As Chair of the Databank working group I welcome you to our new blog. This provides a venue for sharing ideas associated with development of the global surface databank. Our near-term focus is on establishing a databank of surface temperature data at daily and monthly timescales. Longer term we intend to expand this to include sub-daily observations of temperature and other variables. A pilot temperature databank of several sources is available at http://www.gosic.org/GLOBAL_SURFACE_DATABANK/GBD.html . Suggestions regarding new data sources, formatting, and access are welcome and encouraged. This working group is supported by a task team on data rescue and another on data provenance and version control.