White House recognizes ELOKA as a "Champion of Open Science"

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On March 21, 2024, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recognized ELOKA as a “champion of open science.” ELOKA was one of five “open science challenge” winners selected for their work to promote open science to tackle a unique problem; ELOKA was selected in the “open science to serve communities” category for developing tools and building relationships to share Indigenous Knowledge while also respecting Indigenous data sovereignty. 

ELOKA principle investigator Noor Johnson acknowledged the efforts of ELOKA’s leadership, staff, and partners over the years, stating: “The ELOKA collaborative is dedicated to applying open science principles that foster shared capacity and active involvement in data management so that Arctic communities have information they need to advance their goals and priorities. We are very grateful for this recognition from the White House, which highlights the valuable work of our community partners in documenting and sharing knowledge for both present and future generations.”

As a result of the White House recognition, ELOKA was invited to present virtually to the National Science Foundation’s Open Science Hour on May 21, and to join a panel on “Open Science for Science and Society” at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Open Science 2024 meeting in Boston, MA, on June 14, 2024.