Session Programme Meeting Programme Personal Programme Search
Quick Search
Programme Groups
Great Debates
Union Symposia
Educational Symposia
Atmospheric Sciences
Climate: Past, Present, Future
Cryospheric Sciences
Energy, Resources and the Environment
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology
Geophysical Instrumentation
Hydrological Sciences
Magnetism, Palaeomagnetism, Rock Physics & Geomaterials
Natural Hazards
Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics
Ocean Sciences
Planetary and Solar System Sciences
Soil System Sciences
Solar-Terrestrial Sciences
Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology
Tectonics and Structural Geology
Medal Lectures
Key Note Lectures
Key Note Sessions
Division Business Meetings
Editorial Board Meetings
Townhall Meetings
Splinter Meetings
Union Meetings
  Information - TM1 Data and information - the legacy of the International Polar Year

Event Information
The legacy of the International Geophysical Year and past International
Polar Years is in the scientific data collected. The upcoming IPY will
result in an unprecedented collection of geophysical and social science
data from the polar regions. To realize the full scientific and
interdisciplinary utility of these data it is essential to consider the
design of data management systems early in the experimental planning
process. Many issues need to be considered by the the IPY including
cross-disciplinary data access, essential documentation, system
guidance, and long-term data archiving.

The IPY Planning Group began to address some of these needs in the
chapter on data management in the IPY Framework Document
( In that
document they recommend that a Data Policy and Management Subcommittee
be formed to develop the IPY data policy and strategy and to provide
guidance to an the IPY Data Information Service (DIS). The DIS is then
responsible for implementing the IPY data management strategy and
providing a portal to all IPY data. The ICSU/WMO Joint Committee for IPY
recently formed the Data Subcommittee and has approved a project
coordinated by the World Data Center for Glaciology, Boulder to host the

On 2-4 March 2005, the IPY International Programme Office will host a
workshop that will 1) allow the IPY Data Subcommittee to meet and begin
their deliberations and 2) provide a broader forum for discussion of IPY
data management issues. In particular, the workshop will begin to

1. Determine the organizational framework (polices, practices, and
infrastructure) for an IPY Data and Information System in order to
- Facilitate data preservation and access; building on existing systems
while exploiting innovative new technologies
- Strengthen the interactions between polar system research and broader
Earth system science
- Enhance communication between data providers, stakeholders,
decision-makers, arctic communities, and the public
- Foster relationships with related activities including the WCRP
Climate and Cryosphere Programme, the electronic Geophysical Year (eGY),
the Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS), and the CEOS
Working Group on Information Services and Systems s
- Support long-term observations of the poles and better enable
prediction of environmental variability and its impact on society.

2. Ensure a lasting legacy of the data collected as part of the IPY and
NSF observing systems and the infrastructure necessary to ensure the
stewardship of and ongoing access to these data now and in the future.

We would like to use the townhall meeting to present the results of the
data workshop and to solicit feedback on our approach from the broad
Earth science user community.

Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers

IPY Data Policy and Management Subcommittee

General Statement
The information contained hereafter has been compiled and uploaded by the Session Organizers via the "Organizer Session Form". The Session Organizers have therefore the sole responsibility that this information is true and accurate at the date of publication, and the conference organizer cannot accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made, and he makes no warranty, expressed or implied, with regard to the material published.

Back to Session Programme


©2002-2008 Copernicus Systems + Technology GmbH