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Policy and Global Affairs Division
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Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 334-3049

Latest Report Release

Preparing the WorkforcePreparing the Workforce for Digital Curation (April 2015)
This study identifies the various practices and spectrum of skill sets that comprise digital curation, looking in particular at human versus automated tasks. Additionally, the report examines the possible career path demands and options for professionals working in digital curation activities, and analyzes the economic benefits and societal importance of digital curation for competitiveness, innovation, and scientific advancement. Read more about this report or visit the project page for more information.

The mission of the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) is to improve the stewardship, policy, and use of digital data and information for science and the broader society. The Board does this through the following tasks:

  1. Address emerging issues in the management, policy, and use of research data and information at the national and international levels;
  2. Oversee committees that provide independent advice, review of programs, and assessment of priorities on research data and information activities;
  3. Encourage and facilitate collaboration on these issues across disciplines, sectors, and nations;
  4. Monitor, assess, and contribute to the development of U.S. government and research community positions on relevant programs and policies; and
  5. Broadly disseminate and communicate the results of the Board's activities to its stakeholders and the public.
BRDI also represents the U.S. National Committee for CODATA.
  Recent Events more... 

12th BRDI/ US CODATA Board Meeting
(closed executive session only)
November 19, 2015, Washington DC
Please see Simon Hodson's CODATA Strategy Presentation here

The Future of the Commons: Data, Software and Beyond...

November 18, 2015
View attachment for this event


What's New:

Open Data in a Big Data World

This collective statement is the first product of Science International, a cooperation between the
International Council for Science (ICSU), the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), the International
Social Science Council (ISSC), and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). Open Data in a
Big Data World was led by CODATA International. The full version of the document is found at, and the document
summary is at

Three years after the OSTP directive, policies to make data and publications resulting

from federally funded research publicly accessible are becoming the norm.  Dr. Jerry

Sheehan, Assistant Director for Scientific Data and Information at OSTP, wrote a blog
post giving an update on data policies at different agencies:


Data Science Journal, Call for Papers: Advances in Data Modeling and Knowledge
Representation for Research Data, deadline 31 March 2016:

Applications are now invited for the CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science,
hosted at the International Centre of Theoretical Physics, 1-12 August 2016: