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Board on Research Data and Information
Policy and Global Affairs Division
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 334-2616

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.
  Events more... 
The Internet of Things: Impacting Scientific Data and Information Flows
December 9, 2016 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST)
Washington, DC
Download agenda

Public Symposium: Semantic Interoperability at Scale
October 28, 2016
Washington, DC
Draft agenda 
Please register by October 26.

CODATA US Data Citation Workshop

July 12, 2016 (8 am, EDT)
Learn more
Download agenda
Audio Files, Videos, and Presentations

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
Workshop Agenda is Here


What's New:

Public Symposium: Semantic Interoperability at Scale - Draft agenda 
October 28, 2016
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC
Please complete the registration form by Wednesday, October 26th.

The Internet of Things: Impacting Scientific Data and Information Flows - Download Agenda
December 9, 2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine
Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., NW, Room 100
Washington DC
Information for registration can be found here.

CODATA US Data Citation workshop -
Audio files, Videos, and Presentations from the workshop are available here.
July 12, 2016 (8 am, EDT) 
BRDI co-hosted a workshop for data professionals focused on increasing awareness and encouraging policy and practice in support of data citation. Perspectives on the value, use, and challenges of data citation from various stakeholders will be presented.  Live Stream available. #usdatacitation 

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: