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The 33rd CODATA General Assembly took place on 27-28 October 2023 in Salzburg, Austria, following the International Data Week 2023. Refer to this letter from the CODATA President Barend Mons convening the General Assembly 2023.

Recordings of the General Assembly

Results of voting prior to and during the GA

An online voting platform ElectionBuddy was used by the CODATA Secretariat to manage the voting procedure in accordance with the CODATA constitution. Delegates representing the CODATA members, and having the right to vote, were invited to cast their votes prior to or during the General Assembly and to participate in the live Elections of CODATA Vice-Presidents and Executive Committee Members. The CODATA Secretary General and two ex officio ExComm members witnessed the online voting process as internal independent tellers.

CODATA Strategic Plan 2023-27 Endorsement

The Strategic Plan 2023-27 document was distributed to the voting delegates via email ahead of the General Assembly. Subsequently they were invited to cast their vote on the matter between 18 October and 27 October when the matter was presented and discussed (see the GA agenda further down). 47 of 54 voting delegates cast their vote in favour of the Strategic Plan endorsement; 0 voted not to endorse.There were 0 abstention. Result of the vote was presented to the General Assembly on 27 October. See this slides deck for an overview of the voting results.

Approval of Task Groups for 2023-2025

49 of 54 voting delegates cast their votes on the Proposed Task Groups 2023 – 2025, following the recommendations of the CODATA ExComm. There were 0 abstentions from voting. The invitation to vote was issued to delegates on 26 October, 16:00 UTC and the vote closed during the TG voting dedicated session on 28 October 2023 and results were presented during that session. See the slides deck for detailed results per Task Group.

Voting in the Elections of Officers and Ordinary Members of the Executive Committee

Statements from the Candidates in CODATA Election 2023

The vote to elect CODATA President 2023-27 opened on 26 October, 16:00 UTC and closed during the GA on 28 October. 49 of 54 voting delegates cast their votes, out of which 34 were in favour of Mercè Crosas who was elected.

Three rounds of voting took place to elect two CODATA Vice-Presidents 2023-27. Daisy Selematsela was elected in the first round and Richard Hartshorn in round three. Detailed results of the voting in the three rounds can be consulted in the slides deck.

Total of 16 candidates were on the slate for the 10 ExComm Ordinary Member positions. The following candidates were elected to serve on the CODATA Executive Committee 2023-25.

  • Toshihiro Ashino; Materials Sciences,Male (nominated by Japan)
  • Tyng-Ruey Chuang; Information Sciences, Male (nominated by Taipei)
  • Leo Lahti; Computer Sciences, Male (nominated by Finland)
  • Pam Maras; Psychological Sciences, Female (nominated by IUPsyS)
  • Audrey Masizana; Computer Sciences, Female (nominated by Botswana)
  • Virginia Murray; Health Sciences, Female (nominated by UK)
  • Marc Nyssen; Medical Engineering, Male (nominated by IUPESM)
  • Elena Rovenskaya; Systems Analysis, Female (nominated by IIASA)
  • Andrew Young; Life Sciences, Male (nominated by Australia)
  • Cyrus Walther; Physics, Male (nominated by IUPAP)


Agenda for the General Assembly

All times are indicated in CEST (UTC +2). Links to presentations are provided in the agenda.

Friday 27 October 2023
09:00-09:15 Welcome, convene.  Approval of agenda. (Barend Mons)
09:15-10:15 Reports from key CODATA initiatives: Projects, Committees (chaired by Simon Hodson)

  • WorldFAIR and WorldFAIR+ (Simon Hodson, Arofan Gregory). Slides.
  • FAIR Connect (Barend Mons). Slides
  • Global Open Science Cloud Initiative (Jianhui LI). Slides. 
10:15-10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Continued: Reports from key CODATA initiatives: Projects, Committees

  • International Data Policy Committee (Francis Crawley). Slides. 
  • Data Schools (Raphael Cobe). Slides. 
  • Approval by the GA (acclamation)
11:45-12:30 CODATA Strategic Plan 2023-27 (Simon Hodson)

  • Overview. Slides. 
  • Endorsement by the GA (formal vote, open from 18 October)
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Elections – hustings (chaired by Christine Kirkpatrick)

  • VP hustings (40′)
    • David Castle
    • Richard Hartshorn. Slides.
    • Daisy Selematsela. Slides. 
    • Philip Bourne (online)
  • President hustings (50′)




15:30-16:30 Task Group lightning presentations (chaired by Simon Hodson). Slides in this folder.

  1. FAIR Data for Disaster Risk Research (FAIR-DRR) – Bapon Fakhruddin (online). 
  2. Task Group For Coupled Cross-Domain Interoperability – Bapon Fakhruddin (online). 
  3. Citizen-generated data for the SDGs – Peter Elias  (online)
  4. Geographical Indications Environment & Sustainability (GIES) – Liu Chuang (online)
  5. Data Systems, Tools, and Services for Crisis Situations Working Group (DSTS_CS-WG) – Virginia Murray
  6. Advancing Data Science for Sustainability – Cyrus Walther
  7. Data Ethics Task Group (DETG) – Johannes John-Langba
  8. Digital Representation of Units of Measurement (DRUM) – Jeremy Frey
  9. Data driven social change towards society promoting cognitively healthy ageing – Mihoko Otake
  10. The role of integrity in data and AI science, ethics, and policy (Integrity-TG) – Elif Ekmemkci
16:30-17:30 Presentation: Towards developing a digital twin of socio-economic systems, Sebastian Poledna, IIASA (chaired by Elena Rovenskaya)
17:30 Close of Day 1 (Barend Mons)

Saturday 28 October 2023

09:00-09:30 Financial reporting (Steven McEachern, Simon Hodson). Slides.

  • Approval of the financial report (acclamation)
09:30-09:45 Selection of Task Groups 2023-25 (formal vote, open from 16:00 UTC on 26 Oct) (Christine Kirkpatrick)
09:45-10:10 Elections (Christine Kirkpatrick)

  • Election of President 2023-27 (formal vote, open from 16:00 UTC on 26 Oct) 
  • Election of Vice-Presidents, 2023-27 (formal vote, open from 16:00 UTC on 26 Oct) 
10:10-10:30 Break 
10:30-10:45 Report on formal vote results (Christine Kirkpatrick)
10:45-12:00 Elections continued (formal vote, voting opened live because dependant on the outcome of previous votes) (Christine Kirkpatrick)

  • Option: 2nd round election of Vice-Presidents, 2023-27
  • Option: Report on results
  • Election of Executive Committee members, 2023-25 
  • Option: further rounds of Executive Committee members elections, as needed
  • Report on results
12:00-12:15 Establishing a new Nominating Committee (approval by acclamation) (Simon Hodson)
12:15-13:00 Lunch
13:00-13:15 Call for new leads for CODATA Connect (Shaily Gandhi). Slides. 
13:15-14:15 Membership session

  • New Members – Austria, DDE, CESSDA
  • National Committees Forum presentation (Richard Hartshorn)
14:15-14:30 Break 
14:30-15:00 Membership session continued

  • Scientific Unions (chaired by Richard Hartshorn)
15:00-15:30 Address by the outgoing and incoming CODATA Presidents (Christine Kirkpatrick)
15:30-15:35 Votes of thanks to outgoing Officers, ExComm and others (Christine Kirkpatrick)
15:35 Close of CODATA General Assembly 




































Preparations for the General Assembly

The call for nominations of candidates for CODATA elections 2023 as well as to the call for Task Groups 2023-25, and related procedures was published before 27 April 2023 with a deadline of 27 June 2023 for the nominations and Task Group proposals, inline with the terms set by the CODATA constitution.

On 1 September 2023 the voting delegates received a balanced electoral slate prepared by the Nominating Committee and recommendations of the CODATA Executive Committee on the proposals for Task Groups. The above listed agenda and other additional documentation/information relevant to the General Assembly was shared with the delegates as well.