University of Waterloo (photo: http://www.polar-data-forum.org/) 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, click here

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.

Travel funding application deadline: Monday, 31 August 2015.

Early bird reservation deadline:

Reservation ends: 30 September 2015.

For more information, and to register online.

For further information, including excursions to Toronto and Niagara Falls, please click here.

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