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The database is currently undergoing maintenance and will be unavailable until further notice.

The International Polar Year is a large scientific program that focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic from March 2007 to March 2009. IPY involved over 200 projects, with thousands of scientists from over 60 nations examining a wide range of physical, biological and social research topics. It was an unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate, follow and get involved with cutting edge science in real time.

An important legacy of IPY 2007-2008 is the collection and storage of IPY related materials in an organized and retrievable format. To accomplish this task, the IPY International Program Office (IPY-IPO), Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), Canadian IPY Secretariat and DSpace@Cambridge are collaborating to create and maintain two electronic databases as well as a central hard copy repository:

The International Polar Year Digital Resource Library (IPY-DiTRL) is an online database containing digital media that have been submitted by IPY researchers, students and other partners. The media is generally in the form of animations, power point presentations, video and audio clips, and PDF files. This digital library is complementary to the various IPY data catalogues (e.g. www.polardata.ca) and publications databases (e.g. http://www.nisc.com/ipy).

DSpace@Cambridge is the institutional repository of the University of Cambridge. The repository was established in 2003 to facilitate the deposit of digital content of a scholarly or heritage nature, allowing employees and their departments at the University to share and preserve this content in a managed environment. It is a mirror archive that contains copies of all IPY files uploaded to IPY-DiTRL.

Hard copies of materials and access to restricted files are managed by SPRI.

The Database is currently under constriction and will be unavailable for the next couple of weeks