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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 ...

WDS Co-convened Session on Data Publishing at EGU 2015

We would like to invite abstract submissions for the following Data Publication session co-convened by ICSU-WDS at the  European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2015  (12–17 April 2015; Vienna, Austria): GI1.2/SSS1.7 Data publishing and archiving: paving the way to data-intensive science (co-listed) The deadline for receipt of Abstracts is 07 January 2015 at 13:00 CET, and ...

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 ...

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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Vacancy: Junior Science Officer at IRDR Programme

The International Programme Office of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme in Beijing, China, is recruiting a Junior Science Officer.

IRDR is a decade-long research programme co-sponsored by the International Council for Science , the International Social Science Council, and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. It is a global, multidisciplinary approach to dealing with the challenges brought by natural disasters, mitigating their impacts, and improving related policy-making mechanisms.

Some of the key responsibilities of the Junior Science Officer are:
 – Providing planning and programming support to the IRDR Executive Director.
Monitoring and analyzing the implementation and development of IRDR’s core projects and related programme activities.
Preparing various written outputs.
Acting as a focal point for the wider IRDR community, including its International Centres of Excellence, National and Regional Committees, and partner organisations in disaster risk reduction research.
Undertaking domestic and international travel to promote and represent the programme when required and to support the Executive Director.

The deadline for applications is midnight CST on Monday, 5 January 2015 [16:00 UTC on Sunday, 4 January 2015], and for more information on the post, the required competencies and experience, and how to apply, please download the full job announcement (PDF).

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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Europe-wide Appathons & ESA App Camp Barcelona

For the fourth time, ESA will initiate an app development event in Europe. But this year, due to the new selection process, it is going to be more competitive and innovative than ever. Joining one of the six simultaneous Appathons, which will be held across Europe on 24-25 Jan 2015 will offer access to the latest Earth observation data and the power of the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Participants will meet like-minded people and tackle some of the world's greatest challenges! Besides, all winning teams will be invited to the ESA App Camp Barcelona sponsored by SAP (25 Feb to 3 Mar 2015).

All information is available at

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