T Watanabe1*, T Iyemori2 and G Li3
*1ICSU World Data System (WDS) International Programme Office, c/o NICT, Tokyo 184-8795, Japan
2WDC for Geomagnetism, Kyoto, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University,
3Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, CAS, Beijing, 100094, China


The World Data System (WDS) is an interdisciplinary body of the International Council of Science (ICSU) with a mission to promote international collaborations on data stewardship, long-term preservation and provision of quality-assessed research data and data services. WDS is a membership organization federating scientific data centres, data services and networks thereof across a range of disciplines in the natural and social sciences as well as humanities. WDS has 108 members (70 Regular, 11 Network, 27 Partners and Associate Members) as of 1 September 2017, but the Asia-Oceania region comprises only 17 members (Table 1). The WDS Asia-Oceania Conference will bring together data practitioners, data repositories managers and researchers to reinforce the data stewardship community in the region and help establish a collaborative system for access to and dissemination of research data. In addition, the establishment of such a regional network will support existing international research priorities such those set by the International Council for Science (ICSU) through its programmes: Future Earth, the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk, and the Urban Health and Wellbeing. The main objectives of the first conference, to be held in 2017 (Kyoto, Japan), are:

  1. Strengthen collaboration in the Asia-Oceania region to reinforce WDS-oriented activities
  2. Build and expand WDS community in the Asia-Oceania region
  3. Exchange experience on successful WDS trustworthy data-repositories certification and membership application
  4. Encourage former ICSU World Data Centres to join WDS
  5. Introduce advanced technologies to data management
  6. Promote WDS-oriented activities in support of ICSU-led projects in the Asia-Oceania region.
Table 1: WDS Members in Asia-Oceania Region (04/2017)
WDS Member Type of Member Hosting Nation
WDC for Space Weather, Australia Regular Australia
Australian Antarctic Data Centre Regular Australia
Southern Ocean Observing System Partner Australia
Chinese Astronomical Data Center Regular China
WDC for Renewable Resources and Environment Regular China
WDC for Oceanography, Tianjin Regular China
Chinese Space Science Data Center Regular China
Cold and Arid Regions Science Data Center at Lanzhou Regular China
WDC for Geophysics, Beijing Regular China
WFCC for MIRCEN World Data Centre for Microorganisms Regular China
Global Change Research Data Publishing and Repository Regular China
Fish Database of Taiwan Regular China Taipei
WDC for Geomagnetism, Mumbai Regular India
WDC for Geomagnetism, Kyoto Regular Japan
WDC for Ionosphere and Space Weather Regular Japan
Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University Regular Japan
Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) Associate Korea