The State Department will host the World Data System program office


Washington, DC (STL.News) The US State Department has issued the following statement.

The State Department is proud to see that the World Data System (WDS), a non-governmental organization for norms and standards for scientific data, has selected the Oak Ridge Institute at the University of Tennessee (ORI to UT) to host its International Program Office for a five-year term beginning in 2021. The Office will foster US leadership in international norms and values-based standards for data and scientific research over the next five years. With the strong support of the State Department, this selection is a testament to American scientific leadership and innovation, reflecting the long tradition of excellence, freedom, openness and transparency of American universities and laboratories in the scientific field. and technological.

The State Department is committed to developing and promoting reliable data and internationally recognized norms and standards that form the foundation of America’s strong innovation ecosystem. Values-based norms and standards also serve as the foundation of the Clean Network Initiative, which protects data privacy, intellectual property, security and human rights. The World Data System‘s decision to set up the International Program Office in the United States underscores the importance of reliable data as the foundation for scientific research, emerging technologies, open societies, and innovation.

The Department looks forward to working with the World Data System and ORI at UT once arrangements for the International Program Office are finalized. This work will advance data norms and standards, leverage US expertise in this area, and ensure that the global science enterprise can benefit from US leadership.


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