26 October - 30 October 2015
University of Waterloo, Canada
The Second Polar Data Forum (PDF II) will build on the successes of the first (PDF I, held in Tokyo, Japan, October 2013). PDF I and a series of other international and national meetings have identified priority themes and key challenges in the domain of polar data management (see PDF I Communiqué). PDF II will further refine these themes and priorities and will accelerate progress by establishing clear actions to address the target issues, including meeting the needs of society and science through promotion of open data and effective data stewardship, establishing sharing and interoperability of data at a variety of levels, developing trusted data management systems, and ensuring long-term data preservation. The Forum will be held in conjunction with the scheduled annual meetings of the Arctic Data Committee (ADC) of the IASC Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (IASC/SAON) and SCAR's Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management (SCADM). This unprecedented co-location presents unique opportunities for coordination and is envisioned as the first international Polar Data Week.
PDF II will provide a critically important venue for showcasing polar data initiatives, to learn from global partners and work collaboratively to continue developing an international vision and action plan. By the end of PDF II, we will have updated status and made progress on polar data management activities and outstanding issues, including international coordination of ongoing and future planned efforts across the Arctic and Antarctic data and scientific research communities.
Abstract submission and registration open on 15 May.
For more information, please visit the Polar Data Forum website.