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From Public to Planetary Health: A Manifesto

The following article was published in the 8th of March 2014 edition of the Lancet (Vol. 383, No. 9920, pp. 847). Written by Richard Horton et al., it is a manifesto calling for a move from ‘public health’ in the strict sense to ‘planetary health’.

We believe that any global activity responding to this manifesto must have a strong data component, coordinated with data concerned with climate, natural hazards, and so on. In this regard, it aligns with the objectives of the Future Earth programme, in which ICSU-WDS will play a prominent role in facilitating access to quality data.


AAAS Announces Science Advances

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced, at its recent Annual Meeting, the launch of a new open-access journal in 2015 in collaboration with Science. Science Advances will be a digital-only publication open to the public; offering unlimited access for people interested in pioneering research across the sciences. You can find further news on Science Advances in the following article (detailed information will be released over the coming year).

Crowdsourcing a Living Map of World Health

The following article from highlights a need for data curation. It contains an interview with a Ph.D. student at University of California – San Diego, who is leading development of a data storage and analysis platform for a project attempting to use smartphone technology and cloud computing in order to build maps of large-scale health problems or environmental damage, such as the concentration of heavy metals in drinking water.