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Webinar #5: BIGDATA, littledata and EvErYtHiNg in Between


Dr John Helly will present the fifth talk in WDS' Webinar series on 10 June 2015. John will explore the requirements on scientific data management not only from research methods but also those evolving from scholarly data publication. The technologies employed to satisfy these requirements have implications for any reasoned implementation of a scientific data management strategy. To ...

WDS to co-host SCOSTEP–WDS VarSITI Workshop & Polar Data Forum

The WDS Scientific Committee and International Programme Office are very pleased to announce that the ICSU World Data System will co-host two events in 2015: a  SCOSTEP–WDS VarSITI Workshop  and the Second International Polar Data Forum  (details below). We would like to encourage the WDS community to participate in these meetings, which we believe will be highly successful and productive. ...

WDS Session and Side-event at Our Common Future under Climate Change


The ICSU World Data System will convene a parallel session entitled Quality and Availability of Data for Global Sustainability  on 07 July at the  Our Common Future under Climate Change Conference . The session aims to showcase the rich datasets used by the global Future Earth community and how specific activities tackle the challenges of data management, of data gaps and bias assessment, and ...

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Call for papers: Special Issue on Research Data Management

The open access International Journal of Geo-Information of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)—a Scientific Union of ICSU—has issued a call for papers for their Special Issue on "Research Data Management".

This Special Issues will explore new trends and developments in the management of data (e.g., research data, spatial data created in a specific or interdisciplinary context, etc.). All kinds of data intensive sciences will be considered, as well as aspects of data handling and processing that concern the conduct of research. We invite original research contributions covering a broad variety of aspects related to data management in different research fields and organizations. We encourage papers across disciplines that focus on the themes of this Special Issue. Topics include, but are not limited to:

- Management of data resulting from various disciplines 
- Case studies of institutional, national or international infrastructures     supporting RDM (e.g., data repositories, project databases, data archives, data platforms)
- Data life cycle management
- Data publishing (e.g., forms, metrics)
- Data curation and preservation
- Metadata and Metadata Schemas for RDM
- Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) and spatial data handling
- Data management services
- Data processing and visualization
- Linked Sciences, linked data, semantic interoperability
- Data models and vocabularies
- Semantic e-Science
- Approaches in training for RDM

Further information can be found at

The deadline for manuscript submission is 30 November 2015.

RDA Climate Change Data Challenge

The 6th Plenary of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) to be hosted in Paris from 23–25 September 2015, will feature a special focus on research data for climate change, leveraging on the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) to be held in Paris in December 2015.

As a part of this special focus Cap Digital & RDA have created a special Challenge designed to connect Climate Change related Datasets with startups, SMEs and larger organizations with practical application for these data. 

In this phase RDA is interested in receiving applications from holders of datasets on:

- Air quality 
- Energy
- Urban Activity

In addition to a description of the datasets, RDA would also like to receive indications on the possible applications that might constitute a challenge goal. Submissions must be made on-line  and are accepted until midnight CET 21st May 2015. For any queries please contact

More information available on the RDA website:

New Global Glacier Browser & Catalogue

The Global Terrestrial Network for Glaciers (GTN-G) is the framework for the internationally coordinated monitoring of glaciers in support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). The network is jointly run by the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS; WDS Regular Member), the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC, WDS Regular Member), and the Global Land Ice Measurements from Space initiative (GLIMS).

The latest update of the GTN-G website, provides a quicker overview of datasets on global glacier distribution and changes. A new “Global Glacier Browser” provides a map based overview on all available datasets (i.e., GLIMS, RGI, WGI, GlaThiDa, FoG, GPC). A new “Global Glacier Dataset Catalogue” provides standardized one page descriptions of these datasets and links to the individual data access pages.

All these datasets are compiled within the GTN-G and are made freely available for scientific and educational purposes. The use of data and information from GTN-G requires acknowledgement to the GTN-G operational body (i.e., WGMS, NSIDC, GLIMS) and/or the original investigators and sponsoring agencies according to the citation recommendations given in the individual datasets.

New Global Glacier Browser

The World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS; WDS Regular Member) and the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC; host institute of WDS Regular Members NSIDC DAAC and WDC-CU) have jointly launched a new web interface to access data compiled under the Global Terrestrial Network for Glaciers (GTN-G) on glacier distribution and changes. 

The new 'Global Glacier Browser' provides users with a map-based overview on all available datasets. Moreover, a new 'Global Glacier Dataset Catalogue' provides standardized one-page descriptions of the datasets and links to the individual data access pages.

GTN-G is the framework for the internationally coordinated monitoring of glaciers in support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The network is run by WGMS, NSIDC, and the Global Land Ice Measurements from Space initiative, and all datasets compiled within GTN-G and are freely available for scientific and educational purposes (see GTN-G website for more details on access).

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