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Application Reviews: Experts from WDS Member Organizations

WDS Regular and Network Members have a broad range of specialisms and a strong understanding of the WDS certification requirements. Since late 2012, the WDS Scientific Committee (WDC-SC) has invited the Representatives of greater then 20 WDS Members to conduct reviews of candidates’ applications for WDS membership with great success. Nevertheless, the procedure for enlisting the expertise of WDS Member Representatives for reviews has been on an ad hoc basis, and the WDS-SC thus identified the need for a more systematic community approach.

WDS Member Representatives in attendance at the 2016 WDS Members’ Forum supported an updated version of the WDS Bylaws that includes the following article:
As part of membership requirements, WDS Regular and Network Members will be invited by the WDS-SC to conduct a maximum of two membership certification reviews per year as a contribution to the WDS community effort.
Hence, newly accredited WDS Members, and those reaccredited following periodic review, will agree to this article.

A number of WDS Member Representatives have, moreover, kindly volunteered to conduct reviews prior to making a more formal commitment. The WDS-SC expresses its gratitude to the below WDS Members who have agreed to lend their expertise to the WDS community by taking on this extremely important role. Individuals are acknowledged upon their consent; otherwise, the Member Organization is acknowledged.

Member OrganizationWDS Member Type Named Expert(s)
Australian Antarctic Data Centre Regular Dave Connell
Ben Raymond
Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory / Armenian Virtual Observatory Associate Areg Mickaelian
Centre de Donnees astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS) Regular
Cold and Arid Regions Science Data Center at Lanzhou Regular Youhua Ran
DataCite Partner
DataFirst Regular Lynn Woolfrey
Fish Database of Taiwan (Academia Sinica, Taiwan) Regular Kwang-Tsao Shao
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), Data Services Regular Tim Ahern
Rick Benson
Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance Regular
International Union of Geological Sciences Associate
ISRIC - WDC Soils Regular Niels H. Batjes
NASA ESDIS Project Network Hampapuram Ramapriyan
NSIDC DAAC Regular Brian R Johnson
Ocean Networks Canada Regular Benoît Pirenne
Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University Regular Hiroyuki Hashiguchi
Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) Regular Robert R. Downs
The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre Regular Ian Bruno
Ukrainian Geospatial Data Center Regular
UNAVCO, Inc. Regular Fran Boler
WDC - Cosmic Rays Applicant
(Former SC Member)
Takashi Watanabe
WDC - Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center Regular John Faundeen
WDC - Geomagnetism, Kyoto Regular Toshihiko Iyemori
Masahito Nose
Masahiko Takeda
Hiroaki Toh
WDC - Geomagnetism, Mumbai Regular
WDC - Geophysics, Beijing Regular Xiukuan Zhao
WDC - Renewable Resources and Environment Regular
WDC - Space Weather, Australia Regular