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Polar to Global Online and Data Sharing Workshop/Hackathon

Participation to this workshop is limited and registration is required using the form found here. Connection information will be provided to registered participants closer to the event time.

During the Third Polar Data Forum (PDF III) held in Helsinki in November of 2019, members of the Polar Data Community gathered to share information and knowledge and to make practical progress towards greater data sharing and interoperability. PDF III followed on a series of meetings that have resulted in continuing advancements in the areas of federated search, identification and development of shared vocabularies and formal semantics, data policy, community building, and other topics. Since PDF III, the dialogue has continued. In March and early April, the Arctic data community met during the online Arctic Observing Summit. The Standing Committee on Arctic Data Management (SCADM) and members of the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) Program have met meeting regularly. There is broad agreement between these groups and the IASC–SAON Arctic Data Committee (ADC) that meeting more frequently will help us to continue making practical progress on our shared goals.

An online workshop to enhance polar data sharing and interoperability will be held on 30 June from 14:00–17:00 UTC. 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.

A detailed agenda, objectives, and a registration link will be shared in the coming days/weeks.

General Draft Agenda

1. Meeting kickoff (plenary) (30 min): 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 be separated.

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 and core 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.

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When 02:00 PM–05:00 PM, 30 Jun 2020
Where Online
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