Polar Data Planning Summit

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22 - 24 May 2018

University Memorial Center
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado  USA


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A number of recent conferences, workshops and meetings have confirmed that there are many national, regional and local projects and programs that are active in polar data management and stewardship and that also have a mandate or desire to contribute to regional or international coordination of efforts and activities. Many of those initiatives have resources available and are making progress towards an envisioned connected, interoperable polar data system. The international polar data community is eager to improve cooperation and coordination of their efforts.

In the May of 2018, representatives from a wide range of different active programs and projects will come together to focus on work planning and coordination of effort. This meeting will complement past workshops and fora (e.g. IPY, Polar Data Forums etc.) that have been effective in defining important community challenges and technical issues. The focus of the Summit will be to generate detailed plans on how best to mobilise existing and soon-to-be initiated funded activities to develop a particular international data sharing case study or scenario. At the annual meetings of the Arctic Data Committee and the Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management held in Montreal in September 2017, a focus on the sharing of meteorological observations and linking to existing terrestrial data networks was discussed as one possibility. Discussions on the precise nature of the case study will continue, a decision will be taken during the winter of 2018.

The meeting is being be co-led and co-organized by key polar data projects and programs. As of writing, organizers include:

  • IASC/SAON Arctic data Committee
  • SCAR Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management
  • Southern Ocean Observing System
  • Global Cryosphere Watch and related WMO activities
  • GEO Cold Regions Initiative
  • Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure
  • Polar View
  • Arctic Portal
  • International Arctic Social Sciences Association and representatives from the Arctic Social Science Community; National Institute of Polar Research in Japan
  • University of the Arctic
  • EU Arctic Cluster including 8 current EU funded projects
  • U.S. Interargency Arctic Research Policy Committee (Arctic Data Sub-Team, association agencies and projects)
  • Canadian Polar Data Workshop Network
  • Canadian Consortium on Arctic Data Interoperability
  • National Institute of Polar Research, Japan
  • Research Data Alliance.
  • Inuit Circumpolar Council is part of the Summit.  Efforts are being made to support Indigenous organizations in engaging.  

The Summit is being support by the U.S. National Science Foundation and contributions from the organizers.

Background Resources 

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 


Organizational and Technical Resources


Arctic Observing Viewer Guide to Interoperability

Data Curation Centre - General Data Management

SeaDataNet Standards and Software

Research Data Alliance Working Groups

Research Data Alliance Interest Groups



Please Register Using the Registration Site

Travel Information:

The recommended airport is Denver International Airport (DIA).

There are several travel optionfrom the DIA to Boulder that will be posted here soon.

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved and booking information will be provided here. 


Content and themes: Peter Pulsifer
Travel Arrangements and Logistics: Heidi McCann


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