How can repositories support social scientific data? Inside the Arctic Data Center’s recent workshop
In April, the Arctic Data Center, along with Arctic social scientific researchers Noor Johnson and Timothy Pasch, hosted a workshop to discuss data archival and re-use challenges and opportunities for Arctic social scientists. Like so many other groups in the time of COVID-19, we pivoted our planned in-person meeting to a virtual event in Zoom. Also like many other groups, we saw this as an opportunity to increase participation in ways not previously possible with our in-person planning (e.g. Halpern et al, 2020). We had 29 attendees in total, including four Arctic Data Center staff and four participants from the NSF Office of Polar Programs. The remaining 21 participants were active Arctic social science researchers representing diverse disciplines from anthropology to political science.
We began the workshop together in a plenary session, introducing ourselves and our topic. Noor Johnson and Timothy Pasch set the stage for a productive discussion, welcoming everyone and establishing the purpose of the workshop: to discuss the current state of data archival and re-use in the Arctic social scientific community and to propose concrete action steps to mitigate challenges associated with that data archival and re-use process.