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Sustaining Domain Repositories for Digital Data

The following white paper and associated 'call for action' were prepared by Carol Ember (HRAF, Yale University) and Robert Hanisch (VAO, Space Telescope Science Institute). They are the outcome of a workshop on Sustaining Domain Repositories for Digital Data, which was held by the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (WDS Regular Member) at the University of Michigan on 24–25 June 2013.

GCMD/IDN Static Keywords Release Announcement

The staff of the Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) have announced the release of a static keyword directory for keyword access. This directory is cached and updated every 6 hours, and offers keywords in compressed static files (RDF, XML, and CSV formats) without 'dynamic query access' or subsetting features. Moreover, it does not require authentication. Users can access the static keyword directory at

Digital Curation Centre Launches DMPonline v.4

The Digital Curation Centre has just launched a new version of DMPonline; a web-based tool for creating Data Management Plans (DMPs). Significant changes to this new version include: a clean, easy to use interface; a revised data model to simplify the development process; fewer questions so that DMPs are quicker and easier to complete; and improved user guidance.

GLDAS-2.0 Dataset Released by GES DISC

NASA's Hydrological Sciences Laboratory located at Goddard Space Flight Center and Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC; WDS Regular Member) have announced the release of the Global Land Data Assimilation System Version 2.0 (GLDAS-2.0) dataset. The GLDAS-2.1 dataset is also scheduled for release in 2014. These datasets require complex metadata that specify both instrumental data and the mode used to conduct assimilation. Similar datasets will arise in other fields, notably Oceanography and Atmospheric Science.

More information on, and access to, the GLDAS-2.0 dataset is available via the following link: