WDS creates Early Career Researchers and Scientists Network

7 May 2019

The World Data System (WDS) has created a new network to support Early Career Researchers and Scientists (ECRs). The network commits to support the next generation of data stewards and data professionals that wish to develop various data related skills.

The Scientific Council of the WDS (WDS-SC) aims to support scientists and researchers who are at the start of their scientific career. The network should be involved in the endeavours of the WDS, as well as in discussions around data stewardship, data preservation, data interoperability, and so on.

WDS is part of the International Science Council (ISC). It promotes access to and long-term management of scientific data, data services, products and information. Its goal is to create and coordinate global ‘communities of excellence’ for scientific data services, for example by certifying members of the WDS according to international standards. WDS presents an annual Data Stewardship Award to a promising early career researcher who has made an excellent contribution in the field of data stewardship. The winner in 2018 was the Dutchman Wouter Beek (Knowledge, Reasoning and Representation group, VU University Amsterdam). DANS has been a regular member of WDS since 2015.

Additional information

More information on the network for ECRs can be found here. The website of the WDS provides more information on their certificates and organisation. 

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