Demonstrating the diversity, richness and value of a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) to Arctic stakeholders.

The Arctic Spatial Data Pilot (ArcticSDP), an 18 month study, was initiated to demonstrate the diversity, richness and value of providing geospatial data using international standards in support of spatial data exchange. It shows how standards help stakeholders gain new perspectives into social, economic, and environmental issues by providing an online network of resources that improves the sharing, use, and integration of information tied to geographic locations in North America, the Arctic, and around the world.

The Pilot produced several videos that show standardized components and data formats in action and illustrate various aspects of Spatial Data Infrastructures for the Arctic. These scnearios are availalbe on the VIDEOS page. The 7min summary video provides a high level introduction to the value of Spatial Data Infrastructures in the Arctic.

Three overview presentations have been developed that provide a short, medium, and full introduction into the pilot. The slides can be downloaded here. The name indicates the duration it takes to present the slides: 15min 30min 90min

Interviews have been recorded with Kevin Gallagher (USGS) and Prashant Shukle (NRCan) after the pilot. The interviews are availalbe on the INTERVIEWS page.

The results from the pilot have been captured in Engineering Reports. Both reports, capturing the results from both phases of the pilot, are availalbe on the REPORTS page.

More background information on the pilot can be found on the INTIATIVE page.

If you want to learn more about the participants of the pilot, please check the TEAM page.


The Arctic is surrounded by eight different countries. Bringing together a group like that around some common standards and some common goals in terms of information is really critical.

Associate Director, Core Science Systems, United States Geological Survey

The (Arctic SDP) project will ensure that the facts we collect in their data formats are interoperable and can be shared from local to global partners in a seamless way. To date, there has been no such effort to do this and this project is, for the Arctic, a game-changer.

Director General, Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation, NRCan