Southern Ocean Decade & Polar Data Forum Week 2021

Online, 20 - 24 September 2021 An Ocean Of Opportunities

Data Policy - Hackathon

At the Polar Data Forum III, held in Helsinki, Finland, in November 2019, a process was initiated to develop a basis for alignment of polar data policies. The process, involving data managers and experts from international polar data committees in both hemispheres, resulted in a report recommending ten fundamental principles for polar data policies. During this session we will look at those principles and other recent developments relating to international data policies and discuss the next steps towards further alignment across polar and global scientific communities and observation systems. Representatives of the relevant organisations are invited to present their views on the continued alignment process.


  • Stein Tronstad
  • Peter Pulsifer
    Peter Pulsifer is Associate Professor with the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. His research addresses questions around computer-based information representation with a particular focus on interoperability and data sharing across knowledge domains. This includes examining technical and social aspects of data and information sharing. For more fifteen years he has worked in partnership with members of Arctic Indigenous communities to facilitate the sharing and ethical use of their local observations and Indigenous Knowledge. In his role serving as Chair of the international Arctic Data Committee, Peter is active in co-leading the coordination of polar data resources. Currently, Dr. Pulsifer is the co-lead of the Canadian Consortium for Arctic Data Interoperability ( and leads a series of community-based research projects at the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University where he is Associate Director.
  • Maribeth Murray