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WDS Statement on Ukraine

The World Data System, an affiliated body of the International Science Council (ISC), supports the ISC’s statement on the war in Ukraine. The WDS stands with the ISC in condemning the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, along with CODATA and a growing number of other ISC members . The WDS includes two members in Ukraine.  The World Data Center for Geoinformatics and Sustainable Development ...

Goins Named Executive Director, WDS-IPO

Goins Named Executive Director, WDS-IPO

Meredith Goins joined WDS on 29 November 2021 as the Executive Director, WDS-IPO. Situated at the University of Tennessee Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (UT-ORII) and stationed in Knoxville, TN, Goins leads the operations and budget of the IPO and reports to Suzie Allard, Principal Investigator (PI) of the sponsored project and the Scientific Committee chaired by David Castle. Goins and the ...

International Data Week 2022

International Data Week 2022

IDW, comprised of the 19 th RDA Plenary and SciDataCon 2022, will be a hybrid event this year to be held virtually and in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 20-23 June 2022. High-level themes of IDW 2022 and SciDataCon include: Data to Improve our World: The role of data to address global challenges The State of Open Science Globally Research Transparency, Accountability, and ...

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Co-chairing the WDS-ECR Network: Looking Back at Three Years of Achievements

Sabrina Delgado Arias at the launch of ICESat-2Blog post by Sabrina Delgado Arias (2019–2020 WDS-ECR Network Representative on the WDS Scientific Committee)

It has been close to a year since both Alice Frémand (UK Polar Data Centre, British Antarctic Survey) and I completed our roles as Co-chairs of the WDS Early Career Researchers and Scientists Network (WDS-ECR Network). Reflecting on our three years in this role, we managed to achieve what we set out to do: lay the groundwork for a diverse and responsive network that creates opportunities for WDS-ECR members to advance their career development and visibility. Together, and with initial help from Ivan Pyshnograiev (Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine), we accomplished the following key initiatives:

 – Developed the Network Charter, to communicate and facilitate feedback on our mission statement and goals, and guide the implementation of engagement activities.
 – Designed the ECR Network site as part of the WDS website. The website shares upcoming activities, networking events, reports, and training material to keep our membership informed and active.
 – Organized events to expand awareness of the Network, showcase our members work, and encourage new members.
 – Increased visibility of our member’s research and of opportunities for our members via a bi-annual newsletter and through the launch of our Speaker Series webinars.
 – Created training material and courses to strengthen knowledge of Research Data Management (RDM). This included the 2019 RDM Training workshop developed in collaboration with the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC).

I first heard of the then International Council for Science – World Data System in 2017 when a colleague from my employer, Science Systems and Applications, Inc., shared the announcement for a Call to join the nascent ‘WDS Network of Early Career Researchers and Young Scientists’. At the time, the Network had only 14 members, and WDS was not only looking for people to join the Network, but also to push it forward and act as ‘WDS ambassadors’ to lead the initiative. What piqued my interest in this Call was the fact that the work by WDS, ‘to ensure that the critical information used to manage Earth’s resources is available to scientists and policymakers,’ aligned with my own work at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 

As Applications Coordinator at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, I work to ensure that satellite data users—beyond the scientific research community—are aware of the freely available data products from NASA’s Earth observing systems. One of my key responsibilities is to facilitate communication between the mission scientists and the data user community to clarify not only the functionality of the data products, but also their utility to effectively inform socially relevant applications. As such, I saw a natural fit in being involved in the WDS, and I was excited to collaborate in leading the efforts to advance the ECR Network.

As is often the case when you volunteer, you get as much or more out of it than what you contribute. Through my role as Co-chair, I got the opportunity to showcase my research, to expand my network, and to leverage the WDS-ECR Network efforts to benefit my work at NASA Goddard. For example, in 2019, I was invited by Alex de Sherbinin, now Chair of the WDS Scientific Committee, and Associate Director of the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), to present at the June 2019 SEDAC User Working Group Technical Interchange Meeting. This valuable opportunity enabled me to give the presention, Input to Mission Teams from the Social Science and Applications Communities, and describe my work for the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) mission. Early this year, 2021, I also collaborated with the NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC), which distributes and archives the ICESat-2 data, when participating in the Second Latin America and Caribbean Scientific Data Management Workshop. In this case, I had the chance to highlight our work for ICESat-2 and to include representation from NSIDC DAAC in a panel on Scientific Data Management in Health and the Environment

After a year of many hardships globally due to the pandemic, I am happy to reflect on the wonderful experience of Co-chairing the WDS-ECR Network and on the many connections and friendships built along the way. I am particularly thankful to the WDS International Programme Office and the WDS-SC for their initiative to make sure that the voices of ECRs are heard. I look forward to collaborating with our new Co-chairs in continuing to develop the Network, now as a member of the ECR Network Advisory Board.  Finally, I encourage you to consider getting involved with WDS and ECR Network! There are many key facets of RDM where we all could benefit from learning about your contributions. Mine was ‘Research Translation and Societal Benefits’. What is yours?  

Executive Summary of Report on Earth Observation Data Resources of China (2019)

Lianchong ZhangBlog post by Lianchong Zhang (WDS-ECR Network Representative on the WDS Scientific Committee)

Earth Observations (EOs) are fundamental data resources that have many important applications. The National Earth Observation Data Center (NODA) and the ChinaGEOSS Data Sharing Network have jointly released a biennial Report on Earth Observation Data Resources of China (2019), using survey data up to the beginning of 2019, to comprehensively grasp the dynamic status of China’s EO data resources and promote their application both within China and globally.

The Report collected relevant data through 113 questionnaires submitted by Chinese EO observation organizations, including government departments, institutions that operate satellites, spatial information enterprises, universities, and research institutes, in addition to other groups in the geospatial sector associated with the acquisition, management, services, and applications of EO data in China. The questionnaire surveyed these organizations about the production, distribution, and applications of China’s EO data resources to obtain first-hand information that enabled an analysis of the development of such data resources. The analytic results are presented below.

EO Satellite Platforms
Since 24 April 1970—when China launched its first man-made EO satellite ‘Dong Fang Hong I’—to the end of 2018, greater than 200 orbiting satellites have been launched, including about 60 EO satellites. During this time, a number of EO satellite systems have been built, such as ’Feng Yun’ (which consists of 17 meteorological satellites), ’Hai Yang’ (6 ocean satellites), ’Zi Yuan’ (10 land resource satellites), ’Gao Fen (7 high-resolution EO satellites), ’Huan Jing’ (3 satellites for monitoring the environment and disasters in China), and ’Tian Hui’ (3 high-resolution, three-dimensional mapping satellites), as well as other commercial satellites (8+ satellites). There are also various types of Chinese EO remote sensors; panchromatic, multispectral, hyperspectral, optical, and radar in orbits such as sun-synchronous and geosynchronous. Overall, they form an EO system with diverse spatial, temporal, and spectral resolutions.

EO Organizations
About 67% of EO organizations in China were established between the years 2000 and 2015, about half of them are located in Beijing, and greater than one-third are commercial enterprises. Over half of the organizations have 300+ staff members, and about a quarter of them have annual budgets exceeding10M USD.

EO Data Resources
China has entered the era of Big EO Data, with a total volume approaching 100 PB and comprising greater than 29 PB of data stored online and greater than 68 PB offline. By the end of 2018, three Chinese EO organizations held over 10 PB of archived data, and another eleven held between 1 and 10 PB.

EO Data Infrastructure
The total data storage capacity of facilities within China’s EO organizations is 263 PB, with the storage available for remote disaster recovery exceeding 95 PB. The total capacity of online storage devices exceeds 95 PB, and the capacity of offline devices is over 168 PB. Relevant organizations have also established their online computing capacity of more than 30,000 trillion floating-point calculations per second.

EO Data Services
Over 300,000 online users are registered to Chinese EO organizations. Almost half of the organizations have registered users from overseas; 12% of such organizations provide an annual data service volume that exceeds the PB-level and 55% above a TB-level. Organizations are split almost equally between those offering free and open sharing services to users and those selling data products.

The official Report is in Chinese. An English version of the Executive Summary is available through the following link on the ChinaGEOSS website:


Canada’s Path to a Global Open Research Commons

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

I would like to bring your attention the following white paper that was recently published by David Castle (WDS-SC member), Mark Leggott (Executive Director, Research Data Canada), and I. This paper is one of a set collected by Canada's New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) as part of their needs assessment and strategic planning activities. We believe it is also of interest to the WDS community:

  –  Canada’s Path to a Global Open Research Commons

 This article emphasizes three points:

  • The need for Canada to differentiate the national government’s role from that of commercial providers;
  • The need to meet researchers where they are, by taking stock of the tools they already use; and most importantly,
  • The need to support international coordination mechanisms such as the World Data System.

The article concludes that “a principled approach to building scientific infrastructure will best serve Canada and our international partners. No single community or country can address every consideration in the [digital research infrastructure] landscape, making it incumbent upon NDRIO to coordinate with international scientific federations as they marshal their strengths to address global challenges.”


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WDS-IPO Executive Director (closed)

 WDS-IPO Executive Director (closed)

We are seeking an Executive Director (ED) to lead the International Programme Office (IPO) of the World Data System (WDS) situated at the University of Tennessee Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (UT-ORII).  The ED will be a full-time employee of the University of Tennessee and shall direct all activities of the IPO. The ED, stationed in Knoxville, will oversee staff members of the IPO, manage ...

FAIRsFAIR: Open Call for Policy Enhancement Support

FAIRsFAIR: Open Call for Policy Enhancement Support

Would you like advice on how you can better align your policy with the FAIR Principles? FAIRsFAIR has prepared a series of recommendations for policy enhancement to support the realization of a FAIR ecosystem. The project now invites expressions of interest (EoIs) from policymakers at all levels to work with FAIRsFAIR in order to assess their current policies against these ...

Workshop: Establishing Norms of Data Ethics in Citizen Sciences

The National Science Foundation  is currently funding the 'Establishing Norms of Data Ethics in Citizen Sciences' project, in which a toolkit is being co-created to support trustworthy data practices in citizen science. Following the completion of a series of focus group sessions across data ethic topics, the next step is to host a series of resource workshops to develop the data practice ...


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CODATA–WDS Task Group on Citizen Science Publishes Article 'The Critical Importance of Citizen Science Data'

The CODATA–WDS Task Group on Citizen Science data has just published this article, 'The Critical Importance of Citizen Science Data', as a perspective in Frontiers ( ). Citizen science is an important vehicle for democratizing science and promoting the goal of universal and equitable access to scientific data and information. Data generated by ...

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 ...

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