From 5-8 November 2018, data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and from across the globe will convene in for International Data Week (IDW). The theme of this landmark event is ‘Digital Frontiers of Global Science’.
As such, the 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.
International Data Week comprises SciDataCon http://www.scidatacon.org/, a conference for research and practice papers addressing all aspects of data in research, and the 12th Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance https://rd-alliance.org/plenaries/rda-twelfth-plenary-meeting-part-international-data-week-2018-gaborone-botswana
Dr. Simon Hodson
The University of Botswana was established in 1982 as the first institution of higher education in Botswana. Its mission is to improve economic and social conditions for the Nation while advancing itself as a distinctively African university with a regional and international outlook.
University of Botswana
Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) aspires to be the apex organisation for science and scholarship in South Africa, recognised and connected both nationally and internationally. As part of its activities ASSAf manages the African Open Science Platform (AOSP), a 3-year project for Africans, by Africans.
Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
ICSU-WDS was established in 2008 (its predecessor bodies were established in 1957). Its membership is comprised of data repositories, data service providers, and their partners. Its focus is on identifying, creating, and sustaining institutions that provide stewardship, long-term preservation, and access to data.
Research Data Alliance was established in 2013 by several funding agencies in Europe, the United States, and Australia. Its membership is comprised of individuals and organizations (private and non-profit). Its focus is on the detailed implementation of policies, practices, and technologies (i.e., infrastructure) that lower barriers to data exchange.
Research Data Alliance
ICSU-CODATA was established in 1966. Its membership is comprised of National Academies, Science Councils, international Scientific Unions, and related organizations that care about data. Its focus is on creating both a culture and a framework of standards, agreements and protocols that enable data to be shared and reused.