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State Department to Support Establishment of World Data System’s US Office

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The State Department will collaborate with a partnership between the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee to establish a program office for an international non-governmental organization that offers the research community access to scientific datasets.

The Oak Ridge Institute in Tennessee will host the World Data System's U.S. office over a five-year period to support research and data access initiatives, the State Department said Thursday.

The department backs the project as part of efforts to promote trusted information and values-based approaches to protect citizen privacy and sensitive data of domestic businesses via the federal government's Clean Network program.

The International Science Council's 29th General Assembly formed the WDS interdisciplinary body in 2008.