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Second WDS Scientific Committee Meeting


The governing body of the ICSU World Data System (ICSU-WDS) met for the second time in Paris on 22–24 March 2010. The WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) worked on finalizing the criteria for membership and approved the draft constitution of the System. It also made significant progress on the certification process, sanctioned a logo, and started to consolidate the ICSU-WDS website: ( The Committee also agreed to establish an International Programme Office to support its work and to facilitate the building of the ICSU World Data System.

A subcommittee of the WDS-SC participated in the first meeting (21–22 March) of the Polar Information Commons (PIC) initiative led by ICSU’s Committee on Data for Science and Technology. ICSU-WDS has committed to support the implementation of the PIC, including taking the necessary steps to archive all data from the International Polar Year 2007–2008.