Data Center Description
The Australian Antarctic Data Centre (AADC) was established in 1995 as a repository for scientific data resulting from the Australian Antarctic Science Program. Data resulting from the science program is the property of the Australian Government. However, in the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty's Article 3.1.c, the Australian Government has made these data publicly available after two years from the date of collection. All data within the AADC is discoverable and described through our metadata system.
The AADC is also responsible for the Australian Antarctic Mapping Program. The AADC mandate is to provide infrastructure or base mapping, for example, coastlines, lakes and contours. Applications layers such as geomorphology are the responsibility of others. Integrating such application layers into mapping information is however an AADC responsibility. The AADC accepts requests for mapping primarily from the science community and establishes field and Kingston-based programs to produce digital products that are publicly available through our metadata system.
The AADC has developed and manages an Antarctic state of the environment reporting system, called SIMR. This system is based on environmental indicators, and a standard template for reporting. Dozens of indicator custodians across a number of Australian agencies are responsible for data entry and indicator evaluation. In the process of addressing the three roles/mandates, the AADC also produces a number of other products that we hope could be useful to a broad international audience.