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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Background

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
  • 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.

Highlighted Use Cases

Discussion at the Polar Data Planning Summit will be focused around a number of use cases.  The title of the use cases are provided below.  More details will be provided here prior to the Summit, and they will be refined during the Summit.

Discussion will revolve around a general theme:  Data Sharing for Understanding and Responding to Environmental Change

At least three specific use cases are being developed:

  1. Discovering and linking data to support our understanding of cryospheric extreme events in the past, present and future.
  2. Sharing Biological and Oceanographic Data in Support of Marine Science and Resource Management
  3. Mobilizing Data and Information to Support Vibrant and Resilient Arctic Communities

 

Draft Agenda

 

   Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018   
    Morning - Free time in Boulder, some participants arriving    
         
  Time  Topic/Item  Lead, Participants  
  13:00   Arrival, Refreshments    
  13:30 Welcome, logistics Peter Pulsifer, Colleen Strawhacker, Maribeth Murray  
  13:45 Introductions All participants  
  14:00 Review of Polar Data Community Activities and Outcomes Peter Pulsifer, Colleen Strawhacker, Maribeth Murray, Anton Van de Putte (tent), Pip Bricher  
  14:30 Examples of Operational, Interoperable, Polar Cyberinfrastructures    
    Global Cryosphere Watch Øystein Godøy  
    Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure Cameron Wilson  
    GEO/GEOSS Portal Yubao Qiu  
    Polar Thematic Explortation Platform David Arthurs  
  15:30 Break All  
  15:45 Setting the Context and Introduction to Use Cases    
    Connecting data to Society, Science, Decision Making and Policy; Use of Scenario Planning TBD  
    Discovering and linking data to support our understanding of cryospheric extreme events in the past, present and future. Øystein Godøy  
    Sharing Biological and Oceanographic Data in Support of Marine Science and Resource Management Pip Bricher, Serge Scory, Taco DeBruin  
    Mobilizing Data and Information to Support Vibrant and Resilient Arctic Communities TBD  
  16:45 Lightning talks - connecting participant cyberinfrastructures to Use Cases Open to all participants including virtual participants (3 minutes or less; can reference poster)  
  17:30  Adjourn    
  Evening Dinner on your own - recommendations will be provided and coordination of group dining facilitated    
   Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018   
  08:00 Arrival, Refreshments    
  08:30 Review of Day 1 and Overview of Working Sessions    
  09:00 Interoperable Data Discovery    
    Working Session Working Session  
    Technical Track Context and Scenarios Track Faciliator
    Metadata standards, specficiations, protocols, services, federated search (facilitated by representative of Polar Federated Search Working Group) Identification of Actors (use cases will guide discussions) Mark Parsons
    Semantic Aspects of Data Discovery (facilitated by Ruth Duerr, Polar Semantics and Vocabularies Working Group) Drivers for data discovery  
    Focus on identifying and documenting key problems and solutions related to data discovery guided by Use Cases Known data infrastructures   
   10:30 Break Break  
  10:50 Working Session Working Session  
    Architecture Design:  develop a discovery architecture diagram and related narrative that describes a system that could support one or more use cases. Wherever possible, this architecture will address challenges identified and utilize solution identified in the previous session. Concept mapping - establish model of Actors and Infrastructures connected by Drivers and other relationships.  
   12:30 Lunch (provided)  Lunch (provided)  
   13:30 Technical Track Context and Scenarios Track  
    Data standards, specficiations, protocols, services (facilitated by participants including GCW, ASDI and others Looking to the future: building on the morning session, what actors, drivers, cyberinfrasturctures etc. might we expect in the near, medium and long-term? Identify different scenarios that we may need to plan for?  Link to different societal and environmental scenarios.  
    Semantic Aspects of Data Sharing (facilitated by Ruth Duerr, Polar Semantics and Vocabularies Working Group)  
    Focus on identifying and documenting key problems and solutions related to data sharing guided by Use Cases  
  15:30  Break Break  
    Architecture Design:  develop a data sharing architecture diagram and related narrative that describes a system that could serve one or more use cases. Wherever possible, this architecture will address challenges identified and utilize solution identified in the previous session. Synthesis.  Writed document summarizing discussion.  Target towards presentation at Arctic Observing Summit, Arctic Science Summit Week   
  17:30 Adjourn    
  19:00 Group dinner    
   Thursday, May 24th, 2018   
  08:00  Arrival, Refreshments    
  08:30 Review of Day 1 and Overview of Working Sessions    
  09:00 Working Session (Single Track)    
    Data processing, assimilation, synthesis etc.    
    Introductory talk TBD  
    The Concept of Synthesis Representative from NSF Arctic Data Center  
  9:30 Working session - linking outcomes of Technical and Context/Scenarios track. How can "Architectures" serve the Actors, Drivers and Scenarios identified All  
  10:30 Break    
  10:50 Working session continued    
  12:30 Lunch (provided)    
  13:30 Synthesis and the Future Peter Pulsifer & other faciliators  
    How do we actualize globally connected polar cyberinfrastructures?  How do we continue to coordinate efforts across the increasing number of polar data initiatives?  Discussion by all  
  14:30 Drafting statements and meeting outcomes for Arctic Science Summit Week, Arctic Observing Summit, Arctic Science Ministerial, GEO Plenary and other events. Conbributions by All  
  15:30 Adjourn    

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

 


Registration

The number of participants at the summit is limited.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Heidi McCann directly to indicate your affiliation and interest.

Travel Information:

The recommended airport is Denver International Airport (DIA).

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

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved and booking information can be obtained by contacting Heidi McCann will be provided here. 

Contacts:

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

 


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