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SCOSTEP VarSITI Closing Symposium

The Variability of the Sun and Its Terrestrial Impact (VarSITI) programme of the ISC's Scientific Committee on Solar Terrestrial Physics (WDS Partner Member) is coming to an end. For five years, more than 1,100 scientists from 71 countries have been working on its four scientific projects:

  • SEE (Solar Evolution and Extrema)
  • MiniMax24/ISEST (International Study of Earth-affecting Solar Transients)
  • SPeCIMEN (Specification and Prediction of the Coupled Inner-Magnetospheric Environment)
  • ROSMIC (Role Of the Sun and the Middle atmosphere/thermosphere/ionosphere In Climate)

VarSITI focusses on the recent and expected future solar activity and its consequences for the Earth over various time scales from thousands of years to milliseconds, and at various locations from the solar interior to the Earth’s atmosphere. In particular, VarSITI focusses on the interconnections in the Sun–Earth system, and encourages interaction among scientists working on different aspects of this complex system.

The purpose of this Closing Symposium is to summarize the results of the programme: What progress has been made; what new scientific questions have emerged; and what should be the focus of the next scientific programme.

Aude Chambodut of the WDS Scientific Committee is co-convener of Session 6. Sun–Earth related data: Definition, maintenance, archiving:

A rigorous data management is of upmost importance to allow interoperability between databases, development of tools and interdisciplinary science from the Sun to the Earth. In recent years, projects and research infrastructures have been created to facilitate the access and handling of heterogeneous datasets by scientists. At the same time, International Scientific Instances and Organizations (RDA) are issuing guides and advices on good practices for data life cycle [(i) create, acquire, collect; (ii) check, curate, process, analyze; (iii) ingest, save, preserve; (iv) discover; (v) access, download; (vi) use, cite; (vii) re-use] towards scientific communities, whereas certification of data repositories (ISC-WDS, CoreTrustSeal) is becoming an important concern. Altogether, these initiatives make it possible for users to easily access huge archives of disparate data and metadata in a secure and reliable manner. This session solicits contributions on various data archiving efforts, data repositories mutual links as well as possible related topics as development of visualization tools and plotting software.

This session is complementary to actions towards encouraging good practices among SCOSTEP data repositories.

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When 08:00 AM, 10 Jun 2019–08:00 PM, 14 Jun 2019
Where Sofia, Bulgaria
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