We would like to point you towards an article in our WDS-related news page that appeared in the October 2014 newsletter of the new Variability of the Sun and Its Terrestrial Impact (VarSITI) programme of the Scientific Committee on Solar–Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP). Written by Takashi Watanabe (Senior Advisor) and Rorie Edmunds (Programme Officer) of the WDS International Programme Office, the article points to strengthening the ties between WDS and SCOSTEP—both Interdisciplinary Bodies of ICSU—through the VarSITI programme.
The current version comprises reported observations on glacier changes up until the observation period 2011–2012 including:
– 5,300 glaciological balances from 413 glaciers
– 920 geodetic balances from 446 glaciers
– 44,000 front variations from 2,340 glaciers
– 420 special event reports from 295 glaciers
For a detailed overview and quick data access, please use the WGMS MetaData Browser.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) posted the final version of its Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy in the United States Federal Register on 26 August 2014. Promoting data sharing to accelerate translation of data into knowledge, products, and procedures to improve health whilst protecting research participant privacy, the policy will apply to all NIH-funded, large-scale human and non-human projects that generate genomic data, starting with funding applications submitted for a 25 January 2015 receipt date.
A key tenet of the GDS policy is the expectation that researchers obtain the informed consent of study participants for the potential future use of their de-identified data for research and for broad sharing. Any institution submitting data must certify that they were collected in a legal and ethically appropriate manner and that personal identifiers have been removed. Moreover, investigators and their institutions must provide basic plans for following the policy as part of funding proposals and applications.
To find out more about the GDS policy and its other aspects, please see the following NIH press release:
The UK Data Service has developed a 16-page guide on 'Depositing Shareable Survey Data' to help those managing large-scale surveys make their data more widely used by researchers.
The guide is available for free using the link below:
We hope that readers of the WDS Blog may be interested in the recent report 'Open for Business', which provides a business case for Open Data and was commissioned by the Omidyar Network for the G20. Martin Tisné, Omidyar Network’s director, policy (UK) makes the economic case for open data in the following article in Government Transparency (18 June 2014):
John Orcutt is a Professor of Geophysics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and is very interested in the issue of data publishing, having written a number of articles about this subject.
The American Geophysical Union have announced that Prof Orcutt will be the inaugural editor of its newest open access, peer-reviewed journal, Earth and Space Science. The journal will begin accepting papers in late summer 2014, and the first articles will be available in the autumn.
For more information on this appointment, please see the following link: