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Online Registration and Call for Abstracts for SciDataCon 2014


We are pleased to announce the opening of the online registration  for SciDataCon 2014, which can be accessed through the Conference website . In addition, a first call has been released for submission of abstracts for papers and sessions under the general Conference theme of Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability and related subthemes. The deadline for submissions is 25 ...

ICPSR Summer Courses

The Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR; WDS Regular Member) is offering the below week-long courses as part of its  Summer Programme.  Focussed on data curation and data services, full descriptions and information on enrolling can be found through the provided links. Curating and Managing Research Data for Reuse , July 28–August 1, 2014 This ...

Opening of ISRIC World Soil Museum

ISRIC World Soil Information (WDS Regular Member) will open its new Museum with an official ceremony and symposium on 7 April 2014. Located at Wageningen University Campus in the Netherlands, visitors to the museum can learn about the important role of soils, as well as the enormous variation in their types. To find out more about the Museum, including how to register for the opening ...

Kim Finney Leaves WDS-SC


We regret to announce the resignation of Kim Finney from the WDS Scientific Committee  (WDS-SC). Kim will also leave her post as Manager of the Australian Antarctic Data Centre  (WDS Regular Member) at the end of March 2014 to start her own consultancy business, and wishes to devote her efforts towards this new venture. The ICSU Executive Board will now appoint a replacement for Kim based on ...

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EarthCube All-Hands Meeting

EarthCube is community-led cyberinfrastructure—formed in 2011 as a collaborative partnership between National Science Foundation’s Directorate of Geosciences and the Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure—with the aim of developing a framework to assist researchers in understanding and predicting the entire Earth system.

ICSU-WDS is hoping for increased coordination and collaboration with EarthCube, and we would like to direct your attention to the upcoming EarthCube All-Hands meeting that will take place on 24–26 June 2014 at the Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, D.C. This meeting will review the draft demonstration charter for EarthCube, give updates on EarthCube projects and assess their results, as well as being an opportunity to share work related to cyberinfrastructure and data management in the geosciences.

You can find out more information about the meeting, register, and answer the Call for Session Proposals here:

From Public to Planetary Health: A Manifesto

The following article was published in the 8th of March 2014 edition of the Lancet (Vol. 383, No. 9920, pp. 847). Written by Richard Horton et al., it is a manifesto calling for a move from ‘public health’ in the strict sense to ‘planetary health’.

We believe that any global activity responding to this manifesto must have a strong data component, coordinated with data concerned with climate, natural hazards, and so on. In this regard, it aligns with the objectives of the Future Earth programme, in which ICSU-WDS will play a prominent role in facilitating access to quality data.


Open Science—More Than Sharing

This article appeared in a recent special edition of Euroscience focussing on 'Why sharing matters'. In it, Ijad Madisch explains about the importance of scientists sharing data, and the setting up of ResearchGate as a way to help scientists embrace the World Wide Web.

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