I just came back from a whirlwind trip to Taiwan and Japan.
In Taiwan I presented a the CODATA 2012 conference Open Data and Information for a Changing Planet. CODATA (Committee on Data for Science and Technology) is an interdisciplinary Scientific Committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU), which works to improve the quality, reliability, management and accessibility of data of importance to all fields of science and technology. Canada has a Canadian National Committee for CODATA, based out of The National Research Council of Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) and the focus is scientific and research data and their preservation. CODATA are the systems of systems folks, focusing on large data infrastructures. The World Data Systems (WDS) folks also joined the conference and I had the good fortune of meeting some World Data Centre (WDS) directors. WDCs are a critical component in the sharing and preservation of scientific data and they undergo a rigorous certification processwhich many open data cities, provinces and federal initiatives might want to consider in their planning.