1. The programme framework is ready
  2. Venue stood the test
  3. Committees ready to start working
  4. 1st Circular: Call for session proposals
  5. Oslo's new signature
  6. POLARCAT won the race for first proposal
  7. All programme proposals welcome
  8. IPY Open science in St.Petersburg
  9. Programme of 39 sessions
  10. Offer to registered participants: 30 percent discount on excursion to Svalbard
  11. IASC provides travel support to early career scientists
  12. 2nd Circular: Call for abstracts
  13. Time to get a booth at PolarEXPO!
  14. PolarCINEMA ready to receive polar films and TV-documentaries
  15. Steven Chown to be awarded the Martha T Muse Prize at IPY-OSC
  16. The IPY ‘From Knowledge to Action’ Conference to be held in Montreal in 2012
  17. Unique opportunity for science teachers
  18. A new precedent for the involvement of early career scientists
  19. Several opportunities to get travel support
  20. More than 2200 abstracts submitted on deadline
  21. Registration now open
  22. 400 stipends distributed to early career polar scientists
  23. Get your Letter of Invitation
  24. Invitations out for the PolarTEACHERS conference
  25. PolarCINEMA committee very satisfied with the turnout
  26. More than 2500 abstracts accepted
  27. RV Oceania to Oslo for IPY-OSC
  28. Institutions invited to indicate interest for the PolarFESTIVAL
  29. Poster guidelines
  30. Time slots allocated for sessions
  31. Book before 6th May: Glaciers and fjords - excursion to the scenic highlights of Western Norway
  32. Draft programme ready
  33. HRH Crown Prince Haakon will open the IPY-OSC 2010
  34. HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco will attend the conference
  35. 9th June Keynote: Katherine Richardson
  36. 10th June Keynote: Ole Henrik Magga
  37. Tinker Foundation travel grants for Latin American participants
  38. 11th June Keynote: David Barber
  39. 12th June Keynote: Alexander Frolov
  40. 2200 have registered so far
  41. Make sure your media contacts are invited
  42. PolarEXCHANGE with Sue Nelson
  43. Patrick Webber awarded with the first IASC Medal
  44. Arctic sea ice cover heading towards another record low?
  45. Teachers and young scientists join forces in Oslo
  46. Making marfu and melting ice
  47. Preparing for tomorrows polar science
  48. Launch of the Polar Information Commons (PIC) Tuesday afternoon
  49. Cruising the Oslo Fjord for polar history
  50. Warm opening of a cool conference
  51. A territory of dialogue
  52. From policy to action
  53. Signing agreement for cooperation
  54. Rising sea levels on the agenda
  55. Prestigious prize for work in Antarctica
  56. Polar expedition to the FRAM Museum
  57. More cold and snowy winters to come
  58. Arctic and Antarctic partners sign agreement on polar education
  59. Medal for science and inspiring mentorship
  60. Science should incorporate indigenous knowledge
  61. A road movie on ice
  62. Data on ice loss in the Arctic Ocean can be misleading
  63. On the making of polar documentaries
  64. Encounters on Polar Street
  65. Morning plenary: Vladimir Kattsov
  66. International Polar Year officially closed
  67. Survey shows Norwegians believe in science
  68. 1st Circular out for IPY 2012 MONTRÉAL
  69. 2nd Circular out for IPY 2012 in Montreal
  70. Reminder: Call for abstracts
  71. One week left till Abstract Deadline
  72. Updating the IPY Publications Database for the IPY 2012 Conference in Montreal
  73. Time to register for the IPY 2012 conference

Launch of the Polar Information Commons (PIC) Tuesday afternoon

pic-ing (Ingressbilde)

The data generated during the IPY 2007-2008 may be one of the most important long-term outcomes of this unique international initiative. Where will these data be in 50 years? Will they be available and accessible for future scientists and other users?

The Polar Information Commons (PIC) will be launched 8th June, 16.15h. Booth C04-07, IPY Oslo Conference 2010

The Polar Information Commons, to be officially launched at the IPY Oslo Science Conference on 8 June, aims to ensure that the IPY data legacy and polar science data more generally are openly accessible and safely preserved for future generations for the benefit of science and society as a whole. Building on the precedent set by the Antarctic Treaty, the PIC is an open access information resource about the Earth's polar regions managed by the polar science and data community and accessible to all.

Steven Chown, recipient of the Martha T. Muse award, Director of the Centre for Invasion Biology and a Professor in the Department of Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch University, will participate in the launch as the PIC's first official user. For details on the event, please see:

See how to:

- Label your data as PIC data 
- Place your data in the PIC Cloud
- Find and retrieve data from the PIC Cloud
- Search the Antarctic Master Directory (AMD) for PIC data

For general information on PIC:


Members of the PIC Committee and relevant stakeholders to date:

Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), an Interdisciplinary body of the International Council for Science, 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 Commons, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences

We look forward to celebrating PIC's birthday with you!

Contact for PIC: Robert Chen, Secretary General CODATA,

Map your IPY projects and institutions online and at the IPY conference in Oslo!

This Tuesday the IPY project mapping tool will be launched, which allows institutions and individual researchers to enter information about their projects in the circumpolar region in a geographic way. The online database is publicly available and shows the reach and extent of International Polar Year 2007 - 2008 activities.

Please click on the banner to the right, where you will be redirected to the map website, or alternatively log in your information on a computer at the UNEP/GRID-Arendal & UArctic space at the Polar Information Commons (PIC) during the Oslo Conference!

Last updated: 08.06.2010