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New Chair and Scientific Committee Appointed for 2015–2018


We are very pleased to announce the appointment of the new Scientific Committee (SC) of the World Data System for a three-year period commencing on 1 July 2015. Chosen by the Executive Board of the International Council for Science (ICSU), the SC includes eight new members, taking into account that at least one-third of the Committee are Directors of WDS Member Organizations. To foster ...

Webinar #6: Web-Centric Solutions for Web-Based Scholarship (July 2015)


On 23 July, Dr Herbert Van de Sompel will present at WDS Webinar #6 on the perspectives gained over the past fifteen years he has spent tackling information interoperability problems for web-based scholarship. In this talk, he will illustrate the shift from a repository- to a web-centric approach by means of design patterns from various interoperability efforts, including Open Annotation, ...

Call for Nominations: WDS Data Stewardship Award 2015


We are pleased to open the Call for Nominations for the 2015 WDS Data Stewardship Award. This annual prize is directed towards early career researchers, and the 2015 (and 2016) Award will be presented at SciDataCon 2016. The winner of the 2015 Award will follow in the footsteps of Dr Robert Redmon ( World Data Service for Geophysics  at NOAA [WDS Regular Member]) and Dr Xiaogang Ma (Rensselaer ...

Polar Data Forum II: Abstract Submission (Deadline 1 July) and Registration Open

Online Abstract Submission and Registration are now open for the WDS co-hosted Second International Polar Data Forum 'International Collaboration for Advancing Polar Data Access and Preservation'. The deadline for Abstracts is 1 July 2015, with notification of acceptance by 31 July.  Registration is open until 30 September 2015. An Early Bird Registration fee of $200 CDN  ( ...

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'Giving Researchers Credit for Their Data': Your Help With our Survey Request

Fiona MurphyA blog post by Fiona Murphy, representative of John Wiley & Sons Ltd. (WDS Associate Member)

JISC (United Kingdom) is supporting our group to research the case for and develop an API and ‘helper app’ that allows researchers who have deposited data in a repository to automatically submit a ‘data article’ to a journal at the click of a button (JISC’s Research Data Spring site)

The proposed API will transfer data and metadata from the repository to a journal’s submission system, with an intermediary ‘helper app’ allowing authors to add their manuscript, references and other necessary information before submission. Article metadata will be sent back to the repository upon publication. These tools will be designed for maximum interoperability and made freely available.

This initiative will make it much easier for authors to obtain credit, visibility and peer review for their data via data article publication. This will have knock-on benefits for other stakeholders: journals will receive more submissions and link referrals, repositories will gain more deposits and more complete metadata, and readers will have better methodological detail to help them reuse or replicate data.

We are keen to hear from interested stakeholders, especially publishers and repositories. To that end, we've compiled 2 short surveys (approximately 10 minutes long) to enhance the scope and utility of the project. Please take part in either the Publishers or Repositories survey—links belowand feel free to pass this message on to others.

– Giving Researchers Credit for their Data: Repositories
– Giving Researchers Credit for their Data: Publishers

With many thanks,
Neil Jefferies (Bodleian Libraries),
Thomas Ingram (F1000Research),
Fiona Murphy

New Data Release: Global Annual PM2.5 Grids from MODIS, MISR and SeaWiFS AOD, v1 (1998–2012)

A new data release by NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (WDS Regular Member) offers insights into the extent of global human exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) over more than a decade. It features improved accuracy, a longer time span, and higher spatial resolution than the previous version.

The dataset consists of a series of global grids representing three-year running averages, from 1998–2012, derived from measurements of Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) from three different NASA instruments: MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer), MISR (Multi- angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer), and SeaWIFS (Sea-Viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor). These global grids of estimated PM2.5 surface concentrations are useful for health and environmental research, and have already served as a valuable input to the World Health Organization global burden of disease study.

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Research Data Management

The open access International Journal of Geo-Information of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)—a Scientific Union of ICSU—has issued a call for papers for their Special Issue on "Research Data Management".

This Special Issues will explore new trends and developments in the management of data (e.g., research data, spatial data created in a specific or interdisciplinary context, etc.). All kinds of data intensive sciences will be considered, as well as aspects of data handling and processing that concern the conduct of research. We invite original research contributions covering a broad variety of aspects related to data management in different research fields and organizations. We encourage papers across disciplines that focus on the themes of this Special Issue. Topics include, but are not limited to:

- Management of data resulting from various disciplines 
- Case studies of institutional, national or international infrastructures supporting RDM
e.g., data repositories, project databases, data archives, data platforms)
- Data life cycle management
- Data publishing (e.g., forms, metrics)
- Data curation and preservation
- Metadata and Metadata Schemas for RDM
- Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) and spatial data handling
- Data management services
- Data processing and visualization
- Linked Sciences, linked data, semantic interoperability
- Data models and vocabularies
- Semantic e-Science
- Approaches in training for RDM

Further information can be found at:

The deadline for manuscript submission is 30 November 2015.

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).

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