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CODATA yearly highlights:


2012 was indeed another busy year for CODATA culminating in a very successful 23rd International CODATA Conference that took place in Taipei in October. Leading to the event some of the major highlights at a glance were:

  • Forging collaboration with ICSU World Data System (WDS)
  • Developing collaboration with Future Earth: A Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability
  • Strengthening collaboration with GEOSS, Global Earth Observation System of Systems
  • Launch of CODATA@45 years

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2011 was a very special year for CODATA as it marked an important milestone in the decades-long history of the organization. The year culminated with a high level one day International Symposium on 30th October, Beijing to commemorate CODATA’s 45th Anniversary. Co-organised by CODATA China, the event Data Intensive Science and Discovery – CODATA 45 years on brought together CODATA’s members and contributors to look back on the international organization’s history as well as discussing the next phase of CODATA’s evolution as it moves forward over the then coming five years. Over 100 people participated in the CODATA anniversary. The proceedings were published as was a history CODATA @ 45 YEARS: the Story of the ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) From 1966 to 2010.

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Our work in 2010 culminated in the 22nd International CODATA Conference held near Stellenbosch, South Africa in October. It was an outstanding success. The conference was immediately galvanised by a powerful address from the South African Minister for Science, Naledi Pandor. Dr Krishan Lal’s term as CODATA President finished at the close of the 27th CODATA General Assembly held this 2010 year. Some of the major highlights were:

  • CODATA launch of Polar Information Commons in its continued effort to help preserve and make available the scientific data generated under the International Polar Year.
  • CODATA Prize attributed to Paul F. Uhlir: The award acknowledges his outstanding achievements on the world stage in scientific data research, policy and management issues while simultaneously nurturing international cooperation and highlighting the many challenges facing data scientists on a global level.

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For 2009, between the numerous CODATA’s achievements, the following activities were of major interest:

Development of our collaboration with GEO, the Group on Earth Observations

  • the Symposium on the “Data Sharing Plans for GEOSS and on the Benefits of Data Sharing for Science” took place in Washington DC (USA) in conjunction with the GEO-VI  Plenary in November 2009.
  • CODATA  continued its work and close collaboration with GEO on the development of implementation guidelines for the GEOSS Data Sharing Principles.

Building and Strengthening Scientific Data Activities with our ten Task Groups operating in the 2008-2010 period

  • As an example, CODATA’s Task Group on Global Information Commons for Science –EU-GICSI Activities co-led the organization of the Second COMMUNIA conference on “Global Science & Economics of Knowledge-Sharing Institutions” under the EU-funded thematic network on the Public Domain in the Digital Age.

Preparation of the “The Polar Information Commons” project

  • During January-June 2009, CODATA held a number of meetings and adopted an outreach strategy noted by reference in Nature magazine, leading to the launch of the Polar Information Commons in Oslo, Norway, June 2010.

In 2009, CODATA participated in other important scientific events:

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