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Fifteenth WDS Scientific Committee Meeting

Fifteenth WDS Scientific Committee Meeting

The 15th Meeting of the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) took place on 16–17 September 2016 at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado. Co-located with International Data Week 2016, the WDS-SC took time during the Meeting to reflect back on SciDataCon 2016 and the 2016 WDS Members' Forum directly after the conclusion of these successful events.

The majority of the Meeting explored the involvement of current and prospective Member Organizations in ICSU-WDS; in particular, how to increase recruitment of Members in under-represented regions and disciplinary areas and how to mobilize capacity. For the former, the WDS-SC made the decision to hold its future Meetings back-to-back with Workshops attended by invited representatives of specific communities. This will commence at the 16th and 17th WDS-SC Meetings in 2017, with Workshops planned for key data holders in Africa and Latin America, respectively. In this regard, the Scientific Committee welcomed Jacqueline Signorini from the French Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement as a guest of the Chair to discuss the potential of hosting the first of these Workshops.

A summary report of the Meeting is under preparation and will be placed on the Meeting Reports page when completed.