ICSU World Data System

Collaborating Institution

In 2014, Ocean Networks Canada became a member of the ICSU World Data System (WDS). The World Data System is an Interdisciplinary Body of the International Council for Science (ICSU) created by its 29th General Assembly in Maputo, Mozambique in 2008. ICSU's long-term vision is of:

“a world where excellence in science is effectively translated into policy making and socio-economic development. In such a world, universal and equitable access to scientific data and information is a reality and all countries have the scientific capacity to use these and to contribute to generating the new knowledge that is necessary to establish their own development pathways in a sustainable manner.” 

World Data System goals:

  • Enable universal and equitable access to quality-assured scientific data, data services, products and information
  • Ensure long term data stewardship
  • Foster compliance to agreed-upon data standards and conventions
  • Provide mechanisms to facilitate and improve access to data and data products