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Saskatchewan Air Quality Data Now Available for Education and Research Use

News Release Release Date: June 3, 2020 12:00 p.m.

In celebration of Clean Air Day, Great Plains Air Zone and the University of Regina’s Dr. John Archer Library are partnering to make air quality data openly accessible for education and research purposes.

Stored in Archer Library’s Dataverse data repository, the datasets contain precise air quality measures from GPAZ’s three air quality monitoring stations located in East Regina, Belle Plaine and Yorkton. The data will be beneficial to researchers and students interested in studying air quality in Saskatchewan.

"Our website, www.GPAZ.org, has real time Air Quality Health Index readings, weather and pollutant data available at a number of locations in the Great Plains region but we also wanted to make the detailed historical data available as well,” said Murray Hilderman, Executive Director of GPAZ. "The Great Plains Air Zone members from industry, government, health and environmental organizations are all excited for the data to be available world-wide through the Dataverse repository. Our members know that the high quality data will be of use to those studying air quality, to find better ways to understand air pollutant behaviour and to look for ways to improve air quality for the health of all," added Hilderman.

“The Dr. John Archer Library is pleased to partner with Great Plains Air Zone to provide students, faculty and the people of Saskatchewan with access to resources that support education and research. This is our first community collaboration in Dataverse and will hopefully lead to further partnerships throughout the province,” said Brett Waytuck, University Librarian at the University of Regina.

Researchers are currently able to access one year of data from the Regina East station. The historical dataset for all three sites will be available by July 1, 2020. To access the data go to https://dataverse.scholarsportal.info/dataverse/GPAZ, select the dataset from the list and click download. University of Regina researchers also have the option of creating a free Dataverse account which will give them the ability to upload their own datasets.

Contact Brett Waytuck, University Librarian at University of Regina: Michelle at 306-371-8039 (cell) or michelle.oussoren@uregina.ca (email)

Contact Murray Hilderman, Executive Director, GPAZ: 306-551-6334 (phone) or gpazdirector@gmail.com (email) 

 

About the University of Regina Dr. John Archer Library: The main Library of the University of Regina, Archer Library helps students and faculty achieve success by providing quality resources and services to inspire and support learning, research and scholarship for the University community.

About Great Plains Air Zone: We are a voluntary, member based, non-profit association that works with government, industry, and other public interest groups to monitor and create awareness of air quality issues in our region of Saskatchewan.

About Dataverse: Dataverse is the University of Regina’s web-based data repository that is custom-built for sharing, publishing, and making datasets discoverable through search engines. With Dataverse, researchers can deposit and securely share their data with collaborators or publish a dataset as open data for other researchers to use.

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