The Skeena Salmon Data Centre was developed by the Skeena Knowledge Trust to become a comprehensive, central repository for credible information related to wild Pacific salmonids in the Skeena watershed, including data on salmon populations, habitat, water quality, hydrology, and climatology. The purpose of the Skeena Knowledge Trust is to provide public education on Skeena wild salmon populations, their genetic diversity, and their ocean and freshwater habitats in order to inform and enable the assessment and implementation of resource development proposals and government policy, including First Nations land-use plans, provincial land-use plans, and the federal Wild Salmon Policy.

Spatial data on the Skeena Salmon Data Centre is also housed on the Skeena Maps Portal, which is an interactive mapping portal and repository for geospatial information related to Skeena watershed wild salmon. The portal includes geospatial data layers and complete maps on themes related to Skeena wild salmon, such as watersheds, stream crossings, and roads. The portal allows users to view and download data layers in standard formats and to view and download complete maps, as well as create custom maps.

The Skeena Salmon Data Centre uses a Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network (CKAN) management system, which is a web-based open source management system for the storage and distribution of open data. CKAN is a powerful data catalogue system, and is used by many public institutions, including the Government of British Columbia, Government of Alberta, and the City of Surrey.

The Skeena Knowledge Trust maintains and populates the Skeena Salmon Data Centre with datasets and reports using a prioritization process described by its Annual Knowledge Plan. To find out more information on contributing to the Skeena Salmon Data Centre or Skeena Maps Portal, or to provide feedback or suggestions, contact us at info@skeenatrust.ca.

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