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IUCr 1993 Triennial Report - ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA)

CODATA is an interdisciplinary scientific Committee of ICSU which seeks to improve the quality, reliability, management and accessibility of data in all fields of science and technology. Two major international CODATA conferences were held in this triennium. The 1990 meeting in Columbus, USA, was coincidental with the Bordeaux Congress and was not attended. The 1992 meeting in Beijing, China, was entitled New Data Challenges in our Information Age and comprised 21 sessions covering materials science, the geosciences, biology, chemistry, industrial physics and environmental issues. Joint sessions were held with the ICSU Panel on World Data Centres. CODATA also organized 11 other specialist meetings and produced nine publications during the period of this report.

CODATA membership is currently made up of 21 National Members, 16 Scientific Unions, five Co-opted Members, one Affiliate and 27 Supporting Organizations. There are 14 Commissions and Task Groups addressing a wide variety of topics and issues, including biological macromolecules, artificial intelligence and computer graphics, and electronic publishing. Particular attention is paid to data activities, needs and accessibility; CODATA publications and data sources are freely applied to support these initiatives.

CODATA continues to be a valuable forum for the exchange of information on data activities across a broad scientific spectrum. In a period of global economic restraint and of geographical fragmentation, one of CODATA's most important tasks is to raise significant funding to respond to challenges and support developments in this increasingly important area of scientific activity.

24 May 1993                                F. H. ALLEN, Representative
                                           J. R. RODGERS, Alternate

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