Chair: Veerachai Tanpipat, HII-ThaiREN, Thailand ([email protected], [email protected])

Co-chair: Takafumi Aizawa, NII, Japan ([email protected])

Co-chair: Markus Buchhorn, APAN, Australia ([email protected])

Mailing list: [email protected]


With the fundamental problems of open data and data sharing which are huge handles to many researchers and research communities, it is therefore in need to bring those issues to the table for the APAN community to discuss and find out possible solutions together. In this working group, good practices will be shared, and obstacles and standards will be presented and discussed toward feasible suggestions and solutions. Of course, those issues are not easy to solve, but toward sustainable development, climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience, we need to overcome those and find a common ground together to open as possible and to close as necessary.


  1. To identify obstacles in open and sharing data
  2. To discuss ways to overcome obstacles in open and sharing data
  3. To provide knowledge of and data-sharing platform including good data management and stewardship
  4. To promote the FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability) DATA Principles
  5. To Help make data policy/rules in each organization/institute or national level.
  6. To help find data
  7. To help access data, if data is not opened (sharing data)


  1. Invite new members
  2. Discussion using the WG Mailing List, Video Meeting
  3. Have sessions and summarize WG Activities in each APAN Meeting
  4. Sharing activities, platforms, and best practices from across Asia Pacific, across disciplines (need a hub website?)
  5. Collaborate with APAN WGs
  6. Collaborate with National/International Academic Societies.
  7. Collaborate with W3C Web of Things WG/IG
  8. Collaborate with Research Data Alliance and their members (ANDS/ARDC, US, EU…)
  9. Make a list or catalog of free data that can be accessed and create a Data Catalog

New Initiatives: Each of those will become work packages for the working group with their plans for support and implementation.

  1. Raise awareness, support capability-building, and undertake needs analysis of open data standards and sharing services within the Asia-Pacific, through working with each WG and National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in the region
  2. Support the provision of Data Discovery Services, Repositories, and associated services, working with interested disciplines
  3. Establishing a framework for ‘Data Standards, Interoperability and Best practices in Asia-Pacific Region,’ including metrics of maturity, and sharing existing international guidelines and standards. This will help provide a forum for stronger regional collaboration around open data across the region.
  4. Collaborate with similar platforms and groups United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific (UN-GGIM-AP), UNESCO, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), and Research Data Alliance (RDA) to ensure global collaboration is fully supported.
  5. Identify contacts for each country or NREN who know how to access research data locally in different disciplines or communities, or what is happening on the national scene around data-sharing, who are willing to work with APAN-OSDWG and help improve open and sharing data activities.