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The World Data System (WDS) is an Affiliated Body of the International Science Council (ISC)

The mission of the World Data System is to enhance the capabilities, impact and sustainability of our member data repositories and data services by:

creating trusted communities of scientific data repositories

strengthening the scientific enterprise throughout the entire lifecycle of data and all related components creating first-class data that feeds first-class research output

advocating for accessible data and transparent and reproducible science.

29 MARCH   Symposium

Towards a FAIRer World: Implementing the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science to Address Global Challenges – Organized by UNESCO, ISC, CODATA & WDS

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20 APRIL  Webinar

CoreTrustSeal and World Data System: Partners Advocating for Data Repositories – Get to Know CTS and WDS

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WDS Member Highlight: Ocean Networks Canada

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is hosted by the University of Victoria. ONC manages and operates world-leading ocean observing facilities. They deliver ocean data from cabled, mobile, and community-based observing networks that contribute to Canada's ocean observing...

WDS Member Highlight: Alaska Satellite Facility

The Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) provides remote-sensing data to support Earth science research and is committed to high-quality data and services. ASF operates the NASA SAR data archive and promotes the advancement of remote sensing....

WDS Member Highlight: The Language Archive

The Language Archive (TLA) is a repository of audio and video language corpus data, photographs, notes, experimental data, and other materials that document and describe languages from around the world. They also have records of everyday speech interactions in families and communities, and naturalistic data from endangered and under-studied languages. TLA is an integral part of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen and is a member of the World Data System (WDS), which is an international organization that promotes the long-term stewardship and provision of quality-assessed data and data services to the research community and other stakeholders.

Towards a FAIRer World

Towards a FAIRer World Implementing the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science to address global challenges A Symposium co-organized by UNESCO, International Science Council (ISC) Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS) UNESCO, Paris; Wednesday, 29 March...

Data & Donuts During Love Data Week

As part of International Love Data Week, we are excited to announce our Data & Donuts event. If you will be at Oak Ridge National Lab on 14 February, please stop by to meet the WDS team in person, enjoy a donut, and let's talk about the importance of data and data...

ISC Vacancy: Science Director

The International Science Council (ISC) is seeking a Science Director for their headquarters in Paris, France. Reporting to the CEO, this individual will lead the ISC’s delivery of science projects in line with the actions and priorities set by the CEO and Governing Board.

Member Spotlight

Learn More About our Members

WDS represents a worldwide community of excellence for scientific data that ensures the long-term stewardship and provision of quality-assured data and data services to the international science community.

Alaska Satellite Facility

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The Language Archive

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Save the date for International Data Week 2023.
Information on deadlines and registration coming soon.


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