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Polar Data Forum III: Online Abstract Submission & Registration Open!

We are pleased to announce that online  Abstract Submission  and  Registration  are now open for the WDS co-convened Third International Polar Data Forum (PDF III), which will be hosted by the  Finnish Meteorological Institute  at their Dynamicum campus on 18–22 November 2019 in Helsinki, Finland.  Abstract Submission Abstract submission is now open. For more details, please visit the  ...

Sabrina Delgado Arias Replaces Alice Frémand as ECR Representative on WDS-SC

Sabrina Delgado Arias Replaces Alice Frémand as ECR Representative on WDS-SC

It is a pleasure (tinged with a little sadness) to inform you that from 1 July, Sabrina Delgado Arias ( bio here ) has joined the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) as the WDS Early Career Researcher and Scientist Network (WDS-ECR Network) Representative. Sabrina, who is applications coordinator for the NASA ICESat-2 mission, replaces Alice Frémand in the 1-year ECR Network 'rolling' seat ...

Arona Diedhiou Steps Down from WDS-SC

Arona Diedhiou Steps Down from WDS-SC

It is with great regret that we announce the resignation of Arona Diedhiou from the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) 2018–2021 owing to health reasons. Arona was also part of the previous Scientific Committee for 2015–2018. The WDS-SC, and the WDS International Programme and Technical Offices, would like to sincerely thank Arona for wonderful work he has done over the past four years in ...

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Enabling the Next Generation of Data Managers to be Part of the WDS Scientific Committee

A Blog post by Alice Frémand (WDS-ECR Network Representative on the WDS Scientific Committee)

As a Co-Chair of the WDS Early Career Researchers and Scientists (ECR) Network, I had the immense privilege of representing ECRs on the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC). In this WDS Blog post, I want to share my experiences and encourage all ECRs to join the WDS-ECR Network.

The WDS-ECR Network was set up in September 2017 to promote scientific data stewardship, share best practices, and foster better communication among ECRs. As a co-lead of the Network, alongside Sabrina Delgado Arias (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.) and Ivan Pyshnograiev (Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute), I coordinate events, speaker series, and periodic teleconferences, as well as liaise with other ECR communities to share ideas on future data practices.

In 2018, the WDS-SC invited a representative of the ECR Network to take part in their meetings by opening up a one-year rolling seat on the Committee. This initiative facilitates communication with the next generations of data managers and enables WDS to develop activities targeting ECR’s interests. I represented the Network on the WDS-SC from July 2018 to June 2019. Being a member of the WDS-SC was an amazing experience and opportunity.

All SC members are working pro bono to share their ideas on how to best shape the future of data stewardship for better science. This is very exciting! SC members meet each month via teleconference, and then twice a year in person where most of the plans for actions are validated. In order to reach out to different communities, face-to-face meetings of the WDS-SC are often co-located with other WDS events such as regional conferences. I attended two such meetings, one in November 2018 in Cape Town, and another in May 2019 in Beijing. During the very intense two-day meetings, SC members present their ideas and discuss the tasks for WDS to undertake in the following months. I got to meet exceptional data experts from around the world, and took part in the decisions, and strategic actions and activities of WDS.

WDS-AO_award_presentIn particular, I participated in the preparation of a training workshop targeting ECRs that is sponsored by a grant of the European Geosciences Union. I saw how much work is involved in setting up such events, and I am sure it will be very rewarding for PhD students and Post-docs to learn more about Research Data Management. The training workshop is a great opportunity for those attending and crucial for the future of science. Being part of the WDS-SC provided me with the chance to share my inputs when necessary. I really appreciated seeing that my suggestions were valued. I thank all the SC members for their warm welcome and for the trust I was given. I also encourage all early career scientists and researchers who work with data to join the WDS-ECR Network. It might be you representing the ECR Network on the WDS-SC in the future!

Talking of which...Sabrina Delgado Arias will represent the WDS ECR Network on the WDS-SC from July 2019 to June 2020. We wish her all the best!

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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)


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World Stress Map 2016 Google Earth File Updated

World Stress Map 2016 Google Earth File Updated

A message from the World Stress Map Project (WSM; WDS Regular Member). You may have noticed that the display of the WSM database release 2016 in Google Earth is not working any more. Red crosses are displayed rather than symbols and lines that indicate the orientation of maximum horizontal stress. The reason is that the WSM web-server has moved to a new machine and the links in the old ...

Call for Applications: CODATA–RDA Research Data Science School

Call for Applications: CODATA–RDA Research Data Science School

The CODATA–RDA Research Data Science School will take place on 2–13 December 2019 in Costa Rica. This school will provide early career researchers (at MSc-level to 3 years after their PhD) from the Latin American Region with the necessary set of foundational data science skills to enable them to analyse their data in an efficient and effective manner for the 21st century. Description The ...

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 ...


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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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