Change of Dates: International Data Week 2018
International Data Week 2018, coming for the first time to Africa, will take place on 5–8 November 2018, in Gaborone, Botswana. This decision has been taken in order to avoid clashes with the UN World Data Forum (22–24 October) and the Plenary Meeting of the Group on Earth Observations (31 Oct–1 Nov).
For this data conference taking place in Africa and which will contain as one of its major themes the issues around data for the sustainable development goals and data for innovation, we felt it was important to avoid the clash with the UN Forum. Similarly, the use of earth observation and remote sensing data will be an important theme in International Data Week and GEO (including major flagships, the Data Sharing and Data Management Principles Working Groups and AfriGEOSS) is an important partner of the organizers and was a sponsor of the first International Data Week in Denver in 2016.
The organisers regret any difficulties this may cause to our community and participants. However, as we still have 11 months to go before the event, we felt the date could be changed without excessive inconvenience and that it was important to act as good citizens and partners and—to the extent possible—avoid direct competition with related events.
International Data Week comprises SciDataCon 2018, a conference for research and practice papers addressing all aspects of data in research, and the 12th Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance.
In line with the change of date, the deadline for session proposals for SciDataCon was extended (closed). The SciDataCon organizers have notified proposers on whether their session was successfully selected, and the Call for Abstracts is now open until 25 June 2018.
Related events associated with WDS, CODATA, RDA and the Botswana Open Data Open Science Forum will change dates accordingly. The WDS Members Forum will take place on 9 November 2018.
The organisers of International Data Week are: