Media Advisory
9 June 2010

Polar Information Commons Launched at IPY Oslo Conference

On June 8, 2010, NSIDC data scientists helped launch the Polar Information Commons (PIC), a resource for archiving and sharing data collected during the International Polar Year (IPY). The official launch took place at the IPY Oslo Science Conference. NSIDC developed and contributed tools and services to the launch.

During the 2007 to 2009 IPY, researchers around the world collected huge amounts of data on the Earth's polar environments. The PIC, and its related tools and services, aims to ensure the data collected during IPY continue to live on and be accessible for future generations. The launch included the release of a variety of tools for finding, retrieving, and contributing data. NSIDC developed and contributed a data-sharing tool for PIC data, which makes it simple to declare your data open for broad use, while asserting that such data should be used according to the Ethical Norms of Data Sharing developed by the polar science community.

For general information on the PIC, visit:
For details on the launch event, visit:

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