[CODATA-international] EoI for WDS International Programme Office

Alex de Sherbinin adesherbinin at ciesin.columbia.edu
Fri May 15 12:43:38 EDT 2020

The World Data System is soliciting expressions of interest (EoI) to host
its International Programme Office starting April 2021.  The deadline for
submissions of interest is May 31st. *Recognizing the impact of COVID-19
and the short time frame for preparing submissions, we welcome even partial
submissions for the EoI, with details to follow.*

The WDS International Programme Office
was created in March 2011. Since then, it has been hosted by the National
Institute of Information and Communications Technology
<http://www.nict.go.jp/en/about/> (NICT) in Tokyo, Japan under two 5-year
Letters of Cooperation between the International Science Council
<https://council.science/> (ISC) and NICT. The current agreement ends on 31
March 2021 and, in light of this, ISC and the WDS Science Committee
(WDS-SC) *invite Expressions of Interest
<https://www.icsu-wds.org/files/wds-ipo-call-for-expressions-of-interest> from
interested parties to host the WDS International Programme Office
by 10 31 May 2020*.

The establishment, funding model, and governance of the new office is
expected to build on the examples of the current WDS-IPO and the recently
established WDS International Technology Office <https://wds-ito.org/>.
However, creative suggestions are welcomed, including partial or shared
hosting, or other innovative solutions. More information can be found in
the *Hosting Call

Expressions of Interest should be completed using this *online form
by sending the form in the Call
5–7) to ipo at icsu-wds.org, in either case *no later than 31 May 2020*.
Please note that it is not expected for potential hosts to have precise
details in place by this deadline; rather, they should state their interest
and what they may be able to offer. Further negotiations will then take
place between ISC and selected bidding organizations, in consultation with
the WDS-SC, to finalize the hosting arrangements.

Do not hesitate to contact the WDS-IPO (ipo at icsu-wds.org) if you have any
questions or if require clarifications. Please also disseminate this Call
to other interested parties, as appropriate:

   - *Call for Expressions of Interest

Alex de Sherbinin, PhD   (*he/him/his*)
Associate Director, Science Applications Division and Sr. Research Scientist
CIESIN <http://www.ciesin.columbia.edu>, The Earth Institute
<https://www.earth.columbia.edu/> at Columbia University
Tel. +1-845-365-8936,  Skype: alex.desherbinin
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