In 2018, SPC chose to pool resources across several diﬀerent web portal projects with the aim of developing a shared centralised platform that would not only meet the needs of SPC divisions but all Pacific data producers and users. The Pacific Data Hub was created with the aim of establishing a sustainable data infrastructure to catalogue Pacific datasets, improve data management and policy, and encourage informed decision making using this data.
The Pacific Data Hub isn’t designed to subsume all other sites, but rather act as a catalogue providing well-structured and documented access to datasets within the large ecosystem of SPC websites and services and also within the regional ecosystem of portals and sites. Where data doesn’t belong on an existing online database or portal, it can be hosted directly on the Pacific Data Hub.
The Pacific Data Hub will provide support for the protection of the rights of data owners and advocate for responsible and ethical use of data, while encouraging robust data governance and data sharing agreements.