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Report back from International Data Week


27 September 2016

The inaugural International Data Week was held in Denver from Sep 11-17.

Representatives from ANDS were in attendance, along with data experts from other Australian organisations, primarily to attend the Research Data Alliance Plenary in the latter part of the week.

International Data Week brought together three events:

  • SciDataCon (the two-yearly CODATA conference, with a research/policy focus)
  • Research Data Alliance Plenary 8 (with more of a practitioner/solutions focus)
  • International Data Forum (with the theme Data for the Public Good: Responsibilities, Opportunities and Dangers in a Data Aware Society).

This included a number of interesting sessions for data enthusiasts, including Forum talks by Philip Bourne from the US National Institute of Health (NIH) [14 Sep, 'Making Biomedical Research More like Airbnb'] and Unni Karunakara, a former International President of Médecins Sans Frontières [14 Sep, 'Humanitarianism: Action & Data'].

More information about the week is available at, with videos of the main sessions also online at

ANDS also hosted a webinar on Thu 29 Sep 2016 (12.30pm AEST) to hear several Australian attendees report back with their take-away messages from the week, favourite sessions and adoptable outputs.