The World Data System (WDS) and the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA)—sister interdisciplinary bodies under the umbrella of the International Council for Science (ICSU)—actively promote effective data policies and good data management practices in the research community, to produce better science, and thus to ultimately benefit society. As a major contribution to this effort, the two organizations announced in autumn 2013 that they would be co-sponsoring and co-organizing a new, high-profile international biennial conference series, SciDataCon.
With the aim of becoming the world's principal scientific research data event, SciDataCon builds on WDS’ and CODATA’s individual conferences by provide a unique platform for bringing together a diverse multidisciplinary audience that is far greater than the simple combination of two communities, and that includes international experts and practitioners in data management and technologies, researchers from the Natural Sciences and Social Sciences, research funders, and policy makers.
Convened by WDS and CODATA, SciDataCon 2016 is a scientific research conference that will advance the frontiers of data in research. This means addressing a range of fundamental and urgent issues around the ‘Data Revolution’ and the recent data-driven transformation of research and the responses to these issues in the conduct of research. SciDataCon features scientific papers from a wide range of perspectives. The scope is explicitly broad and inclusive, addressing all aspects of the role of data in research.
SciDataCon 2014 was held on 2–5 November 2014 in New Delhi. Under the general theme of Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability, the Conference had an eye towards the Future Earth research programme, as well as augmenting the message of like-minded global data initiatives that promote data sharing and interoperability.