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Call for Nominations: WDS Data Stewardship Award 2020

Call for Nominations: WDS Data Stewardship Award 2020

The Call for Nominations for the 2020 WDS Data Stewardship Award is now open until 30 October 2020. This  annual prize  celebrates the exceptional contributions of early career researchers (ECRs) to the improvement of scientific data stewardship through their (1) engagement with the community, (2) academic achievements, and (3) innovations.   WDS Data Stewardship Award 2020 ( Word  /  PDF ...

Launch of ISC Awards Programme & Call for Nominations

Launch of ISC Awards Programme & Call for Nominations

The President of the International Science Council (ISC), Professor Daya Reddy, has announced the launch of a new ISC Awards Programme . The Programme recognizes individuals, groups, and initiatives launched by the ISC and its members that serve to advance science as a global public good. Read the letter from Prof Daya Reddy on the launch of the ISC Awards Programme here (PDF) ...

Webinar: Update on Specialists, Generalists, and Technical Repository Service Providers Position Paper

The Co-chairs of the WDS/RDA Certification Interest Group invite you to join a special webinar at 13:00 UTC on Wednesday, 7 October. Please pre-register for this webinar by sending your name and email address to the WDS-IPO ( ). The webinar will be hosted by the World Data System of the International Science Council, and is a follow up to the recent  request for ...

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New OECD Report: Building Digital Workforce Capacity and Skills for Data-intensive Science

Building digital workforce capacity and skills for data-intensive scienceWe would like to bring your attention to the following report published by OECD and that may be of interest to the WDS community:

OECD (2020), “Building digital workforce capacity and skills for data-intensive science”, OECD Science, Technology and Industry Policy Papers, No. 90, OECD Publishing, Paris,

This report was commissioned by the OECD Global Science Forum to identify: the skills needed for data-intensive science, the challenges for building sustainable capacity as these needs evolve, and the policy actions that can be taken by different actors to address these needs. The report includes policy recommendations for various actors and good practice examples to support these recommendations, and also notes the value of international cooperation in skills capacity efforts.

WDS International Technology Office Signs MoU with Canada's New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization

Karen.jpgBlog post by Karen Payne (WDS-ITO Associate Director)

You spoke. We listened. 

The WDS International Technology Office (WDS-ITO) was created to support Member Organizations of WDS as they develop their data repositories in the areas of data and metadata management, infrastructure, and interoperability. In order to respond most effectively to Member needs, last year the WDS-ITO, with the support of the WDS International Program Office, conducted a survey to evaluate your areas of interest and determine what types of projects you would like WDS to support. Our key finding was a list of potential WDS-ITO projects, ranked according to interest. You can read the report of the survey here. We discovered that the top two areas of interest were adding: 1) semantic markup to metadata and 2) harvestable metadata services. In response, the WDS-ITO has secured funds from Canada’s national New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) to hire two fulltime staff members to work on these projects. The funding provides dedicated resources to develop collaborative partnerships among the WDS-ITO, its members, and relevant international and Canadian interest groups to increase availability and interoperability of metadata assets globally.

Over the next year, the WDS-ITO will be working with the Research Data Alliance Research Metadata Schemas Working Group (WG) to help provide repositories with guidance and tools to add markup to metadata. As a first step, the WDS-ITO has prototyped an online visualization tool based on a survey of current practices in using schemas to describe research datasets. The tool shows how some communities have crosswalked common metadata terms to properties, and can be useful to repositories that are interested in knowing how other repositories are utilizing terms. It can also be used as consensus building for communities of practice that have not yet created a crosswalk between their metadata format of choice and properties. We will continue to build on that tool, and provide other guidance to WDS Members to help make their metadata more ‘web friendly’ in the coming months.

Sankey DiagramFigure 1: A screenshot from the WDS-ITO prototype visualization tool showing crosswalks between and common metadata standards.
Try it yourself at

As part of our support for those groups interested in harvestable metadata, the WDS-ITO has created a WG of WDS Members who are interested in standing up harvestable metadata services. This WDS Harvestable Metadata Services (HMetS) WG is co-chaired by two members of the WDS Scientific Committee: Aude Chambodut, Director of the International Service of Geomagnetic Indices in Strasbourg (WDS Regular Member) and Juanle Wang, Director of the WDC for Renewable Resources and Environment in Beijing (WDS Regular Member). The HMetS WG is coordinated by Alicia Urquidi Diaz, the WDS-ITO’s first employee! To date, eight WDS Member Representatives have expressed interest in participating in the WG, and we welcome any other Members who would like to join.

This project is designed around three objectives:

  1. Documenting use cases, the current challenges faced by WDS Members who wish to create harvestable services. What is their current infrastructure?
  2. Helping develop implementation plans, written by Members to define a pathway to creating harvestable metadata services.
  3. A paper identifying lessons learned and guidance materials that can be used by the wider Research Data Management community

The HMetS WG will convene regular online meetings, and bring in presenters who can speak to some of the pathways and long-term benefits of creating harvestable metadata services.

Both of the above work packages will draw on the expertise of and synchronize with ongoing research data management activities in Canada, with the ultimate goal of opening up more metadata records to the international scientific community.

You can read the NDRIO funding announcement here in English and French.

Springboard Blog Post on the TRUST Principles

We would like to point you to the following article, published on 8 June 2020 on the Springboard blog of the Springer Nature Group, and which we believe is of direct interest to the WDS community:

• Future-proofing research data – it’s a question of TRUST

In this blog post, Varsha Khodiyar (Data Curation Manager, Research Data and New Product Development) describes why Springer Nature has endorsed the TRUST Principles and their importance to data management within the research community.

For more information on the TRUST Principles and how your organization can endorse them, please see our news article.


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Open Day on Open Science 2020: Drop Your Data FAIR

Open Day on Open Science 2020: Drop Your Data FAIR

DANS (WDS Regular Member) will hold an online  Open Day on Open Science at 13:00–17:00 (Europe/Amsterdam UTC+2) on 24 September 2020. T he afternoon will focus on research data management, data archiving, and data reuse, with a particular emphasis on (young) scientists and data librarians.  Online registration  to join the Open Day is mandatory. Register here The Open Day on ...

Job Opportunity: ESIP Operations Director

Job Opportunity: ESIP Operations Director

Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP; WDS Partner Member) is looking for a detail-oriented team player to join ESIP in the position of ESIP Operations Director. The ESIP Operations Director will be a fulltime exempt member of the team who will lead the operational aspects of the organization including: bookkeeping, contracting, human resources, and meeting planning roles. If you know of ...

Open Positions within NASA ESDIS Project

Several positions have opened/will open to serve on the  NASA Earth Science Data and Information System Project  (NASA ESDIS Project; WDS Network Member). These positions are located at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). 1. System architect for ESDIS at GSFC (Closes: 1 September) This person will be responsible for providing the information architecture vision of the Earth Observing ...


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World Data System Asia–Oceania Conference 2019

WDS Asia–Oceania Conference 2019 in Journal of Global Change Data & Discovery (2019.3 (4); 412-413; DOI:  10.3974/geodp.2019.04.17 ). The World Data System Asia–Oceania Conference 2019 (WDS-AO 2019) was held in Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, on May 7–8. The conference was hosted by World Data System of ...

Call for Contributions for iPRES 2020

iPRES is the premier and longest-running conference series on digital preservation. Since 2004, we have had annual iPRES conferences in rotation around the globe on four continents so far. Our conference brings together 300-400 scientists, students, researchers, archivists, librarians, providers, and other experts to share recent developments, innovative projects and to collaboratively solve ...

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 ...

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