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Recent & In Progress Work

In the News

Signer to the Responsible Data Open Letter to the World Food Programme regarding Palantir

Plastic Bans are a Polynesian Issue

Mapping Alaska, Mapping Change

UAF students bring technology to ice cellars

Alaska Natives are Using Modern Technology to Save Traditional Ice Cellars

Indigenous peoples and responsible data: an introductory reading list

Prior to the founding of Convene North in 2018, our consultants worked on projects such as:

 
 
 
 
Testing solar power and battery in cold weather

Testing solar power and battery in cold weather

Ice Cellars Monitoring Project

Funder: Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, Federal Division, Mission Solutions

Worked with a technical team to train and mentor undergraduate students to design and build micro-computing sensors prototypes for monitoring and live-time reporting of environmental data from ice cellars.

 

The Headlines

Alaska Natives Are Using Modern Technology to Save Traditional Ice Cellars," Earther Magazine, November 17, 2017

"North Slope Subsistence Hunters to Use Tech for Ice Cellar Temperature Monitoring," Alaska Business Monthly, October 23, 2017,

"UAF students bring technology to ice cellars," Fairbanks Daily News Miner, October 23, 2017

#UAFleads

Created a successful multi-platform campaign to improve access to diverse leaders at University of Alaska Fairbanks, including a letter that was signed by 200+ community members. The result was the creation of a Diversity Task Force at the university.

The Headlines

"Panel to Ensure Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility For All UAF Workers, Students," KUAC.org, February 5, 2018

"Inclusion and diversity task force established," University of Alaska Fairbanks, January 10, 2018

"UAF looks to address hiring, pay discrepancies between men and women" Alaska Public Media, November 2, 2017

"Letter asks UAF admins to address minority challenges," Fairbanks Daily News Miner, October, 30, 2017

Language and Culture Games

To aid in the learning of Yup'ik language and culture, a card game and stop-action animation were created to tell the story of the time the raven was kicking sea anemones. Watercolors below painted for deck of cards.

 
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North Slope Mapathon

Funder: Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, Federal, Mission Solutions

Together with partners Alaska NSF EPSCoR, Decision Theater North, Alaska Red Cross and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap (HOT OSM), volunteer mappers improved maps of all eight North Slope communities in Open Street Maps. These maps are used by emergency responders, as well as the broader open source mapping community. 

The Headlines

"Mapping Alaska, Mapping Change," Open Street Maps' State of the Map U.S., October 20, 2017

"North Slope Mapathon updates eight community maps"  University of Alaska Geophysical Institute, June 12, 2017