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WDS at the 31st General Assembly of ICSU


Professor Bernard Minster, Chair of the WDS Scientific Committee, and Dr. Mustapha Mokrane, Executive Director of the International Programme Office (IPO) attended and officially represented WDS at the 31 st General Assembly of the International Council for Science (ICSU GA) held on 30 August–4 September in Auckland, New Zealand.  Professor Minster presented to the ICSU GA plenary  the  ...

Publishing Data Webinar

We are pleased to announce the next Webinar for WDS Members and other interested Data Repositories and Services. The topic of this Webinar is the Publishing Data initiatives being undertaken through a joint effort of the ICSU World Data System (ICSU-WDS) and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), and you will be updated on the current activities of the various Interest and Working Groups. The ...

SciDataCon 2014 Programme Now Available (+ Early Bird Registration Extended)


We are pleased to announce that the draft programme for SciDataCon 2014  is now available:  SciDataCon 2014 Programme . Moreover, Early Bird registration for SciDataCon 2014 has been extended until 1 October 2014. To register for the Conference, please access the online registration system  through the  SciDataCon 2014 website . ICSU's Committee on Data for Science and Technology ...

Open Access and Misuse of Metrics

The General Assembly of the International Council for Science (sponsor of WDS) endorsed open access principles and provided key recommendations guarding against the misuse of metrics in the evaluation of research performance. In a strong show of support for open access to the scientific record, the Assembly—which unites representatives of 120 National Scientific Academies and 31 International ...

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New Release of Fluctuations of Glaciers Database

The World Glacier Monitoring Service, Zurich (WDS Regular Member) has recently completed a new release of its Fluctuations of Glaciers database.

The current version comprises reported observations on glacier changes up until the observation period 2011–2012 including:
 – 5,300 glaciological balances from 413 glaciers
 – 920 geodetic balances from 446 glaciers
 – 44,000 front variations from 2,340 glaciers
 – 420 special event reports from 295 glaciers

For a detailed overview and quick data access, please use the WGMS MetaData Browser.

NIH Issues Finalized Policy on Genomic Data Sharing

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) posted the final version of its Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy in the United States Federal Register on 26 August 2014. Promoting data sharing to accelerate translation of data into knowledge, products, and procedures to improve health whilst protecting research participant privacy, the policy will apply to all NIH-funded, large-scale human and non-human projects that generate genomic data, starting with funding applications submitted for a 25 January 2015 receipt date.

A key tenet of the GDS policy is the expectation that researchers obtain the informed consent of study participants for the potential future use of their de-identified data for research and for broad sharing. Any institution submitting data must certify that they were collected in a legal and ethically appropriate manner and that personal identifiers have been removed. Moreover, investigators and their institutions must provide basic plans for following the policy as part of funding proposals and applications.

To find out more about the GDS policy and its other aspects, please see the following NIH press release:

ORCID and DataCite: Towards Holistic Open Research

Readers of the WDS Blog may be interested in the following event.

What: ORCID and DataCite: Towards Holistic Open Research
Where: De Meervaart Conference Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands
When: Wednesday, 24 September 2014 at 13:30–17:00 PM (CEST)

Recognising and rewarding researchers for their work means connecting researchers to all their outputs, including datasets. Tools, systems and services to enable this are increasingly becoming a part of the fabric of open research. The ODIN project has been working since 2012 to link researchers to their datasets using PIDs in real-world research systems, and would like to invite all those interested in research data citation, management, policy, evaluation, and systems to join the ODIN project final event, collocated with the 4th Plenary of the Research Data Alliance.

Registration for the event is free, and is now available at:

Science Data Analytics/Data Science Sessions at AGU 2014

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) will host its 47th annual Fall Meeting on 15–19 December in San Francisco, California. The following list of sessions at AGU 2014 specifically address Science Data Analytics and/or Data Science, and may be of interest to the WDS community (please click the links for more details on each session).

 – Teaching Science Data Analytics Skills Needed to Facilitate Heterogeneous Data /                 Information Research: The Future Is Here
 – Identifying and Better Understanding Data Science Activities, Experiences, Challenges,         and Gaps Areas
 – Advancing Analytics using Big Data Climate Information System
 – Big Data in the Geosciences: New Analytics Methods and Parallel Algorithm
 – Leveraging Enabling Technologies and Architectures to enable Data Intensive Science
 – Open Source Solutions for Analyzing Big Earth Observation Data
 – Technology Trends for Big Science Data Management
 – Enabling Science Through Reuse of Data and Free and Open Source Software
 – From Small Scale to Big Data: Enabling Effective Data Use and Reuse in Hydrologic             Investigations
 – Dark Data: Rescuing Data from the Edge of Oblivion
 – Linking Physical Objects to Cyberinfrastructure
 – Science Data System Architectures for new Earth Science Missions and Applications

Find out more about AGU 2014, including abstract submission, below:

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