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New Frontiers in Research: The Polar Data Catalogue

ArcticNet scientists gathering data

ArcticNet scientists gathering data
Credit: Isabelle Dubois

Launched in 2007, the Polar Data Catalogue (This link will take you to another Web site is an online database of information on the Arctic and Antarctic regions from a wide range of disciplines from natural sciences and policy to health and social sciences. The data and metadata come not only from ArcticNet researchers, but also from researcher institutions, centres and programs across Canada and abroad, including the Northern Contaminants Program, the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program, and the International Polar Year Program.

Accessible by both the public and researchers alike, the catalogue has a user-friendly interface that has also been promoted among Inuit communities wishing to participate in the gathering and disseminating of research in the area. The search tool allows users to search for data using a web-based mapping interface, in combination with other search parameters, i.e., keywords, research group. It is the most up-to-date repository for polar metadata in Canada and possibly one of the largest in the world that now forms a solid foundation for national and international development and application.

The Polar Data Catalogue project has entered into collaboration with both the Canada Excellence Research Chair on Remote Sensing of Canada’s New Arctic Frontier, and with Geomatics for Informed Decisions (GEOIDE), an NCE network.

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