Strategies for Open and Permanent Access to Scientific Information in Latin America: Focus on Health and Environmental Information for Sustainable Development

Data Needs for Adaptation to Global Change

Holm Tiessen

Global Change occurs in time over space with associated risks, vulnerabilities and opportunities. Global change science is driven by societal concerns and has an intrinsic requirement to communicate science output to society. The complexity of global change generates requirements for spatially addressing and integrating a multiplicity of data with various formats, granularities, scales and resolutions from many disciplines. This raises new issues of data management that need to be resolved in order to turn data into effective information for policy and decision making. Tools that are needed in this context are data bases that allow unique area-referencing of multiple data and information, and user interfaces that permit the game-like exploration of decision options based on indicators derived from modelling the interactions of different kinds of information. An effort is needed not only to manage data, but to seamlessly link data to knowledge and its application.

  • The Global Alliance for Enhancing Access to and Application of Scientific Data in Developing Countries, of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, UN G@ID
  • U.S. National Committee for CODATA
  • Brazilian National Committee for CODATA.
  • CODATA Task Group on Preservation of and Access to Scientific and Technical Data in Developing Countries