Published November 29, 2021 | Version v1
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Alignment of Polar Data Policies - Recommended Principles

  • 1. Norwegian Polar Institute
  • 2. Southern Ocean Observing System
  • 3. Australian Antarctic Data Centre
  • 4. Carleton University
  • 5. Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
  • 6. Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme
  • 7. British Antarctic Survey
  • 8. Swedish National Data Service, University of Gothenburg
  • 9. Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
  • 10. Swiss Polar Institute
  • 11. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
  • 12. National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, India
  • 13. Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System
  • 14. European Global Ocean Observing System
  • 15. South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) Information Systems
  • 16. Swedish Mapping, Cadastre and Land Registration Authority
  • 17. Natural Resources Canada
  • 18. The Danish Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency
  • 19. University of Alaska


This document presents a basis for alignment of polar data policies, notably the policies and
statements of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the International Arctic Science Committee
(IASC), the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) initiative, the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure,
and the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS). The document examines the state and recent developments of
global and important regional data policies, as well as technological and institutional developments that should or
might be considered when forming new polar data policies. Based on this examination, we conclude by identifying
a number of data management principles that can be regarded as essential to the management of polar research
data and can be incorporated in all polar data policies in such a way that they are aligned with each other and with
overarching global and regional data policies.



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