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5th Canadian Polar Data Workshop Recap (CPDW V)

The Canadian Polar Data Workshop V (CPDW5) took place from May 27-31, 2024, at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This hybrid event welcomed both in-person and virtual attendees, continuing the tradition of supporting and advancing polar data initiatives in Canada.

Since its inception in 2015, the Canadian Polar Data Workshop series has played a crucial role in shaping the landscape of polar data management in Canada. Each iteration of the workshop has built upon the discussions and outcomes of previous events, contributing to a cohesive strategy for polar data.

Key themes of CPDW5 included data discovery, federated search, data interoperability, knowledge transfer, and Indigenous data sovereignty. The workshop featured various activities, including keynote speakers, workshops, and social events aimed at fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange among participants.

Notable keynote speakers included Joshua Stribbell from the Pinnguaq Association, who spoke on strengthening allyship to protect data sovereignty in Inuit communities, and Matt Jones from the Arctic Data Center/DataONE, who discussed supporting Arctic data access and interoperability across systems.

The workshop also highlighted specific outcomes such as developing national polar data strategies and furthering Canada’s national objectives in polar data management.

The workshop aimed to achieve specific outcomes, such as:

  • Developing national polar data strategies.
  • Enhancing data interoperability and accessibility.
  • Promoting knowledge transfer between different stakeholders, including Indigenous communities.