On October 31, 2013, a kick-off webinar was held by the National Science Foundation to introduce 35 questions grouped in 8 thematic areas which address best practices for long-term observing management and governance. Over the next 20 weeks, 9 webinars will be held to further delve into each of the 8 themes: (1) Definition, (2) Life cycle and horizons, (3) Review: frequency, criteria, and process, (4) Network relevance, (5) Funding models, (6) Award structure and management, (7) Information sharing and communication, and (8) National and global connectivity. The ninth webinar will be a wrap-up discussion and assessment of current exchanges on these 8 themes.

For a list of the 35 questions within these 8 thematic areas, please visit and click on the "Long Term Observing Management Discussion Group" link on the home page and then click Discussion on the left-hand side of the group page.

The Secretariat of SAON is pleased to present the first edition of the SAON newsletter. This summer 2013 issue includes an introduction to SAON, an overview of the ongoing SAON Tasks and other news related to Arctic observing.

If you have any comments or questions please contact:
(Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme) (International Arctic Science Committee)

Download the SAON newsletter here

Date: 15–16 October 2013

Venue: “National Museum of Nature and Science” in Tokyo


To manage the considerable data legacy of the International Polar Year (IPY), National Antarctic Data Centres under SCAR initiated several dedicated data-services. To construct an effective framework for long-term stewardship, data must be made available promptly, and adequate technologies should be employed (e.g., a repository service, such as the Polar Information Commons (PIC)). In addition to activities conducted within the communities of SCAR and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), stronger links must be established in the post-IPY era with other crosscutting scientific data-management bodies under the umbrella of the International Council for science (ICSU), namely, the Committee on Data for Science and Technology and the World Data System (ICSU-WDS). To this end, SCAR’s Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management (SCADM), the WDS Scientific Committee, and IASC are planning a Joint International Forum on “Polar Data Activities in Global Data Systems”.

We are pleased to announce the launch of, an online Atlas of Community Based Monitoring in a Changing Arctic. We hope that the atlas will help raise awareness about the important role of community-based and led monitoring programs in Arctic observing, and serve as a resource for researchers, funders, policy makers, and interested communities.

The atlas is an initiative of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), the Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA), Brown University’s Environmental Change Initiative, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s Inuit Qaujisarvingat: Inuit Knowledge Center, and Carleton University’s Geomatics and Cartographic Information Centre, and is connected to the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON). A
secondary phase of the initiative will involve in-depth interviews with CBM practitioners to identify best practices and challenges. The information gathered will inform a review on the state of CBM in the Arctic.

We are currently seeking community-based monitoring (CBM) programs to join the atlas! If you know of a CBM project that might like to be part of the atlas, please share the atlas website with them. Project coordinators can enter information about their monitoring programs at directly.

If you have any questions about the atlas, please contact:
Noor Johnson: ,
Eva Kruemmel: , or
Peter Pulsifer:

Open Research Data ... building global partnerships

RDA Second Plenary Meeting

16-18 September 2013

National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, US

Building Global Partnerships to ensure that data is created and shared across communities, disciplines, stakeholders, public-private partnerships, research entities and non, public and private research funders, etc.

All of society’s grand challenges--be it addressing climate change, curing cancer and other disease, feeding and watering 7+ billion people, understanding the origins of the universe or the mind--all of them require these diverse (sometimes large) data to be shared and integrated across cultures, scales, and technologies. This requires a new form and new conception of infrastructure. The newly launched Research Data Alliance RDA ( is creating and implementing this new data infrastructure and building the social and technical connections that make data work across barriers.

INTERACT Transnational Access call will be open 1st August - 30st September

Register to the on-line application system already now, and apply INTERACT Transnational Access to conduct research at the coolest places of the North!

The INTERACT project under EU FP7 has a Transnational Access program that offers access to 20 research stations in the northernmost Europe and Russian Federation. The sites represent a variety of glacier, mountain, tundra, boreal forest, peatland and freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension.

Transnational Access includes:

  • Free access for user groups/users to research facilities and field sites, including support for travel and logistic costs
  • Free access to information and data in the public domain held at the infrastructures

The call for proposals will be open at the INTERACT website on 1st August 30th September 2013 for Transnational Access visits taking place between October 2013 and October 2014.

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