Thanks for Joining Us at International Data Week 2023
From 23 through 25 October, over 702 on-site and 132 virtual attendees from 48 countries convened in Salzburg, Austria, for International Data Week 2023. Adopting the theme “A Festival of Data”, IDW2023 combined engaging in-person and virtual opportunities to celebrate the transformational role of data in research. Visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/uni-salzburg/albums/72177720312206016 to see the full set of photos of the conference.
Hosted by the University of Salzburg and bringing together CODATA, RDA, and WDS communities, the program successfully blended plenaries, conferences, and collaborative activities. Attendees delved into topics spanning multiple domains via parallel SciDataCon and RDA 21st Plenary sessions.
Kicking off with an opening plenary on spatial data science, ESRI’s Karen Beale reminded the audience what is special about spatial data. Attendees then delved into sessions on subjects like recommended descriptive attributes for data repositories from the RDA DRAWG working group, as well as sessions on PID provisions, data ethics, and semantic interoperability frameworks covered in SciDataCon.
The second day’s plenary session highlighted the importance of inclusivity in keynotes while also featuring tracks on Copernicus water data, participatory mapping, metadata, and cross-domain perspectives. Delegates explored pathways toward open data, data stewards, and sustainable infrastructures. The day closed with a vibrant poster exhibition and networking reception.
Interoperability, data linking, public data communication, and humanities publishing were among day three’s focus areas. Wednesday also included two plenaries, both the Data and global challenges: data, science trust and policy, as well as the CODATA/WDS Plenary session in which both organizations shared their history and present state, and then asked the audience to engage in where we should go together in supporting the International Science Council’s science for the public good.
The final day provided valuable takeaways on mapping best practices, collecting and managing data from citizen science research projects as well as discussions on the role of repositories in open science and research data policy development.
Throughout the four-day program, lively discussions and new collaborations emerged. Evaluations confirmed SciDataCon successfully achieved its goals of knowledge sharing, connections, and advancing data-driven innovation.
Overall, IDW2023 surpassed expectations in convening diverse stakeholders dedicated to open data innovation. Organizers have already begun planning to build on this success for an even larger International Data Week in 2025, which will be hosted by the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) and The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) in Brisbane, Australia 13-16 October 2025. The global data community looks forward to more impactful gatherings to come.
RDA’s P21 recordings and presentation slides can be accessed here!
An integral part of International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data
SciDataCon2023 session recordings can be viewed HERE!
Submissions to CODATA Data Science Journal
All session organizers and presenters of individual papers or posters are cordially invited to submit their work as a paper to the CODATA Data Science Journal.
If accepted, the paper will form part of the high-profile ongoing Special Collection for International Data Week and SciDataCon: https://datascience.codata.org/collections/scidatacon
Please note the following:
- The deadline for submissions to be part of the International Data Week special collection is 31 March 2024.
- Submissions should be made at http://datascience.codata.org/
- The submission should be a full research paper, practice paper, or essay (please see instructions on the Data Science Journal website https://datascience.codata.org/about/submissions/), not the abstract submitted for SciDataCon. Please consult carefully the submission guidelines at https://datascience.codata.org/about/submissions
- Even though an abstract was accepted for SciDataCon, the full paper submitted to the Data Science Journal will be peer-reviewed to ensure quality – acceptance is not automatic but will be based on the usual processes and policies of the Data Science Journal.
- Given the number of papers expected, we are unable systematically to waive the Article Processing Charge (APC) for all papers. However, the Data Science Journal is very competitively priced and has a progressive waiver policy for those unable to pay the APC. CODATA’s arrangement with the Data Science Journal allows up to 10% of papers to be published with APCs waived for those unable to pay. In addition, CODATA has a small fund to enable further fees to be waived based on need. In sum, any author who is unable to draw on institutional or sponsor/donor funding for the APC will be covered by the waiver policy. See http://datascience.codata.org/about/submissions/ for further information.