Each biennial SciDataCon Conference will be preceded by a WDS Members' Forum. These one-day business meetings are open to anyone with an interest in WDS. Prospective WDS Members are particularly welcomed to join the Fora, where they will have the opportunity to engage with the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC), as well as Representatives of many WDS Regular and Network Members who will give presentations updating their organizations' activities over the previous two years.
In this regard, the Forum will consist of two parts:
1. A Scientific Session, which will be an opportunity for both the WDS-SC to report to Members on the status of WDS-related activities, and WDS Regular and Network Members to give oral and poster presentations updating their organizations' activities over the previous two years.
2. A Plenary Session, which will provide a formal mechanism for membership consultation, and where membership issues can be discussed.
The 2020 WDS Members' Forum took place online at 12:00–15:00 UTC on Wednesday, 23 September as part of the WDS-supported International Data Science Symposium 'Global Collaboration on Data Beyond Disciplines'.
Data Repositories Day 2018 took place on Friday, 09 November 2018 at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana.
The 2016 WDS Members' Forum took place on Sunday, 11 September 2016 in the Windows Room of the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Colorado.
The 2014 WDS Members' Forum took place on Sunday, 02 November 2014 in Lecture Room III of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Convention Centre, New Delhi.