The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) is open to external parties that wish to make their data available via the Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS).

The primary data sources in the ABDS are CAFF's monitoring and assessment activities which draw upon data collected from national governments, Arctic Council working groups, Indigenous organisations, multi-lateral environmental agreements, non-governmental organisations, universities and individual scientists. These activities result in products which are fully referenced and independently reviewed collaborative efforts of hundreds of experts from across the circumpolar region. These sources produce baseline data that can be used in regional and global assessments and contribute information into the baseline of what we know about the Arctic's biodiversity, ongoing monitoring and assessments. 

If you wish to contribute data to CAFF, please fill out the form below, upload your files and the CAFF data team will contact you at their earliest convenience.


Rights and responsibilities

This ABDS adopts a flexible approach towards data rights and responsibilities which allows it to embrace a range of ownership options from free public data to strict data control. 

  • Ownership of data rests with the originators of that data and the requirements they place on its use.
  • Unless requested otherwise, the data collector (or the representative of the organization that is the copyright owner) will be acknowledged as owner of the intellectual property of the data.
  • CAFF may act as custodian for individual data collectors, holders and publishers, but this does not automatically confer any rights to those data.
  • The responsibility for and ownership of the data will always remain with the data collector, publisher and/or holder.
  • Data collectors can manage their data collaboratively within ABDS.
  • Data collectors can if they wish transfer their rights to CAFF. It will also be possible to release data conditionally (e.g., based on use agreements).


List of minimum mandatory elements required for ABDS metadata submission

(Download PDF of metadata requirements)

To achieve standards of quality, the ABDS requires a minimum of mandatory elements be met before inclusion into the ABDS.


Minimum mandatory elements required for ABDS metadata1
ISO 19115 Core  INSPIRE Arctic SDI for Scientific Research – White paper Example
Dataset title (M) Part B 1.1 Resource Title Title Arctic Protected Areas 2010 – CAFF indice
Abstract describing the dataset (M) Part B 1.2 Resource abstract Data set abstract Arctic index for protected areas issued by the Cirumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group of the Arctic Council.
Dataset responsible party (O) Part B 9 Responsible organisation Responsible party (organisation) with contact information Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group of the Arctic Council.
Dataset topic category (M) Part B 2.1 Topic Category Data set theme Arctic protected areas
Geographic location of the dataset (C) and geolocation keywords Part B 4.1 Geographic Bounding Box Data set extent Arctic as defined by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group of the Arctic Council.
Dataset reference date (M - start, end, published) Part B 5 Temporal Reference Reference date Data released by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group of the Arctic Council in 2010.
Metadata date stamp (M) Part B 10.2 Metadata Date Metadata date 11-12-11
Spatial resolution of the dataset (O) Part B 6.2 Spatial Resolution Resolution, reference scale or accuracy Unknown
Metadata language (C) Part B 10.3 Metadata Language Metadata languarge English
Status of data     Ongoing / Complete /Unknown

1 Developed by the eight Arctic Council national mapping agencies as part of the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure

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