Maribeth Murray, executive director of the Arctic Institute of North America, and Steve Liang, associate professor in the Department of Geomatics Engineering, work together on ArcticConnect. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary
Researchers receive $500,000 in funding to launch ArcticConnect, linking environmental data about the North.
(Reprinted from the University of Calgary's UToday site)
University of Calgary researchers are launching a new online platform to connect millions of pieces of information about the North. By collecting satellite reports and scientific analysis, accounts from local residents and even photographs and artwork in one location, ArcticConnect is designed to make it easier for scientists to manage and access information about the changing conditions in the Arctic.
Steve Liang, AITF-Microsoft Industry Chair in Open Sensor Web in the Department of Geomatics Engineering at the Schulich School of Engineering, and Maribeth Murray, executive director of the Arctic Institute of North America and professor of anthropology and archaeology, have received $500,000 from CANARIE for the project.
“Scientists spend 80 per cent of time finding data and 20 per cent of time doing research,” says Liang. “We are trying to empower the scientists so they can focus on research instead of data crunching.”