NCEAS Receives $5.9 Million Award to Host New NSF Arctic Data Center

NCEAS Partners with NCEI and DataONE to Develop and Curate New Arctic Data Center

The National Science Foundation has made a 5-year, $5.9 million award to a national partnership, led by NCEAS at the University of California Santa Barbara, to develop and curate the NSF Arctic Data Center, a new archive for Arctic scientific data as well as other related research documents. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and the NSF-funded Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) are partners in the Arctic Data Center cooperative agreement between NSF and NCEAS.

When the new archive is launched later this month, it will serve as the NSF Arctic research community’s primary repository for data preservation and data discovery.

“The NSF Arctic Data Center will provide the data storage, curation, and discovery features needed to support NSF’s Arctic science community, and we will be actively engaging researchers to determine how to improve support for open, reproducible science for the Arctic,” said Matthew Jones, director of informatics research and development at NCEAS and principal investigator for the NSF award. “The NSF Arctic Data Center will be able to archive not just data, but other research products such as software, workflows, and provenance information about the entire research process.”

The NSF Arctic Data Center will support the Arctic research community with the release of a user-friendly, data-sharing platform built on an open-source search application developed at NCEAS, and used by multiple repositories and networks, including the KNB Data Repository, DataONE, and the Gulf of Alaska Data Portal.


A webinar to introduce the NSF Arctic Data Center system to the Arctic research community is scheduled for April 21, 2016. Registration information may be found at the NSF Arctic Data Center website.

NSF Press Release

UCSB Press Release

Arctic Research Consortium (ARCUS) focus article

For full details about the partners, leadership and steering committee of the NSF Arctic Data Center


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Posted on March 23, 2016