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Ph.D. Candidate Raed Sharif Named to Multiple International Projects and Organizations

During a series of international meetings and activities in Shanghai, China, May 23-30, 2008, Ph.D. candidate Raed M. Sharif was selected to serve on the following international projects and activities:
Chair of the e-SDDC Young Scientists Forum

Sharif was named chair of the Community of Expertise on Enhancing Access to and Application of Scientific Data in Developing Countries (e-SDDC) Young Scientists Forum. The e-SDDC is one of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID) 17 Communities of Expertise and its main goal is to promote and enhance better access to and management, dissemination, and preservation of scientific data in the developing world. The group focuses its efforts in the following three priority application areas: poverty reduction, disaster mitigation, and public health.

The Young Scientists Forum was created to enhance the role of young scientists in maximizing the value of science, especially scientific data, in the information age through promoting active participation and involvement of young scientists in the different science and technology policy areas.

Steering Committee Member: CODATA Young Scientists Committee 

Sharif was appointed to the steering committee of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) Young Scientists Committee. CODATA is one of the International Council for Science (ICSU) scientific committees, with a mission of strengthening international science for the benefit of society. The group seeks to accomplish this by promoting improved scientific and technical data management and use.

The committee will recruit young scientists to participate in the 21st International CODATA Conference: Scientific Information for Society—From Today to the Future in Kyiv, Ukraine, October 3-5, 2008. Sharif will work with international experts and senior scientists in preparations for the conference.

    • Steering Committee Member: the InterAcademy Panel on International Issues Program on Digital Knowledge Resources and Infrastructure in Developing Countries

Sharif was also named to the steering committee of the InterAcademy Panel on International Issues (IAP) Program on Digital Knowledge Resources and Infrastructure in Developing Countries. This program is funded by the IAP, a global network of the world’s science academies, and is led by the U.S. National Academies in conjunction with the Academy of Science of South Africa, the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Indian National Science Academy, as well as other interested academies and organizations.

The overarching goal of the program is to promote greater access to and use of digital scientific data and information resources, and to digital networks and infrastructure for research and education, with particular attention to capacity building of IAP member academies and the research and education communities in developing and transitional economy countries.

For the next two years, Sharif will work with 20 international experts from Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the United States on projects and activities to accomplish the program goals. 
Sharif, a native of Gaza, Palestine, holds a B.A. in economics and political science and a master’s degree in business administration, both from Birzeit University in Ramallah, Palestine.

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