Posters are invited on the topics of Technology and Innovation at the Arctic Observing Summit:

The 2nd Arctic Observing Summit will be held 9-11 April 2014 in Helsinki:


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”.

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