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Update 1/15: Post your topics of interest for SciDataCon 2016 on this Google Form. Thank you!


Below announcement has many opportunities for this WG to participate next September.  With the venue being Denver, perhaps we could organize a session or two.  Attached are some ideas of the conference themes that I felt we could support.
Thoughts?  Interest?
~John Faundeen
Session proposals are invited for SciDataCon 2016: Advancing the Frontiers of Data in Research, which will take place in Denver, Colorado, USA on 11-13 September 2016 as part of International Data Week, 11-17 Sept 2016.

SciDataCon 2016 seeks to advance the frontiers of data in all areas of 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.See for further information about the themes and scope of the conference, and the Call for Session Proposals.

Session Proposals are invited at - the deadline is midnight UTC on 14 February 2016.

International Data Week, 11-17 September 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA
SciDataCon 2016: Advancing the Frontiers of Data in Research is part of International Data Week.  The theme of this landmark event is ‘From Big Data to Open Data: Mobilising the Data Revolution’.  As such, International Data Week will bring together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers and data stewards to explore how best to exploit the data revolution to improve our knowledge and benefit society through data-driven research and innovation.

Organised by CODATA, the Committee on Data of the International Council of Science (ICSU), the ICSU World Data System and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), IDW will take place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.

IDW comprises three complementary events: 

1: SciDataCon 2016: Advancing the Frontiers of Data in Research, 11-13 September
SciDataCon, is the international conference for scrutiny and discussion of the frontier issues of data in research.  It is organised bi-annually by CODATA (the Committee on Data of ICSU, the International Council for Science) and the ICSU World Data System.  SciDataCon 2016 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.

2: An International Data Forum, 14 September
This event will be the centerpiece of IDW, bringing together international researchers, industrialists, policy makers and educators to discuss the major opportunities and challenges of the data revolution, from ‘Big Data’ to ‘Open Data.’  Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from world-renown keynote speakers and collaborate with each other regarding the national and international dimensions of the data revolution, its implications for research and policy, and the linkages between research, industry and education that are required for the global community to fully exploit new opportunities.

3: The 8th Research Data Alliance Plenary Meeting, 15-16 September
The 8th RDA Plenary Meeting offers attendees a unique opportunity to network and collaborate with colleagues and peers in various disciplines, and make concrete progress in technical and social areas on topics related to research data sharing and exchange.  Besides keynote talks by leading members of the community, important features of the RDA Plenary include the highlighting of organizations who have adopted RDA’s outputs, meetings of Working Groups and Interest Groups, and ‘Birds of a Feather’ discussions, which explore new potential working or interest group topics. The Meeting will also host a marketplace for small and medium enterprises involved with Big Data. The RDA Europe Early Career Scientist & Researcher Support Programme is also confirmed for this Meeting, which will offer up to 20 early career domain researchers and data practitioners the opportunity to attend the meetings, interact with working and interest groups and showcase their studies.

Look for more details in the upcoming weeks regarding registration, hotel accommodations, speaker line-up, sponsorship opportunities and calls for papers and posters at


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    February 14 is coming fast!  If you have interest or ideas please respond to Michelle Chang or John Faundeen.....soon.

  2. Dear CDI,


    The CDI is interested in putting together session(s) for SciDataCon 2016. SciDataCon will focus on the role of data in research which is very much in line with the activities of many CDI members and working groups and we encourage you to participate. At this time, we are simply polling for interest on which session topics we might submit, so by filling out this Google form you are not committing to a presentation or attendance. Regardless of potential travel constraints, if you have a project or topic that fits into the categories on the form that you would consider presenting, please share them with us.

    If you would like to see how other colleagues have responded already, please click this link:

    Please respond with your ideas by COB Wednesday, January 20.


    *SciDataCon 2016: Advancing the Frontiers of Data in Research, Denver, Colorado, USA on 11-13 September 2016 as part of International Data Week, 11-17 Sept 2016.

    1. We are unable to share Google docs with non-Department of the Interior employees. If you are a non-DOI CDI member, please email and we will send you a static copy of the Google form responses spreadsheet.