Creating an Online Cybercartographic Atlas of Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge and Use

  • Peter L. PulsiferEmail author
  • Gita J. Laidler
  • D.R. Fraser Taylor
  • Amos Hayes


A team of community and university researchers, Inuit experts, Inuit organizations, and software developers are developing a Cybercartographic Atlas of Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge and Use. In keeping with a cybercartographic approach, the Atlas combines maps with text and multimedia representations including images, sound, video, and visualizations. Ultimately, members of the communities involved in the Inuit Sea Ice Use and Occupancy Project are interested in evaluating the utility of such approaches for their educational potential as classroom tools, as well as to ensure more dynamic forms of knowledge documentation that can be easily updated and accessed over time. At the user interface level, the Atlas presents documented Inuit knowledge in new and innovative ways. The ability to support innovative representations is underpinned by a flexible data model that is populated with knowledge documented through a participatory mapping process. The Atlas presents a variety of topics including “Our Partner Communities,” “Our Contributors,” and Inuit knowledge of “Ice Conditions” and “Uses.” Future iterations of the Atlas will see a restructured and greatly expanded table of contents and potentially the addition of user-contributed content functionality.


Inuit knowledge Web mapping Participatory mapping Interoperability Interactive Atlas 



The authors are grateful for the support and collaboration of community members in Cape Dorset, Igloolik, and Pangnirtung who have shared their knowledge with us and who are willing to share it with the world. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada International Polar Year Programme, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Specific thanks is also extended to Glenn Brauen, Sébastién Caquard, Christine Homuth, Kelly Karpala, and Karen Kelley for their project and data management assistance. A special thanks to the book and section reviewers for their constructive comments, which led to considerable paper improvements.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter L. Pulsifer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gita J. Laidler
    • 1
  • D.R. Fraser Taylor
    • 1
  • Amos Hayes
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geography and Environmental StudiesCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Geomatics and Cartographic Research CentreCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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