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Join the World Data System Scientific Committee (WDS-SC): Two Vacant Positions Now Open – Deadline 5 April

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Message sent on behalf of Meredith Goins, Executive Director, WDS International Program Office.

We’re pleased to announce that the World Data System seeks to fill two vacant positions on our esteemed Scientific Committee. The WDS-SC is the governing body of WDS, and it is made up of leading scientists who are experienced in using extensive data resources or data center/service executive leads. SC members are appointed for three years and may renew once. As an organization, we’re committed to fostering effective communication among all members and ensuring their diverse representation in every aspect of our operations.

Visit the WDS website to learn more about the current WDS Scientific Committee.

In line with the WDS Action Plan, in filling these new vacancies we aim to invite fresh perspectives and innovative ideas into our committee. We believe in the power of diversity and inclusiveness, particularly from regions and disciplines where voices have traditionally been underrepresented.

With a special focus on closing gaps in representation from the global south and underrepresented data-intensive disciplines, we’re eager to broaden our horizons. If you’re from one of these areas or possess expertise in such fields, we strongly encourage your participation.

By joining us, you’ll play a significant role in shaping the future of data science and its global impact. You’ll work collaboratively with other committee members from around the world towards common goals – improving quality standards, promoting best practices, and ensuring equitable and global access to data across all scientific domains. Apply today for an opportunity to be part of this transformative journey as we strive for greater diversity and inclusivity within WDS and beyond!

Nominations, including self-nominations, will be open from 7 March to 5 April. WDS members will vote on the slate of candidates in May.

To submit a nomination, please visit the survey link here.

Nomination Form Requirements, submitted through Qualtrics:

  • Nominated Candidate Information, including:
    • full name,
    • address,
    • nationality,
    • year of birth,
    • languages spoken,
    • phone number,
    • academic background (max. 10 lines),
    • positions held (max. 10 lines),
    • description of expertise (max. 10 lines),
    • suitability argument to serve on the WDS-SC (max. 5 lines),
    • professional homepage or website.
  • Nominator Information and Affiliation.

Selection Process

The World Data System (WDS) is deeply committed to ensuring the nominee selection process is both transparent and rigorous. This process is carried out by a dedicated Nomination Committee composed of three volunteer members from our Scientific Committee (SC), namely Mamoru Ishii, Mark Nyssen, and Dale Peters, and support from the WDS-IPO office. The primary responsibility of the Nomination Committee is to oversee the recruitment and succession planning for the Scientific Committee. This includes monitoring executive recruitment and proactively seeking potential candidates who could make significant contributions to our organization. Following the Nomination Committee assessment of each candidate, qualified nominees will be put forward for a vote among WDS members. This process allows our entire community to participate in shaping our leadership. After votes are accumulated, elected nominees are then submitted to the International Science Council (ISC) board for final endorsement. This comprehensive procedure ensures that all SC members are not only highly capable but also have received approval from both the WDS membership at large and the ISC board. This nomination and selection process underscores our commitment to maintaining high standards within our governing body while promoting diversity, inclusivity, and global representation within WDS.

If you have any questions, please contact

Thank you,

Meredith P. Goins, MSIS
Executive Director, WDS International Program Office
c/o WDS-IPO at UT-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute
+1-865-368-7980 | |