ITO research associate Chantelle Verhey has recently joined the Arctic Data Committee (ADC) as a co-chair, and is one of the few Canadian members.
The ADC came from the merging of two complementary committees: the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) Data Standing Committee, and the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) Committee on Data and Information Services. These committees were formed during the Arctic Science Summit Week held in Helsinki, Finland in 2014, and were merged to form the ADC later that year. The IASC Data Standing Committee was focused on broad and high level goals, while the SAON Committee on Data and Information Science focused on specific, actionable targets. Their merger resulted in the balanced mandate of the ADC: to promote and facilitate international collaboration towards the goal of free, ethically open, sustained and timely access to Arctic data through useful, usable, and interoperable systems. The ADC, among other functions, advises the IASC and SAON on matters related to data management and data sharing, and facilitates the adoption, implementation, and development of standards
Chantelle officially joined as a co-chair of the ADC on July 20th, 2023 after 2 years as a member. In her new co-chair role, Chantelle will work with co-chair Vanessa Raymond to set the agenda for the ADC meetings and support objective and work plans directed by the SAON Implementation Plans. The co-chairs facilitate activities with the IASC and SAON community including supporting the Roadmap for Arctic Observing and Data Systems (ROADS) process, and partnering on initiatives with the sister committee, the Committee on Observations and Networks (CON). ADC co-chairs participate at the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) as well as the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS). As the ITO’s resident expert in polar data, in this role Chantelle will provide leadership for a team of national, organizational and Arctic Indigenous representatives on observation for data networks.