World Data System

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ICSU GOAL … to facilitate a new, coordinated global approach to scientific data and information that ensures equitable access to quality data and information for research, education and informed decision-making.

  1. Expression of Interest
    If your organization has interest in becoming part of the new WDS, please complete this brief survey. Because this initial planning process has a very short time frame, the WDSTT would like your responses as soon as possible. Completion of this survey…

  2. About World Data System (WDS)
    At the 29th International Council for Science (ICSU) General Assembly in Maputo, Mozambique, held in October of last year, a resolution to form a new ICSU World Data System (WDS) was adopted. This new WDS will replace the ICSU World Data Center (WDC)…

  3. ICSU Ad Hoc Committee on Scientific…
    ICSU Ad Hoc Committee on Scientific Information and Data Presentation to the ICSU General Assembly October 2008 Professor Ray Harris UCL Leadership by ICSU New World Data System created from WDCs and FAGS More prominent CODATA Strategic Coordinating…

  4. WDS Transition Team
    Jean-Bernard Minster – Co-Chair, Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Nicole Capitaine – Co- Chair, Astronomer, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS David Clark – Secretary, Visiting Scientist, National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA Liu Chuang…

  5. Ad hoc Strategic Committee on Information…
    The Strategic Committee on Information and Data (SCID) was established by ICSU to advise on the future orga- nization and direction of its activities in relation to scientific data and information. Following an earlier priority area assessment exercise…

  6. FAGS -White Paper
    This “White Paper” is intended to provide the views of the current ICSU (International Council for Science) FAGS (Federation of Astronomical and Geophysical Data Analysis Services) interdisciplinary body on the prospects for a future grouping of astronomical telescope

  7. World Data Centers – Status and…
    Data constitute the raw material of scientific understanding. The World Data Center system works to guarantee access to solar, geophysical and related environmental data. It serves the whole scientific community by assembling, scrutinizing, organizing…

  8. ICSU Priority Area Assessment on Scientific…
    Data and information are essential building blocks of science. The technologies for scientific data and information production, management, and dissemination are rapidly changing as are the scientific needs. In parallel to this there are evolving policy…

Vacancy Announcement: Executive Director, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)
ICSU, the International Social Science Council, and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, invite applications for the position of Executive Director of the new Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme. The Executive Director will head the International Programme Office which is being established in Beijing—the first time an international office of this type has been hosted in Asia. Applications close 14 January 2010. (08-12-22)

Online consultation: Future drivers of international science
As part of the development of ICSU’s next strategic plan 2012-2017, CSPR is conducting a foresight analysis&#8212based on scenarios that explore potential future developments in international science. To help define these scenarios, ICSU has launched a broad consultation on what will be the key drivers that influence international science over the next 20 years… (03-12-22)

Press release: China to host new international disaster research programme
ICSU has announced that China will host the office of the new international programme, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR). The International Programme Office for IRDR will be established in Beijing at the Headquarters of the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE)—the first time an international office of this type has been hosted in Asia… (13-11-22)

New Executive Director for International Human Dimensions Programme
Dr Anantha Kumar Duraiappah has been appointed Executive Director of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). Dr Duraiappah is an environmental-development economist with more than two decades of experience at the international level. He will assume the position in January 2010… (12-11-22)

IPY Oslo Science Conference: Call for abstracts
The organisers invite submissions of abstracts for the International Polar Year (IPY) Oslo Science Conference, 8-12 June 2010. This major conference, which is themed ‘Polar Science: Global Impact’, will demonstrate, strengthen, and extend the IPY’s accomplishments in science and outreach… (09-11-22)

World Science Forum, 5–7 November 2009
The World Science Forum, organised by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in partnership with UNESCO and ICSU, took place in Budapest on 5–7 November 2009. The Forum focused on ‘Knowledge and Future’ and looked toward a strategic vision of the future of science in the global society of the 21st century… (22-10-22)

ICSU President gives speech at UNESCO 35th General Conference
ICSU’s President, Catherine Brechignac, delivered an intervention during the General Policy Debate at UNESCO’s 35th General Conference in Paris. She highlighted the partnership between the two organisations and the challenges in addressing the issue of global change and society… (12-10-22)

International Polar Week (5-9 October): What Happens at the Poles Affects Us All
International Polar Week ‘What Happens at the Poles Affects Us All’ is an opportunity to explore the many changes in the polar regions and how they affect us around the world. Visit the Polar Week website for more information on events in your region… (02-10-22)

World Climate Conference-3
ICSU’s President, Catherine Bréchignac, has expressed support for the development of a Global Framework for Climate Services during her speech at the opening of the high-level segment of the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3)… (03-22-22)

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