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World Data System Data Stewardship Award

Highlights contributions to improved scientific data stewardship by early career researchers and enables them to travel to SciDataCon Conference.

In today’s digital era, data-enabled scientific research cannot fully benefit society without scrupulous data stewardship. The pressing challenges faced by the planet and humankind require discipline-integrated research and sound science-driven policies that are critically dependent on trusted scientific data. The World Data System (WDS) of the International Science Council (ISC, formerly ICSU) supports long-term stewardship of quality-assured scientific data and data services across a range of disciplines in the natural and social sciences, and the humanities. The WDS Data Stewardship Award highlights exceptional contributions to the improvement of scientific data stewardship by early career researchers through their engagement with the community, academic achievements, and innovations.


The Award will be given each year and will be presented at the subsequent SciDataCon Conference. The 2020 WDS Data Stewardship Award will thus be presented at the next SciDataCon (dates and venue to be confirmed).

The 2020 Award will include:

  • Award presentation in plenary at the next SciDataCon 2021.
  • Conference participation: travel expenses (economy airfare), lodging costs, and registration.
  • A prize.

Royal Society Te Apārangi will support nominations to the WDS from eligible early career New Zealand researchers.

Current status 

Nominations for the World Data System Data Stewardship Award are now closed.  

Closing Date: Thursday 15 October 2020, 5.00 pm (NZST).

If you have any queries about the World Data System Data Stewardship Award please contact: International.Applications@royalsociety.org.nz

Eligibility and how to apply