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XXXI SCAR Delegates Meeting
9-11 August 2010, Buenos Aires, Argentina

SCAR XXXI IP04b: SCAR Data Policy

Information Paper 4b
Agenda Item: 5.4
Posted/Revised: June 1
Person Responsible: Finney

Executive Summary

Title: SCAR Data Policy

Authors: Kim Finney

Relevant URLs or references to other reports: See also SCAR Data and Information Management Strategy ( pdf Report 34 (578 KB) , updated link) which provides the full context for why a Data Policy is required.

Introduction/ Background: To clarify obligations with regard to data access, SCAR requires a clearly enunciated data management policy so that there is unambiguous guidance on what is expected of SCAR members. This requires development and endorsement of a SCAR Data Policy that stipulates the norms that SCAR members should adopt with respect to data sharing and access; data management planning; and establishment of National Antarctic Data Centres (NADCs). SCAR related research data is highly multidisciplinary and often widely dispersed. The SCAR policy aims to provide a framework for SCAR data to be handled in a consistent manner, and to strike a balance between the rights of investigators and the need for widespread access through the free and unrestricted sharing and exchange of both data and metadata.  As currently drafted, the SCAR policy is compatible with the data principles of SCAR’s parent body, ICSU and other relevant international agencies (e.g. WMO), and with the goals of Article III 1. c of the Antarctic Treaty.

Important Issues or Factors: Policy covers: definition of data; Data access;   Data preservation requirements; Data management planning; and Data acknowledgement norms.

Recommendations/Actions and Justification: It is requested that Delegates review and endorse the draft SCAR Data Policy.

Expected Benefits/Outcomes: (if the actions are taken what outcomes are expected)

Partners: Similar policies already exist in other networks, or are emerging.

Budget Implications: N/A