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FAIR Data in Trustworthy Data Repositories Webinar


Peter Doorn (DANS Director) and Ingrid Dillo (DANS Deputy Director and WDS-SC Vice-chair) of Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS; WDS Regular Member) will give a webinar in December on core certification and the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) Guiding Principles. This webinar is predominantly targeted at data experts and data repository managers worldwide, and ...

ISRIC Spring School 2017


ISRIC - WDC Soils ( WDS Regular Member ) has recently announced the details of its Spring School 2017 , which will take place on 15–19 May 2017 at Wageningen Campus . The School will consist of two 5-day training courses running in parallel— Hands-on Global Soil Information Facilities and World Soils and their Assessment —and will introduce topics such as soils of the world, soil databases, ...

ISRIC Co-organizing Pedometrics 2017


Pedometrics is a branch of soil science dedicated to the application of mathematical and statistical methods for the study of the distribution and genesis of soils. The first Pedometrics conference was organized in 1992, in Wageningen, Netherlands.  To mark the conference's 25th anniversary,  ISRIC - WDC Soils ( WDS Regular Member ) have  announced that they and their partners will bring the ...

PANGAEA Launches New Website and Functionalities


After more than 20 years of operation, PANGAEA — WDS Regular Member since 2011 — has renewed its website ( ) with new functionalities. Although many users liked the minimalistic Google-like interface, it was decided to adopt more sophisticated techniques enabling better interactions with users. In particular, navigation into the data archive is improved. Different topics, ...

Comment Period for 5-Year Review of the OAIS Reference Model and ISO 16363

In compliance with ISO and Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems ( CCSDS) procedures, a standard must be reviewed every five years and a determination made to reaffirm, modify, or withdraw the existing standard. The Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS) standard was approved as CCSDS 650.0-B-1 in January 2002 and was approved as ISO standard 14721 in 2003. A ...

ISRIC – WDC Soils Launches Virtual Soil Museum & Updated Soil Property Database for the World


The World Soil Museum of ISRIC – World Soil Information (WDS Regular Member) in Wageningen can now be visited online . The museum has a collection of reference soil profiles from around the world. These 3D profiles, or monoliths, are used to explain main soil forming factors and to show the importance of the soil for ensuring food security, mitigating climate change, or in terms of their ...