F Kasuga*
*Future Earth Secretariat, Global Hub Japan, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), The University of Tokyo Institute for Advanced Study, Hongo 7-3-1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8654, Japan


Future Earth, an international research platform for global sustainability, is one of major science programmes of International Council for Science (ICSU). Future Earth aims to encourage synthesis of knowledge by collaboration across scientific disciplines and also by co-creation with stakeholders in the society, and to accelerate actions for transformation for sustainability of human life and the environment on the Earth. Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary researches are actively conducted through Future Earth Global Research Projects (GRPs) and networking activities are even more encouraged by launching Knowledge-Action Networks (KANs).

Future Earth “Data Task Force” aims to serve for Future Earth science communities and also for data users in the society, Toward this end, the Data Task Force has initiated a survey to understand the needs and current situations of GRPs, which will be presented with the details by Dr. Kiko Yamada during this Conference. It also prioritizes collaboration with other data-related organizations and initiatives such as ICSU World Data System (WDS). At SciDataCon 2016, Future Earth organized a session with a title of “Future Earth Network for Scientific Information (and data) to support Sustainability (FENSIS)”, co-chaired by Prof. Mario Hernandez representing Future Earth Data Task Force. In that session, PAGES and GMBA, both Future Earth GRPs, discussed on data crowd-curation for collaborative paleoscience and the GMBA Mountain Portal towards a global map of mountain biodiversity, respectively. In January, 2017, the Data Task Force organized “International Co-Design Workshop on Earth Observation in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals – The Case of Urban Areas in Asia” in Tokyo, together with WDS, GEO, The University of Tokyo and several other organizations.

Japanese national academy, Science Council of Japan (SCJ) is a national member of ICSU, and has played key roles in establishing globally-distributed secretariat of Future Earth, and now it hosts one of five Global Hubs supported by Future Earth Japan Consortium (should be Japan National Committee at the time of Conference) which composed of more than 20 research and non-research organizations in Japan, including Research Institute of Humanity and Nature (RIHN) in Kyoto that hosts Future Earth Regional Center for Asia. SCJ has also been collaborating with WDS since the launching of its International Programme Office (IPO) at National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in Tokyo in 2012. At various public events, SCJ invited representatives from WDS IPO, and IPO members have been active in SCJ’s Committee for Promotion of Future Earth and those related to Informatics. SCJ has been supporting both SciDataCon and Co-Design Workshop financially and logistically.

The collaboration of Future Earth and WDS are expected to be the basis for wide range of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary researches and should be even more valuable when applied at regional and national levels. The presentations and exchange of knowledge and experiences at WDS Asia-Oceania Conference, 2017 are believed to be invaluable opportunities for both initiatives to find out and mobilize useful tools and common vehicles for collaboration in the both communities in Asia and in each country.


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