World Data System

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ICSU World Data System
Logo of ICSU World Data system
Abbreviation ICSU-WDS
Formation Oct 2008 (Oct 2008)
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
2015-2018 Chair
Sandy Harrison
 United Kingdom

ICSU World Data System (ICSU-WDS) was created by the International Council for Science's (ICSU) General Assembly in October 2008. [1] [2] [3]


As stated in its Constitution,[4] ICSU World Data System goals are to preserve quality assured scientific data and information, to facilitate open access, and promote the adoption of standards.


ICSU World Data System superseded the World Data Centres (WDCs) and Federation of Astronomical and Geophysical data analysis Services (FAGS) created by ICSU to manage data generated by the International Geophysical Year[5][6][7] (1957–1958).


ICSU World Data System is governed by a Scientific Committee[8][9](SC) made up of data scientists and experts. It is supported by an International Programme Office (IPO), which is hosted and funded by the Japanese National Institute of Information and Communications Technology[10][11] as well as the International Council for Science.

Data Sharing Principles[edit]

ICSU World Data System member organizations adopt its Data Sharing Principles.[12]


Member organizations of ICSU World Data System join voluntarily in one of the four membership categories: Regular, Network, Partner, and Associate Members. Members contribute their data holdings, data services or products. The updated list of Members is available on the ICSU World Data System website :ICSU-WDS Membership


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