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Call for Abstracts: WDS Co-convened Session at AGU 2020

Call for Abstracts: WDS Co-convened Session at AGU 2020

The 2020 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union will be held on 7–11 December 2020 in San Francisco, CA. It will likely be mostly virtual, but will remain the global convened meeting of the Earth and Space Sciences community.

The World Data System of the International Science Council is co-convening the following two sessions, and we would like to encourage your abstract submission by the deadline of 23:59 ET on Wednesday, 29 July.

Session ID: 102356
Session Title: IN005 – Advancing Opportunities for Current and Future Users of Earth and Space Science Data
Section/Focus Group: Earth and Space Science Informatics

Session Description
Long-term preservation, curation, and dissemination of scientific data and related outputs are vital to ensure they can be reused by researchers, both today and into the future. The evolution of information and communications technology (ICT) in recent decades has facilitated improvements in science infrastructure, as well as in practices for preparing and managing data for potential reuse beyond the original data collection team, enabling transdisciplinary research, data integration, policy-development and decision-making. Data repositories, data centers, archives, and others have leveraged such improvements in ICT to meet challenges for creating systems that attain the Transparency, Responsibility, User Focus, Sustainability, and Technology (TRUST) demanded by their stakeholders and to offer capabilities for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data. This session offers presentations on how the research community is meeting the challenges for both TRUST and FAIR, and thus improving opportunities for current and long-term reuse of Earth and space science data.

Primary Convener:

  • Robert Downs, Columbia University of New York


  • Rorie Edmunds, World Data System of the International Science Council
  • H. K. Ramapriyan (Rama), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center 

Session ID: 104192
Session Title: IN040 – The Importance of Trustworthy Digital Repositories for Open Data in Developing Countries
Section/Focus Group: Earth and Space Science Informatics

Session Description
Developed countries have seen a marked acceleration in scientific advances in part due to robust data infrastructure and disciplinary data repositories. Unfortunately, many developing countries have been slow to adopt open data policies and practices, and many data sets either remain inaccessible (and at risk of loss) on researcher's computers or require a personal approach to government agency staff to obtain. Development partners and researchers from the Global North often expatriate data because host governments lack policies and infrastructure for data archiving. This session seeks to learn from experiences of international data groups (e.g., WDS, CODATA, RDA) seeking to develop data infrastructure that adheres to FAIR data principles. It is also open to any organization that is working to build indigenous capacity for data management, dissemination, and preservation in the Global South. We particularly welcome representatives of developing country repositories who wish to share their experiences. 

Primary Convener:

  • Alex M de Sherbinin (WDS-SC Chair), Center for International Earth Science Information Network


  • Rorie Edmunds, World Data System of the International Science Council
  • Paul Bartel, AGRHYMET Regional Center

See here for more information on the 2020 Fall Meeting.