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Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management (SCADM)


SCADM 2019 Cover photoSCADM Annual Meeting 2019
27 May 2019 - 29 May 2019, Belgium/ Brussels/ Royal Belgian Institute for Natural sciences / Raadzaal

The Scientific committee on data management had their annual meeting at the Royal Belgium Institute for Natural Sciences in Belgium. This museum has a Dinosaur Gallery with a surface area of over 3000 m2 and dozens of specimens. The Dinosaur Gallery is the largest room in Europe entirely devoted to dinosaurs, their discovery, lives and evolution. The museum was an ideal location to hold the meeting, as it reinforced the importance of preserving data for humankind for the future. The meeting was attended by several countries within the SCAR community.

Feedback from countries and activities in the past year were provided:

  • The Netherlands (Taco de Bruin and Marten Tacoma, NIOZ)
  • Finland (Arto Viitika, Arctic Center)
  • Germany (Stephanie Schumacher, Pangea)
  • Japan (Masaki Kanao, Japan Polar Environment Data Center
  • Australia (Johnathan Kool, AADC)
  • USA (Frank Nitsche, USAP-DC)
  • UK (Helen Peat, BAS)
  • Sweden (David Rayner, Univ. Gothenburg)
  • Belgium (Anton Van de Putte, RBINS)
  • South Africa (Ria Olivier, ALSA)
  • South Korea (Dongchan Joo, KOPRI)
  • Norway (Stein Tronstad, Norwegian Polar Data Center)

It has been recognized that many countries are still trying to get their scientists to preserve their data for future generations, and that there is a need to investigate options in this regard. Two newcomers to SCADM were David Rayner of Sweden and Anne Treasure of South Africa.

Discussions also include feedback on specific matters and activities during the past year, including the following:

  • Update on Arctic Data Center/Council activity - Peter Pulsifer (
  • POLDER update - Thomas Vandeberghe (
  • - Ruth Duerr
  • Due South Expedition Portal - Pip Bricher
  • SOOS - Pip Bricher
  • Cloud technologies for data management - Johnathan Kool ( 
  • SCHASS data management workshop - Ria Olivier

There was time for a quick tour of the museum: 

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A dinner with Belgian Beer and food before a lot of work had to be done the next day:

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Activities and actions for the following year were discussed, including the election for the officers of SCADM. Taco de Bruin expressed everyone’s gratitude to Anton van de Putte for taking on the role of chair for the past 4 years.

The new officers for SCADM will be:

Chief Officer: Johnathan Kool
Deputy Officers: Helen Peat and Franke Nitsche
Life Sciences: Anton Van de Putt
Geosciences: Franke Nitsche
Humanities and Social Sciences: Riva Olivier
Physical sciences: TBD

The discussions also included:

  • AMD/GCMD updates and discussion - One of the main topics discussed at the meeting was the status, performance and future of the AMD, which is currently housed by NASA GCMD.
  • Federated search and - SCDAM devised a list of requirements and functionalities that a federated search tool would need to have. SCADM recommends to countries to provide their metadata information in one or more the following formats: ISO, DIF, and
  • Interaction with old and new SCAR Scientific Research Programs (SRPs) - SCDAM should connect more with outgoing and newly forming SCAR Scientific Research Programs (SRPs) to make sure data collected as part of these initiatives are stored or registered 
  • Annual report 2019 – The report will be completed for the end of June and a call with SCAR Executive Director Chandrika Nath was held on the final day, and past action items were reviewed. 

SCADM will have monthly web-meetings to keep everyone informed.

The next SCADM meeting will be held during the Polar Data Forum from 18-22. November in Helsinki ( ). 

Any scientist within the SCAR community can contact SCADM (representatives of their countries or the committee members) regarding data management.

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Text and photos by Ria Olivier

19 August - 21 August 2016
University of Malaya & Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia

SCAR OSC 2016 LogoSCAR meets every two years to conduct its administrative business at the SCAR Delegates Meeting. At these meetings the members of SCAR, through their appointed Delegates, are responsible for approving SCAR finances, and formulating SCAR policy and strategy. SCAR also holds, prior to the Delegates Meeting, a major Open Science Conference to draw attention to Antarctic issues, along with meetings of the Standing Scientific Groups that are designed to finalise the Science Programmes for eventual approval by the Delegates.

Abstract can be submitted untill the 14th of february 2016. Fore more information please visit default the Conference website .

We now have prelimanry dates for the annual SCADM meeting that will take place prior to the SCAR meeting. Once again we have a 3 day meeting from 19th-21st of August. As last year the first 2 days will be for the core meeting and the last day for smaller discussions and working together on the meeting report.

26 October - 30 October 2015
University of Waterloo, Canada

The Second Polar Data Forum (PDF II) will build on the successes of the first (PDF I, held  in Tokyo, Japan, October 2013). PDF I and a series of other international and national meetings have identified priority themes and key challenges in the domain of polar data management (see PDF I Communiqué).  PDF II will further refine these themes and priorities and will accelerate progress by establishing clear actions to address the target issues, including meeting the needs of society and science through promotion of open data and effective data stewardship, establishing sharing and interoperability of data at a variety of levels, developing trusted data management systems, and ensuring long-term data preservation. The Forum will be held in conjunction with the scheduled annual meetings of the Arctic Data Committee (ADC) of the IASC Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (IASC/SAON) and SCAR's Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management (SCADM). This unprecedented co-location presents unique opportunities for coordination and is envisioned as the first international Polar Data Week.

PDF II will provide a critically important venue for showcasing polar data initiatives, to learn from global partners and work collaboratively to continue developing an international vision and action plan. By the end of PDF II, we will have updated status and made progress on polar data management activities and outstanding issues, including international coordination of ongoing and future planned efforts across the Arctic and Antarctic data and scientific research communities.

Abstract submission and registration open on 15 May.

For more information, please visit the Polar Data Forum website.