As the leading international, multidisciplinary organization in the provision of trusted scientific data services, the World Data System (WDS) of the International Council for Science has adopted a new set of Data Sharing Principles to advance its goals and to embody the spirit of ‘open science’ meant to unite diverse communities of data producers and data users.
‘These Principles express the core ethical commitments that are operationalized in the WDS Certification for trusted data repositories and data services,’ said Professor Sandy Harrison, Director of the Centre for Past Climate Change at the University of Reading in the UK, and Chair of the WDS Scientific Committee.
Earlier this year, the Scientific Committee developed a first draft that was submitted to an extensive consultation with and review by WDS Member Organizations. As a result, WDS anticipates strong alignment with its Members’ existing organizational policies.
‘IRIS would have no issue abiding by these new Principles, and it is nice to have them articulated so clearly,’ remarked Tim Ahern, Director of Data Services for Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)—a Regular Member of the World Data System.
These newly adopted Principles are in line with the data policies of national and international initiatives, including those of the Group on Earth Observations, the G8 Science Ministers’ Statement and Open Data Charter, the OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding, as well as the Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World enunciated jointly by the International Council for Science, the InterAcademy Partnership, the International Social Science Council, and The World Academy of Science.