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Webinar #7: Historical Seismograms: Preserving an Endangered Species (November 2015)


Archived datasets of historical seismograms are extremely valuable to understand the occurrence of large, destructive earthquakes. Unfortunately, the value of these datasets is not always perceived. Professor Okal will present a brief review of the nature of the datasets of seismological archives, and of specific algorithms allowing their use. He will then describe protocols for the transfer of ...

Monthly Blog Posts by WDS-SC

We are pleased to announce the first in a monthly series of Blog Posts by the  WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC). Regular visitors to the WDS website will no doubt have seen that in addition to news items, we look to point to articles/information of interest through the WDS Blog . Over the coming year leading up to SciDataCon 2016, each member of the WDS-SC will introduce themselves by ...

WDS Members' Biennial Reports 2013–2014

The WDS community is invited to look at the  webpage  recently created by the International Programme Office for WDS Members' Biennial Reports . WDS Regular and Network Members are continuously evaluated by the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) and are required to produce a public Report of their activities every two years according to a template. Reporting coincides with each WDS ...

WDS-related Presentations at AGU Fall Meeting 2015

The 48th Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) will be held on 14–18 December at the Moscone Center, San Francisco. Its Scientific Programme is now available online and includes several presentations related to the ICSU World Data System. In particular, the following oral presentation will be given by the former Chair of the WDS Scientific Committee, Bernard Minster: ...

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A New Research Data Journal in the Netherlands

Ingrid DilloA Blog post by Ingrid Dillo (WDS-SC Vice-chair)

I would like to introduce a new initiative of DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) in the Netherlands. During the International Open Access Week last month, DANS launched, together with the Dutch publisher Brill, a new Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Research Data Journal is a digital-only, open access journal, which documents deposited datasets through the publication of data papers. The journal concentrates on the Social Sciences and the Humanities, covering history, archaeology, language and literature in particular.

Data papers are scholarly publications of medium length containing a non-technical description of a dataset and putting the data in a research context. Each paper gets a persistent identifier providing publication credits to the author.

Data papers call attention to particular research datasets, which may increase the likelihood that the datasets could be re-used or re-purposed by other researchers in the future. Additional benefits are that they are peer-reviewed, can be listed on CVs, and can accumulate citations just like traditional journal articles. This way they provide important incentives for researchers to put time and effort into preparing their datasets for public access.

The DANS Research Data Journal is an enhanced publication in more than one respect. The text is enhanced with direct links to datasets in the long-term repository. Additionally, the journal is enriched with features that contribute to greater usability of the content in terms of overview and navigation by adding background information and various forms of visualization. Where possible, data can be previewed and explored online, rather than through time-consuming downloads and offline applications. In short, an enhanced data paper provides an integrated view of data in their research context.

At DANS we hope that this initiative will stimulate researchers in the Netherlands and abroad to make their data more easily available to others.

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Call for Papers: Data Science Journal

The Data Science Journal (DSJ) is soliciting submissions for papers on data science topics across the whole range of Computational, Natural, and Social Sciences, and Humanities. Submitted articles can be research papers, practice papers, review articles, or essays. Data articles describing datasets or data compilations are also of interest, if the potential for reuse of the data is significant or if considerable efforts were required in compilation. Similarly, descriptions of online simulation, database, and other experiments may also be published.

The DSJ is a peer-reviewed, open access, electronic journal dedicated to the advancement of data science and its application in policies, practices, and management of Open Data. The scope of the journal includes: descriptions of data systems, their implementations, and their publication; issues concerning applications, infrastructures, software, legality, reproducibility, and transparency; and availability and usability of complex datasets. All data are of interest—whether born digital or converted from other sources—and all research disciplines are covered.

For further information, and to submit a manuscript, please visit

CODATA–RDA School of Research Data Science: Applications Now Open

Applications are open until 18 April 2016 for a School of Research Data Science that is being co-organized by the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and the Research Data Alliance (RDA) [both WDS Associate Members]. This short course on data science skills essential for 21st century research will be held on 1–12 August 2016 at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. 

The ever-accelerating volume and variety of data being generated is having a huge impact on many research disciplines. A collective ability globally to create, share, and analyze vast quantities of data is having profound, transformative effects, and offers great opportunities for researchers with modern data skills. Specifically, contemporary research—particularly that addressing transdisciplinary research challenges—cannot be conducted effectively without a range of ‘Research Data Science’ skills relating to the principles and practice of Open Science, research data management, and curation; use of data platforms and infrastructures; large-scale analysis, and so on.


STM Innovations Seminar: 2 December 2015

The 2015 Innovations Seminar of the International Association of STM Publishers (WDS Associate Member) will be held on 2 December 2015 in London, United Kingdom. Entitled 'Play it again Sam – Research reproducibility and reputation management', the seminar will focus on the key themes of research reproducibility, cyber security, and researcher's reputation management. Specifically, attendees will learn how:
 – Scientists are utilizing new opportunities presented through open science and data sharing.
 – Publishers are facilitating new sharing environments.
 – New initiatives are helping scientists to successfully manage their reputation.

The full programme and how to register can be found here.

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