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WGMS Publish Latest Glacier Mass Budget Results

The World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS; WDS Regular Member) have published the latest glacier mass budget results on its website. These results were compiled from the 2014 call-for-data, which covered the observation period of the hydrological year 2012/13. In addition, WGMS has introduced near-time reporting from its 'reference' glaciers (those having more than 30 years of continued observations) to provide a preliminary estimate for the glacier budgets for 2014.

Nature Makes All Articles Free to View

Publisher Macmillan has announced that all research papers from Nature and 48 other journals in its Nature Publishing Group division will be made free to read in a proprietary screen-view format that can be annotated but not copied, printed or downloaded. The ReadCube platform will be used to host and display read-only versions of the articles' PDFs, which can also be saved to a free desktop version of the software.

This content-sharing policy, marks an attempt to let scientists freely read and share articles while preserving income from subscription fees. Under the policy, subscribers can share any paper they have access to through a link to a read-only version of the paper’s PDF that can be viewed via a web browser. Anyone can subsequently repost and share the link, and many media outlets and blogs will also be able to share them.

Click here for the full article by Richard Van Noorden (, 02 December 2014).

CERN launches Open Data Portal to make initial LHC data public

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has launched its Open Data Portal where data from real collision events, produced by experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will for the first time be made openly available to all. It is expected that these data will be of high value for the research community, and also be used for education purposes.

The principle of openness is enshrined in CERN’s founding Convention, and all LHC publications have been published Open Access, free for all to read and re-use. Widening the scope, the LHC collaborations recently approved Open Data policies and will release collision data over the coming years.

The initial high-level and analyzable collision data openly released come from the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment, and were originally collected in 2010 during the first LHC run. Open source software to read and analyze the data is also available, together with the corresponding documentation.

CrossRef and DataCite Announce Initiative to Accelerate Adoption of DOIs for Data Publication and Citation

DataCite (WDS Partner Member) and CrossRef have announced that they will work together to ensure that researchers can seamlessly navigate among all research results, including articles and data, and to make data a first class, identifiable, referenceable, and citable element in the scholarly record. In particular, the two organizations have agreed to:

  • Enhance the interoperability of their systems to make it easier for publishers, data centres, libraries, and third parties to integrate with the scholarly DOI ecosystem.
  • Provide comprehensive support for interlinking between articles and data.
  • Develop open-source tools and Application Programming Interfaceto reveal citations and relationships between publications and datasets. 
  • Integrate into their services other scholarly communications initiatives such as Open Researcher and Contributor IDentifiers and FundRef.
  • Develop systems, workflows, and best practices for using DOIs to reference large, highly granular, and dynamic data.

Collaboration between ICSU-WDS and SCOSTEP

We would like to point you towards an article in our WDS-related news page that appeared in the October 2014 newsletter of the new Variability of the Sun and Its Terrestrial Impact (VarSITI) programme of the Scientific Committee on Solar–Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP). Written by Takashi Watanabe (Senior Advisor) and Rorie Edmunds (Programme Officer) of the WDS International Programme Office, the article points to strengthening the ties between WDS and SCOSTEP—both Interdisciplinary Bodies of ICSU—through the VarSITI programme.