[ESIP-all] Call for Expressions of Interest to Host the International Programme Office of the ISC World Data System

Alex de Sherbinin adesherbinin at ciesin.columbia.edu
Wed May 6 16:03:48 EDT 2020

Dear Colleagues,

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 31 May

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
or 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 me or the WDS-IPO (ipo at icsu-wds.org) if you have
any questions or if you require clarifications. Please also disseminate
this Call to other interested parties, as appropriate.

Best wishes,
Alex de Sherbinin, PhD   (*he/him/his*)
Chair, WDS Scientific Committee
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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