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IDPC Terms of Reference


The CODATA International Data Policy Committee (IDPC) was formed in 2014 following a recommendation from the preceding Executive Committee and the ISC Review of CODATA. The development of policies promoting open data for research has been a longstanding and prominent feature of CODATA activity. In order to ensure greater continuity and focus for these core activities – and to amplify CODATA’s voice in these matters – the CODATA Strategic Plan 2015-18 identified the Data Policy Committee as the principal means by which CODATA should define an international FAIR/open data policy agenda for research.

The IDPC uses the UNESCO definitions of open data and open science, and in the context of specific policy frameworks, which may reflect additional criteria affecting access to data, supports the concept that data is as open as possible, as closed as necessary. The IDPC advocates Open Data policies and Open Science policies, facilitates discussion around best practices, and supports the development of robust policy tools and frameworks that reflect the ultimate goal of making research outputs open.


CODATA IDPC Members are selected by the IDPC Chair in consultation with Members and the CODATA Executive. Member terms are for 2 years, and are renewable for a second term. Members are selected to provide the IDPC with a diversity of location, discipline, and policy expertise. The CODATA Executive Director and Past IDPC Chair are ex-officio members of the IDPC.

The Committee’s current membership, including bios and terms, is available at: