After greater than 65,000 people in the U.S. recently signed a 'WE the PEOPLE' petition asking for increased public access to the results of taxpayer-funded research, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) responded on 22 February 2013 by releasing a policy memorandum committing in excess of 100M USD to making published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication. In addition, the scientists involved in such research are being charged with the responsibility of ensuring that all associated digital data is adequately curated.
Further information on the OSPT's policy memorandum, as well as comments and responses to its release can be found on their blog:
ICSU's Future Earth initiative has the remit of developing the knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and for supporting transformation towards global sustainability in the coming decades. Some issues that fall directly under Future Earth's remit are highlighted in this 'Perspective' piece by Thomas F. Stocker in the 18 January 2013 edition of Science (Vol. 339, Issue 6117):
This 'Policy Forum' piece by Pereira et al. in the 18 January 2013 issue of Science (Vol. 339, Issue 6117) contains concepts that may drive the architecture of any WDS nodes concerned with biodiversity:
The open access journal Open Journal of Earthquake Research (OJER, ISSN: 2169-9631) is now inviting paper submissions or recommendations through its online submission system. For its Aims & Scope and for other information, please visit the following website:
Let us introduce you to this interesting article taken from Volume 25, Issue 5 (Sept–Oct 2012) of NASA's newsletter, 'The Earth Observer'. In it, John Moses and Jeanne Behnke describe the utility of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) in the Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) Project.
NASA's Data System was also talked about by Larry Smarr in his role as Chair of the Information Technology Infrastructure Committee. The following brief outlines the kind of advice he offers to NASA when it comes to data strategies.