WDS Asia–Oceania Conference 2019 Attracts Over 120 Participants
On 7–8 May 2019, greater than 120 participants from some 14 different countries gathered at the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGNSRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Beijing, China for the WDS Asia–Oceania Conference 2019.
The Conference, convened by the World Data System of the International Science Council (ISC), had the principle objective of strengthening data-oriented collaborations in the Asia–Oceania region through the building of a network to share data policies, technologies, and practices, as well as the promotion of education and training in Research Data Management (RDM).
During the 50 oral and poster presentations, it became clear that there is still some work to be done to involve all disciplines and countries in the region, particularly those in the South-East Asia. Conclusions from the Conference include the need to:
- Enhance cooperation among data services in the Asia–Oceania region, including with governmental repositories. It will be important to work with the ISC Regional Office for Asia–Pacific (ROAP) to achieve this aim.
- Introduce advanced RDM technologies to drive interoperability in the region. Reports on activities concerning technological concerns and solutions were limited, and a special session focussing on this topic is desirable. The WDS International Technology Office is in a position to lead on this issue.
- Assist data services in the region to increase their maturity and work towards becoming certified as Trustworthy Data Repositories. WDS will continue to push for the establishment of Open Data policies, as well as advocate the importance of sustainable global research data infrastructure; many large repositories for research data are supported by funds with a project-based time limit.
- Promote activities in the Asia–Oceania region that support the strategic challenges identified by ISC. This will require enhanced collaboration with Future Earth, the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk programme, and ISC ROAP, and the training of data scientists and young researchers in the region.
The WDS Scientific Committee would like to thank the organizer of the Conference—IGSNRR, CAS—and particularly Professor Juanle Wang and his team of young researchers for their amazing work in hosting everyone; as well the supporting organizations: the Bureau of International Cooperation, CAS, and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan.