Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


The Polar Data Forum would like to invite you to join online on June 30th from 14:00 - 17:00 UTC to continue our efforts to enhance polar data sharing and interoperability. This will be the first of a planned bi-monthly series of online workshops convened by the ADC, SCADM, SOOS, the Arctic Observing Summit Working Group 4, the Global Cryosphere Watch, and the World Data System on behalf of the polar data community. See here for more information about the workshop, and register here.

1.  Meeting kickoff (plenary) (30 minutes):  Overview of recent developments and objectives for the meeting.

Note:  Due to mutual interests, Working Groups 1 & 2 will start the meeting together to discuss common interests (e.g. metadata vocabularies).  If desired, groups will separate.
Working Sessions (2.5 hours)

2.  Breakout Working Group 1:  Federated Search.  Hosted by POLDER (
•  Share developments in the area of  metadata aggregation with particular focus on
•  Discussion of linking to other metadata standards and services (e.g. ISO 19115/ OGC CSW)
•  Identify key shared metadata vocabularies in use

3.  Breakout Working Group 2:  Vocabularies and Semantics. Hosted by the ADC-IARPC-SCADM Vocabularies and Semantics Working Group (
• Determine how to work on the Best Practices part of science on
• Work on Time, space, and other sections of science On not addressed at PDF III
• Understanding the process for contributing to community ontologies (e.g. ENVO)

4.  Breakout Working Group 3:  Policy.  Hosted by SCADM, SOOS and the Arctic Data Committee (Stein Tronstad lead):  At the third Polar Data Forum a process was initiated to update and align the data policies of IASC, SCAR, SOOS and potentially other polar science groups. We aim to move this process forward by forming a bipolar group to work on objectives andcore principles of an updated, «bipolar» data policy document. During this initial webinar we will also be looking at the rationales and key principles of some important international data policies.

This discussion will also engage representatives from the global data community to ensure broad interoperability.

Kind regards,

Peter Pulsifer, Arctic Data Committee / AOS Working Group 4
Pip Bricher, SOOS / POLDER
Taco DeBruin, SCADM / IODE
Ruth Duerr, ADC-IARPC-SCADM Vocabularies and Semantics Working Group
Öystein Godöy, Global Cryosphere Watch, ADC-IARPC-SCADM Vocabularies and Semantics Working Group
Stein Tronstad, SCADM/ADC
Jan Rene Larsen, SAON
Rorie Edmunds, World Data System

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