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WDS Co-convened Session at AGU 2019: Call for Abstracts

WDS Co-convened Session at AGU 2019: Call for Abstracts

The 2019 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union will be held on 9–13 December 2019 in San Francisco, CA. The World Data System of the International Science Council is co-convening the following session, and we would like to encourage your abstract submission by the deadline of Wednesday, 31 July. Session ID: 82801 Session Title: IN003. Advancing Capabilities to Enable Current and ...

WDS Training Workshop for ECRs: Call for Applications Open!

WDS Training Workshop for ECRs: Call for Applications Open!

Twenty-four (24) seats are now available for a Training Workshop on Research Data Management aimed at early career researchers and scientists (ECRs). Apply for your place here! Sponsored by the European Geosciences Union (EGU) and hosted by World Data System of the International Science Council, the Workshop will take place on 6–8 November 2019 at Institut de Physique du Globe in ...

WDS Data Stewardship Award 2019: Call for Nominations Open!

WDS Data Stewardship Award 2019: Call for Nominations Open!

The Call for Nominations for the 2019 WDS Data Stewardship Award is now open until 29 July 2019. This annual prize celebrates the exceptional contributions of early career researchers to the improvement of scientific data stewardship through their (1) engagement with the community, (2) academic achievements, and (3) innovations.  We are also pleased to announce that the process has been opened ...

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Information Maintenance as a Practice of Care: An Invitation to Reflect and Share

We would like to point to the release of the following paper, which we believe will be of direct interest to the WDS community:

 – Information Maintenance as a Practice of Care: An Invitation to Reflect and Share

In this piece, the authors begin to describe intersections of information maintenance and care ethics in ways that are real and meaningful for information maintainers (i.e., those who manage, maintain, and preserve information systems).

Contributors to this document have varied experiences with information maintenance: community organizers and facilitators, archivists, repository managers, project managers, designers, librarians, researchers, grantmakers, educators, and more. The authors invite those in occupations and roles who understand that the relationship is especially valuable between information maintenance and an ethic of care to read, react, share, and engage with this potluck of ideas. Please circulate widely!

If you and your work are represented in this invitation, please join and contribute to the Information Maintainers community. For more on the community, please visit

Enabling FAIR Data Project Nature Commentary: Make Scientific Data FAIR

We would like to direct you to Nature Commentary published on 5 June 2019 by the Enabling FAIR Data Steering Committee as a result of the work of the project.

 – Make Scientific Data FAIR (Nature 570, 27–29; doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-01720-7)

The main point of the article is to encourage the broad research community to work towards open and FAIR data and put in place the policies, guidelines, incentives, and funding necessary to support the needed culture and systemic change around how we handle our scientific data.

 – Press release

In the same Nature publication is a companion piece on credit for data that might also be of interest:

 – Credit Data Generators for Data Reuse (Nature 570, 30–32; doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-01715-4)

FAIRifying Data Management: An example from the Humanities

Ingrid DilloA Blog post by Ingrid Dillo (WDS Scientific Committee Vice-chair; Deputy Director of WDS Regular Member: DANS, Data Archiving and Networked Services)

In this WDS Blog post, I want to highlight a set of guidelines developed in a community that is not yet very well represented within the membership of the World Data System, but that is getting more and more involved. I am talking about the Humanities. Coming from the Humanities myself, and being active in a broader international data environment, I know from experience that the Humanities data community has a lot to offer other disciplines. Humanists often struggle with very fuzzy, multi-interpretable, scattered, and incomplete data, and so they need to be highly resourceful. For the Digital Humanities, therefore, international collaboration is a sine qua non.

An example of such international collaboration is the PARTHENOS Project that comprises 16 European partners, including DANS (a WDS Regular Member). PARTHENOS stands for ‘Pooling Activities, Resources and Tools for Heritage E-research Networking, Optimization and Synergies’. It is inspired by Athena Parthenos, the Greek goddess of wisdom, inspiration, and civilization.

PARTHENOS aims to strengthen the cohesion of research in the broad sector of Linguistic Studies, Humanities, Cultural Heritage, History, Archaeology, and other related fields. This is being achieved through, for example, the definition and support of common standards and the harmonization of policy definitions and implementation.

One of the activities under the umbrella of PARTHENOS concerns the definition of common policies and implementation strategies for Research Data Management (RDM). The ubiquitous FAIR principles were chosen as a framework to structure a set of guidelines and recommendations. The concrete (and freely available) outcome of this activity is the very practical booklet: Guidelines to FAIRify data management and make data reusable.

The booklet offers a series of guidelines to align the efforts of data producers, data archivists, and data users in the Humanities, and thus make research data as reusable as possible. The guidelines are the result of the work of over 50 PARTHENOS project members, who were responsible for investigating commonalities in the implementation of policies and strategies for RDM and who conducted desk research, questionnaires, and interviews with selected experts to gather around 100 current data management policies—including guides for preferred formats, data review policies, and best practices (both formal and tacit).

The booklet also offers recommendations for two important stakeholder groups:

  1. Researchers and research communities, 
  2. Research infrastructures and in particular, data repositories.

By focussing on (meta)data and repository quality, a set of twenty guidelines was extracted. For easy reference, the guidelines have been grouped under the four FAIR principles.

The guide starts with an important message: Invest in people and infrastructure. Investing in data infrastructures and trustworthy data repositories, as well as in hiring and educating data experts, is an important prerequisite to be able to implement any data management guideline. This way, we can enable researchers to comply with data management mandates coming from funders and journals.

Please have a look at the set of guidelines and see whether they are reusable in your domain.


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CODATA 2019 Beijing: Call for Presentations and Posters Extended to 8 July

CODATA 2019 Beijing: Call for Presentations and Posters Extended to 8 July

Due to a number of requests from session organizers, the Call for Presentations and Posters for CODATA 2019 Beijing: Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms  (19–20 September 2019) is extended to 8 July. There will be no further extension, so please submit proposals at by this deadline. Registration is also ...

New Datasets from NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center

New Datasets from NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center

The Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC; WDS Regular Member) has announced the release of the following datasets: Altimeter Corrected Elevations (ACE2), v2 (1994–2005) A 'data rescue' now the springboard for SEDAC's new Digital Elevation Data Collection (DEDC), the ACE2 dataset can be applied to flood risk assessment, land deformation monitoring, landslide modelling, ...

GEO and AWS Award 21 Projects with $1.5 M USD of Cloud Services

GEO and AWS Award 21 Projects with $1.5 M USD of Cloud Services

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has announced that 21 projects from 17 developing countries will be awarded $1.5 million USD worth of cloud services , grants, and technical support through the Earth Observation Cloud Credits Programme. Under the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative (ASDI), this programme will enable Earth observations to support sustainable development across a ...


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Data Distribution Centre Support for the IPCC Sixth Assessment

Stockhause et al.  in Data Science Journal (Volume 18, Number 20; ). Abstract: The information provided in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC; ) Assessment Reports (ARs) inform climate change policy development. Within the IPCC the scientific coordination of the ARs is conducted by three Working Groups (WGs) comprising of the ...

Towards Trusted Data Services: World Data System & Certification

WDS Scientific Committee in SCOSTEP VarSITI Newsletter (Volume 18). Over the last 20 years, the exchange and availability of research data has undergone a major upheaval with the widespread use of the Internet. Researchers and research organizations, such as those involved in SCOSTEP activities, had obviously not waited for this electronic era to exchange observations, data, and ...

WDC – RSER Transfers Data Holdings to WDC – Meterology, Obninsk

The All-Russia Research Institute of Hydrometeorological Information – World Data Centre (RIHMI-WDC) has announced to the  WDS Scientific Committee  (WDS-SC) that it has discontinued the existence of WDC – Rockets, Satellites and Earth Rotation (WDC – RSER) since the topics are no longer its priorities. However, the WDS-SC is extremely pleased to learn that the data holdings of WDC – RSER will ...

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