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XXXII SCAR Delegates Meeting
23-25 July 2012, Portland Oregon, USA

SCAR XXXII WP22: Report of the Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management (SCADM)

Working Paper 22
Agenda Item: 6.1
Posted/Revised: June 14
Person Responsible: De Bruin

Executive Summary

Title: SCADM Report

Authors: T De Bruin

Introduction/ Background: The Antarctic Treaty (section III.1.c) says, "Scientific observations and results from Antarctica shall be exchanged and made freely available."

The Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management (SC-ADM) helps facilitate co-operation between scientists and nations with regard to scientific data. It advises on the development of the Antarctic Data Directory System and played a major role in the International Polar Year data system (IPYDIS).

Members of SC-ADM are usually managers of the National Antarctic Data Centres or a relevant national contact.

Important Issues or Factors: SC-ADM's responsibilities include:

  • Promotion of Antarctic data management
  • Providing guidance to the Antarctic Master Directory host
  • Establishing Antarctic data management policies and priorities
  • The recruitment of National Antarctic Data Centres (NADCs)
  • Encouraging scientists to submit metadata to the Antarctic Master Directory

Reporting to SCAR on Antarctic data management issues

Partners: SCAGI, WDS, all SCAR SSGs, SCs etc.

Budget Implications: $5000 a year for SCADM and $10000 a year for the Global Change Master Directory