Announcing DataCite’s 2020 member meetings

As a community organization, it is important that we have the opportunity to meet regularly to engage in open dialog about DataCite related matters. I have really enjoyed meeting with many of you over the past month and gaining a better understanding of what DataCite can do for you. The staff and I are always available for calls or meetings whenever you have questions or suggestions. As the end of 2019 approaches, we also wanted to communicate planned in-person and virtual meeting for 2020 as soon as possible.

Following the member meeting in Philadelphia where the DataCite 10 year celebration took place, we would like to continue this format and provide an opportunity for us as a community to come together, share best practices, discuss common themes and define DataCite priorities for the future. As such, in 2020 we have planned several meetings to ensure that we will have opportunities for us to meet and discuss important matters (both virtually and in-person):

  • Annual Member Meeting: October 23
  • Business Meeting and Board Elections: April 30
  • Additional Community Meetings: February 5 & TBD
  • Open Hours: Monthly

Annual Member Meeting

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020

Time: 9:30-16:00 (CET)

Location: San Sebastián, Spain

Save the Date!

Purpose: This year, we will be collocating our annual member meeting with Force2020 in San Sebastian, Spain. Our annual member meeting focuses on DataCite strategy and community outreach. As a community, we will share best practices, discuss common themes and define priorities for DataCite’s future.

Business Meeting (General Assembly) and Board Elections

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020

Time: 16:30-17:30 (CET)

Location: Virtual

Agenda available: before February 28, 2020

Materials available: before March 26, 2020


As we are a growing global community of 180 members across 40 countries, this year we will be hosting the Business Meeting of the General Assembly virtually to include as many members of our community as possible. The meeting will be focused on approving the budget, voting on any statues changes, approving the next steps on the business model, Executive Board elections etc. Information for voting will be sent out prior to ensure all members are informed of content and process.

Additional Community Meetings

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Time: 13:30-16:30 (CET)

Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Please register before January 10, 2020

Remote participation will be available on request (see registration)


Throughout the year, we will conduct additional in-person meetings as needed. Following feedback from the community, we have scheduled the first of these in Amsterdam on February 5 to focus on the new membership model and strategic discussions necessary prior to our Business Meeting. The agenda is still fluid so please identify which topics are of interest in the registration link above. If you cannot make this date/location, please let us know and we can also schedule additional calls to discuss this topic virtually. Additional Community Meetings be planned in the future (dates TBD).

Open Hours

Date: 1st Wednesday of every month

Time: Usually 17:00-18:00 (CET) [time confirmed each month]

Location: Virtual

Agenda: Rotating each month depending on community comments and suggestions


Each month, DataCite staff conduct a virtual Open Hours to discuss key initiatives and strategic goals. All members are welcome to attend and this is a great way for all members to stay connected and informed in organizational priorities. Please let us know if you are not already on the monthly calendar invite and we will add you.

In addition to these events, the staff and I are also available for calls or meetings whenever you have questions or suggestions. We thank you for your continued support and we know that as a community we will grow from strength to strength.

Feel free to reach out to me directly or to any staff member if you have any additional questions.