The Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS) is the data-management framework for the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council, and its programs and activities including the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP). It is an online, interoperable data management system that serves as a focal point and common platform for all CAFF programs and projects as well as a dynamic source for up-to-date circumpolar Arctic biodiversity information and emerging trends.

The goal of the ABDS is to increase access to Arctic biodiversity data for the common good of scientists, policy makers and other stakeholders both inside and outside of the Arctic. It is intended to allow for discovery, archiving and access to data at various scales. Such a framework is essential to ensure effective, consistent, and long-term management of the data resulting from CAFF and its partners activities.

The ABDS framework is built using the following open source solutions:

  • GeoServer: a Java-based server that allows users to view and edit geospatial data
  • GeoNetwork: a catalogue application to manage spatially references resources
  • PostgreSQL: an open source object-relational database system

Consolidating the vast amount of disaggregated data across all Arctic sub-regions and biomes will improve access to biodiversity status and trends information and promote a deeper understanding of inter-relationships at the local, regional, circumpolar and global scale.

It will ensure that biodiversity data generated by CAFF are organised to guarantee a lasting legacy in a manner which facilitates:

  • Data discovery and accessibility;
  • Increased understanding;
  • Informed and more rapid decision making;
  • The widest possible exchange of relevant data;
  • Ongoing research; and
  • The visibility of the work of CAFF and its partners.  
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