International Data Week (IDW), a landmark event is organised by the Committee on Data (CODATA) and the World Data System (WDS) of the International Science Council (ISC), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), the founding organisations. It brings together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and data stewards from disciplines across the globe to explore how best to exploit the data revolution to improve science and society through data-driven discovery and innovation. IDW combines the RDA Plenary Meeting, the biannual meeting of this international member organisation working to develop and support global infrastructure facilitating data sharing and reuse, and SciDataCon, the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research organised by CODATA and WDS.
Two editions have taken place to date and two are scheduled and in preparation:
- IDW 2016, 11–17 September 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA; attended by 840 data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and from across the globe.
- IDW 2018, 5–8 November 2018, Gaborone, Botswana; attended by more than 850 international data professionals and researchers.
Two editions are also being prepared:
- IDW 2021, 8–11 November 2021, Seoul, Republic of Korea; this will be held as a hybrid event allowing both in-person and virtual participation.
- IDW 2023, 23–26 October 2023, Salzburg, Austria; this will also likely be a hybrid event.
International Data Week has become a biennial meeting place for the global data community. Therefore, they are inviting proposals to host the fifth edition of this exciting event in September/October/November 2025.
The primary objective of the conference is to bring together a large and representative part of the global data community. IDW 2016 and 2018 were huge successes, and we want to continue that trajectory and increase impact. These are important times in the world of data and we seek local partners and a venue that will help us communicate that excitement, mission and urgency.
International Data Week is a global and inclusive event. The founding organisations are keen to engage with cities and countries where they have not held an IDW or related meeting before. Proposals from Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) are strongly encouraged; proposals from the High Income Economies should show how they will work with the founding organisations to maximise participation from LMICs. Wherever the proposal comes from, it will be important to demonstrate how the partnership will advance the missions of the founding organisations, ensure the impact of IDW, and enhance membership of and engagement with the three organisations.
Applications should demonstrate that local hosts have access to both a suitable physical venue and a virtual conference platform; to strong support from local organisations and government; to good connections to universities, industry, and research organisations in the country and region; and to solid financial support.
We envision IDW 2025 as a four-day event that integrates the activities of a SciDataCon international conference and an RDA Plenary Meeting. IDW includes both research sessions and focused working meetings, as well as broad plenary sessions of general interest. The days before and after each event will be set aside for the business and governance meetings of CODATA, RDA, and WDS, and potentially other co-located meetings.
Applications should be sent by email to all of the IDW founding organisation representatives listed below no later than 30 September 2021 in electronic format based on the details and template at the end of this document. Applications should be addressed to: