Survey of the existing Polar Research Data Systems

This survey aims at investigating the existing data management systems, in order to facilitate polar data access and interoperability across the international community. It does so by collecting information on the adopted data management practices. The collected information will then be analyzed and presented to the European Commission and the international polar community in order to promote and improve open access and interoperability for the polar research domain, building on existing data systems. A set of recommendations will be provided to the European Commission, paving the way towards a coordinated European Polar Data Infrastructure.

Who should respond to this survey?

The Managers of existing Data Management Systems (from simple research data systems to the more complex operational data sharing infrastructures, aka e-infrastructures) dealing with polar research data. The survey addresses all branch of sciences that generate polar-related data, which are made available through data systems or e-infrastructures: social sciences, ecology, chemistry... just name it. There are no constrains on the "nationality" of the data system that can be described.

The four parts of the survey

  1. Who are you?
    Respondent information, Data System identification, and the description of the Organization managing the Data System

  2. Which Data are you sharing or managing?
    Data content managed by the Data System

  3. Which technology do you apply to allow data accessibility and interoperability?
    Description of the technology implemented by the Organization for the Data System, including metadata, data formats, and interoperability protocols for data discovery, access, and use

  4. Which Data Policy do you apply?
    Description of the data Policy applied by the Organization for the Data System, including long-term preservation and curacy


If you are interested in participating in the survey, please follow this link:

Contact persons

Serge Scory
Royal Belgian Institute
of Natural Sciences Operational
Directorate Natural

Stefano Nativi
Florence of the Institute of
Atmospheric Pollution Research
National Research Council of Italy