PIC LAUNCH, Oslo - June 8, 2010

Establishing the Framework for the Long-term Stewardship of Polar Data and Information

Launch of the Polar Information Commons

16.15h, Tuesday 8 June
Polar Information Commons (PIC)
Booth C04-07
IPY Oslo Science Conference 2010


Launch Program

Chair of the launch :    Robert Chen, Secretary General, CODATA
Welcome to the launch :  Deliang Chen, Executive Director, ICSU
  Olav Orheim, Chair, IPY Steering Committee

Brief overview of the PIC :      Mark Parsons, NSIDC/Taco de Bruin, NIOWZ
  Kim Finney, SCAR

Official launch of the PIC : Steven Chown, University of Stellenbosch
  Recipient of the Martha T. Muse Prize

Followed by cutting of birthday cake and tea/coffee

CODATA, an Interdisciplinary body of ICSU, working with its partners, the International Arctic Science Council (IASC); the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR); the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG); the World Meteorological Organization (WMO); the IPY International Program Office (IPY IPO); the ICSU World Data System Scientific Committee (WDS-SC); Science Common; the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences are delighted to announce the Official launch of the Polar Information Commons.

Visit the
Polar Information Commons Booth C04-07
Tuesday, 8 June at the IPY Oslo Science Conference at 16.15


The International Polar Year 2007-2008 (IPY) has been a major scientific success, providing new insights into polar processes and change and their implications for the global environment. It is now critical to ensure that the data generated by the IPY and follow-on activities are accessible and preserved for future generations.

Please visit the booth to learn how to contribute data to the PIC, access and use
PIC resources, and help ensure the long-term viability of the PIC.

For more information about the launch event, contact the CODATA Secretariat,

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