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WDS to co-host SCOSTEP–WDS VarSITI Workshop & Polar Data Forum

The WDS Scientific Committee and International Programme Office are very pleased to announce that the ICSU World Data System will co-host two events in 2015: a  SCOSTEP–WDS VarSITI Workshop  and the Second International Polar Data Forum  (details below). We would like to encourage the WDS community to participate in these meetings, which we believe will be highly successful and productive. ...

WDS Session at Our Common Future under Climate Change


The ICSU World Data System will convene a parallel session entitled Quality and Availability of Data for Global Sustainability  on 07 July at the  Our Common Future under Climate Change Conference . The session aims to showcase the rich datasets used by the global Future Earth community and how specific activities tackle the challenges of data management, of data gaps and bias assessment, and ...

Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction


Rorie Edmunds (Programme Officer) represented WDS at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (14–18 March; Sendai, Japan) as part of the ICSU delegation. ICSU—who co-sponsor the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk programme (IRDR)—acted as the organizing partner of the Science and Technology Major Group, which was one of nine UN Major Groups aimed at representing key ...

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First Release of OCO-2 Level 2 Estimates of CO2

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) Project at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (WDS Regular Member) are pleased to announce the first public release of carbon dioxide data encompassing the OCO-2 Level 2 geolocated XCO2 retrieval results (Level 2 Standard), with ancillary data (Level 2 Diagnostic). A new solar-induced fluorescence product (Level 2 IMAPDOAS) is also now released.

A README document summarizing the current and upcoming data releases, and important quality screening recommendations, is available here; documentation on the currently released products can be found here; and product pages summarizing the essential details, including data access methods, are available here.

PV 2015 Conference: Ensuring Long-term Data Preservation, and Adding Value to Scientific and Technical Data

The following conference may be of interest to readers of the WDS Blog.

The PV Conference will hold its eighth edition on 3–5 November 2015 at EUMETSAT in Darmstadt, Germany, to continue addressing prospects in the domains of data preservation and stewardship of, and value adding to, scientific data and research-related information.

With the theme 'Ensuring Long-term Data Preservation, and Adding Value to Scientific and Technical Data', the objectives of the conference are to:
 – Share knowledge, experiences, lessons learnt, and best practices, as well as foster cooperation in the area of data preservation and archived data stewardship.
 – Address prospects in the domain of high-volume, high-velocity, high-variety scientific and technical data preservation, together with value adding to these data.
 – Provide a forum for organizations dealing with preservation of their own data, and value adding to present the status of their activities, plans, and expectations.

Note that abstract submission for the conference is now open, and has a deadline of 13 April 2015.

More information on the conference can be found through the following webpage, which will be updated as more information becomes available:

Vacancy: ICSU-ROLAC Science Officer

The ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), based in México, D.F., is looking for a Science Officer to be hired in June 2015.

Reporting to the Regional Director, the Science Officer assists with the scoping, planning, and implementation of ICSU’s initiatives. They liaise with the ICSU family and regional scientific organizations with the aim of establishing short-term and long-term collaborations, and they present activity proposals for receiving funding, as well as reporting the activities of the Office.

The closing date for application is 3 May 2015, with interviews held during the first two weeks of May.

For more details on this vacancy, including the full job description and how to apply, please see this page on the ICSU website.

NASA, USGS, and NSF Respond to White House OSTP Open Access Memo

On March 18, the National Science Foundation (NSFannounced the publication of its plan—Today's Data, Tomorrow's Discoveries—to promote and expand public access to the results of NSF-sponsored research. This announcement follows those given by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in response to the White House OSTP open access memo published in February 2013.

NSF states that accepted manuscripts or versions of record must be publicly available in an approved repository within 12 months of publication. Availability signifies that any user can download, read, and analyze the data free of charge. This will apply to new awards resulting from proposals submitted, or due, on or after the effective date of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide that will be issued in January 2016.

The responses of the three organizations can be accessed below:

 – NASA Plan: Increasing Access to the Results of Scientific Research
 – Data Management Policy References: What the U.S. Geological Survey Manual Says…
 – NSF’s Public Access Plan: Today’s Data, Tomorrow’s Discoveries

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