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Polar Data Planning Summit

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DSC0784 Polar Data Planning Summit Group Photo.









 Photo Credit: Chris McNeave


Dates and Location

22 - 24 May 2018

UMC 415-417, University Memorial Center
1669 Euclid Ave, Boulder, Colorado, 80309 (corner of Broadway and Euclid)

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado  USA

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Topic: PDPS Day 3

Time: May 24, 2018 8:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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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 and partners 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
  • 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 Consortium on Arctic Data Interoperability
  • Canadian Polar Data Workshop Network
  • Finnish Meteorological Institute
  • 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.

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