The Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA) was launched during the 2007-2009 International Polar Year. ELOKA fosters collaboration between resident Arctic experts and visiting researchers to facilitate the collection, preservation, exchange, and use of local observations and Indigenous knowledge of the Arctic. ELOKA provides data management and user support to Indigenous communities to ensure their data and knowledge are managed, visualized, and shared in an ethical manner in order to work toward information and data sovereignty for Arctic residents.

For historical and present context regarding the Arctic and its Indigenous peoples, and to better understand ELOKA practices, please read the ELOKA manual.

The ELOKA workshop took place in November 2010 at the University of Colorado Boulder. The event brought together researchers, community members, organizations, and projects working on data management for LTK so as to develop better practices of data managment and local knowledge through collaboration and partnership. 

ELOKA also fostered an advisory committee, which consisted of six members of Indigenous professionals from around the world who offered a unique expterise from their communities. The group met three times. The meetings and their outcomes are summarized in EAC Meetings.

Meet the ELOKA team.

ELOKA is currently supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number PLR 1513438, with previous support under ARC 0856634 and ARC 1231638. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Last Updated: 
Thu, 06/13/2019