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Side-event: Trusted Data Services to Support Climate Change Research

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This side-event was convened by the World Data System ahead of the International Scientific Conference Our Common Future Under Climate Change. Four keynote speakers representing climate scientists, data service providers, and policy makers provided complementary high-level perspectives on the need for open sharing of quality-assured data underlying published scientific knowledge. Several speakers also highlighted and demonstrateed significant contributions to promote open data sharing, improve data preservation and data services quality in support of climate change research and policymaking. The discussions enriched the debate and informed the subsequent side event organized by the International Council for Science, which will ultimately produce a statement on key messages for the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21) later in 2015.


Several high-profile cases have highlighted the need for open sharing of quality-assured data underlying published scientific knowledge. For example, the integrity of data underlying critical climate research was challenged in the so-called Climategate, and several scientific studies have reported the impossibility of reproducing results of experimental research because of missing or poor quality datasets. Scientific data services—with certified technical and scientific capacities—are essential components of the research environment. They play an essential role in ensuring the integrity and availability of datasets, and thus promote trust in open science.

Global scientific initiatives, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Polar Years, provide ample evidence that appropriate acquisition, handling, sharing, exploitations and dissemination of scientific research data is of critical importance to the success of critical international collaborative endeavours. Appropriate provisions must be made at an early stage, and as an integral part of the scientific planning, to identify and secure reliable and trustworthy scientific data services to support research activities.

Draft Programme

Opening remarks

  • 09:00–09:10 Dr Sandy Harrison, World Data System Scientific Committee

Keynote presentations

  • 09:10–09:35 Dr Erik Kjellström (Rossby Centre, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute: SMHI)
    Production and use of regional climate model projections at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute Video / Slides
  • 09:35–09:55 Dr Barbara Ryan Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
    Building a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and the Importance of Broad, Open Data Policies Video / Slides
  • 09:55–10:15 Dr Julian Meyer-Arnek [in lieu of Dr Michael Bittner](Earth Observation Centre at the German Aerospace Center: DLR)
    The World Data Centre for Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere (WDC-RSAT): Service for Science Video / Slides
  • 10:15–10:45 Dr Giulia Ajmone Marsan (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: OECD, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation) 
    Policies to promote data-sharing: recent trends in OECD countries Video / Slides
  • 10:45–11:00 Q&A Video

Exhibition and Posters

  • 11:00–11:30 Coffee break (see details about Exhibition and Posters below

Short presentations

  • 11:30–11:45 Dr Robert Chen (University of Columbia, CIESIN/SEDAC): Integrating environmental and socioeconomic data to support interdisciplinary research and applications Video / Slides
  • 11:45–12:00 Dr Marko Komac (OneGeology) OneGeology as an open geodata model and the advantage of the distributed data system Video / Slides
  • 12:00–12:15 Mr Michael Böttinger (World Data Centre Climate/DKRZ): Unveiling Climate Change - High End Visualization at the German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ) Video / Slides
  • 12:15–12:30 Mr Mark Parsons (Research Data Alliance): Open Data is not Enough Video / Slides
  • 12:30–13:00 Q&A Video


Beyond data


  • Dr Juanle Wang (World Data Centre for Renewable Resources of the Environment): Toward improved metadata catalogue services for WDS members in China (see PDF)
  • Ms Lynn Yarmey (US National Snow and Ice Data Centre): The University of Colorado World Data Service (see PDF)


  • Ms Lynn Yarmey: Demonstration of the new Global Glacier Browser of Global Terrestrial Network for Glaciers (GTN-G
  • CANCELLED: Globe for projection of global climate forecasts: Demonstration provided by the World Data Centre Climate–DKRZ , Germany

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When 09:00 AM–01:00 PM, 06 Jul 2015
Where UNESCO Miollis (1 Rue Miollis, 75015 Paris, Building VI, Room XIII)
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