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General Assembly 2018 – Gaborone, Botswana

General Assembly 2018 – Gaborone, Botswana

The 31st CODATA General Assembly took place in Gaborone, Botswana, on 9-10 November after the International Data Week 2018.

Minutes of the 31st CODATA General Assembly (2018)

The minutes of the 31st CODATA General Assembly (2018) are available here.

Annexes to the minutes:

The 2018 General Assembly was notable for the revision of the CODATA Constitution.  The revised constitution, approved by the General Assembly is available here.

Agenda (Download pdf version)

Day One: Friday 9 November

9:00-11:00           Reporting Session 1

  • Executive Director’s Report – Simon Hodson, Executive Director
  • CODATA Initiatives (Data Integration, African Open Science Platform, Data Schools, Data Policy Committee, Data Science Journal): Geoffrey Boulton, CODATA President and Simon Hodson, Executive Director
  • Questions and discussion
  • Financial Report: John Broome, Treasurer.
    Questions and discussion.

11:00-11:30           Break

11:30-13:00           CODATA Governance: Revised CODATA Constitution

13:00-14:00           Lunch

14:00-16:00           Report and Strategy Session

  • President’s Report on State of CODATA and laying out introduction to the strategy for the future
  • Strategic Presentations and Discussion: Geoffrey Boulton, Tony Hey and Barend Mons.

16:00-16:30           Break

16:30-17:30           National Committees and Unions – Activities and national prioritiesBonnie Carroll, Secretary General, and John Broome, Treasurer.
Questions and discussion.

17:30                       Adjourn Day One

Day Two: Saturday 10 November

08:30-10:30           CODATA Governance: Elections

  • Presentations by candidates for President (5 minutes + 3 questions each)
  • Vote
  • Presentations by candidates for Vice-President (3 minutes + 2 questions each)
  • Vote
  • Presentations by candidates for Ordinary Member (2 minutes)
  • Vote

10:30-11:00           Break

11:00-12:30           Selection of Task Groups

  • Short presentations by candidate Task Groups (3 minutes each plus 2 questions).
  • Voting

12:30-13:00           Special Resolution
Passing the gavel
General Assembly closed by the new President

13:00-14:00           Lunch (Old and New Executive Committees)

14:00-16:00           First meeting of the new CODATA Executive Committee


The GA took place at University of Botswana, 4775 Notwane Rd, Gaborone, Botswana.

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Find out more:

CODATA Elections 2018

Results of CODATA Elections 2018

Call for Task Groups 2018-2020

2018 Task Groups