International Data Week 2027, Cape Town, South Africa

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International Data Week 2027, Cape Town, South Africa
20 Sep 2027

International Data Week 2027, Cape Town, South Africa


International Data Week 2027, Cape Town, South Africa. 20-23 September 2027

The International Science Council’s Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA) including the local hosts, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), will be hosting the International Data Week 2027 (IDW 2027) which will take place on 20-23 September 2027. IDW 2027 will be held in Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa. It will be supported by the Department of Science and Innovation, and the local organising committee.

IDW 2027 will address topics such as: enhancing and entrenching the dialogue on open science; skills development; infrastructure development; and resourcing in Africa.

IDW 2027 will combine the 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, the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research organized by CODATA and WDS.

Four editions of IDW have taken place to date:

1. IDW 2016, 11–17 September 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA; attended by 840 data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and from across the globe.

2. IDW 2018, 5–8 November 2018, Gaborone, Botswana; attended by more than 850 international data professionals and researchers.

3. IDW 2022, 20-23 June 2022, Seoul, South Korea; the first hybrid conference attended by 827 international data professionals onsite and virtually.

4. IDW 2023, 23-26 October 2023, Salzburg, Austria; second hybrid conference attended by 834 global participants.

Upcoming IDW editions:

5. IDW 2025: Trusted Research Data Driving Innovation and a Better World. 13–16 October 2025, Brisbane, Australia

6. IDW 2027, Cape Town, South Africa, 20-23 September 2027


IDW 2027 Supported by

IDW 2027 Partnered with

For more information on IDW 2027, please contact:

CODATA: Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director,

RDA: Hilary Hanahoe, RDA Secretary General,  

WDS: Meredith Goins, WDS Executive Director,