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International Technology Office

In late 2018, the World Data System announced the creation of the International Technology Office (ITO). The ITO’s role is to help the WDS members build the global research data infrastructure. The ITO supports WDS members by coordinating the development and integration of components of the GRDI with other major operational role-players. The ITO also coordinates the WDS contribution to technical working groups, and collaborates with WDS Partners on policy and funding focus formulation, development of technical concepts, promotion of standards, and identification of sustainability gaps.

The ITO is located at the University of Victoria, in Canada who provided the initial financing for the office. The ITO is hosted by a consortium of Canadian WDS members: Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), NRC’s Canadian Astronomy Data Centre, and the University of Waterloo’s Canadian Cryospheric Information Network/Polar Data Catalogue.

Our Staff

Karen Payne

Associate Director

Dr Payne comes to the University of Victoria from the Division of Information Technology Outreach Services at the University of Georgia, where she managed cooperative agreements from the US Agency for International Development in support of the international community involved in disaster relief and recovery activities. In this role, she served as a subject-matter expert on geo-information design and management, and completed projects in conjunction with the World Food Programme, United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees. She also conducted field missions with UN-SPIDER to support the national governments of Laos and Mongolia. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Walter B. Hill Fellow Award for sustained distinguished achievement in public service and outreach.

Dr Payne received her PhD, a joint degree in geography and engineering, from the Australian National University, where her work focused on using artificial intelligence techniques to interpret satellite imagery.