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About the ICSU World Data System
"The ICSU World Data System (WDS) was created by the 29th General Assembly of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and builds on the 50-year legacy of the former ICSU World Data Centres (WDCs) and former Federation of Astronomical and Geophysical data-analysis Services (FAGS).
WDS strives to form a worldwide ‘community of excellence’ for multidisciplinary scientific data, which ensures the long-term stewardship and provision of quality-assessed data and data services to the international science community and other stakeholders. Its concept aims at a transition from existing stand-alone components and services to a common globally interoperable distributed data system, with searchable common data directories and catalogues that incorporates emerging technologies and new scientific data activities. Disciplinary and multidisciplinary data networks within WDS will play a key role in moving this concept forward."
From the homepage of the ICSU World Data System.
Mission of the WDC for Climate
As part of an international effort to set up domain specific data portals as a service for the scientific community, climate data are collected, stored at DKRZ and disseminated through the World Data Center Climate (WDCC).
The WDCC is maintained by the department Data Management at the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ).
World Data Center for Climate
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