ECDS now part of the World Data System

The International Science Council has approved Environment Climate Data Sweden’s (ECDS) application for membership of the ICSU World Data System (WDS). It is an international network of data centres that promotes universal access to research data.

ECDS, which is run by the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), is the first Swedish research infrastructure to be granted membership of the WDS network.

“Membership of WDS gives us more leverage to work for improved access to research data. Naturally we are proud to be part of a group of data centres that maintain such a high standard,” says Kerstin Konitzer, Director of ECDS.

The members of WDS contribute towards ensuring universal access to quality-assured scientific data sets. Developing international standards, increasing access to data and facilitating the long-term stewardship of data are other important tasks.

“In Sweden, the Research Council’s task is to produce new guidelines for open-access data which are presented at the end of the year. We are also seeing Swedish universities and university colleges working more actively with open-access data.  This means we can look forward to more accessible research data sets in the future, which also enhances the community benefit of Swedish research,” says Kerstin Konitzer.

Data portal and support to researchers

Since 2009 ECDS has been promoting increased open access to data from research projects in the environment and climate fields. ECDS’s data portal also makes data from Swedish environment and climate research searchable and accessible and provides assistance to researchers with data handling issues.

ECDS is today part of the Swedish e-infrastructure for research data. As a national node for research data in the environment and climate fields, ECDS is working towards improved open access to data for the greatest benefit to both research and the wider community. ECDS is also part of several international networks which are striving to improve access to research data, including Research Data Alliance.