Imagine a world in which scientific data can be readily accessed by anyone seeking them. This, in a nutshell, is the premise of the Electronic Geophysical Year (eGY), one of the “international science years” commemorating the 50th anniversary of the International Geophysical Year (IGY). In the Earth and space sciences, as in other disciplines, ready and open access to the vast and growing collections of cross-disciplinary digital information is the key to understanding and responding to complex Earth and space system phenomena that influence human survival. We have a shared responsibility to create and implement strategies to realize the full potential of digital information and services for present and future generations.

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