Welcome to the Polar Data Forum II website!

Update 25 January 2015: The deadline for submissions to the DSJ Special Issue has been extended, and funds have been made available to cover publishing charges for a limited number of manuscripts! Please contact us with questions or intent to submit.  Thank you for your contributions!

Update 10 January 2016: The PDF II Communiqué has been posted HERE! Please distribute and share with your colleagues.

Update 20 October 2015: The Short Program and Long Program with Abstracts and Final Agenda are available (the Final Agenda has the latest updates). Also, the Forum sessions will be live streamed online - see the Programme page for further information.
Update 6 October 2015: Information about the DSJ Special issue has been added HERE
Update 14 September 2015:  Explore the PDF II abstracts and oral and poster presentations via the Knowledge BankPowered by DigIn KnoHow™. Further information available on the Programme page.

Scope of the Forum

Governments, scientists, and society are increasingly recognizing the importance of data and proper data management. The polar science community has been a leader in international, interdisciplinary data management with a history beginning with the International Polar Year (IPY) programs starting in 1881-1884. Advances in open, networked, and ubiquitous digital technologies come at the same time as unprecedented changes in the polar regions. Together, these shifts present an urgent opportunity for the polar science community, Arctic residents, and other stakeholders to establish a clear global vision, strategy, and action plan to ensure effective stewardship of and access to valuable Arctic and Antarctic data resources.  Arctic sea ice minimum, September 2013. Image from NASAArctic Sea Ice minimum, September 2013 (NASA)

The Second Polar Data Forum (PDF II) will be held October 27 - 29, 2015 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada to build on successes of the first Polar Data Forum (PDF I) 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 the PDF I Communiqué at https://sites.google.com/site/polardataforum/International_Polar_Data_Forum_Communique.pdf for a brief listing and description of outcomes. 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 International Arctic Science Committee and Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (IASC/SAON) and the Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management (SC-ADM) of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). This unprecedented co-location presents unique opportunities for coordination and is envisioned as the first international Polar Data Week. 

Adélie penguins, Antarctic peninsula. Photo by PaoMic, from Wikimedia Commons
Adélie penguins, Antarctic Peninsula (PaoMic)
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.