The WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) has established four categories of membership.
- Regular Members: Organizations that are data stewards and/or data analysis services (e.g., data
centres and services that support scientific research by holding and providing data or data
- Network Members: Umbrella bodies representing groups of data stewardship organizations
and or data analysis services, some of which may or may not be WDS Regular Members. Usually
serve as coordinating agents for nodes that have common characteristics and mostly common
disciplines (e.g., International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange).
- Partner Members: Organizations that are not data stewards or data analysis services, but that
contribute support or funding to ICSU-WDS and/or WDS Members (e.g., International Scientific
Unions of ICSU supporting data services, and public and private agencies that provide technical
or financial support).
- Associate Members: Organizations that are interested in the WDS endeavour and participating
in our discussions, but that do not contribute direct funding or other material support (ICSU
National Members, Academies, and some commercial entities could be in this category).
The WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) is also in the reviewing process for several other applications. New applications for membership can be started by signing up to the WDS website and filling an Expression of Interest.
Note: Membership requires the signature of a Letter of Agreement (or a similar document) between Members in all categories and ICSU. Template Agreements, in addition to instructions on the procedure, can be found here.
WDS Regular and Network Members (10/2016)