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The Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) of the International Council for Science (ICSU) is pleased to circulate the call for papers for the upcoming ICSU-WDS LA&C Scientific Data Management Workshop to be held in Rio de Janeiro on 17-18 April 2018

The Latin America and the Caribbean Scientific Data Management Workshop convened by the World Data System (WDS) will discuss data management best practices for data repositories located throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. It will map initiatives that are either under way or in the process of being developed, their strengths and limitations, and new opportunities for collaboration. In addition, future trends and perspectives for scientific data systems, as well as criteria and standards for certification of data repositories, will be discussed.

The workshop is sponsored by ICSU-WDS, the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC), the Museum of Tomorrowthe Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) and the ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and Caribbean with the support of National Laboratory of Scientific Computation (LNCC), the Brazilian National Research and Education Network (RNP), and the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (IBICT).

Key Topics

  • New trends and future perspectives for scientific data projects
  • Global scientific data initiatives
  • Open data and open science trends and experiences
  • Latin American and Caribbean scientific data context and experiences
  • Integration and constitution of shared platforms for research data management
  • Advantages and process of accreditation of scientific data repositories
  • Funding, training and infrastructure for scientific data services
WDS is an interdisciplinary body of the International Council for Science (ICSU) responsible for creating an international network of trusted data services to support international science. WDS supports ICSU’s vision of scientific excellence by promoting long-term stewardship of, and universal and equitable access to, quality-assured scientific data and data services, products, and information across a range of disciplines in the natural and social sciences, and the humanities. WDS has also the objective to sustain and support existing and new data initiatives, services and repositories and to encourage the development of new ones. The workshop will provide an opportunity to explore the data landscape in Latin America and the Caribbean and to understand the associated opportunities and challenges, and secondly to discuss how WDS can support data initiatives for example with the certification of data repositories and data networks.

Expected participants:

  • Managers, researchers, developers and leaders of operational or planned research data repositories
  • Researchers and developers of scientific data management strategies and initiatives
  • Leaders and directors of funding and government agencies concerned with scientific data management and open data
  • Members of ICSU bodies and other scientific associations
  • Members of the WDS Scientific Committee

Submission of papers:

We invite specialists and scientists currently involved in data management initiatives for scientific and technological research in Latin American and the Caribbean region to present their experiences. Those interested in presenting their work should submit an abstract accompanied by a short bio no later than 26 January 2018 using this online form

Media contact

Oscar Reyes, Communications Officer, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), International Council for Science (ICSU):