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SciDataCon 2014: International Scientific Organizations Support Data Sharing for Sustainability


SciDataCon 2014 , the International Conference on Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability, took place on 2–5 November in New Delhi, India. This conference was motivated by the conviction that the most significant research challenges cannot be properly addressed without paying attention to issues relating to equitable access to quality-assured and interoperable datasets, and their ...

IPO Staff Visit Indian Institute of Geomagnetism

Whilst in India for SciDataCon 2014 , Takashi Watanabe (Senior Advisor) and Rorie Edmunds (Programme Officer) of the WDS International Programme Office accepted an invitation from the Indian Institute of Geomagnetism  (IIG; host organization of the World Data Centre (WDC) for Geomagnetism, Mumbai ; WDS Regular Member) to view their geomagnetism observatory in Jaipur and their historic former ...

Eleventh WDS Scientific Committee Meeting

On 06–07 November, the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) convened for its 11th biannual Meeting at the Jaypee Vasant Hotel in New Delhi. With the meeting immediately following the close of SciDataCon 2014 , the SC examined the outcomes of the Conference and the necessary steps for SciDataCon 2016, before then discussing these with the Executive Committee of our sister organization under ICSU, ...

2014 WDS Members' Forum Held in New Dehli


Over 70 people participated in ICSU-WDS' biennial business meeting, the  WDS Members' Forum , that was held on Sunday, 2 November at the Jawaharlal Nehru University Convention Centre, New Delhi (the venue of SciDataCon 2014 ). The audience of this open event consisted of Representatives of many WDS Member Organizations , the  WDS Scientific Committee  (WDS-SC), as well those with an interest ...

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Call for Papers: DATA 2015

Submission are invited for the 4th International Conference on Data Management Technologies and Applications (DATA 2015), to be held on 20–22 July 2015 in Colmar, Alsace, France.This conference aims to bring together researchers, engineers, and practitioners interested in databases, data warehousing, data mining, data management, data security, as well other aspects of information systems and technology involving advanced applications of data.

Submitted papers will be subject to a double-blind review process. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, and a short list of revised and extended versions of presented papers is planned for publication with Springer in a CCIS Series book (final approval pending).

Important dates
 – Regular Paper Submission: 17 February 2015
 – Authors Notification: 06 May 2015
 – Final Submission and Registration: 21 May 2015

Note: Registration to DATA will enable free attendance to any session of the co-located ICETE 2015, ICINCO 2015, ICSOFT 2015, and SIMULTECH 2015 conferences as a non-speaker.

World Ocean Assessment Review Period Open

The first World Ocean Assessment (WOA) is now available for review. This comprehensive overview of the oceanic environment comprises nearly 50 topics grouped within four main themes—biophysical aspects of the marine environment, food security and safety, human activities that influence the ocean, and marine biological diversity and habitats—and includes a technical summary showing interdisciplinary linkages between human impacts, ecosystem services, species, and habitats.

All members of the international community interested in the report contents are encouraged to participate in the review process and submit comments. The chapters are available for public comment between 20 December 2014 and 6 February 2015, after which further feedback will not be accepted.

WGMS Publish Latest Glacier Mass Budget Results

The World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS; WDS Regular Member) have published the latest glacier mass budget results on its website. These results were compiled from the 2014 call-for-data, which covered the observation period of the hydrological year 2012/13. In addition, WGMS has introduced near-time reporting from its 'reference' glaciers (those having more than 30 years of continued observations) to provide a preliminary estimate for the glacier budgets for 2014.

2015 International Data Rescue Award

Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA; WDS Regular Member) and Elsevier (WDS Associate Member) have announced a call for submissions for the 2015 International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences. This Award was created to improve prospects for preservation and access of research data, particularly dark data, and share the varied ways that these data are being processed, stored, and used.

The contest invites members of the international geosciences and related communities to submit written descriptions of projects that are based on, or substantially involve, the recovery and reuse of scientific data that were not initially accessible for research. Submissions are specifically encouraged from groups or individuals who have developed and completed projects that:
 – Digitized content formerly available only in an analogue or obsolete electronic format, possibly including the addition of rich metadata to make the content more easily accessible and re-usable.
 – Developed data standards, tools, and processes that facilitate and improve the ingestion of research data into sustainable, open access databases.

The deadline for entries is 31 January 2015, and to find out more information and to submit your entry, please visit the following pages or contact the organizers  (Elsevier) and  (IEDA):

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   •  Judging criteria
   •  Entry submission

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