Session Title: Linking Local and Indigenous Communities with Researchers for Improving Access and Discovery of Ethically Open Data and Knowledge

Session Organisers: Dana Church, Julie Friddell, Peter Pulsifer, Colleen Strawhacker
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Session Description:

In recent years, social scientists and researchers in many other fields are realizing the value and importance of closer engagement with the people whose lands and lives they are studying.  Discussions with residents in small Arctic communities, for example, have revealed that data and information resulting from research and monitoring in northern areas could provide more benefit to the people living in these regions.  This reality, of course, applies to people living around the globe and is inspiring exploration of opportunities for enhanced collaboration between researchers and local community members in all regions, including Indigenous populations.  Such collaborations identify the data and information needs of community members and position researchers and others to better address these needs through a variety of new tools or approaches for improving delivery and understanding of relevant data resources.  New and evolving partnerships involving social science research in particular are producing quite positive results, partly driven by innovative technologies and methods which provide new and adaptable ways of sharing data and information.  In addition, advances in techniques of data management, curation, visualization, and other components of the data life cycle are making this possible by facilitating new human and technological venues and platforms for working together toward the goal of enabling research and improving access to data and information.

In this session, we invite presentations from researchers, community members, data managers, policy makers, and other interested stakeholders to share their experiences and goals with respect to improved stewardship of and access to data and information necessary for better decision making and improved living in local communities.  We encourage participation related not only to social science research and engagement with Indigenous and northern communities but including all scientific fields and local community members at all latitudes.  Presentations may include the following:

  • Case studies of successful partnerships between academic researchers and community members, including examples of effective workshop or engagement formats;
  • Use cases for the development of cyberinfrastructure for management, curation, and visualization of data and information;
  • Specific feedback and requirements for more effective access to and use of pertinent data and information;  
  • Compilation of datasets, including legacy data, to facilitate large-scale and creative trans-disciplinary research, evaluation, and analysis;
  • Perspectives relevant to Arctic social science, specifically related to data and their management and curation;  or
  • Other topics in support of enhanced collaboration and data access for people in communities where scientific research is taking place.

The session will consist of up to six 10-minute oral presentations with 15 to 30 minutes at the end for facilitated group discussion.

The following papers have been selected for presentation (in this order):

Tuesday September 13 8:30 - 10:00

Jane Hunter, Improved Housing Services for Indigenous Communities through Data Integration, Analysis and Mapping Tools

Aaron Presnall, Empowering Arctic Data Journalism: Patchwork Barents

Peter L. Pulsifer, Indigenous observations and knowledge of the Arctic: towards self-determination and information sovereignty

Julie Friddell, The Northern Voice: Listening to Indigenous and Northern Perspectives on Management of Data in Canada

Tuesday September 13 10:30 - 12:00

Colleen Strawhacker, From Bugs to Archaeology to Sagas: Discovering and Integrating Data to Study the Long-Term Human Ecodynamics of the North Atlantic

Colleen Strawhacker, Introduction and Overview to Data Curation in the Arctic Social Sciences

Carolyn DuBois, Mackenzie DataStream: How an open access platform for sharing water data was built and how it is evolving to meet community needs


This session has 7 papers.


This session has 0 posters.