Host, Sponsor, and Supporting Organizations

Host Organizations
  • Polar Data Catalogue/Canadian Cryospheric Information Network
  • National Snow and Ice Data Center, CIRES, University of Colorado
  • ICSU World Data System
  • IASC-SAON Arctic Data Committee 
  • Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management (SC-ADM)
  • Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)
  • Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA)
  • Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)

Sponsor Organizations (as of October 2015)
  • Arctic Options: Holistic Integration for Arctic Coastal Marine Sustainability (Polar Cyberinfrastructure Program, U.S. National Science Foundation funded project, 2013-2016)
  • ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada
  • Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)
  • U.S. National Science Foundation
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • University of Waterloo
    • Faculty of Environment
    • Department of Earth and Environmental Science
    • Department of Geography and Environmental Management
    • Faculty of Science
    • Department of Biology
  • Polar View Earth Observation Limited
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Support Organizations
  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • Aleut International Association
  • Arctic Portal
  • Antarctic and Arctic Data Coordination Network (a2dc)
  • Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)
  • Environment Canada
  • Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre, Carleton University
  • Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW)
  • International Arctic Science Committee
  • Inuit Circumpolar Council
  • Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
  • Research Data Alliance
  • Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON)

Background on PDC/CCIN

The local host for PDF II, the Canadian Cryospheric Information Network and the Polar Data Catalogue, were first developed in the mid-1990's to manage the wealth of knowledge and data generated through polar research and ensure exchange and maximize accessibility of relevant data, especially from publicly-funded activities. During its first decade, CCIN received, archived, and served online datasets that were collected and developed by cryospheric scientists and other related research programs in Canada. Since the late 1990’s, CCIN has maintained a cryospheric outreach and education website for the public, With the launch of the ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence in 2004, CCIN and ArcticNet, in partnership with Noetix Research Inc. and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, came together to develop a more sophisticated online presence and database to serve the data management needs of ArcticNet scientists. The resulting system, the Polar Data Catalogue (PDC,, was developed to facilitate the exchange of data and information among researchers and other user groups, including northern communities, international programs, and the interested public. The PDC collections conform to international standards and best practices to facilitate data sharing. Since its online inception in 2007, over 2000 metadata records and 230,000 data files from research on the natural environment, social sciences, health, and policy have been entered into the PDC, facilitating its evolution into a multi-disciplinary repository for cold regions data and information. In addition, nearly 30,000 RADARSAT images of northern Canada and Antarctica are also available in the PDC.

ICSU World Data System 

The ICSU World Data System (ICSU-WDS) builds on a strong and proven 50+ year legacy of its predecessor bodies - the World Data Centres and Federation of Astronomical and Geophysical data analysis Services - established by the International Council of Science (ICSU) to ensure long-term stewardship, curation, archiving, and dissemination of scientific research data generated by the International Geophysical Year (1957–1958). Experience during the International Polar Year (2007- 2008) showed that these bodies were not able to respond fully to the expectations placed on them by ICSU. They were thus disbanded by the ICSU General Assembly in 2008 and replaced by ICSU-WDS in 2009. The new system aims for better coordination and disciplinary coverage to respond efficiently to the needs of the new scientific research challenges under the ICSU umbrella. 

The Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management (SC-ADM) 

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (COMNAP) established the Joint Committee on Antarctic Data Management (JCADM) in 1997 to manage Antarctic data. The formal linkage with COMNAP ceased and JCADM became SC-ADM starting in January 2009. SC-ADM helps facilitate co-operation between scientists and nations with regard to scientific data. It advises on the development of the Antarctic Data Directory System and played a major role in the International Polar Year Data and Information Service (IPYDIS). Members of SC-ADM are usually managers of the National Antarctic Data Centres or a relevant national contact. SC-ADM meets annually, with every second meeting in conjunction with SCAR. SC-ADM's responsibilities include: promotion of Antarctic data management; providing guidance to the Antarctic Master Directory host; establishing Antarctic data management policies and priorities; recruitment of National Antarctic Data Centres (NADCs); encouraging scientists to submit metadata to the Antarctic Master Directory; and reporting to SCAR on Antarctic data management issues. The 19th SC-ADM meeting will be held in conjunction with the Polar Data Forum II. 

The Arctic Data Committee (ADC) 

The Arctic Data Committee (ADC) was established in 2014 through a partnership between IASC and SAON. The ADC is meant to facilitate free and easy access to data and information and provide integration and dissemination of data and information through a distributed, interoperable, and broad circum-Arctic Information System. The ADC is open to interested and engaged individuals and organizations in addition to the appointed national representatives. Under the current work plan, the ADC is focusing on identifying key Arctic information resources, developing recommendations on a common set of metadata elements relevant across Arctic research to facilitate interoperability and sharing between Arctic data repositories and online portals, writing a report and guide on data publication and citation for Arctic researchers, and coordinating an interoperability experiment that brings together a number of data services under a single interface to address Societal/Science Priority Areas. The second ADC annual meeting will be held in conjunction with the Polar Data Forum II.