Inaugural ISCU-WDS Data Stewardship Award for Dr. Xiaogang Ma

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Inaugural ISCU-WDS Data Stewardship Award for Dr. Xiaogang MaNovember 5, 2014

TWC researcher Xiaogang (Marshall) Ma ( received Inaugural ISCU-WDS Data Stewardship Award at SciDataCon2014, New Delhi, India, on Nov-04-2014.

The World Data System (WDS) of the International Council for Science (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 ceremony was held on Nov-04-2014, at SciDataCon2014, New Delhi, India, with coordination of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), the WDS, interdisciplinary committees of ISCUS, and the Indian National Science Academy. Marshall did not attend the ceremony in person due to visa issues, and he delivered an award lecture remotely. Slides of his lecture ‘Why Data Science Matters’ are accessible at:

Marshall is an associated research scientist at Tetherless World Constellation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, working on Semantic eGeoscience. His research highlights a semantic eScience framework, which deploys Semantic Web methodologies and technologies to support data-intensive researches, especially those in Earth and space sciences. His earlier work on geoscience vocabulary encoding and visualization was applied to enhance the feature of online geoscience data service and lower the barrier for layman users. His recent work on provenance of global change information addresses a crucial need for transparent scientific workflows and credible scientific findings, as global change information becomes both more abundant and increasingly important. Moreover, well-curated provenance information also facilitates informed and rational policy and decision-making. Marshall’s work was used in the Global Change Information System ( of the U.S. Global Change Research Program to enable provenance tracing.