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Geographical Information Management in Polar Regions: Mediation, Data Sharing and Interoperability contributes to the development of an interoperable polar information system while improving the general understanding of design, implementation and community building. The book reflects on and critically evaluates the historical development of polar data management and information systems with a particular focus on activities under the recent International Polar Year (2007-2009) and beyond. This historical analysis provides a foundation for a proposed model that considers the complexity of the polar information domain.
Geographical Information Management in Polar Regions: Mediation, Data Sharing and Interoperability presents a holistic model that combines many kinds of data, information and knowledge mediation under an integrated social-environmental-technical construct, supporting improved understanding and use of the Earth system as a whole.