In 1992 SCAR presented a proposal at the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting for the development of an Antarctic Data Management System which was agreed to by all Parties.
At the 1998 Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, SCAR and the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs reported that they had established a Joint Committee of Antarctic Data Managers (JCADM) to pursue development of the Antarctic Data Management System.
More recently a SCAR group of experts providing advice and services related to building an Antarctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (AntSDI) was elevated to become a SCAR Standing Group (the Standing Group on Antarctic Geographic Information – SC-AGI).
JCADM's work over the last 10 years has not been supported by a comprehensive Strategy that defines how an effective Antarctic Data Management System could be implemented.
Similarly, SC-AGI has developed a range of quality products that could be used to build components of a spatial data infrastructure, but they are not in wide use within the Antarctic community and there is no roadmap detailing how an AntSDI could be developed.
As a result, the SCAR Executive called for JCADM (now SC-ADM) to develop a SCAR Data and Information Strategy.
The SCAR Data and Information Strategy was prepared by SC-ADM and SC-AGI.
SCAR Data and Information Strategy
The latest version of the SCAR Data and Information Strategy which has been jointly prepared by JCADM and SC-AGI.
SCAR DIMS Implementation Plan
The SCAR Data and Information Strategy Implementation Plan
Polar Metadata Profile
Information about the development of a new ISO compliant metadata profile for polar data.