Renewed Hosting Agreement for WDS International Programme Office
Dr Fumihiko Tomita, Vice President of Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), and Dr Heide Hackmann, Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU), renewed the agreement between the respective organizations to host ICSU's World Data System International Programme Office at NICT for a further five-year period starting 1 April 2016 and ending 31 March 2021.
On this occasion, Dr Hackmann addressed her sincere thanks to NICT and its Vice President on behalf of ICSU and WDS for the generous and increased financial support. She noted that without NICT’s lasting commitment and intellectual contributions, the World Data System programme could not have achieved its current international standing or made its significant impact in the area of scientific data sharing and management.
The signing ceremony took place on 21 September 2015 at the ICSU Secretariat in Paris during the 13th WDS Scientific Committee Meeting in which NICT hosted a special workshop on Data Sharing and Information Technologies. The keynote presentation was given by Dr Tomita, who highlighted important contributions of NICT in his talk on Open and Global ICT Innovation Platform for Future Smarter Communication World.