teague:

ISI CODATA International Training Workshop on Big Data

Date: Dec 15, 2014

CODATA and the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) - and other partners - will convene an International Training Workshop on Big Data. This will continue the emerging series of International Training Workshops which CODATA is seeking to establish with a variety of partners.  Recent training workshops have been held in Beijing, China and in Nairobi, Kenya.

The International Training Workshop will take place at the Indian Statistical Institute in Bangalore, India, on 9-20 March 2015. Places for roughly twenty students will be available.

Travel, subsistence and accommodation for participants from India will be provided through ISI. Interested participants should contact Devika P. Madalli <devika[AT]>.

Students from SAARC countries and from other countries in South Asia will be welcome. A limited number of scholarships supporting travel, accommodation and subsistence may be available. Further announcements will be made, however, interested parties should send a brief CV as soon as possible to Simon Hodson <execdir[AT]> and Devika Madalli <devika[AT]> and you will be contacted about scholarship opportunities.

Further details are available on the CODATA blog.

Research Data Netherlands Joins CODATA

Date: Dec 11, 2014

At the CODATA General Assembly in New Delhi, Research Data Netherlands (RDNL) was welcomed as a new National Member of CODATA.

See the news story on the RDNL website:

CODATA focuses on improving the quality, reliability, management and accessibility of scientific research data and together its members represent all continents. Since other data organizations often operate at European level, the membership of CODATA is a great opportunity for RDNL to broaden its horizon. The fact that the back offices of 3TU.Datacentrum, DANS and SURFsara speak with one voice through Research Data Netherlands as a national partner is in turn appealing for international partnerships such as CODATA. Research Data Netherlands therefore looks forward to a fruitful cooperation within CODATA.

CODATA looks forward to collaboration with RDNL in a number of areas, including data policy issues and strategies for sustaining data infrastructures as well as exploring international dimensions of data issues, particularly associated with collaborative and interdisciplnary research.

CODATA General Assembly Elects New President and Executive Committee

Date: Dec 10, 2014

The 2014 CODATA General Assembly was held on 6-7 November, at the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, following the SciDataCon Conference.  The General Assembly performs an important role in CODATA's governance and strategic planning.

This year's General Assembly saw the election of a new President, Geoffrey Boulton. After four years of service as President, Huadong Guo becomes Past-President for a term of two years. Takashi Gojobori and Niv Ahituv were elected as Vice Presidents, and new members of the Executive Committee were also elected. The CODATA Officers and Executive Committee are now as follows:


  • President: Geoffrey Boulton, UK
  • Past-President: Huadong Guo, China
  • Vice-Presidents: Takashi Gojobori, Japan and Niv Ahituv, Israel
  • Secretary General: Sara Graves, USA
  • Treasurer: John Broome, Canada

Executive Committee Members

  • Bonnie Carroll, USA
  • Anil Kumar, India
  • Paul Laughton, South Africa
  • DT Lee, China (Taipei)
  • LI Jianhui, China
  • Alena Rybkina, Russia
  • Mark Thorley, UK
  • Mary Zborowski, Canada

The new Executive Committee will hold its first face-to-face meeting at the ICSU Offices in Paris in early March.

Members of the New CODATA Executive Committee at INSA, New Delhi


CODATA Becomes a Participating Organisation of GEO

Date: Nov 13, 2014

GEO LogoCODATA is delighted to have been recognised - today at the GEO-XI Plenary in Geneva - as a Participating Organisation of GEO, the Group on Earth Observations. As described on the CODATA blog earlier this year, CODATA has been deeply involved in a number of GEO activities and particularly the GEO Data Sharing Working Group. Hitherto, our participation has been under the ICSU umbrella - and with our sister organisation, the ICSU World Data System, we shall continue to represent ICSU as appropriate.

Given the contribution that CODATA has made to GEO and GEOSS it seems appropriate to be recognised as a Participating Organisation in our own right. The intention in becoming a PO is to officially and publicly register the support of CODATA, the CODATA Officers, Executive Committee, Members, Task Groups and Working Groups for GEO and GEOSS. It is hoped also that this step will provide additional means for CODATA to contribute expertise and stakeholders views to GEO’s activities and governance. We hope also to benefit through greater visibility and opportunities for collaboration with partners in the GEO community.

In 2014, we have had the following collaborations:


GEO XI Plenary Side Event: 'Open Data and the Developing World'

Date: Nov 11, 2014

Tomorrow, Wed 12 Nov 2014, on behalf of the Group on Earth Observations' Data Sharing Working Group (GEO DSWG), CODATA is organising a side event at the GEO XI Plenary in Geneva.  Entitled 'Open Data and the Developing World: The GEO Data Sharing and Data Management Principles in the context of the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development', the programme is available here and on the GEO website.

World That Counts ReportWe are particularly pleased that the event will be opened by a keynote from Claire Melamed from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and who headed the secretariat for the UN Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution.  Claire's presentation on the recently released report 'A World That Counts: Mobilising The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development' will provide an important context to discuss two key developments for GEO. These are:

1) the GEO Data Sharing Principles post-2015; and,

2) the GEO Data Management Principles.

These principles will be discussed in conjunction with ‘Nairobi Principles and Draft Guideline for Implementation of Principles of Preservation of and Open Access to Research Data in Developing Countries’ developed on behalf of CODATA.  The side event will engage participants in constructive conversation on how the principles can contribute to increased data sharing and use in the developing world, and in particular seeking African perspectives on the use of GEOSS data.


CODATA Elections, Candidates' Statements, Part Four

Date: Nov 4, 2014

That's a full house!

In advance of the forthcoming CODATA Elections to positions on the Executive Committee, candidates have been invited to submit supporting statements and these are being posted on the CODATA blog. The final two supporting statements now available:

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