Polar Data Planning Summit
22 - 24 May 2018
University Memorial Center
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado USA
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:
- Discovering and linking data to support our understanding of cryospheric extreme events in the past, present and future.
- Sharing Biological and Oceanographic Data in Support of Marine Science and Resource Management
- Mobilizing Data and Information to Support Vibrant and Resilient Arctic Communities
|Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018|
|Morning - Free time in Boulder, some participants arriving|
|13:30||Welcome, logistics||Peter Pulsifer, Colleen Strawhacker, Maribeth Murray|
|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|
|15:45||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)|
|Evening||Dinner on your own - recommendations will be provided and coordination of group dining facilitated|
|Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018|
|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|
|10:50||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|
|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|
|Thursday, May 24th, 2018|
|08:30||Review of Day 1 and Overview of Working Sessions|
|09:00||Working Session (Single Track)|
|Data processing, assimilation, synthesis etc.|
|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|
|10:50||Working session continued|
|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|
General Background on Status and Requirements of Polar Data Management
Organizational and Technical Resources
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.
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.