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Open Access and Misuse of Metrics


The General Assembly of the International Council for Science (sponsor of WDS) endorsed open access principles and provided key recommendations guarding against the misuse of metrics in the evaluation of research performance. In a strong show of support for open access to the scientific record, the Assembly—which unites representatives of 120 National Scientific Academies and 31 International ...

Publishing Data Webinar

We are pleased to announce the next Webinar for WDS Members and other interested Data Repositories and Services. The topic of this Webinar is the Publishing Data initiatives being undertaken through a joint effort of the ICSU World Data System (ICSU-WDS) and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), and you will be updated on the current activities of the various Interest and Working Groups. The ...

SciDataCon 2014 Programme Now Available (+ Early Bird Registration Extended)


We are pleased to announce that the draft programme for SciDataCon 2014  is now available:  SciDataCon 2014 Programme . Moreover, Early Bird registration for SciDataCon 2014 has been extended until 1 October 2014. To register for the Conference, please access the online registration system  through the  SciDataCon 2014 website . ICSU's Committee on Data for Science and Technology ...

SoilGrids1km System and Data Freely Available to the International Community

ISRIC – World Soil Information (WDS Regular Member) has released an automated information system for global soil mapping at a resolution of 1 km (30 arc second). The system, known as SoilGrids1km, is the result of international collaboration and data sharing. The SoilGrids system is intended to facilitate global soil data initiatives—such as currently undertaken within the Global Soil ...

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NIH Issues Finalized Policy on Genomic Data Sharing

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) posted the final version of its Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy in the United States Federal Register on 26 August 2014. Promoting data sharing to accelerate translation of data into knowledge, products, and procedures to improve health whilst protecting research participant privacy, the policy will apply to all NIH-funded, large-scale human and non-human projects that generate genomic data, starting with funding applications submitted for a 25 January 2015 receipt date.

A key tenet of the GDS policy is the expectation that researchers obtain the informed consent of study participants for the potential future use of their de-identified data for research and for broad sharing. Any institution submitting data must certify that they were collected in a legal and ethically appropriate manner and that personal identifiers have been removed. Moreover, investigators and their institutions must provide basic plans for following the policy as part of funding proposals and applications.

To find out more about the GDS policy and its other aspects, please see the following NIH press release:

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:

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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