At least once every two years, the CODATA President convenes a General Assembly to review progress and plan for the future. Traditionally, the General Assembly immediately follows the CODATA Conference, but in 2016 – for practical reasons – it takes place before International Data Week.
Participants include CODATA Officers, Executive Committee members, delegates from national and ICSU Union members, task and working group representatives, and spokespersons for other CODATA activities. Observers may be invited, for example, from ICSU and its bodies or from potential new member countries and organisations.
In addition to overseeing the general governance of CODATA, and receiving financial and secretariat reports, the General Assembly provides a forum for national, union, and task group representatives report on their data-related activities and requirements. Other activities include review of membership applications, voting for Officers and Executive Committee members, conference planning, and selection of task groups. Members also participate in strategic planning and direct the Executive Committee to achieve specific objectives.