It is now over ten years since the publication of the International Directory
of Arctic Social Scientists compiled by Ernest S. Burch, Jr. and supported by NSF
(Burch 1997). Burch's paper directory was an important resource not only for those
researchers attempting to build networks, but for those seeking a comprehensive
view of the characteristics (e.g. education) of social science research in the Arctic.
Although only slightly older than a decade the directory is now out of date, not
searchable in its present form, and it serves more as a historical document than
a living database of Arctic social scientists. Since its publication, several developments
have occurred that make a second version of the directory necessary, not the least
of which is a rise in online, interactive media.
Instead of creating another print version, however, the new directory will be an
organic data base easily accessible and updatable. The combination of a more comprehensive
and more user friendly directory provides an important research tool to help build
bridges across national, ethnic and disciplinary borders.