Annual Report 2014–15

Annual Report 2014–15

Date : 2017-01-13    author : jiping   

category : Annual Reports

November 2014 saw ICSU-WDS and the Committee on Data for Science and Technology hold their first joint biennial conference, SciDataCon 2014, in New Delhi, India. With the theme Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability, the conference represented a milestone in discussions on the role of scientific data to address global change and global sustainability issues.

A major highlight of the conference was presentation of the inaugural WDS Stewardship Awards to Drs Robert Redmon and Xiaogang Ma. This yearly award showcases exceptional contributions to the improvement of scientific data stewardship by early career researchers through their engagement with the community, academic achievements, and innovations.

Prior to conference, over 70 people participated in the 2014 WDS Members’ Forum. In the Scientific and Plenary Sessions of this open business meeting, WDS Members supported a set of Bylaws for managing the daily affairs of WDS, and agreed to produce a public report of their activities every two years.

Sandy Harrison was appointed to the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) in May 2014. Sandy was a guest at the 10th WDS-SC Meeting, during which the SC refined the WDS Strategic and Implementation Plans before formally publishing these documents in June. The Strategic Plan 2014–2018 outlines five targets identified for ICSU-WDS to achieve its objectives, and operates in unison with the evolving Implementation Plan, which lists activities for realizing the targets.

As WDS coverage broadens across new scientific domains, the WDS-SC also re-examined the ‘full and open access’ concept at its 10th Meeting, and on the basis of this, began to revise the WDS Data Policy at its 11th and 12th Meetings. The endorsement of open access principles at the 31st ICSU General Assembly is of particular importance to WDS in this process.

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