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2016 Members' Forum

Note: The Agenda and documents for the WDS Members' Forum are subject to change, and any updates will be highlighted on this page.

Where: Windows Room, Tower Building – Second Level, Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado
When: 09:30–17:30 on Sunday, 11 September 2016
Meeting Documents: WDS_Members'

The opening ceremony of SciDataCon 2016, and thus the official start of International Data Week 2016, will be preceded by the WDS Members' Forum. The meeting is open to anyone interested in ICSU-WDS.

The 2016 Forum will allow for interaction among WDS Member Representatives and the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) during both an extended poster and help desk item in the the Scientific Session, and what we expect to be a lively discussion in the Plenary Session. In particular, the poster presentations will highlight activities of many WDS Members over the previous two years.

The Meeting Agenda with links to the relevant documents is given below, as well as a list of the expected participants. For ease of reference, all documents are available for download as a ZIP file here.

Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Scientific Session

07:30–09:30 Registration [Grand Ballroom Foyer]
                     Poster Hanging [South Lobby]
09:30–09:50 Welcome
 – Introduction from ICSU
 – Opening Remarks


H. Hackmann    
S. Harrison & W. Hugo
09:50–10:20 Adoption of WDS Outputs 1 – Publishing
                     Data & Knowledge Network

 – Data Publication WG Outputs: Data Publishing Services
 – Knowledge Network
 – Discussion


W. Haak
W. Hugo
10:20–10:50 Adoption of WDS Outputs 2 – Certification
 – DSA–WDS Common Certification
 – Discussion


I. Dillo
10:50–11:20 Tea/Coffee Break [Windows Room]
11:20–12:30 WDS Member Oral Presentations
(Chairs: C. Emerson & T. Iyemori)
 – The WorldWideScience Alliance: An International Partnership to Improve Access to Scientific and Technical Information and Research Data
 – The Global Microbial Big Data Cooperation
 – GGOS: The Global Geodetic Observing System
 – Ocean Network Canada's “Oceans 2.0” Data Management System
 – Astronomical Data-based Education and Public Outreach at CAsDC
 – WDC-SILSO: An Unprecedented Modernization
 – Sustainable Data to Support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development





B. Hitson

J. Ma
C. Noll
B. Pirenne

C. Cui

F. Clette
R. Chen
12:30–13:30 Lunch [North Lobby] 60′
13:30–15:30 Poster Presentations
                     Help Desks
                     [South Lobby; Inc. Tea/Coffee Break


Plenary Session

15:30–16:20 Community Engagement
 – Introduction
 – Application Reviews
 – Activity Reporting
 – Expanding Membership
 – WDS Bylaws
 – Discussion


M. Mokrane
S. Harrison
E. Faustman
A. de Sherbinin 
R. Edmunds
16:20–17:20 Topic for General Discussion –
                     Sustainability of Data Services
(Chairs: G. Li, S. Sorvari, & A. Tolmasquim)
 – Funding Sustainability and Domain Repositories
 – A Threatened Future? The Experience of WDC-SILSO
 – OECD study on Business Models 
 – Discussion


J. Lyle
F. Clette
I. Dillo 
17:20–17:30 Any Other Business & Closing Remarks 10′ S. Harrison
17:30 Adjourn


WDS-SC members

  • See here for a full list of SC Members.

IPO Staff

  • See here for a full list of IPO Staff.

WDS Member Representatives 

The following Representatives of WDS Member Organizations have expressed their intention to attend the Members' Forum (subject to travel and visa approval). For more information on each WDS Member, please visit their Profile through the respective Member category webpages given here.

  • Tim Ahern — IRIS Data Services (Regular)
  • Christophe Arviset — International Virtual Observatory Alliance (Network)
  • Niels Batjes — ISRIC: WDC–Soils (Regular)
  • Jeanne Behnke — NASA ESDIS Project (Network)
  • Dirk Behrend — International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry (Network)
  • Fran Boler — UNAVCO, Inc. (Regular)
  • Pip Bricher — Australian Antarctic Data Centre (Regular)
  • Ian Bruno — Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (Regular)
  • Cyndy Chandler — Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (Applicant)
  • Robert Chen — Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (Regular)
  • Dana Church — CCIN-Polar Data Catalogue (Applicant)
  • Frédéric Clette — WDC–Sunspot Index and Long-term Solar Observations (Regular)
  • Julia Collins — WDC–CU (Regular)
  • Chenzhou Cui — Chinese Astronomical Data Centre (Regular)
  • Alex de Sherbinin — Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (Regular)
  • Ingrid Dillo — DANS (Regular)
  • Chris Doescher — Land Processes DAAC (Regular)
  • Robert Downs — Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (Regular)
  • Dongwei Fan — Chinese Astronomical Data Centre (Regular)
  • John Faundeen — WDC - Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (Regular)
  • Hernan Garcia — World Data Service for Oceanography (Regular)
  • Wendy Gross — World Data Service for Paleoclimatology (Regular)
  • Wouter Haak — Elsevier (Associate)
  • Heejun Han — Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (Associate)
  • Lindsey Harriman — Land Processes DAAC (Regular)
  • Hiroyuki Hashiguchi — Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (Regular)
  • Boliang He — Chinese Astronomical Data Centre (Regular)
  • Brian Hitson — WorldWideScience Alliance (Associate)
  • Donald Hobern — Global Biodiversity Information Facility (Regular)
  • Toshihiko Iyemori — WDC–Geomagnetism, Kyoto (Regular)
  • Reyna Jenkyns — Ocean Networks Canada (Regular)
  • Zhen Ji — Chinese Space Science Data Center (Regular)
  • Brian Johnson — NSIDC DAAC (Regular)
  • Steven Kempler — Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (Regular)
  • Olga Kussul — Ukrainian Geospatial Data Center (Regular)
  • Shao Kwang-Tsao — Fish Database of Taiwan (Regular)
  • Jeonghoon Lee — Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (Associate)
  • Kerstin Lehnert — Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance (Regular)
  • Chuang Liu — Global Change Research Data Publishing and Repository (Applicant)
  • Tony Llewellyn — International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (Associate)
  • Jared Lyle — Inter-university Consortium for Political & Social Research (Regular)
  • Juncai Ma — WDC–Microorganisms (Regular)
  • Areg Mickaelian — Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (Associate)
  • Carey Noll — Global Geodetic Observing System (Partner)
  • Masahito Nose — WDC–Geomagnetism, Kyoto (Regular)
  • Benoît Pirenne — Ocean Networks Canada (Regular)
  • Hampapuram Ramapriyan — NASA ESDIS Project (Network)
  • Youhua Ran — Cold and Arid Regions Science Data Centre at Lanzhou (Regular)
  • Bruce Raup — World Glacier Monitoring Service (Regular)
  • Robert Redmon — World Data Service for Geophysics (Regular)
  • Lesley Rickards — Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (Regular)
  • Alena Rybkina — International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (Partner)
  • Alicia Scott — Ocean Biology DAAC (Applicant)
  • Donna Scott — WDC-CU (Regular)
  • Daisy Selematsela — WDC - Biodiversity and Human Health (EoI)
  • Tae-Sul Seo — Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (Associate)
  • Duff Stewart — INTERMAGNET (Network)
  • Martina Stockhause — DKRZ: WDC-Climate (Regular)
  • Minho Suh — Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (Associate)
  • Hannes Thiemann — DKRZ: WDC-Climate (Regular)
  • Frank Toussaint — DKRZ: WDC–Climate (Regular)
  • Takuya Tsugawa — WDC-Ionosphere and Space Weather (Regular)
  • Kehe Wang — WDC-Space Weather, Australia (Regular)
  • Lynn Woolfrey — DataFirst (Regular)
  • Kostiantyn Yefremov — WDC–Geoinformatics and Sustainable Development (Regular)
  • Xiukuan Zhao — WDC-Geophysics, Beijing (Applicant)


The following guests have confirmed their attendance at the Members' Forum.

  • Mona Behl — Marine Extension & Georgia Sea Grant, University of Georgia
  • Krish Bilimoria — Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
  • Sonigitu Ekpe — Department of Forestry, Biodiversity and Conservation, Cross River State
  • Masaki Kanao — National Institute of Polar Research
  • Obwaya Mogire — South Eastern Kenya University
  • Stefano Nativi — Italian National Research Council - Earth and Space Science Informatics Laboratory
  • Jacqueline Signorini — Institut de recherche pour le développement
  • Masaru Yarime — University of Tokyo