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Digital Curation Centre Launches DMPonline v.4

The Digital Curation Centre has just launched a new version of DMPonline; a web-based tool for creating Data Management Plans (DMPs). Significant changes to this new version include: a clean, easy to use interface; a revised data model to simplify the development process; fewer questions so that DMPs are quicker and easier to complete; and improved user guidance.

GLDAS-2.0 Dataset Released by GES DISC

NASA's Hydrological Sciences Laboratory located at Goddard Space Flight Center and Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC; WDS Regular Member) have announced the release of the Global Land Data Assimilation System Version 2.0 (GLDAS-2.0) dataset. The GLDAS-2.1 dataset is also scheduled for release in 2014. These datasets require complex metadata that specify both instrumental data and the mode used to conduct assimilation. Similar datasets will arise in other fields, notably Oceanography and Atmospheric Science.

More information on, and access to, the GLDAS-2.0 dataset is available via the following link:

Glacier Mass Balance Bulletin No. 12 (2010–2011)

We would like to inform you that the Glacier Mass Balance Bulletin No. 12 (2010–2011) is now available from the website of the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS):

Public Release of NASA MEaSUREs Collections

The Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center has announced the public release of the data products of two NASA Making Earth System Data Records for Use In Research Environments (MEaSUREs) projects: the NASA Web Enabled Landsat Data collection and the NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission V3.0 collection. Full product descriptions for both datasets can be found through the following URL:

The Rise of Open Access

The following cartoon by (xkcd.com's) Randall Munrow was published in the 4 October 2013 edition of Science (Vol. 342, no. 6154, pp. 58–59; DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6154.58) and highlights that open access reached a tipping point in 2011, when more than half of new research became available freely online: