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Webinar #5: BIGDATA, littledata and EvErYtHiNg in Between

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Dr John Helly will present the fifth talk in WDS' Webinar series on 10 June 2015. John will explore the requirements on scientific data management not only from research methods but also those evolving from scholarly data publication. The technologies employed to satisfy these requirements have implications for any reasoned implementation of a scientific data management strategy. To ...

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 and Side-event at Our Common Future under Climate Change

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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 ...

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New Global Glacier Browser & Catalogue

The Global Terrestrial Network for Glaciers (GTN-G) is the framework for the internationally coordinated monitoring of glaciers in support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). The network is jointly run by the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS; WDS Regular Member), the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC, WDS Regular Member), and the Global Land Ice Measurements from Space initiative (GLIMS).

The latest update of the GTN-G website, provides a quicker overview of datasets on global glacier distribution and changes. A new “Global Glacier Browser” provides a map based overview on all available datasets (i.e., GLIMS, RGI, WGI, GlaThiDa, FoG, GPC). A new “Global Glacier Dataset Catalogue” provides standardized one page descriptions of these datasets and links to the individual data access pages.

All these datasets are compiled within the GTN-G and are made freely available for scientific and educational purposes. The use of data and information from GTN-G requires acknowledgement to the GTN-G operational body (i.e., WGMS, NSIDC, GLIMS) and/or the original investigators and sponsoring agencies according to the citation recommendations given in the individual datasets.

http://www.gtn-g.org

New Global Glacier Browser

The World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS; WDS Regular Member) and the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC; host institute of WDS Regular Members NSIDC DAAC and WDC-CU) have jointly launched a new web interface to access data compiled under the Global Terrestrial Network for Glaciers (GTN-G) on glacier distribution and changes. 

The new 'Global Glacier Browser' provides users with a map-based overview on all available datasets. Moreover, a new 'Global Glacier Dataset Catalogue' provides standardized one-page descriptions of the datasets and links to the individual data access pages.

GTN-G is the framework for the internationally coordinated monitoring of glaciers in support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The network is run by WGMS, NSIDC, and the Global Land Ice Measurements from Space initiative, and all datasets compiled within GTN-G and are freely available for scientific and educational purposes (see GTN-G website for more details on access).

Join the RDA 6th Plenary Climate Change Data Challenge!

The Sixth Plenary RDA Meeting to be hosted in Paris from 23-25 September 2015, will feature a special focus on research data for climate change, leveraging on the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) to be held in Paris in December 2015.

As a part of this special focus Cap Digital & RDA have created a special Challenge designed to connect Climate Change related Datasets with start-ups, SMEs and larger organizations with practical application for these data.

Applications are sought from holders of datasets on:
  – Air quality
  – Energy
  – Urban Activity

In addition to a description of the datasets, we would also like to receive indications on the possible applications that might constitute a challenge goal. Submissions must be made online and are accepted until midnight CET 21st May 2015. For any queries please contact

  – More information on the RDA website

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.

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