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International Data Week 2022: Data to Improve Our World (Virtual and in Person)

June 20 - June 23

The International Data Week 2021 has been postponed to 20-23 June 2022 for the main conference.  Associated events will take place in the period 18-26 June 2022.  The conference will be a hybrid format with in-person in Seoul, South Korea as well as virtual participation. IDW 2022 will be hosted by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI), committed by the Ministry of Science and ICTSeoul Metropolitan GovernmentNational Library of Korea with the support of the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS)Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine and the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources.

This landmark event will bring 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 2022 combines the 18th RDA Plenary Meeting, the biannual meeting of this international member organization working to develop and support global infrastructure facilitating data sharing and reuse, and SciDataCon 2021, the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research organized by CODATA and WDS.

The theme chosen for this edition is DATA TO IMPROVE OUR WORLD. In the era of the fourth industrial revolution, data have become an important resource that drives science and technology and leads to new discoveries, innovation, and economic growth. We are now capable of producing and analyzing enormous quantities of data: in principle, everything in the universe in which we are living can be represented by data. As a result, there is a growing emphasis on data: the development of a science of data, of data infrastructures and important debates over how data is governed and managed. With education, regulation and the necessary infrastructures and processes, data can be used to improve our lives and the world around us. Open Science and the FAIR Principles are important enablers of discovery and innovation, particularly the use of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. 2021 will likely see the adoption by UNESCO of a landmark recommendation on Open Science recognizing its importance to help us to address the major global challenges faced by our societies.  Access to trustworthy and FAIR data is a precondition to the science needed to enable us to reduce the impact of diseases, mitigate climate change, and become more resilient to risks posed by natural and human-made disasters.

It is in the above spirit that International Data Week 2022 is convened under the overarching theme of ‘Data to Improve Our World’. In addition to highlighting the need for data education and governance, demonstrating the importance of high-quality research data stewardship, data science, and data infrastructures, and exploring the ‘state of the art’ in all things data, IDW 2022 will also emphasize the following subthemes:

•Research Transparency and Reproducibility
•Data, Research, and Industry: The Interface between Data-intensive Research and Innovation
•Empowering and Enabling Society: Data (Science) Education and Data Literacy
•Transdisciplinary Research and Citizen Science


June 20
June 23


Research Data Alliance
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Seoul Dragon City
95, Cheongpa-ro 20-gil, Yongsan-gu
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
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