(International Council for Science press release via ScienceDaily, 23 October 2008) -- The existing
networks for collecting, storing and distributing data in many areas of
science are inadequate and not designed to enable the
inter-disciplinary research that is necessary to meet major global
challenges. These networks must be transformed into a new inter-
operable data system and extended around the world and across all areas
of science. The General Assembly of the International Council for Science (ICSU)
recently agreed to take the first strategic steps to establish such a
More scientific data and information is now available than at any
other time in history and the volume is increasing daily, particularly
via the World Wide Web. Yet the quality, long-term stewardship and
availability of this data is largely uncertain and a large amount of
valuable scientific data remains inaccessible. Over 50 years ago, ICSU
established networks of data centres and services to provide full and
open access to scientific data and products for the global community.
But the world has changed enormously in 50 years, most notably with
advances in technology, and it is time for the existing structures to
be integrated into a new expanded system--a World Data System. ...
Dave Carlson, the Director of the programme office for the
International Polar Year (IPY)--a major, ICSU-sponsored,
interdisciplinary research programme that is using and generating
enormous amounts of data--added: "There are more than 200 IPY research
projects, funded to the tune of 1.5 billion Euros, and its major legacy
should be the data that will inform polar research for years to come.
But we still don't know how most of this data will be handled."
"The new ICSU World Data System should help provide at least part of
the answer. A little bit of extra resource for data management is
urgently needed to ensure maximum return on what has been a huge public
investment in IPY." ICSU will be implementing the recommendations in the report over the
next three years. The report and more information on the General
Assembly are available at: http://www.icsu.org/3_mediacentre/GA_29.html
Posted by Amanda Graham – 23 October 2008; 6:09:38 PM – Permalink
Tagged: IPY project, News