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Call for Expressions of Interest to Host the WDS International Technology Office

Call for Expressions of Interest to Host the WDS International Technology Office

ICSU-WDS developed a vision in its Strategic Plan 2014–2018 that involves significant contributions to the Global Research Data Infrastructure (GRDI), including to support elements of such GRDI on its own. Over the last 6 years, we made significant advances to establish an internationally recognized core certification for data repositories and build a community of excellence for scientific data stewardship. WDS plays also a leading role in establishing key initiatives; for example, in the field of Data Publication. Some of these activities are producing nascent elements of the GRDI such as the Scholix Framework, which supports data–literature interlinking.

However, the technical capabilities required by ICSU-WDS to date have been provided pro bono by WDS Member Organizations, by Scientific Committee members, or by our key partners. This model is not sustainable, and leads to possible disruption of operational environments. These considerations lead us to propose the formation of a WDS International Technology Office (WDS-ITO) and to invite Expressions of Interest from interested parties.

The establishment, funding model, and governance of the WDS-ITO will follow the successful example of the WDS International Programme Office hosted in Japan by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, and is explained in more detail in the Call for Expressions of Interest and WDS-ITO Concept Note.

Expressions of Interest can be completed using this online form or by sending the editable PDF form in the Call for Expressions of Interest (page 4–5) to, in either case no later than 10 September 2017.

Do not hesitate to contact us ( for any questions or if you need clarifications. 

Feel free to disseminate this Call to other interested parties, as appropriate: