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Welcome to the Polar Data Catalogue

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The Polar Data Catalogue is a CoreTrustSeal Certified Repository of metadata and data that describes and provides access to diverse data sets generated by Arctic and Antarctic researchers. The metadata records follow International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 19115 and Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) standard formats to provide exchange with other data centres. The records cover a wide range of disciplines from natural sciences and policy, to health and social sciences. The PDC Geospatial Search tool is available to the public and researchers alike and allows searching data using a mapping interface and other parameters.


New Book Chapter: Polar Research Data Management now available in Library and Information Sciences in Arctic and Northern Studies.

PDC Explorer: Try using our Interactive Visualization to discover PDC metadata and datasets.

Metadata API: You can easily harvest PDC Metadata using our Metadata API. Both JSON and XML formats are available. Documentation and examples are also provided.

Looking for Help? Try our YouTube Channel for PDC tutorials.

The Polar Data Catalogue is a proud member of the Canadian Consortium for Arctic Data Interoperability (CCADI). The CCADI initiative is aimed developing an integrated Canadian arctic data management system intended to facilitate information discovery, establish sharing standards, and enable interoperability between partner repositories, as well as other data infrastructures.
In support of Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR), the Polar Data Catalogue has been recognized as the National Antarctic Data Centre (NADC) for Canada. As a party to the Antarctic Treaty, Canada is obliged to make scientific observations and results from research in Antarctic freely available. Stewardship of Canada's Antarctic research data in the PDC meets this treaty obligation and links us with Antarctic researchers and data managers in dozens of other countries.

The Arctic and Antarctic metadata and data repository for Canada

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About Us


CCIN provides research data management services and infrastructure for the Canadian Arctic and Antarctic research and monitoring communities.

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University of Waterloo
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Version 2.3: Released May 2024

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