The rise of technological pessimism and political populism as well as the endurance of climate change skepticism are a few examples of social phenomena that are challenging the conduct of scientific research in the Arctic. The unprecedented nature of anthropomorphic global warming is, in turn, an example of the kind of techno-scientific uncertainty that the organization of the future governance of evolving global dynamics in the Arctic needs to take into consideration. This early-career workshop discusses challenges and opportunities for inter-disciplinary coordination and multi-stakeholder cooperation in the Arctic through the notion of boundary object from Science Technology Studies (STS).

The first part of the session is a roundtable-session with presentations from three early-career and three senior-scientists about their experiences in participating and organizing multi-disciplinary or multi-stakeholder workshops or projects that have, in one way or another, used specific material entities to facilitate communication and cooperation between participants from different social worlds (Thursday 6.4. at 14.-15.30 in the Virgo Room).

The second part of the session follows a more traditional workshop format. It starts with an in depth presentation of the kind of work the boundary object notion has been applied to in STS. This presentation is followed by a set of individual and group exercises in communicating one’s own work, interests and goals to different audiences and social worlds by using the insights of this notion.

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Join the Arctic-Data Sub-team for a discussion of language, meaning and data sharing across disciplines

Sharing data and information across systems, or "interoperability" as this sharing is often called,  is an important and popular topic.  Advances have been made in this area, however there are still challenges, particularly in effectively  sharing between different communities or communities of practice that do not share the same language or definitions of terms or concepts.  Even researchers in the same areas of research may not fully agree on all definition of terms or the relationships between phenomena.  In some cases, as was pointed out in a recent IARPC Collaborations post by @Jessica Rohde, terms may be misused. 

There are a number of methods emerging to help enhance semantic interoperability and there are a number of members of the IARPC and international community that are working on related projects.  Based on lively discussion during our last meeting on March 30,  the Arctic Data Sub-team (a part of the Environmental Intelligence Coordination Team) will be meeting on April 27th at 13:00 Eastern Time to discuss language, meaning and data sharing across disciplines.  There will be a number of presentations on  projects related to Arctic vocabularies and semantics (including sea ice, permafrost, Indigenous terminology and others).  There will also be discussion of the formation of a joint project between Arctic Data Sub-team and the international Arctic Data Committee.

We are very interested in hearing the experiences and activities of researchers, community members and others in the IARPC or broader Arctic community on this topic.  Do you struggle to share data because of differences in language or a lack of shared meaning?  Are you working on a project that is addressing these issues?  Come share your thoughts!


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The first INTAROS stakeholder workshop will be hosted by EuroGOOS in Brussels, 05 May, 2017. The workshop title is: Building long term observing systems in the Arctic – requirements and challenges.

Week of the Arctic:

This is a workshop for those involved in community-based monitoring (CBM) who wish to build this community of practice and increase the effectiveness of CBM in decision making. The workshop will introduce participants to INTAROS and other relevant initiatives that are supporting development of CBM networks. Presentations and breakout groups will allow participants to exchange experiences and discuss the next generation of CBMs in the Arctic.

The workshop is being hosted by the INTAROS: Integrated Arctic Observing System with collaboration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC) and the Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA). More information:

The dialog is part of the Week of the Arctic, a series of events associated with the Arctic Council Ministers Meeting to be held during the week of May 8-12, 2017 in Fairbanks, AK, USA. You can learn more about the Week of the Arctic and associated events, including this workshop, here:


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