Themes and Topics of the Polar Data Forum II

Interoperability
● Building an international polar metadata sharing network to link polar data portals from many countries and enhance discoverability of Arctic and Antarctic data
● Recommending formats and character sets to facilitate interoperability
● Articulating requirements for structural (schematic), semantic (vocabularies, relationships, etc.), and human (individual, organizational, political, policy, funding) interoperability
● Identifying web services for online display/download/query, to maximize understanding and reuse
● Update on SC-ADM, ADC, and other organizations’ activities related to metadata and interoperability

User Experience
● Data visualization/graphical display
● Alternative representations
● Analysis and processing tools for data types, formats, etc. - what do users/stakeholders need?
● Simplifying contribution/upload of datasets and metadata to reduce burden on researchers, northerners, and other users
● Documentation, education, and training

Long-term preservation
● Technical requirements, trends in IT practice
● Policy and funding for sustainability

Trust
● Network building/knowledge sharing
● Update on ADC Mapping the Polar Data Ecosystem project
● Partnerships
● Certification of trusted repositories

Professional Practice
● Establishment and standardization of best practices
● Data citation
● Data publication, DOIs, credit for data contributors
● Open data

SPECIAL SESSIONS:  PDF II will include a number of special sessions. The International Advisory Committee has identified several topics including themes such as Indigenous Perspectives on Polar Data Management, The Status and Future of the Polar Information Commons, and an Introduction to EU-PolarNet. Additional information will be provided in subsequent circulars. Although the number of special sessions will be limited, if you would like to propose a session, please send a description of your idea to the International Advisory Committee.

Provisional Schedule

 

Monday

26 October

Tuesday

27 October

Wednesday

28 October

Thursday

29 October

Friday

30 October

Morning 1

SC-ADM Business meeting

Joint ADC/SC-ADM Meeting

Data

Management Workshop

PDF II

Presentation Session 2

PDF II

Presentation Session 3

ADC Business meeting

Morning 2

SC-ADM Business meeting

Joint ADC/SC-ADM Meeting

Data

Management Workshop

PDF II

Poster Session 1

PDF II

Poster Session 2

ADC Business meeting

Afternoon 1

SC-ADM Business meeting

PDF II Opening Plenary

PDF II

Synthesis & Working  Session 1

PDF II

Synthesis & Working  Session 3

ADC Business meeting

Afternoon 2

SC-ADM Business meeting

PDF II Presentation Session 1

PDF II

Synthesis & Working  Session 2

PDF II

Closing Synthesis Session

ADC Business meeting

Evening

IASC/SAON/ SC-ADM Dinner & Student/Early Career Social

PDF II Ice breaker

Group Dinner

Indigenous Event

Departures


Provisional Schedule Notes: Synthesis and working sessions will focus on broad discussion involving facilitators, panels and participants. The focus will be on dialogue and the active conceptualization and development of PDF II outcomes (e.g., statements, work plans, papers, etc.). For a description of the Data Management Workshop and side meetings, see Section 8. More details on these events and meetings will be provided in subsequent circulars and on the PDF II website.

Events

Ice Breaker
An ice breaker will be held for all participants near the meeting venue Tuesday night. Details will be posted here and in subsequent circulars.

Banquet
Dinner Wednesday evening will be hosted on the University of Waterloo campus.

Evening Event - Focus on Indigenous Perspectives and Culture
An evening celebration of Indigenous life and culture is being planned with local, national, and international partners. Further information will be provided here and in subsequent circulars.

ADC 2 
The second meeting of the IASC/SAON Arctic Data Committee will be on Tuesday and Friday. The meeting is of committee members plus registered guests.

SC-ADM 19
The nineteenth meeting of the Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. The meeting is of committee members plus registered guests.

Data Management Workshop
A half-day workshop is being planned to cover the essentials of proper data management. The workshop is designed for graduate students and early career researchers, but anyone who is interested in learning more about how to care for their data is welcome to attend.

Student/Early Career Researcher Social
The ArcticNet Student Association and APECS are planning a Social on Monday evening, 26 October. This event will be held at a local brewpub/restaurant and will be an opportunity to meet other Forum attendees.
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