The Canadian Polar Data Network (CPDN) was established in 2010 with funding from the Canadian International Polar Year Program Office, Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada.

The ongoing and evolving mission of the CPDN is to provide a sustainable research data management infrastructure, encompassing preservation and access, for polar (Arctic and Antarctic) science research and monitoring initiated from and taking place in Canada.

Purpose of the Network

  • Preservation
    A secure network housing the infrastructure needed to provide long-term preservation of digital research data. The long-term preservation of digital information requires an archival information system that constantly verifies data integrity and upgrades to new standards over time.
  • Metadata
    Datasets that are clearly and accurately described using international standards.
  • Access
    A Polar Data Catalogue (PDC) that describes, indexes, and provides access to diverse data sets generated by Arctic and Antarctic researchers.