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16 October 2018, 13:00 UTC

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Dates and Location

28 - 30 November 2018

WMO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland

7bis, avenue de la Paix,
Case postale 2300
CH-1211 Geneva 2


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PRELIMINARY SUMMARY REPORT of Polar Data and Systems Architecture Workshop


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  • Plenary Meeting Room:  Salle B;  on the ground floor of the building, far side
  • Secondary meeting Room (breakout):  WMO-7-Lake-Lake 7 (capacity 16 people), 7th floor, lake side
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  • Group dinner:  Restaurant Edelweiss. Place de la Navigation 2, Geneva 1201, Switzerland, +41 22 544 51 60
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A consortium of polar data coordinating bodies has recently hosted a number of useful workshops and events to foster collaboration between individuals, institutions, projects and organisations. These events have built on polar data coordination efforts including progress made during the International Polar Year, and two Polar Data Forum meetings.

More recently, the focus has been on identifying and understanding the specifics of polar data sharing and interoperability through workshops such as the Polar Connections Interoperability Workshop and Assessment Process hosted by the European Space Agency in 2016, and the Arctic Spatial Data Pilot implemented by the Open Geospatial Consortium. In May of 2018, the Polar Data Planning Summit (PDPS) hosted by the University of Colorado focused on specific interoperability priorities and the organizational and community-building aspects of data sharing and interoperability.

These and other polar activities have identified a need for continued, detailed technical collaboration in order to advance Polar Data Management. At PDPS technical discussions centred on achieving federated search through the exchange of standardised, well formatted discovery metadata. This is an important first step towards an interconnected polar data system and important gaps and mitigation have been identified at the levels of standardisation, exchange protocols, semantic annotation etc. Discussions also identified challenges consuming data from different sources and communities. Following the PDPS discussions continued during the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) held in Davos in June of 2018, discussions on how to maintain momentum and facilitate the process towards an interconnected polar data management system resulted in the commitment by the community to a series of more technically oriented workshops focused on developing an architecture for this global system. This is a response to requests from PDPS and AOS participants to coordinate activities between communities. This initiative has been proposed as a deliverable for the upcoming Second Arctic Science Ministerial.

These activities have been and will continue to be organized by a group of coordination bodies including the IASC-SAON Arctic Data Committee, the Southern Ocean Observing System, Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management, GEO Cold Regions Initiative, Polar View, Arctic Portal, ELOKA, Canadian Consortium on Arctic Data Interoperability, U.S. Inter-agency Arctic Research Policy Committee Arctic Data Sub-Team, and the host of this meeting, the WMO Global Cryosphere Watch. A complete list of organizing bodies is provided below.

The primary purpose of this workshop is to solidify the architecture development team and to continue progress on components already under development. Specifically, work undertaken by the polar data community on:

Federated Search for Polar Regions

ADC-IARPC-SCADM Vocabularies and Semantics Working Group


General Background on Status and Requirements of Polar Data Management


Report of IPY Data Management Workshop (2006)

Report on SAON Data Management Workshop

Workshop on Arctic Data Coordination (2012 IPY Conference)

NSF Workshop on Cyberinfrastructure for Polar Sciences

Communiqué of First Polar Data Forum

Communiqué of Second Polar Data Forum

Data Management for Arctic Observing

Response by the Polar Data Community to the OGC Request for Information on Arctic Spatial Data

OGC Arctic Spatial Data Pilot Phase I Report

Summary Report of Polar Connections Interoperability Workshop and Assessment Process

Arctic Science Ministerial Deliverable Statement submitted to the Second Arctic Science Ministerial held in Berlin on the 26th of October, 2018 


Associated Organizations


The meeting is being co-led and co-organized by key polar data projects and programs. The meeting follows the Polar Data Planning Summit, Activities of Working Group 4 of the 2018 Arctic Observing Summit and other activities.  As of writing, organizers, partners, and contributors include:

  • IASC/SAON Arctic data Committee
  • SCAR Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management
  • Southern Ocean Observing System
  • Global Cryosphere Watch and related WMO activities (HOST)
  • GEO Cold Regions Initiative
  • Arctic Portal
  • Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure
  • Polar View
  • International Arctic Social Sciences Association and representatives from the Arctic Social Science Community
  • University of the Arctic
  • EU Arctic Cluster including 8 current EU funded projects (APPLICATE, ARICE, BLUE ACTION, EU-PolarNet, ICE-ARC, iCUPE, INTAROS, INTERACT and NUNATARYUK)
  • U.S. Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (Arctic Data Sub-Team, associated agencies, and projects)
  • Alaska Ocean Observing System and Axiom Inc.
  • Arctic Observing Viewer and Arctic Research Mapping Application
  • NSF Arctic Data Center
  • Canadian Consortium on Arctic Data Interoperability
  • Polar Data Catalogue
  • Canadian Polar Data Workshop Network
  • Finnish Meteorological Institute
  • National Institute of Polar Research, Japan
  • Research Data Alliance
  • Inuit Circumpolar Council.  Efforts are being made to support other Indigenous organizations in engaging
  • IEEE



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