Data Storage, Harvesting and Dissemination Workshop

Location: 
Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Date: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 09:00am AKDT to Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 05:00pm AKDT

The Alaska Climate Science Center, along with the Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative and the Alaska Science Center, hosted a workshop to discuss data storage, harvesting and dissemination.

Workshop participants used stream temperature as a pilot parameter to discuss multi-stakeholder data management and aggregation for watershed and landscape scale analyses. While many state and federal agencies have their own data formats and data management guidelines, many smaller data collecting entities do not have compatible protocols or databases to store their information. As a result, State and Federal agencies are unlikely to be able to host and distribute other partners’ data yet all are important for being able to assess landscape or regional level change occurring throughout Alaska.

A variety of Alaskan and national researchers, organizations, and agencies have developed valuable tools, databases and websites that support some, or several, aspects of multi-stakeholder data management. Participants attending the workshop have a wide variety of backgrounds from being active community members to scientists to data managers (or some combination of all 3). Discussion had revolved around data management for stream temperature, hydrological parameters, and other data types among 28 different federal agencies, state agencies, researchers, private firms, non-profit organizations, Tribal and community science groups within Alaska.

Please contact rtoohey [at] usgs [dot] gov (Ryan Toohey) (907-865-7802) for more information.