Join Us this Month at International Data Week

Greetings, data enthusiasts!

We are thrilled to invite you to the most anticipated event of the year for the global data community – International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data. This extraordinary gathering will take place from 23 through 26 October 2023, in the picturesque city of Salzburg, Austria. With only a few weeks left, the excitement and anticipation are reaching new heights!

What's in Store for You?

International Data Week is where the brightest minds in the field come together. From data scientists and data stewards to researchers from various domains, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and policymakers, this event offers a unique opportunity to connect, collaborate, and explore the latest advancements in the world of data. 
IDW 2023 brings together two prominent events: the RDA 21st Plenary Meeting and SciDataCon 2023. The RDA Plenary Meeting is a significant gathering of experts working towards global infrastructure for data sharing and reuse, while SciDataCon focuses on the frontiers of data in research, organized by CODATA and WDS. Prepare to be inspired by thought-provoking presentations, engaging discussions, and cutting-edge research.

A Festival of Data

IDW 2023 is not just a conference; it's a celebration of data and its potential to transform our world. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and other global challenges, this event will showcase the positive impact of shared data and how it can drive positive change. Whether you choose to participate in person or virtually, you'll be part of a vibrant and inclusive community united by a shared passion for data.

Countdown to the Event

In just a matter of weeks, the global data community will converge in Salzburg for an engaging experience. International Data Week 2023 is the ultimate destination for data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, and policymakers to connect, collaborate, and explore the latest frontiers in data. The clock is ticking, and the time to act is now!

An Unforgettable Celebration of Data

IDW 2023 is not your ordinary conference; it's a celebration of data and its power to transform our world. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and other global challenges, this event will showcase the resilience and potential of data-driven solutions. By attending IDW 2023, you'll be part of a vibrant and inclusive community, united by a shared passion for harnessing data for positive change. 

Engaging Program and Unparalleled Networking

Prepare to immerse yourself in a dynamic and thought-provoking program designed to expand your knowledge, stimulate your curiosity, and inspire innovative thinking. From captivating plenary sessions to interactive workshops and engaging discussions, IDW 2023 offers an unrivaled opportunity to stay at the forefront of data advancements. 
But that's not all! Networking opportunities are abound at IDW 2023. Connect with leading experts, forge collaborations, and exchange ideas with like-minded professionals from around the globe. The connections you make at IDW 2023 could shape the future of your work and open doors to new possibilities. For more comprehensive information on the program, including concurrent RDA Plenary and SciDataCon, click here.

Last Call for Registration

Time is running out! Don't miss your chance to be part of this transformative event. Registration for IDW 2023 closes on 20 October 2023, at 12:00PM CET. Secure your spot now to ensure your participation in this unparalleled gathering of data enthusiasts. Visit the registration page and join us for an unforgettable journey!

Webinar: Why Attend IDW 2023?

Want a sneak peek into the incredible experiences awaiting you at IDW 2023? Join our informative webinar, "Why Attend IDW 2023?" on 11 October at 15:00 UTC. Discover the event format, get acquainted with the online platform Whova, and gain valuable insights on how to make the most of your participation—whether in person or virtually. Registration for the webinar is free, so don't miss this opportunity to get a head start on your IDW 2023 adventure. Reserve your spot here.

Act Now and Join the Data Revolution 

The clock is ticking, and the excitement is mounting. International Data Week 2023 is your chance to be part of a global movement driving positive change through data. Don't wait another moment—seize this opportunity to connect with visionaries, ignite your creativity, and shape the future of data. 
Visit to learn more about the event, explore the captivating program, and register before it's too late. 
We look forward to welcoming you to International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data! 
Contact for IDW 2023 organizational questions: 

We Look Forward to Sharing Your Organization's Story at the Members Forum

We are thrilled to have you join us for the highly anticipated 2023 World Data System (WDS) Members Forum, which will be held on Sunday, 22 October leading up to the Festival of Data in Salzburg!

As a valued WDS Regular or Network member, we kindly remind you that the WDS Bylaws require a brief 3-5 minute presentation from each participating organization at the Forum. Even if you are unable to attend in person, you have the opportunity to submit a slideshow or video recording. Other member categories are encouraged to participate as well! We can't wait to hear your organizations' stories!

To submit your presentation, please follow the instructions below: 
If you will be attending remotely, kindly email your slideshow or a recording of your presentation to no later than 9 October.

Please utilize the linked PowerPoint template for your slides, ensuring a consistent and professional appearance.

Attach your presentation file, video file (in MP4 format), or provide a video link. In your email, include your name, organization name, and presentation title. To facilitate organization, rename your files using the following convention: "Name of your organization_last name_UPDATE2023," separated by underscores. For instance, WDS-IPO_Bernabeo_UPDATE2023.

Your presentation should cover the following aspects:

  • An introduction to your organization.
  • Major milestones achieved over the past year.
  • Plans and objectives for the upcoming year.
  • Key challenges you anticipate facing.

The presentation videos will be compiled into a playlist, and slide decks will be electronically shared during the Members Forum. To get an idea, you can view the videos from the 2022 Members Forum here.

Should you have any questions or require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at . We are here to support you every step of the way.

We eagerly look forward to your valuable contribution at the 2023 WDS Members Forum. Thank you for being an integral part of the World Data System.

Register here

SciDataCon 2023: An Integral Part of IDW

We are excited to highlight the program for SciDataCon 2023, part of International Data Week in Salzburg and online from 23 to 26 October 2023. As a key component to the Festival of Data, SciDataCon aims to celebrate and explore the transformative power of data science.

The overarching theme for SciDataCon, as well as International Data Week as a whole, is a Festival of Data.

SciDataCon is comprised of seven high-level themes that culminate in the overall celebration of data.

By encompassing these diverse themes, SciDataCon 2023 aims to facilitate knowledge exchange, collaboration, and innovation in data science, ultimately contributing to a transformed world.

For more detailed information about each theme, click here.

Here is a look at the Program Overview:

Day 1: 23 October 2023

The first day of SciDataCon 2023 will kick off with the IDW 2023 Opening Plenary Session titled "Spatial Data Science: Geographic Context Matters." Following the plenary session, participants will have the opportunity to engage in sessions covering topics such as PID provision, data ethics, semantic interoperability, data collaboration at the national scale, AI/ML, climate risk mapping, institutional/strategy-oriented approaches, and social science.

Day 2: 24 October 2023

Day 2 will begin with networking tea and coffee breaks, fostering connections among attendees. The plenary session, "Inclusivity in Open Science while Advancing Research Assessment and Career Pathway Impact," will shed light on the importance of inclusivity in scientific research. The program will then continue with sessions on Copernicus data for water, participatory mapping, domain-specific metadata, cross-domain perspectives, open data for disaster risk reduction, data discovery and reuse across disciplines, data stewards and competency centers, and data infrastructures.

Day 3: 25 October 2023

On the third day, participants will once again have the opportunity to network during tea and coffee breaks. Sessions will cover topics such as interoperability and interconnectivity in developing regions, open science infrastructures, data linking and knowledge graphs, open public data and communication, and closing the loop of open data publishing in the humanities. The day will culminate in the plenary session, "Data and Global Challenges: Data, Science, Trust, and Policy," which will provide insights into the intersection of data, science, trust, and policy.

Day 4: 26 October 2023

The final day of SciDataCon 2023 will feature sessions on writing a roadmap to success for Copernicus data, best practices in participatory mapping, envisioning solutions through cross-domain interoperability frameworks, and enhancing data discovery and reuse across disciplines. The conference will conclude with an on-site poster exhibition, networking, and reception.

See more details on the program for SciDataCon here.

As a reminder, SciDataCon admission is included with registration to International Data Week. Register here by 20 October, 12:00PM CET. 

We look forward to seeing you in person in Salzburg or online at SciDataCon 2023!

For questions relating to SciDataCon program, contact 

Research Data Alliance's 21st Plenary

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is set to host its 21st Plenary as part of International Data Week 2023 in Salzburg, Austria. This highly anticipated event brings together a global community of data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, and policymakers to promote open sharing and re-use of data. The RDA Plenary serves as a platform for developing and supporting global infrastructure that facilitates data sharing and collaboration across various disciplines. With a focus on advancing data-driven research, the 21st Plenary promises to be a significant milestone in the journey towards a more interconnected and data-driven world.

Connecting the Data Community:

The RDA 21st Plenary aims to bridge the gap between diverse stakeholders in the data community. It provides a neutral space where individuals and organizations from over 145 countries can come together to exchange knowledge, share best practices, and collaborate on developing innovative solutions for data management and interoperability. The Plenary facilitates discussions and interactions between researchers, data stewards, infrastructure providers, and policymakers, fostering a multidisciplinary approach to addressing data challenges. 

Key Themes and Sessions:

The Plenary program encompasses a wide range of themes and sessions designed to address the evolving landscape of data sharing. Experts from various domains will present their insights and experiences, shedding light on topics such as agriculture, biodiversity, biomedical sciences, digital humanities, and more. Workshops, presentations, and interactive sessions will explore emerging trends, technologies, and standards in data management, with a particular focus on interdisciplinary research and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Collaborative Opportunities:

One of the primary objectives of the RDA 21st Plenary is to promote collaboration and foster partnerships among participants. Attendees will have the opportunity to join working groups, interest groups, and communities of practice within the RDA network. These collaborative initiatives enable researchers and practitioners to contribute to the development of data-related recommendations, standards, and outputs. By actively engaging with the RDA community, participants can shape the future of data sharing and play a vital role in driving innovation across various disciplines.

The RDA 21st Plenary, held as part of International Data Week 2023 in Salzburg, serves as a platform for global collaboration in advancing data sharing and re-use. By bringing together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, and policymakers from around the world, the Plenary facilitates knowledge exchange, encourages interdisciplinary research, and promotes the adoption of global data infrastructure. Through its diverse range of sessions, workshops, and collaborative opportunities, the RDA 21st Plenary aims to drive innovation and shape the future of data-driven research across various disciplines.

As a reminder, attendance to RDA P21 is included with registration to International Data Week. Register here by 20 October 2023, 12:00PM CET.

Webinar Recap: Data Experts on Career Development: Perspectives on Data Management Across Time, Disciplines, and Research Environments with Bruce Wilson

We are delighted to share with you the recap of our webinar “Data Experts on Career Development: Perspectives on Data Management Across Time, Disciplines, and Research Environments”, featuring Bruce Wilson, a group leader and data scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Wilson is an expert in data management and informatics, with a diverse background in physics, engineering, biology, and environmental sciences. He has over 20 years of experience in leading multidisciplinary teams and projects in various domains. 
Wilson started his career as a chemist who found himself drowning in data as a result of work in industrial process analytical chemistry and some early successes in high throughput research methods. His work building tools to meet his own data management needs led to building tools to help other scientists across a wide range of domains manage, find, and use data. Wilson presently serves as the Manager for the NASA-funded Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center (ORNL DAAC) and as the Group Leader for ORNL’s Remote Sensing and Environmental Informatics Group.

In this webinar, Wilson shared his thoughts about successes and challenges as an individual contributor and a leader in data management and scientific cyberinfrastructure, based on a career that includes work in industry, government labs, and academia. He discussed the importance of data management and informatics as an enabling discipline to help data providers and users by reducing friction and making connections easier. He emphasized the value of focusing on interoperability, which is the ability of different systems or components to exchange and use information. 
Wilson also provided thoughts on leadership, which he defined as influencing others to achieve a common goal. He discussed some key aspects, such as having a shared understanding of success, providing needed resources, celebrating successes, holding people accountable, and serving others. He also discussed lifelong learning and growth, which he said are essential for leaders to adapt to changing situations and challenges. 
The talk covered the value of data over time, highlighting that early involvement enables preserving more value, and that different disciplines may see data value change differently over time. For example, Wilson explained that in physics, data may lose value quickly as new experiments are conducted, while in biology or environmental sciences, data may gain value over time as new insights or patterns emerge.

During the Q&A sessions from two different time zones, which have been combined into this comprehensive recording, Wilson offered insights on transitioning from individual contributor to leadership roles, the value of networks and mentors, overcoming the imposter syndrome, and the importance of humility in leadership. He also answered questions from the audience about data management challenges, best practices, tools, and resources. 
We would like to thank Bruce Wilson for sharing his valuable insights and experiences with us. We would also like to thank all the participants who joined us for this webinar. We hope you enjoyed it and learned something new! 
If you missed the webinar or want to watch it again, you can access the recording here.

Upcoming Webinar: Applying the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance to Ecology and Biodiversity Research with Dr. Maui Hudson

The World Data System (WDS) is delighted to present an upcoming webinar featuring Dr. Maui Hudson, an esteemed indigenous scholar from New Zealand. Titled "Applying the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance to Ecology and Biodiversity Research," this webinar will explore the intersection of indigenous data governance and ecological studies. The webinar is scheduled for 14th November at 10 PM UTC (14 November, 5PM EST; 14 November, 2PM PST; 15 November, 11AM NZT)

Webinar Details:

Dr. Maui Hudson's research focuses on Māori data sovereignty and indigenous data governance. During the webinar, he will delve into the practical application of the CARE principles for indigenous data governance in the context of ecology and biodiversity research. 
The CARE principles, which stand for Collective benefit, Authority to control, Responsibility, and Ethics, provide a framework for conducting research with indigenous communities in a manner that respects their rights, interests, and values. Dr. Hudson will share valuable insights on how these principles can guide data collection, stewardship, and utilization in ecological studies.

Promoting Ethical and Equitable Research:

Given that much ecological and biodiversity research takes place on indigenous lands, it is crucial to ensure that these studies honor indigenous rights and values. Dr. Hudson's webinar will explore practical ways in which researchers and institutions can integrate indigenous data governance principles into their work, fostering more ethical, equitable, and socially-just scientific practices.

Examples and Recommendations:

Drawing from his extensive expertise, Dr. Hudson will provide real-world examples and recommendations applicable across scientific domains. Participants can expect to gain valuable knowledge on how to conduct research in collaboration with indigenous communities, aligning their work with the principles of collective benefit, authority to control, responsibility, and ethics.

Q&A Session:

Following the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with Dr. Maui Hudson in a question-and-answer session. This interactive segment offers a chance to delve deeper into the topics discussed during the webinar and seek further clarification on indigenous data governance and its application in ecological research. 
The webinar featuring Dr. Maui Hudson on applying the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance to Ecology and Biodiversity Research is a valuable opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and institutions to enhance their understanding of ethical and equitable research practices. By incorporating indigenous data governance principles, participants can contribute to building respectful and mutually beneficial collaborations with indigenous communities. Don't miss this insightful webinar on 14 November at 10 PM UTC. For more information about Dr. Maui Hudson and his expertise, please refer to his ORCID profile
Register for the free webinar here

Upcoming Events

  • 20 October - Registration Closes for International Data Week
  • 22 October - WDS Members' Forum, Salzburg Congress, Salzburg, Austria
  • 23-26 October - International Data Week, SciDataCon, and RDA Plenary 21, Salzburg Congress, Salzburg, Austria
  • 31 October - Deadline, Pathways Communication Grants Program Proposals
  • 14-15 November - 2023 Vocabulary Symposium: FAIR Vocabularies For All - Canberra, Australia & Online
  • 30 November - Registration Closes for DSWS-2023

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