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Data Repositories Day 2018

Data Repositories Day 2018 took place on Friday, 09 November 2018 at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana.

On Friday, 9 November, the World Data System organized its first international Data Repositories Day at the University of Botswana, after the close of International Data Week 2018.

Incorporating WDS' biennial business meeting—the Members' Forum—this open meeting presented to the community the many benefits that WDS has to offer repositories:

  • How WDS can help an organization improve its practices and policies; for example, through the CoreTrustSeal certification standard.
  • How WDS can raise an organization's local and international recognition.
  • How WDS can help an organization to demonstrate to its community its commitment to Open Science.

Data Repositories Day furthermore enabled attendees to learn about WDS and meet its Members. In particular, WDS Member Organizations will be present to talk about their work, and of course there will be ample time to liaise and network among your peers, as well as get expert advice from the WDS/CoreTrustSeal help desk.

The Meeting Agenda with links to the presentations (PDF), and the list of attendees is below.

Meeting Agenda

08:30–08:40 Welcome & Introduction A. de Sherbinin
08:40–09:20 Adoption of WDS Outputs
 – SCHOLIX Framework [Presentation]
 – Data Fitness for Use [Presentation]
 – Q & A

M. Fenner
M. Soares E Silva
09:20–10:20 African Data Initiatives: Successes & Challenges
(Chairs: T. Iyemori & M. Nyssen)
 – NASA SERVIR – West Africa [Presentation]
 – NASA SERVIR – Eastern and Southern Africa [Presentation]
 – Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management [Presentation]
 – West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use [Presentation]

P. Bartel
A. de Sherbinin
J. Helmschrot

B. Diallo
10:20–10:50 Tea/Coffee Break
10:50–11:35 African Data Initiatives: Successes & Challenges
(Chairs: T. Iyemori & M. Nyssen)
 – African Open Science Platform [Presentation
 – General Discussion

I. Smith
11:35–12:30 Certification & FAIR (Part 1)
 – EU FAIR Expert Group Report [Presentation]
 – Enabling FAIR Data [Presentation]
 – Non-standard Outputs WG & Wider Certification [Presentation]

 – Q & A

D. Mietchen
S. Stall
W. Hugo &
E. Faustman
12:30–13:30 Lunch
13:30–14:30 Certification & FAIR (Part 2)
 – CoreTrustSeal Certification [Presentation]
 – WDS Membership [Presentation]

I. Dillo
R. Edmunds
14:30–15:10 Community Engagement
 – Repository Business Models OECD-GSF Report [Presentation]
 – INASP–WDS Training
 – Early Career Researcher Network [Presentation]
 – Q & A

I. Dillo
A. de Sherbinin
A. Frémand
15:10–15:40 Tea/Coffee Break & WDS/CoreTrustSeal Help Desk
15:40–16:20 International Technology Office
 – Introduction & Concept [Presentation]
 – Membership Maturity [Presentation]
 – Q & A

K. Payne & W. Hugo
W. Hugo
16:20–16:50 Support of IPCC Data Distribution Centres [Presentation] R. Chen &
M. Stockhause
16:50–17:30 Any Other Business & Closing Remarks A. de Sherbinin &
I. Dillo
15:10–15:40 Adjourn


WDS-SC members

  • See here for a full list of SC Members.

IPO Staff

  • See here for a full list of IPO Staff.

ITO Staff

  • Karen Payne (Executive Director)

WDS Member Representatives 

The following Representatives of WDS Member and Candidate Organizations were in attendance at Data Repositories Day. For more information on each WDS Member, please visit their Profile through the respective Member category webpages given here.

  • Tim Ahern — IRIS Data Services (Regular)
  • Roland Bertelmann — World Stress Map / GFZ Data Services (Regular)
  • Ian Bruno — Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (Regular)
  • Justin Buck — Natural Environment Research Council Data Centres (Network) / Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (Regular)
  • Robert Chen — Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (Regular)
  • Dave Connell — Australian Antarctic Data Centre (Regular)
  • Alex de Sherbinin — Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (Regular)
  • Stephen Diggs — Southern Ocean Observing System (Partner)
  • Ingrid Dillo — DANS (Regular)
  • Maja Dolinar — ADP - Social Science Data Archive (Candidate)
  • Robert Downs — Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (Regular)
  • Kirsten Elger — World Stress Map (Regular) / GFZ Data Services (Candidate)
  • Martin Fenner — DataCite (Partner)
  • Wouter Haak — Elsevier (Associate)
  • Wim Hugo — South African Observation Environmental Network (Candidate)
  • Toshihiko Iyemori — WDC–Geomagnetism, Kyoto (Regular)
  • Reyna Jenkyns — Ocean Networks Canada (Regular)
  • Danielle Kinkade — Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (Candidate)
  • Kerstin Lehnert — Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance (Regular)
  • Dawei Lin — ImmPort Repository (Regular)
  • Steven McEachern — Australian Data Archive (Regular)
  • Hampapuram Ramapriyan — NASA ESDIS Project (Network) / ASF (Regular) / ASDC DAAC (Regular) / CDDIS (Regular) / GHRC (Regular) / GES DISC (Regular) / LP DAAC (Regular) / NSIDC DAAC (Regular) / ORNL DAAC (Regular) / OB.DAAC (Regular) / LAADS DAAC (Candidate)
  • David Schade — Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (Regular)
  • Marina Soares E Silva — Elsevier (Regular)
  • Martina Stockhause — DKRZ: WDC–Climate (Regular)
  • Satoshi Taguchi — WDC - Geomagnetism, Kyoto (Regular)


The following guests were also in attendance at Data Repositories Day.

  • Dennis Bamidele Sunday — National Center for Youth Development
  • Sonia Maria Barbosa — Harvard Dataverse, Harvard University
  • Paul Bartel — NASA SERVIR – West Africa
  • Jonathan Crabtree — Odum Institute
  • Jean-Christophe Desconnets — Institut de recherche pour le développement
  • Belko Diallo — West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use
  • Margareth Gfrerer — Education Strategy Center
  • Heike Görzig — Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
  • Jörg Helmschrot — Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management
  • Mark Leggott — Research Data Canada
  • Matthew Lucas — Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Mbako Major — Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Saif Mengal — N/A
  • Daniel Mietchen — Data Science Institute, University of Virginia
  • Ria Olivier — Antarctic Legacy of South Africa
  • Mark Parsons — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Dale Peters — UCT eResearch, University of Cape Town
  • Jonathan Petters — Data Services, Virginia Tech
  • Keith Russell — Australian Research Data Commons
  • Susanna Assunta — Sansone Oxford e-Research Centre / Oxford University
  • Ina Smith — African Open Science Platform / Academy of Science of South Africa
  • Shelley Stall — American Geophysical Union
  • Rainer Stotzka — Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Martie van Deventer — University of Pretoria