Ethical Open Science for Past Global Change Data

Moving the Quaternary data ecosystem forward


Our Mission

Our overarching aim is to build technical and social capacity among community-curated data repositories in the Quaternary sciences. We are doing this by creating a community-based network focused on facilitating dialogue and collaboration among communities and individuals who are vested in different forms of environmental data about the past, including their cultural and natural provenance and stewardship. This network helps explore and inform technical implementations and sociocultural understandings of ethical open science principles, such as the FAIR and CARE principles.

Currently with an emphasis on North America, the network is focused on engaging Indigenous perspectives, approaches, and ideas about ethical open science and its relationship to data governance and accessibility. We actively reflect on Western scientific approaches to open Quaternary science, and aim to facilitate cross-cultural dialogue across disciplinary, professional, and personal cultural backgrounds and traditions of participants.