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Second 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.

The first Polar to Global Online Interoperability and Data Sharing Workshop/Hackathon was held on 30 June. This online workshop was the kickoff in 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.

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the next workshop held on 02 September from 13:00–15:30 UTC. More detailed agenda information will be added soon, but the general draft agenda is given below.

General Draft Agenda

1. Meeting kickoff (plenary) (5 minutes): Introductory remarks, overview of recent developments and objectives for the meeting series can be found in the documentation from the first workshop on 30 June 2020.

2. Working Sessions (2.5 hours)
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.

Breakout Working Group 1: Federated Search. Hosted by POLDER.
Breakout Working Group 2:
Vocabularies and Semantics. Hosted by the ADC-IARPC-SCADM Vocabularies and Semantics Working Group

  • What progress have participants made in implementing since the meeting in Helsinki in November 2019?
  • What roadblocks are participants facing?
  • Continue the work from Helsinki in defining a community-agreed best practice on how to define time, space, and parameters
       »  Includes discussion of linking to other metadata standards and services (e.g. ISO 19115/ OGC CSW)
  • In Helsinki, we agreed that the community needs to adopt a Best Practice approach to implementing This needs to be documented. How do we create and review that document

Links to resources identified in Helsinki are available here.
For broader context, all ESIP discussions on are here.

Group 1 alone: New co-chairs for POLDER

Group 2 alone: Understanding the process for contributing to community ontologies (e.g. ENVO)

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 polar group to work on objectives and core principles of an updated, polar 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.
Key questions for the session:

  1. What are the most important concerns (rationales) for polar data policies to address?
    The question could also be phrased as “Why should we have polar data policies?” The Antarctic Treaty emphasises scientific cooperation, while other polar or global policies refer to concerns such as scientific transparency, reproducibility, efficiency, intellectual property rights or others. The rationales and motivations of a number of such policies have been summarised and referenced in this document.
  2. What should be the core data management principles laid down by future revised data policies?
    The current polar data policies and statements share a legacy from the IPY Data Policy, where the core principle is that data should be made available “fully, freely, openly, and on the shortest feasible timescale”. Later the FAIR principles have gained considerable traction. Some polar and global data policies go into much more detail. The overall picture has been summarised in this document. The aim of this discussion should be to identify – based on the answer to question 1 – the principles that should be considered fundamental to the polar data policies, and other principles important enough to consider including in a common core.
  3. How should the policy revision process continue, and who should be involved?

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When 01:00 PM–03:30 PM, 02 Sep 2020
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