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Polar Data Forum III: Registration Open Until 18 October

The Call for Abstracts for the WDS co-convened Third International Polar Data Forum (PDF III) is now closed. Notification of abstract acceptance will be given by 16 September 2019.

Information about PDF III

We are pleased to announce that PDF III will be hosted by the Finnish Meteorological Institute at their Dynamicum campus on 18–22 November 2019 in Helsinki, Finland. PDF III will be a two-day conference style meeting in support of information exchange, with the remainder of the week using a 'hackathon' approach that will build on the development work done in previous meetings. More information is available on the conference website.

Registration for PDF III is open until 18 October 2019

Paper and Poster Themes

Posters and presentations will be accepted on a wide variety of data, information and knowledge related issues. Abstracts will be reviewed primarily for their relevance or connection to the polar regions and polar activities. While talks or posters on general topics will be considered, priority will be given to abstracts focused on experiences, research, operations, projects, programs or topics that take place in or are about the polar regions. Of particular interest are talks that report on how broader, regional, disciplinary or global standards, protocols and methodologies are, or could be applied, to the polar domain (e.g., how does your polar work link to broader efforts to make data FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). In keeping with past community events, we see the polar data system as part of the broader global system.

Themes of interest include:

  • Community and network building
  • Data discovery and federated search
  • All aspects of data interoperability (syntactical, structural, semantic, social)
  • Standards and protocols to improve data access
  • Analysis of user needs
  • Enabling data reuse for multiple audiences
  • Ethical utilization of data derived from Indigenous knowledge and community based monitoring
  • Data management for polar social science and humanities
  • Cloud computing and other advanced analytical methods and platforms
  • Sensor webs and observing systems
  • Critical studies on polar data management (e.g., Science and Technology Studies)
  • Any topic relevant to polar data

    Third Polar Data Forum

    When: 18–22 November 2019
    Where: Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland
    Contact: mikko.strahlendorff[at]