The CAFF and PAME Arctic Council working groups are developing ArcticData as a means of allowing data developed through their activities to be accessible in a format and manner to allow them to be easily accessible and useable. A wealth of data is collected and assessed by the Arctic Council. However there is no one site where data collected by Arctic Council Working Groups can be accessed in an organized and integrated manner. Data once collected and incorporated within Working Group assessments and reports faces a number of challenges:
It remains difficult to find - while each Working Group has a website and archive these are independent of each other and there is no one site where data from Working Groups can be accessed in an organized and integrated manner. Data is tied into PDF reports and the hard data behind graphs, maps etc is not easily accessible. topographic map of the arctic
Thus data from the Arctic Council remains under-used and the ability to allow the public, scientific community and the academia to access and benefit from this wealth of data is currently limited.
If the Arctic Council can focus on considering how to access data collected by its Working Groups in an easy and accessible manner then this could constitute a significant contribution towards outreach and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Arctic Council.
A practical step towards achieving this would be to make Arctic Council data, which are to a large extent kept hidden in reports and documents, accessible in a central data repository where various data collected through Arctic Council projects would be accessible in a format and manner to allow them to be easily used.
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