The Subak Data Catalogue is a new online resource that has been designed to help organisations find, access and use the best possible data for their environmental projects. The catalogue makes it easy to investigate over 2,300 datasets – and has been curated from the analysts, researchers and engineers in Subak's Data Cooperative. It is live now and free to use.
Led by CEO Amali de Alwis, Subak is on a mission to make the best climate data from across the globe more accessible and easier to search. The data covers everything from electric transport, green energy and heat decarbonisation, through to agriculture and more.
Subak acknowledges the challenges in making such a resource available and says that: “While other databases already exist in specific sectors such as energy and policy, Subak’s catalogue is the most comprehensive and accurate growing collection of climate-related data. Datasets are regularly reviewed to assess data freshness, dead links are removed and displays show how the data has been used previously.”
Jake Verma, Subak’s Data Cooperative Manager, says: “We want to build the Google of climate data, so that all organisations and individuals, large and small, for-profit and not-for-profit, will be able to find the climate data they want quickly and efficiently.”
Part of Subak's mission was to ensure that data has ‘freshness' ratings, allowing climate innovators to quickly identify the most recent findings.
“Too often environmental data is lost or siloed in different organisations,” explains Verma. “Shared data is a vital piece of the puzzle in the fight against climate change. By increasing cross-sector data transparency, we can avoid expensive and unnecessary duplication of research and lower the barrier to entry for those addressing climate change.
“Our first focus is to develop a comprehensive index of power plant data, as this is one of the sectors that must urgently decarbonise to hit net zero targets. We are calling for researchers who can develop innovative power plant data projects for the Catalogue, so if you want to make a difference and develop insights in this important climate sector, we would strongly encourage you to apply.”
Subak is the world’s first not-for-profit accelerator and data community that scales climate impact through data, policy and behaviour change. If you want access to this data, all you need to do is visit the Subak site.