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


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


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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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.

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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