CODATA Conferences

CODATA organises international scientific conferences that address issues relating to data in all field of research. The scope of CODATA Conferences cover policy matters and the place of data in the scientific endeavour and scholarly communications; the opportunities of the data revolution for the global research enterprise; innovations in data science and data stewardship; and the challenge of developing a sustainable data ecosystem, including the role of education and capacity building.

CODATA has organised a biennial conference since 1968. In 2014 this was organised in partnership with the ICSU World Data System as SciDataCon 2014 and two years later SciDataCon 2016 was organised as part of International Data Week

From 2017 onwards, CODATA intends to organise a CODATA Conference in ‘odd’ years and collaborate on SciDataCon and International Data Week in ‘even’ years.

The first in the new series of CODATA Conferences, is CODATA 2017 'Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science’ which will take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia on 8-13 October 2017: to submit sessions or papers go to; for information and registration go to

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Saint Petersburg, Russia

CODATA 2017 Conference, 'Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science' 

8-13 October 2017, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

Now Accepting Submissions for Sessions and Papers: deadline 28 July

The purpose of the conference is to explore the fundamental issues relating to the availability, (re-)use and scientific analysis of data that relate to the most significant contemporary global challenges.  Further information, including guidance on logistics and accommodation, is available on the conference website at:

Global science is increasingly data-driven.  Major international scientific programmes contribute to a collective endeavour to understand contemporary global processes and phenomena that are of deep relevance to contemporary societies.  The unprecedented volume of data generated by the digital revolution of recent decades has led to the emergence of distinctive and powerful means of characterising and understanding the complex systems that are at the heart of many global challenges.  These developments raise major questions around data collection, stewardship and analysis; and there are timely lessons to be shared between the academic and commercial sectors.

The conference will be of interest to researchers in many domains, and particularly those relating to the global research programmes sponsored by the International Council of Science (Future Earth, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk, Urban Health and Wellbeing), as well as research around the Sustainable Development Goals, ecological and environmental challenges and assessments and the Sendai Framework on disaster risk reduction.  The conference will foster constructive and continued dialogue between transdisciplinary research activities and data experts.

The conference is co-organized by ICSU-CODATA, the Committee on Data of the International Council of Science, Geophysical Center of RAS (GC RAS) ), CSA innovative group (, Research & Engineering Corporation MEKHANOBR TEKHNIKA, The National University of Science and Technology MISiS, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG),  and the International Social Science Council (ISSC)

The conference is supported by the Russian Science Foundation (RSF).

The organisers will invite other international research programmes and data organisations to partner in the conference.

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