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SCAR XXXIV WP20: Report on SCADM (Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management)
XXXIV SCAR Delegates Meeting
29 - 30 August 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

SCAR XXXIV WP20: Report on SCADM (Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management)

Working Paper: 20
Agenda Item: 5.1
Posted/Revised: 14 Jul 2016

Presentation: pdf Agenda Item 5.1 (167 KB)

Executive Summary:

Authors: Anton P. Van de Putte with support from SCADM members

Important Issues or Factors: Since 2014, SCADM has defined a new set of priorities for 2014-2016. These include:

  • providing data access through the Antarctic Data Management System (ADMS);
  • promoting a distributed, interoperable network of accredited polar data centres; and
  • data publication.

The level of participation of countries is highly variable and the request for contact points from national committees/delegates has had a limited response.

Recommendations/Actions and Justification:

  • Increase the visibility of the Antarctic Master Directory (AMD) on the SCAR website and other media and fora.
  • Relaunch the request for contact points to be provided by national committees/delegates.
  • Improve collaboration with SCAR SRPs and external partners.

Budget Implications: SCADM is requesting $5000 a year, primarily to organize the annual meetings and to support SCADM members in attending these meetings. This budget is often used largely for the annual meetings (e.g. catering for the meeting, if this is not offered by the host). A budget increase ($2000) would allow dedicated funding for, e.g. a recurring data rescue grant sponsored by SCADM. Currently such grants are only possible on a biennial basis, depending on the spending for meeting logistics.