Bulletin Board


  • December 2016: With support from Polar Knowledge Canada we are now Canada's National Antarctic Data Centre!
  • November 2016: L’application d’entrée de métadonnées et de données du PDC est maintenant disponible en français! Cliquez ici pour voir.
  • November 2016: We are proud to announce that we are officially a Regular Member of the World Data System of the International Council for Science! Check it out here.
  • November 2016: We are now a part of the University of Waterloo's Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3)!
  • September 2016: RADARSAT continental mosaics of Antarctica from 1997 and 2000 are available on the PDC Search! These images can be compared to the 2008 Antarctic mosaics from RADARSAT-2 which were released on the PDC in 2014. We hope they are useful to you!
  • August 2016: The new PDC Metadata and Data Input application is here! Please check it out and let us know what you think!
  • April 2016: Check out the new Sea and Lake Ice Visualization Tool. It animates and graphs sea and lake ice thickness data from Canada's Arctic, collected through the Ice Thickness Program at the Canadian Ice Service of Environment Canada.
  • April 2016: The new PDC Map Viewer has been launched, showing beautiful graphic displays of oceanic data from CTD and mooring observations in the Arctic Ocean. Please check it out and let us know what you think!
  • April 2016: Happy Earth Day! The Polar Space Task Group has released 20 years of satellite images of the polar regions. The PDC contributed to this collection through public release of the 2008 Antarctica continental mosaics, available in the PDC Search.
  • January 2016: The Polar Data Forum II Communiqué is now available! Please circulate this document to your colleagues to share the outcomes and recommendations from the Polar Data Forum II deliberations.
  • January 2016: We are happy to welcome Dr. Dana Church as our new CCIN Project and Outreach Coordinator! Dana begins 1 February.
  • November 2015: CCIN and PDC seek a Full-Time Project and Outreach Coordinator to join our team, beginning in January 2016. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
  • November 2015: CCIN and the PDC are proud to have co-hosted the Polar Data Forum II at the University of Waterloo last month. Many thanks to the more than 110 participants from 18 countries who shared their knowledge and expertise on polar data management activities around the world!
  • September 2015: The PDC Search has a new Map Viewer data visualization tool to display ocean data from the Amundsen's ArcticNet cruises! Choose the Polar Data Catalogue collection, then search for Map Viewer datasets to use the new tool.
  • 18 August 2015: CCIN and PDC seek two Co-Op Web Applications Developers for the Fall 2015 (September-December) co-op term. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
  • June 2015: Gabrielle Alix, PDC Data Manager, is in Sofia, Bulgaria at the APECS World Summit! She is providing a workshop on the essentials of Data Management.
  • May 2015: The Arctic Science Summit Week 2015, recently concluded in Toyama, Japan, has released its Conference Statement, Integrating Arctic Research: A Roadmap for the Future for sharing with your colleagues.
  • April 2015: The Global Cryosphere Watch's new satellite-based Snow Dataset Inventory has been added to CCIN's Snow Links & Data page!
  • March 2015: CCIN and PDC are proud to announce that Bullfrog Power, Canada's leading green energy provider, is now greening our operations!
  • January 2015: New Daily Arctic and Antarctic sea ice maps from Polar View have been added to the Current Sea Ice page!
  • November 2014: Two new journal articles have been published about CCIN and the PDC! Go to the CCIN publications page to view and download the articles.
  • October 2014: The PDC now helps you find Limited access datasets! Search the Polar Data Catalogue collection for contact information.
  • August 2014: RADARSAT-2 mosaics and tile images from Antarctica are now available through the PDC Search! We thank the Canadian Space Agency for their partnership and support of cryospheric research in Canada.
  • April 2014: We are happy to announce that over 4,000 charts of sea ice from the Canadian Ice Service are now available through the new PDC Search application! Please send us a message if you have questions or comments.
  • April 2014: CCIN and PDC web traffic is now encrypted by using HTTPS! This protects your log-in and gives a secure connection to our web pages. Please let us know if you experience any issues. We welcome your feedback!
  • April 2014: The CCIN and PDC are seeking a Full-Time Data Manager to work in Waterloo. See the full job description HERE.
  • March 2014: Dr. Masaki Kanao from the Polar Data Center of the National Institute of Polar Research in Tokyo, Japan visited CCIN and the PDC to discuss metadata interoperability and the establishment of an international polar metadata sharing network!
  • February 2014: CCIN/PDC staff attended the CODE Open Data event at the University of Waterloo-Stratford campus to discuss the benefits of Open Data and generate ideas for sharing PDC data via new apps and visualizations.
  • January 2014: A new PDC Metadata and Data Input application was deployed today! Please let us know if you experience any issues or have questions. Thank you!
  • January 2014: We have released a new and improved PDC Help Manual which gives step-by-step instructions on how to use the PDC Search, PDC Lite Search, and PDC Data/Metadata Input applications! Information on metadata/data approval processes as well as an FAQ are also available. Please let us know what you think!
  • December 2013: CCIN staff and partners presented information on the Polar Data Catalogue and many other aspects of Arctic science at the ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting in Halifax. Abstracts are available in the Conference Proceedings.
  • November 2013: CCIN/PDC Co-Op Student Amyn Alias Kyaw Min Aung was invited to give a presentation at the University of Waterloo to Indian Consul General His Excellency Akhilesh Mishra!
  • October 2013: The PDC Geospatial Search application has been enhanced with a new GIS Viewer and new display and download options for RADARSAT imagery! Please visit the PDC Search to view and query our first dataset in this new map viewer as well as to view and download RADARSAT imagery in CEOS, geotiff, jpg, and other formats and configurations.
  • June 2013: We are happy to announce the availability of a new and improved PDC Geospatial Search application! The links for the PDC Search as well as the PDC Data and Metadata Input application have changed, so please update your bookmarks. Please let us know if you experience any issues with the new Search tool or have suggestions for additional improvement!
  • June 2013: With the Canadian Polar Data Network (CPDN) and the Canadian High Arctic Research Station, we are pleased to announce completion of The Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS): Data and Information Management for Science and Technology report, which outlines requirements, expectations, and goals for CHARS with respect to Arctic data and information management. This substantial document will aid the CHARS program as they move forward with planning.
  • February 2013: Nordicana Series D is now online! Published by the CEN - Centre for Northern Studies, Nordicana Series D is a formatted, online report series of monitoring and research data archived at CEN, intended to aid management of data sets, maximize data exchange, and provide a lasting legacy of CEN monitoring and research activities.
  • February 2013: Over 20,000 new RADARSAT-1 images from the Canadian Ice Service are available in the Polar Data Catalogue! These images cover all Canadian waters, from 1997 to 2006.
  • January 2013: To provide direct access to the Polar Data Catalogue online applications, we have modified the configuration of our websites. From now on, ccin.ca and socc.ca will take you to the CCIN outreach and information site, and polardata.ca will take you to the PDC main page, from which the PDC Metadata/Data Input application, the PDC Geospatial Search application, and the PDCLite Low-Bandwidth Search tool can be directly accessed.
  • January 2013: Anders Morley, PDC/CCIN website frequent visitor and cross-country skier, continues his cross-Canada ski trip, collecting snow and ice data for us along the way! A news article is available on the University of Waterloo's Faculty of Environment site.
  • December 2012: The PDC was shared in posters and oral presentations at the ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting in Vancouver. Abstracts can be found under E. LeDrew, J. Michaud, and J. Friddell in the ASM Programme.
  • December 2012: The PDCLite low-bandwidth search tool is now available! PDCLite has been created with the support of ArcticNet for our Northern partners and users whose internet speed is limited. Please have a look and let us know what you think!
  • November 2012: Videos from Data Management Day at the University of Waterloo are now available! See our Videos page to see presentations from Sallie Ann Keller, Chad Gaffield, Warwick Vincent, and Alan Darnell.
  • November 2012: Anders Morley, PDC/CCIN website frequent visitor and cross-country skier, is embarking on a cross-Canada ski trip and will be collecting snow and ice data for us along the way! See his website, BigSki.org, for blog posts and updates.
  • October 2012: The PDC and University of Waterloo Library are hosting Data Management Day Thursday, 25 October to raise awareness and discuss the issues surrounding the discovery, access and preservation of research data.
  • September 2012: Welcome to the new CCIN/PDC website! We have updated the science and added new data visualizations to the Canadian Cryospheric Information Network website and have combined it with the Polar Data Catalogue Search and PDC Metadata/Data Input websites. We hope you find the new site useful and informative and welcome your feedback!
  • May 2012: The PDC will soon provide free public access to the recent RADARSAT-2 mosaic of Antarctica, courtesy of the Canadian Space Agency and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.! Please check back later in 2012 for updates.
  • March 2012:The 2010-2011 ArcticNet Annual Report is available for download in the Media and Publications section of the ArcticNet website. Hard copies are available upon request.
  • October 2011: The Polar Data Catalogue is on Twitter! Follow "polardata" for announcements of new metadata and datasets in the PDC.
  • December 2010: The Fall 2010 Newsletter of the University of Waterloo's Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) is available. The Newsletter includes a short article on the Polar Data Catalogue and CCIN.
  • August 2010: Over 7,000 images of the RADARSAT-1 Polar Science Dataset from the Canadian Space Agency are now available for searching and download on the PDC.
  • July 2010: CCIN and the PDC have been chosen as one of six partners in the new International Polar Year (IPY) Data Assembly Centre Network! We and the other Network partners will be working with IPY scientists to ingest their IPY project data over the next two years.