The World Data System Latin America and the Caribbean Scientific Data Management Workshop took place this past 17-18th April, 2018 at the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ICSU ROLAC was one of the co-organizers and co-sponsor of the activity, and it was represented by Manuel Limonta, Regional Director; Juan Jaen, Regional Committee Chair; and Oscar Reyes, Science Officer; all part of ICSU ROLAC.
This workshop convened by ICSU-WDS aimed to discuss scientific data management best practices developed by research institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean. It successfully mapped initiatives that are either underway 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, were discussed.
The workshop also provided an excellent prospect to sightsee the data landscape in the LAC region and to understand the associated opportunities and challenges. Some of the topics discussed are listed as follows: 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; and many more.
The workshop was hosted by the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC), and the Museum of Tomorrow, with the support of National Laboratory of Scientific Computation (LNCC), The Brazilian National Research and Education Network (RNP), the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (IBICT) and the ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and Caribbean.
Open Data is one of the eight priority areas the ROLAC Secretariat (located and hosted by El Salvador) has adopted to develop within the region. Therefore, having participated in this activity aligns to the goals for the region, and most certainly has opened a way for future endeavors with ICSU-WDS, IANAS, TWAS, and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.