The Arctic Data Center, a long-term repository that allows for the preservation and sharing of data spanning many disciplines from the Arctic, has become DataONE's 36th Member Node. By joining the DataONE federation, Arctic Data Center content is now more widely exposed and allows for great preservation options, taking advantage of DataONE’s replication policies to ensure preservation and access to Arctic Data Center content for decades to come. The Arctic Data Center is one of the largest Member Nodes so far, bringing over 500,000 data objects to the DataONE federation and bringing the total count of publicly readable data objects to over 900,000.
The Arctic Data Center is an NSF-funded archive for Arctic scientific data and other related research documents. Operational since March 2016, the Arctic Data Center is a national partnership, led by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California Santa Barbara, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and the NSF-funded Data Observation Network for Earth(DataONE).
The Arctic Data Center's current holdings span oceanography (doi:10.18739/A28K75), terrestrial plant ecology (doi:10.18739/A2DD35), paleo-climate data from ice cores (doi:10.18739/A20306), ethnography (doi:10.18739/A2Z64F), and many other disciplines. Users are able to search for data from the extensive Arctic data collection (including data historically from ACADIS) using filters, such as the name of data creator, year, identifier, taxa, location and keywords, and others. The search interface also provides a map-based overview of the spatial distribution of data sets, which is helpful in locating historical data in specific regions. Authors are able to seamlessly upload and share data from their desktop, contributing associated metadata which undergoes both automated and human-curation before publishing with a Digital Object Identifier so that their data are easily citeable.
More information about the Arctic Data Center and other DataONE Member Nodes and their holdings can be found at http://www.dataone.org/current-member-nodes.