Through this process, we are aiming to complete a broad assessment the status of data and information systems interoperability within the polar regions, as well as connections to global systems.  The assessment will not be limited to technical aspects of interoperability.  Topics discussed will include governance, sustainability and evolving business models, and potential connections to documented forms of Indigenous Knowledge and social science data.

We see this as a process rather than an event.  The process will be active before and after the workshop and virtual participation will be possible during most of the workshop.  We are encouraging participation through a brief pre-worshop survey (  If you have thoughts on interoperability or are engaged in a relevant project, please complete the survey.  Following the workshop, there will be approximately two months available for broad input to the process including live contribution to documents.

The workshop will be preceded by the a meeting of EU-PolarNet (a workshop co-convener) Task 3.3 (Data Management and Interoperability), and will be be followed by the third meeting of the IASC-SAON Arctic Data Committee.

Space during the workshop is limited, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible.  Additionally, if you would like to participate virtually, please register and indicate this.

Kind regards,

Peter Pulsifer,on behalf of our co-conveners and organizing team

For more details on the meeting and a current list of co-convenors, please see:

Dear ArcticNet colleagues,

The ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada and its partners are pleased to welcome the Arctic research community to Winnipeg, Manitoba for the 12th ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting (
ASM2016) to be held from December 5 – 9th 2016 at the RBC Convention Centre.

As the largest annual Arctic research gathering held in Canada, the ASM welcomes over 500 participants annually and is the ideal venue to present results from all fields of Arctic research and stimulate national and international networking and partnership activities. Scientists, policy and decision makers, representatives of government and non-government organizations, the private sector, Inuit and northern stakeholders and media are invited to join us at ASM2016 to address the global challenges and opportunities brought to the Arctic by climate change and modernization.


Abstracts for oral and poster presentations addressing all fields of Arctic research are now being accepted by completing the online abstract submission form available on the ASM2016 website. The deadline for abstract submission is Monday October 3, 2016. 

Anyone interested in organizing specific topical sessions should contact me as soon as possible at: 

Posters presented by graduate students are eligible for the Graduate Student Poster Awards.  


The ASM2016 is a 5-day Conference beginning with Student Day at 8:30 on Monday December 5, 2016. The official opening session of the Conference will be at 13:30 on Tuesday December 6 and the Conference will finish at 12:00 on Friday December 9, 2016.

The Conference Banquet will be held Wednesday December 7 at the RBC Convention Centre and is included with your registration.

ArcticNet is very proud to host the 2016 Arctic Inspiration Prize Awards Ceremony in conjunction with its annual meeting. This event will be held Thursday December 8 at 8:00 pm at the Centennial Concert Hall and will feature a performance by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Nunavut Sivuniksavut. 

On-line registration for the Conference is now available on the ASM2016 website. Register before the early-bird deadline of Monday October 31, 2016 to save on your registration fee. 


Our host hotel for the ASM2016 is the Delta Winnipeg, ideally situated in the heart of the city and conveniently connected by Skywalk to the RBC Convention Centre and in close proximity to downtown Winnipeg attractions.  

Our block of rooms is guaranteed until November 7, 2016. Please book your rooms as early as possible by using the hotel reservation information provided on the ASM2016 website. Be sure to quote ASM2016/ArcticNet when making your reservation by phone in order to take advantage of the Conference rates.

Additional information on the conference, hotel & venue, and sponsor/exhibitor opportunities is available on the 
ASM2016 website.  

Please post and circulate this announcement among your national and international Arctic networks and we hope to see you in Winnipeg for another exceptional Arctic research and networking meeting.

Warm regards,

Leah Braithwaite, for the ASM2016 Organizing Committee

Arctic Data Collaboration Team Meeting with a presentation on the Arctic Domain Awareness Center and its Arctic Information Fusion Capability (AIFC) Project

May 26, 1 to 2pm Eastern Daylight Time

This meeting will be held by WebEx:

Copy and paste the following link to a browser: 

US TOLL FREE: +1-855-282-6330  Access code: 666 341 323

Presentation by Church Kee

Synopsis of Presentations:

ADAC is hosted by the University of Alaska, with work conducted at UA campuses in Anchorage and Fairbanks, and across a community of  academic centers. It has a mission which includes improving the situational awareness and crisis response capabilities related to emerging maritime challenges posed by the dynamic Arctic environment.

AIFC seeks to support operational decision makers in the maritime domain ranging from operational commanders to tactical operators to community-based observers. AIFC also seeks to gain two dimensional geographic orientation of precision mapping data, near real time and high resolution satellite imagery incorporated with available modeling, sensors, web based communications and appropriate social networking feeds to gain domain awareness in support of operational decision making and interface with humans and responders in the field.

Joe Casas, NASA
Co-Chair, IARPC Arctic Data Coordination Team

On Tuesday, 27th September 2016 EU-PolarNet will host a major Townhall Event in Brussels. The event¹s topic is: Towards the 1.5°C climate goal ­ Contributions of Polar Research. Read more about the event and the preparations.<>

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