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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Although only slightly older than a decade the directory is now out of date, not searchable in its present form, and it serves more as a historical document than a living database of Arctic social scientists.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.
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International Directory of Arctic Social Scientists

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