Published: May 28, 2024

On March 21, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recognized the Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA) at CU Boulder 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 on June 14.

This release was originally published on the ELOKA website.