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Our intent is to produce a micro-data file for use by Native organizations and researchers. To protect the confidentiality of the respondents, this data file will contain no personal identifiers. In addition response categories that could be used to infer the identity of a respondent will be collapsed.

The principles of data sharing adopted thus far by the Alaska Native Management Board are as follows:

Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic - Alaska: Principles for Data Sharing

The Alaska component of the Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic is being directed by the Alaska Native Management Board. The following organizations have participated in the ANMB's work: Maniilaq, Kawerak, UIC, NANA, Alaska Native Science Commission, ICC-Alaska, the North Slope Borough, the Northwest Arctic Borough, and the Bering Straits Foundation. The ANMB, the regional institutions represented on the ANMB, and the Institute of Social and Economic Research of the University of Alaska Anchorage are study collaborators and are all owners of the data generated by the Alaska component of the study. All owners have the right to access the data at any time, and agree to use the data within the guidelines of the ANMB's Permission to Use Data policy.

Iņupiat and participating Yupik villages, Iņupiat regional organizations, the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, and the Arctic Council are considered by the ANMB as the first-round beneficiaries of data generated by the Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic. The ANMB and ISER will first focus on the preparation of reports for, and the release of data to these first-round beneficiaries. All reports and data releases to first-round beneficiaries will be made under the ANMB's Permission to Use Data policy.

Other Native organizations, the scientific community, and the public at large are considered by the ANMB as second-round beneficiaries of the data generated by the Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic. The ANMB and ISER will work to make owner-generated, and first-round published data accessible. The ANMB and ISER will also work with the international team to develop and make accessible public use data sets. These data sets will be available under the ANMB's Permission to Use Data policy.

The overall intent of the study is to benefit, and not harm, indigenous people of the Arctic. In view of this intent, the ANMB recognizes that there may be exceptional circumstances in which release of data to second-round beneficiaries, other Native organizations, the scientific community, and the public at large prior to completion of owner- and first-round- generated reports is in the interests of indigenous people of the Arctic.

The ANMB has also adopted form for Permission to Use Data that includes the following provisions:

1. I will not violate the confidentiality of respondents participating in the survey.

2. If someone else wishes to use SLiCA data in their own publication, I will tell them that before using the data they should contact the SLiCA research team and provide the team with their own signed copy of this form.

3. I will submit draft publications using SLiCA data for review by the Alaska Native Management Board.

4. In the event that reviewers disagree with the way I have used SLiCA data, I will try to reach a consensus with reviewers prior to publication.

5. In the event I cannot reach a consensus with reviewers, I will arrange for space in the same publication for reviewers to present their point of view.

6. When using the data in a publication, I will cite the source of the data as, "Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic, Alaska Native Management Board, c/o ISER, University of Alaska Anchorage, under a grant from the National Science Foundation (OPP-0120174).

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