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WDS International Technology Office to Open in Canada

WDS International Technology Office to Open in Canada

We are pleased to announce that following an international competitive call, the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) selected a Canadian consortium formed by three WDS Regular Members—Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) at the University of Victoria, the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC) of the National Research Council (NRC) in Victoria, and the Canadian Cryospheric Information Network/Polar Data Catalogue (CCIN/PDC) at the University of Waterloo—to host the first WDS International Technology Office (WDS-ITO).

WDS-ITO Inaugural Workshop 

An inaugural workshop was hosted by Ocean Networks Canada at the University of Victoria on 28–29 April 2018 to engage Canadian and international partners on the WDS-ITO vision and work programme. The meeting was attended by representatives of the University of Victoria, the International Council for Science (ICSU), WDS and the three WDS Regular Members, and representatives of Canadian and international data-related organizations including NRC, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), CANARIEResearch Data Canada, the PORTAGE Network, the Research Data Alliance and ICSU-CODATA

In their welcoming remarks, Dr David Castle, Vice President Research at the University of Victoria, welcomed the participants and expressed a strong commitment to support the Canadian WDS-ITO and make it a success. Professor Sandy Harrison, Chair of WDS, stressed the strategic importance of having an WDS-ITO to support the practical implementation of WDS contributions to the global research data infrastructure. Professor Gordon McBean, President of ICSU, highlighted the need for data management and data integration across domains, in particular to support the research addressing societal challenges and the upcoming formation of an International Science Council, which brings together the Natural and Social Sciences.

The first day mainly focussed on presenting and discussing the WDS-ITO vision and concept, and exploring collaboration with existing programmes of the organizations represented. Participants shared their views and identified strong synergies with Canadian initiatives to be further developed in relation to trustworthy data repositories and data stewardship supporting research. They also noted that the three WDS Regular Members cover a broad range of scientific domains, and are able to offer a wealth of experience in data management and high-level expertise in software development; in particular, at ONC. 

The second day of the workshop was dedicated to discuss practical steps leading to the launch of the WDS-ITO, including the recruitment of an Associate Director for the office.

List of workshop participants:

  • David Castle, Vice President Research at University of Victoria
  • Sandy Harrison, Chair WDS Scientific Committee
  • Gordon McBean, President ICSU
  • Benoit Pirenne, Director User Engagement at ONC
  • Wim Hugo, WDS Vice-chair and SAEON
  • Mustapha Mokrane, WDS-IPO Executive Director
  • Julie Friddell, CCIN/PDC
  • Reyna Jenkyns, ONC
  • David Schade, CADC/NRC
  • Pam Bjornson, formerly NRC
  • Shahira Khair, PORTAGE Network
  • John Broome, ICSU-CODATA
  • Paul Wagner, NRC
  • Mark Wolff, CANARIE/RDC
  • Lisa Goddard, University of Victoria
  • Corinne Aarsen, ONC