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LANCE AMSR2 Near Real-time Data Made Available

The NASA Land Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE) AMSR2 Processing Center at the Global Hydrology Resource Center (WDS Regular Member) in Huntsville, Alabama would like to announce the availability of its first AMSR2 near real-time dataset, NRT AMSR2 L2B Global Swath GSFC Profiling Algorithm 2010: Surface Precipitation, Wind Speed over Ocean, Water Vapor over Ocean and Cloud Liquid Water over Ocean. These LANCE AMSR2 near real-time products, with noted limitations, are generated and available to registered users via HTTPS with an average latency of less than 3 hours. More information about LANCE AMSR2 near real-time data is available here.

COAR Roadmap: Future Directions for Repository Interoperability

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has announced the publication of the COAR Roadmap: Future Directions for Repository Interoperability. This document is the culmination of over a year’s work to identify priority issues for repository interoperability, and identifies important trends and their associated action points for the repository community.

Scholarly communication is undergoing fundamental changes, with new requirements for open access to research outputs, new forms of peer-review, and alternative methods for measuring impact. In parallel, technical developments, especially in communication and interface technologies, facilitate bi-directional data exchange across related applications and systems. The success of repository services in the future will thus depend on the seamless alignment of the diverse stakeholders at the local, national, and international level.

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.