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CODATA, RDA, & WDS Announce Partnership to Increase the Benefit of Research Data for Society

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The Research Data Alliance (RDA) and ICSU's Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS) have announced the signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) outlining their collaboration. These three organizations have different but complementary foci and strengths, and whilst they already benefit from extensive collaboration, the MoUs will clarify 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 ...

SciDataCon 2014: International Scientific Organizations Support Data Sharing for Sustainability

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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 ...

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, ...

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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.

COAR Roadmap: Future Directions for Repository Interoperability

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has announced the publication of the COAR Roadmap: Future Directions for Repository Interoperability. This document is the culmination of over a year’s work to identify priority issues for repository interoperability, and identifies important trends and their associated action points for the repository community.

Scholarly communication is undergoing fundamental changes, with new requirements for open access to research outputs, new forms of peer-review, and alternative methods for measuring impact. In parallel, technical developments, especially in communication and interface technologies, facilitate bi-directional data exchange across related applications and systems. The success of repository services in the future will thus depend on the seamless alignment of the diverse stakeholders at the local, national, and international level.

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.

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