Highlights from CODATA, 2006
Krishan Lal, CODATA President
As newly elected President of CODATA I would like to draw your attention to some of the highlights in 2006. This was a special year in CODATA's history as it marked our 40th anniversary.
It culminated in the celebration of the 20th International CODATA Conference that took place in Beijing in October 2006. This was indeed the biggest and most successful conference in the 40 year history of CODATA, with over six hundred participants from all over the world attending. Participants came from academia, industry and government. Our keynote speakers included:
For more information see http://www.codata.org/06conf/index.html
25th CODATA General Assembly
The conference was followed by the 25th CODATA General Assembly. I was elected president at the meeting. I am also very pleased to announce the board members who I will work with and who will be responsible for shaping and implementing the exciting CODATA Strategic Plan for 2006-2012 that was presented to the Delegates in Beijing:
President: Krishan Lal (
Secretary General: Robert Chen (
Executive Committee 2006-2008
Jean Garnier, IUPAB;
More Information can be found on http://www.codata.org/about/executiveboard.html
CODATA Task Groups 2006-2008
The 2006-2008 Task Groups as approved by the 2006 CODATA General Assembly are:
Information on each of these will be available shortly on our website http://www.codata.org
CODATA Prize Winner, 2006
CODATA is delighted to announce that the 4th CODATA award winner recipient is
CODATA DataScience Journal
The CODATA Data Science Journal is a peer-reviewed electronic journal publishing papers on the management of data and databases in Science and Technology. In January
CODATA takes the lead on Furthering the Application of the Agreed GEOSS data sharing principles
Agreement for a 10-year implementation plan for a Global Earth Observation System of Systems, known as GEOSS, was reached by member countries of the Group on Earth Observations at the Third Observation Summit. CODATA and GEO organized a meeting on the 22nd of October 2006 in Beijing. See http://www.codata.org/GEOSS/index.html
This meeting focused specifically on Task DA-06-01: Furthering the practical application of the agreed GEOSS data sharing principles. CODATA is now taking the lead on furthering the application of these data sharing principles. This Task has been included in the GEO Draft Workplan for 2007-2009. We look forward to working with GEO on this task.
Global information Commons for Science Initiative, GICSI
Following on from the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis in November 2005, at which CODATA launched its Global information Commons for Science Initiative, http://www.itu.int/wsis/tunis/statements/docs/pe-codata/1.doc, CODATA held a series of meetings in 2006 on the initiative-Dublin, Brussels, and Beijing. The Initiative is part of the CODATA Strategic Plan in and we hope to commence implementation of same in 2007.
The foregoing are just a few examples of some of the highlights in 2006. As incoming President I must acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the outgoing President, Shuichi Iwata over the last four years. It is thanks to his work and that of the out-going board that these activities were generated.
2006-2008 promises to be an exciting period for CODATA as we embark on formalizing the Strategic Plan as discussed in Beijing and initiate steps to implement it. As President of CODATA, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to you for all of your support. Without your support none of these activities would be possible.
Finally, I wish you, your family, friends and colleagues the warmest holiday greetings and the very best for 2007 and beyond.