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CDS Celebrates 40-year Anniversary

CDS Celebrates 40-year Anniversary

Created in 1972, the Strasbourg astronomical Data Center (CDS) is a world reference for collection and distribution of astronomical data and related information. CDS is also recognized as a pioneer in the dissemination of added-value digital scientific data. CDS is a certified WDS Regular Member and was previously a member of the ICSU Federation of Astronomical and Geophysical data analysis ...

International Programme Office Completes Staffing

The WDS International Programme Office (IPO)  is pleased to announce the recent appointments of two new staff members: Dr. Rorie Edmunds (Programme Officer) and Ms. Yuko Nikaido (Administrative Officer). In addition, former WDS-SC member, Prof. Takashi Watanabe, has agreed to take up the position of 'Senior Advisor'. On behalf of WDS, we would like to welcome Rorie, Yuko, and Prof. Watanabe to ...

ICSU Appoints New WDS Scientific Committee

The Executive Board of the International Council for Science (ICSU) recently appointed a new Scientific Committee  of the World Data System. In the interests of both continuity and renewal, the ICSU Executive Board decided that half of the previous Committee members would be invited to serve a second three-year term, whereas the remainder would be replaced by other individuals bringing fresh ...

Sharing and Stewardship of Scientific Data for Improved Decision Making and Sustainable Development: Why Share Data Fully and Openly?

Sharing and Stewardship of Scientific Data for Improved Decision Making and Sustainable Development: Why Share Data Fully and Openly?

Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and landscapes are changing rapidly; with human activities being a major driver. Monitoring and modelling these changes is critical to enable governments, civil society, and the private sector to make informed decisions about climate, energy, food security, natural hazards, health, and other challenges. Decision-makers and managers must have access to the information ...

WDS International Programme Office Inauguration in Tokyo

WDS International Programme Office Inauguration in Tokyo

On 9 May 2012, the ICSU World Data System (ICSU-WDS) inaugurated its new International Programme Office (WDS-IPO) hosted by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in Tokyo, Japan. An official ceremony was held to mark the occasion in the presence of the Hon. Tatsuo Kawabata (Japanese Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications) and Prof. Yuan Tseh-Lee ...

WDS Tackles IPY Data Challenges

WDS Tackles IPY Data Challenges

ICSU-WDS participated in several of the data-related activities organized at the International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference:  From Knowledge to Action  (22–27 April 2012; Montreal, Canada): Tuesday, 24 April—Accessing, Sharing and Preserving Data as a Legacy of IPY (Session 2.5.4) : A presentation titled The ICSU World Data System Tackles IPY Data Challenges was given by Takashi ...