The Canadian Consortium for Arctic Data Interoperability will develop an Arctic Research Data Infrastructure (ARDI) predicated on a vision to support and grow a research community that fully engages Inuit; that is properly governed so as to enhance individual, local, regional, national, and international initiatives in data management and research; and that builds capacity across a network of linked data centres with common standards, practices, tools, and expertise. It will facilitate data discovery and description, enabling data to be shared across systems for upload, analysis, and visualization.

The ARDI will support efficient, effective use of data, allowing Canada to better realize the benefits of our decades of investment in Arctic research. It will support Inuit self-determination, enabling informed actions for managing decision-making around multiple issues. It will support operational activities by making information from space-based technologies more accessible and usable for those charged with search and rescue, ensuring safe transportation and protection of life, environment, and infrastructure in Canada's Arctic. It will support the flow of necessary information for Arctic policy development and, where there are economic opportunities, provide access to needed data for ensuring sustainable development, improving monitoring, and minimizing environmental impact.

CCADI aims to advance collaboration, nationally and internationally, through development of an integrated Canadian arctic data management system that facilitates information discovery, establishes metadata and data sharing standards, enables interoperability among existing data infrastructures, and is accessible to the broadest possible audience of users.

Improved Cyberinfrastructure Will:

  • Facilitate transformative research on priority science questions about the Arctic system;
  • Empower Inuit communities to address their data priorities;
  • Demonstrate Canada’s ability to lead in providing accessible, interoperable, and useable data to the international community; and
  • Enable translation of complex scientific information and Inuit TK into policy-relevant material.

Key Elements:

  • Standards and mechanisms for metadata interoperability, semantic interoperability and implementation of these.
  • Distributed data exchange platform for contributors, users and repositories.
  • Streamlined data services with common entry, access, search, match, analysis, visualization & output tools.
  • Intellectual property and sensitive data service.
  • Data stewardship capacity.


Established in 2015, the Canadian Consortium for Arctic Data Interoperability (CCADI) is composed of Canadian Arctic scholars and data managers from the following organizations:


University of CalgaryThe Arctic Institute of North America, the GeoSensorWeb Laboratory, and InnoVis
Carleton UniversityGeomatics and Cartographic Research Centre
Universit√© Laval: Centre d'√©tudes nordiques and Amundsen Science
University of ManitobaCentre for Earth Observation Science
University of Ottawa: Faculty of Law - Common Law Section
University of Waterloo: Canadian Cryospheric Information Network and Polar Data Catalogue

Inuit Organization
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation


Federal Agencies

Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR)
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)


Non-Profit Partners

Cybera Inc.
Polar View
SensorUp Inc.


CCADI members are also leading contributors to:

The Arctic Data Committee (ADC) of the International Arctic Science Committee and Sustaining Arctic Observing Network

Arctic Observing Summit (AOS)

The International Study of Arctic Change (ISAC)

The Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators (CNNRO)


The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

The Research Data Alliance (RDA)

World Data System

The Polar Libraries Colloquy