The Coastal Expert Monitoring Group of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program invites you to complete a questionnaire to inform their upcoming workshop as they prepare to develop a biodiversity monitoring program for coastal ecosystems across the circumpolar Arctic to be detailed in an Arctic Coastal Biodiversity Monitoring Plan. Results of the questionnaire will be summarised and presented at the Coastal Expert Monitoring Group's meeting in Ottawa, Canada in March.

This questionnaire is for those with knowledge of Arctic coastal environments including coastal scientists and traditional knowledge experts, and for those who would benefit from a comprehensive and useful Arctic Coastal Biodiversity Monitoring Program, including members of coastal communities, the Arctic mining, shipping and tourism industries, Northern municipal, territorial and federal governments, Northern regulatory agencies, and co-management boards.

Please participate in the questionnaire here: https://form.jotform.com/60272016921952 and by February 16.

The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) is an international network of scientists, governments, Indigenous organizations and conservation groups working to harmonize and integrate efforts to monitor the Arctic's living resources under the Conservation of Arctic Council Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council. The Coastal Expert Monitoring Group's goal is to promote, facilitate, coordinate and harmonize coastal biodiversity monitoring activities among circumpolar countries and Permanent Participants, and to improve ongoing communication amongst and between scientists, community experts, traditional knowledge holders, managers and disciplines both inside and outside the Arctic.

Call for Papers – Data Science Journal

The Data Science Journalis a peer-reviewed, open access, electronic journal dedicated to the advancement of data science and its application in policies, practices and management of Open Data.

We are currently soliciting submissions for papers on a wide range of data science topics, across the whole range of computational, natural and social science, and the humanities. The scope of the journal includes descriptions of data systems, their implementations and their publication, applications, infrastructures, software, legal, reproducibility and transparency issues, the availability and usability of complex datasets, and with a particular focus on the principles, policies and practices for data.

All data is in scope, whether born digital or converted from other sources, and all research disciplines are covered. Data is a cross-domain, cross-discipline topic, with common issues, regardless of the domain it serves. TheData Science Journalpublishes a variety of article types (research papers, practice papers, review articles and essays). TheData Science Journalalso publishes data articles, describing datasets or data compilations, if the potential for reuse of the data is significant or if considerable efforts were required in compilation. Similarly, theData Science Journalalso publishes descriptions of online simulation, database, and other experiments, partnering with digital repositories on ‘meta articles’ or ‘overlay articles’, which link to and allow visualisation of the data, thereby adding an entirely new dimension to the communication and exchange of data research results and educational materials.

For further information, and to submit a manuscript, please visithttp://datascience.codata.org/

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Dear Polar Community,

The European Polar Board Strategy Action Group (http://www.europeanpolarboard.org/activities/action-groups/epb-strategy-group/) would like to solicit input from all EPB stakeholders regarding future strategic direction of the European Polar Board. Your views will help the Action Group to develop a clear vision of the objectives and expectations for EPB. Your feedback will form an important input for creating the EPB Strategic Plan. Please help us by filling out a short form (5 questions only!):

http://www.europeanpolarboard.org/index.php?id=100

The last date for providing your input is Friday, 30th of October.

In case of any queries, please feel free to contact Renuka Badhe, Executive Secretary EPB at

CALL FOR EARLY REGISTRATION, TRAVEL SUPPORT ETC.

Call for Early Registration
Polar Data Forum II: International Collaboration for
Advancing Polar Data Access and Preservation
27-29 October 2015
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Early bird registration deadline: 31 August 2015

For more information, go to: http://www.polar-data-forum.org/home

To register online, go to: http://www.polar-data-forum.org/registration

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Organizers of the Polar Data Forum II: International Collaboration for
Advancing Polar Data Access and Preservation announce a call for early
bird registration. The forum will convene 27-29 October 2015 in
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

The Polar Data Forum II (PDF II) will build on successes of the first
Polar Data Forum, which convened during October 2013 in Tokyo, Japan, and
a series of other international and national meetings that have
identified priority themes and key challenges in the domain of polar
data management. 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
International Arctic Science Committee and Sustaining Arctic Observing
Networks (IASC/SAON) and the Standing Committee on Antarctic Data
Management (SC-ADM) of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
(SCAR).

Organizers welcome data managers, Arctic and Antarctic scientists,
students, aboriginal and northern residents, funding agency
representatives, and others interested in improving management of polar
and other data.

A data management workshop directed at graduate students and early
career researchers interested in preserving research data will be held
on Tuesday, 27 October 2015. The workshop is open to anyone interested
in data management. Attendance will be first come, first served.

A room block has been arranged for reduced accommodation rates. Block
reservation deadline: 21 September 2015.

For more information about block reservations, go to: 
https://www.deltahotels.com/Groups/Delta-Waterloo-Groups/Polar-Data-Forum.

Limited travel funding support for students, early career researchers,
and indigenous participants is available. For more information about
travel funding please contact the Local Organizing Committee online:
http://www.polar-data-forum.org/contact-form.

Travel funding application deadline: Monday, 31 August 2015.

Early bird reservation deadline: 

Reservation ends: 30 September 2015.

For more information, and to register online, go to:
http://www.polar-data-forum.org/registration.

For further information, including excursions to Toronto and Niagara
Falls, please see: http://www.polar-data-forum.org.

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