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Renewed Hosting Agreement for WDS International Programme Office


Dr Fumihiko Tomita, Vice President of Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), and Dr Heide Hackmann, Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU), renewed the agreement between the respective organizations to host ICSU's World Data System International Programme Office at NICT for a further five-year period starting 1 April 2016 and ...

SCOSTEP Becomes WDS Partner Member

On the occasion of the SCOSTEP–WDS Workshop on Global Data Activities for the Study of Solar–Terrestrial Variability, Dr Nat Gopalswamy, President of ICSU's Scientific Committee on Solar–Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP), and Dr Mustapha Mokrane, Executive Director of the ICSU World Data System IPO, signed a Letter of Agreement recognizing SCOSTEP as a WDS Partner Member. This formal arrangement ...

Thirteenth WDS Scientific Committee Meeting


The 13th Meeting of the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) took place on 21 –22 September  at the ICSU Secretariat in Paris, France. This was the first face-to-face meeting of the  third Scientific Committee of the ICSU World Data System  that was appointed by the ICSU Executive Board in July 2015 for the period 2015–2018. The Meeting started with a (virtual) handover from the previous Chair of ...

Update on SCOSTEP–WDS VarSITI Workshop

New information on the SCOSTEP–WDS VarSITI Workshop on ‘Global Data Systems for the Study of Solar–Terrestrial Variability’ is now available on the Workshop website , including the final programme as well as details on the  VarSITI Data Analysis Session . A downloadable PDF file of the Workshop Booklet  is posted also, which contains the programme and all 51 extended abstracts that have been ...

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Data from IPY Publications Now Available in PANGAEA

IPY PANGAEA logos verticalA Blog post by Amelie Driemel (PANGAEA Editor)

During the last International Polar Year (IPY) 2007–2008, a wide range of research topics were addressed, from glaciology to biology, from biochemistry to biophysics, from oceanography to physiology, from atmospheric to social sciences. Despite the vast amounts collected, there was no central archive for IPY-related data. Instead they have been spread widely, with a lot of the data published in research articles only.

To enhance the availability and visibility of publication-related IPY data, a concerted effort among PANGAEA – Data Publisher for Earth and Environmental Science, the ICSU World Data System, and the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) was undertaken to extract data resulting from IPY publications for long-term preservation. A list of 1380 references was provided by ICSTI, and this bibliography served as a basis for me to filter out journal articles containing extractable data—either from the articles themselves (in the form of tables) or from supplementary materials supplied with the publication.

Ultimately, data and their associated metadata were extracted from 450 IPY articles. These data can now be accessed from here, and individual parts can be searched using the PANGAEA search engine and adding +project:ipy.

For more information, see also Driemel et al. (2015), The IPY 2007–2008 data legacy –creating open data from IPY publications. Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 7, 239–244, doi:10.5194/essd-7-239-2015.

Prof Borgman Asks 'If Data Sharing Is the Answer, What Is the Question?'

Christine Borgman—a Professor in Information Studies at University of California, Los Angeles—has been given a three-year research grant by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to analyze how data are handled in four different research projects with the aim of simplifying data practices and challenging assumptions about the value of sharing data.

The following article on Professor Borgman's work and on the complexities of data sharing by Tiffany Esmailian was first published on 25 September 2015 on We hope that the WDS community will find it of interest.

LANCE AMSR2 Near Real-time Snow Products Available

The NASA Land Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE) AMSR2 Processing Center at the Global Hydrology Resource Center Distributed Active Archive Center (WDS Regular Member) has announced the availability of the dataset NRT AMSR2 Daily L3 Global SWE EASE-Grids. This dataset contains snow water equivalent (SWE) data and quality assurance flags mapped to the Northern and Southern Hemisphere 25 km Equal-Area Scalable Earth (EASE) Grids. It is generated incrementally in near real-time using data acquired from the AMSR2 instrument on the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency GCOM-W1 satellite.

LANCE AMSR2 near real-time data and imagery, with noted limitations, are generated and available to registered users via HTTPS with an average latency of less than 3 hours. While not a substitute for climate research quality products, near real-time products are in high demand in fields such as numerical weather prediction and forecasting, monitoring of natural hazards, disaster relief, agriculture, and homeland security. More information about LANCE AMSR2 near real-time data is available here.

New Hazards Mapper Tool from SEDAC

A new Hazards Mapper tool from Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC; WDS Regular Member) combines layers from various sources to enable users to visualize data and maps related to socioeconomic, infrastructure, natural disasters, and environment topics, as well as analyze potential impacts and exposure.

More information on point features such as power plants can be obtained by simply clicking on them, where—in this instance—the outputs for the past 10 years are depicted using a line graph. Users can also define an area of interest on a map by drawing a circle or polygon around it to obtain an estimate of the total population and land area enclosed within the boundary.

The SEDAC Hazards Mapper can be found here.

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