Collaborative environmental data stewardship: Opportunities for ecosystem building and project application

Jan 18, 2023 | by
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The collection and use of environmental data is proliferating, supporting communities, researchers, and governments to solve environmental and climate crises on local and global scales. With data coming from disparate sources and actors, collaborative tools are increasingly necessary - especially if we're to responsibly account for and integrate the complex and intersectional nature of environmental issues. Environmental data users, collectors, and owners can practice responsible data stewardship in collaboration with others in new and profound ways in order to leverage the power of expanding data resources.

Open Environmental Data Project convened stakeholders from government, academia, environmental nonprofits, community organizations, and the legal sector to discuss the challenges and promising solutions they've faced in collaboratively managing and stewarding environmental data. Different needs and opportunities emerged based on the actor's role in the collaboratively managed data space; we categorize the opportunities as either ecosystem-building opportunities, based on their application towards building the larger environmental data space, or as project application opportunities, opportunities for environmental data stewardship in practice or applied to specific collaborative environmental data projects. This brief focuses on the following thirteen opportunities on both the ecosystem-building and projection application levels. 

Collaborative environmental data stewardship: Opportunities for ecosystem building and project application