The World Data System (WDS) International Technology Office (ITO) was created in late 2018 after a successful bid from a consortium of Canadian hosts composed of Ocean Networks Canada at the University of Victoria, the Canadian Cryospheric Information Network Polar Data Catalogue at the University of Waterloo and the Canadian Astronomy Data Center. 

Our mission is to support the WDS members who are building trustworthy and enduring global research data infrastructure for the public good. The ITO supports the WDS members and external partners by providing technical infrastructure and services in support of universal, equitable and persistent access to scientific data, analysis and information. The ITO works with stakeholders to coordinate WDS contributions to the Global Research Data Infrastructure (GRDI) and we are grateful to our partners for their contributions.



The ITO is run under the direction of Dr. Karen Payne, Associate Director for International Technology.






The ITO is grateful for the support and assistance from our three host organizations: Ocean Networks Canada, the Polar Data Catalogue and the Canadian Astronomy Data Center.

Meet the Family

The ITO works under the oversight of the WDS Scientific Committee, who in turn reports to our parent organization, the International Science Council. The ITO works cooperatively with their sister organization, the International Programme Office in Tokyo, hosted by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology.



Contact Us

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Want to talk to someone? Get in touch with the Director:

Dr. Karen Payne

University of Victoria — Queenswood Campus

#100-2474 Arbutus Rd

Victoria, BC V8N 1V8

ph: (1) 250.472.4527

fax: (1) 250.472.5370

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Technical Advisory Committee

The ITO Technical Advisory Committee complements the WDS Scientific Committee (SC) and supports the ITO by:

  1. advising the ITO on infrastructure strategies and technical roadmaps,
  2. providing expert guidance on the direction the office, trends and activities in the global data management community,
  3. provide counsel on any technical issues that may arise during the conduct of ITO activities and programs,
  4. serving as advocates for ITO programs and projects when appropriate.

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WDS Members

The ITO supports the members of the The World Data System. The WDS is an interdisciplinary body of the International Science Council and a global consortium of data distribution centers and related organizations.  Learn more about the WDS members here.


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