ArcticNet - ArcticNet Research

Phase 4 (2015-2018)

Polar Data Management for Northern Science

Project Leader(s)

LeDrew, Ellsworth

The Polar Data Catalogue (PDC, https://www.polardata.ca) at the University of Waterloo is one of Canada’s primary sources for data and information on research in the polar regions. Formed as a partnership between the ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence, the Canadian Cryospheric Information Network (CCIN), the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Noetix Research Inc., the PDC was created as a long-term repository and online access portal to serve the data management needs of ArcticNet and other Canadian and international polar research and monitoring programs. Since its online launch in 2007, the PDC has grown to include nearly 2,200 descriptive records of datasets and polar data resources and over 230,000 data files and satellite images. The PDC facilitates exchange of information among researchers, northern communities, the public, and other user groups. Through this project, the PDC and CCIN will enhance data management support to ArcticNet scientists and students. The project seeks to secure ArcticNet’s long-term data legacy by streamlining and improving data submission and access, expanding visibility of ArcticNet’s data through linkages with northern organizations and the global polar data management community and making ArcticNet’s valuable data resources available far into the future. Contributes to IRIS: 1, 2, 3, 4