The first decades of the 21st century saw an explosive growth in the human capacity to acquire, store and instantaneously communicate digital data.

It has profound implications for societies, their economies and the way that information and knowledge are created and used.
It is a revolution that has not yet run its course, and was the focus for International Data Week in Denver, USA from 11-17 September 2016 – “Mobilising the Digital Revolution: from Big Data to Open Data”.
At the heart of the week a day-long International Data Forum debated potential data-contingent transformations in civil society, government, health, education, and science, with the title Data for the Public Good: Responsibilities, Opportunities and Dangers in a Data Aware Society.

The International Data Forum 2016 brought together over 800 international researchers, industrialists, policy makers and educators to discuss the major opportunities and challenges of the data revolution, from ‘Big Data’ to ‘Open Data.’
World-renown keynote speakers were in attendance and participants had a unique opportunity to 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.

Under the theme From Big Data to Open Data – Mobilizing the Data Revolution, International Data Week will bring together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and data stewards through three complementary events and two pre-events:


Sunday 11 September WDS Members Forum 
CODATA General Assembly

Monday 12 September

Tuesday 13 September

SciDataCon 2016
Wednesday 14 September International Data Forum

Thursday 15 September

Friday 16 September

Saturday 17 September

RDA’s 8th Plenary Meeting



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 took place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel from 11 to 17 September 2016:

Check out the daily International Data Week programme below.