CODATA is the International Council for Science: Committee on Data for Science and Technology. Its mission is "to strengthen international science for the benefit of society by promoting improved scientific and technical data management and use."

The DCC joined CODATA on behalf of the UK, with informal support from a number of organisations. The UK-CODATA National Committee for the UK comprises members from:

  • Digital Curation Centre
  • Royal Society
  • Wellcome Trust
  • JISC
  • British Library
  • Research Information Network
  • Natural Environment Research Council
  • UK Data Archive

The UK also has a member on the CODATA Executive, in the shape of NERC's Mark Thorley. 

Purpose of the National Committee

In its initial phase, the CODATA National Committee for the UK is established to

  • Contribute to and help to shape CODATA international agendas and activities.
  • Establish communication mechanisms about/for CODATA and its activities.
  • Encourage UK participation in CODATA activities at an international level.
  • Participate in bilateral cooperation with other CODATA national committees.
  • Act as a cross-domain forum for science data in the UK.
  • Sponsor training and development events and other workshops relevant to science data, in conjunction with others.
  • Attract and stage international events of value.
  • Nominate the Delegate and Alternate to the biennial CODATA General Assembly.

    Enquiries about the UK's participation in CODATA should be directed in the first instance to Martin Donnelly (