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WDS Strategic Plan 2014–2018 Published


We are pleased to announce publication of the recently completed WDS Strategic Plan 2014–2018 . This document, produced in consultation with WDS Members, outlines five major targets seen by the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) as important for ICSU-WDS to achieve the objectives defined in its Constitution .  Operating in unison with the five-year Strategic Plan is a two-year ...

Chinese WDS Members to Develop Common Clearing House

Whilst in Beijing to attend the International Workshop on Big Data for International Scientific Programmes , Mustapha Mokrane (WDS Executive Director) met with the Representatives of Chinese WDS Regular Members at the Chinese Academy of Sciences'  Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research ; host of the World Data Centre for Renewable Resources and Environment. ...

WDS Data Stewardship Award 2014

We are delighted to announce a call for nominations for the inaugural WDS Data Stewardship Award, which is directed towards early career researchers and will be presented at SciDataCon 2014. Nominations are invited from WDS Members, ICSU Members and Interdisciplinary Bodies. The deadline for nominations is 20 August 2014. Details of this call, including the nomination form, can be found in ...

Online Registration for SciDataCon 2014


Early Bird registration is currently available for SciDataCon 2014 until 1 September 2014, and can be accessed through the online registration system on the  Conference website . ICSU's Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS) are collaborating to organize a joint conference, SciDataCon 2014 on 2–5 November 2014 in New Delhi, India. Highlighting the ...

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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:

Vacancy: OBIS Data Manager

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO–International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (WDS Network Member) is looking for a data manager to support the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) Secretariat in Ostend, Belgium.

 – Support the OBIS secretariat with the execution of tasks within several projects (e.g., Development of Information Products and Services for ocean assessments and the Caribbean Marine Atlas)
 – Support the implementation of the OBIS work plan; specifically, technical daily operations including system maintenance, database maintenance, application maintenance, customer services, application development, and infrastructure improvements.

How to apply?
Please submit a full CV (using the UNESCO template), a motivation letter, and three contactable references to: Mr Ward Appeltans (), by 15 August 2014 (Midnight, Paris time).

More details on this vacancy can be found here:
 – Vacancy OBIS Data Manager (on OBIS website)
 – Programme Specialist – OBIS Data Manager (on UNESCO website)

Call for Papers: GeoResJ Special Issue on 'Rescuing Legacy Data for Future Science'

We would like to direct your attention to the below call by the new online, open access GeoResJ journal to contribute a manuscript to its planned special issue on 'Rescuing Legacy Data for Future Science'. Please also pass on this information to any colleagues involved in data rescue efforts.

Call for papers: The special issue on 'Rescuing Legacy Data for Future Science' will showcase and recognize efforts within the Earth Sciences that advance preservation and access of valuable research data. We encourage contributions that describe data rescue missions, including the product of a rescue mission; the accessibility, usability, and sustainability of the rescued data; the information value of the dataset; and the workflow of the rescue process. Topics from all areas of the Earth Sciences will be accepted.

 – Notify if you are considering submitting a paper: as soon as possible
 – Submission Deadline: Oct 1, 2014
 – Acceptance Deadline: Dec 1, 2014
 – Expected publication date: March 2015

(Note: The article processing charge is waived for 2014 in GeoResJ.) 

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