Interdivisional Subcommittee on Critical Evaluation of Data


Established in 2018

An open meeting, “An Interdivisional Discussion of the Critical Evaluation of Chemical Data” was held during the 2017 General Assembly and was attended by 14 individuals from five divisions and committees. The consensus of those individuals was that a need exists for continuing information exchange and activity among individuals and groups performing critical evaluation. Currently there is particular need for coordinated activity in three areas:

  • to share experience and develop guidance for critical evaluation of data based on best practices developed by established projects. A project proposal on this task has been submitted and is under review and discussion,
  • to harmonize formats for the archiving of both compiled and evaluated data. In some longer running projects a publically accessible database, a Technical Report or a monograph volume was considered the archival product of critical evaluation. This has led to wasted effort when it became necessary to update evaluations or modernize databases, and
  • to continue efforts to involve other Divisions and Committees within IUPAC that have interest in critical evaluation of data.

Therefore Division V  with the support of Division I and  Division IV  requested Bureau approval for establishment of an Interdivisional Subcommittee on Critical Evaluation of Data.  Approval was given by the Bureau in April 2018.

Terms of Reference

The ISCED fosters communication and cooperation related to critical evaluation of data in accordance with the following Terms of Reference:


  1. is open to all IUPAC participants expressing interest in critical evaluation of data;
  2. holds a meeting during each General Assembly to discuss matters of mutual interest;
  3. explores approaches to harmonization of evaluation techniques, data archiving formats and channels for dissemination of evaluated data;
  4. organizes and encourages projects and other appropriate activities related to interdivisional communication and collaboration in critical evaluation of data including the compilation of experimental data for evaluation, evaluation techniques, archiving of compiled and evaluated data, and dissemination of evaluated data to users; and
  5. at the request of the Bureau provides liaison in the area of its competence with other international organizations such as CODATA.


Last updated: 05 June 2018 by David Shaw