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22nd Meeting of the WDS Scientific Committee

The 22st Meeting of the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC), and its first biannual meeting of 2020, took place on 15–17 April 2020. The Meeting was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first time that an WDS-SC Meeting was conducted in this way. As a result, the agenda was significantly reduced to only the essential elements needed to conduct WDS business over the following six months.

In addition to the customary update on developments from the International Science Council (ISC; WDS' parent organization), and report backs from the WDS International Programme and Technology Offices, the 22nd Meeting focussed mainly on the following agenda items:

  • Drafting a set of Rules of Engagement for the WDS-SC.
  • Developments around both future WDS events and WDS-SC teleconferences in light of the changing circumstances because of the pandemic.
  • WDS strategy; in particular, with regards to the new formed Data Together initiative alongside the ISC's Committee on Data, GO FAIR, and the Research Data Alliance.