Thirteenth WDS Scientific Committee Meeting
The 13th Meeting of the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) took place on 21–22 September at the ICSU Secretariat in Paris, France. This was the first face-to-face meeting of the third Scientific Committee of the ICSU World Data System that was appointed by the ICSU Executive Board in July 2015 for the period 2015–2018. The Meeting started with a (virtual) handover from the previous Chair of the WDS-SC, Bernard Minster, to the new Chair, Sandy Harrison, and also saw the election of Ingrid Dillo and Wim Hugo as Vice-chairs.
Heide Hackmann (ICSU Executive Director) began a series of introductory talks by giving the new Scientific Committee insight into ICSU's vision and the role of WDS within this. The agenda then continued over the following two days with focussed discussions on a number of items of strategic importance to WDS, including finalizing a set of WDS Data Sharing Principles that it is hoped will be adopted by WDS Members in place of the current WDS Data Policy.
The first day of the Meeting also included a special Workshop by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT; host organization of the WDS International Programme Office) on Data Sharing and ICT, the highlight of which was a keynote presentation by Fumihiko Tomita (NICT Vice President) on Open and Global ICT Innovation Platform for Future Smarter Communication World.
A summary report of the Meeting is under preparation and will be placed on the Meeting Reports page when completed.