OpenARI (Open Arctic Research Index) is a pilot project that run at the University of Tromsø – the Arctic University of Norway (UiT) in the period September, 2018 – February 2019. The OpenARI aimed to analyse and measure the success opportunity of a new service at the University of Tromsø – the Arctic University of Norway. The scope of the service is to collect, sort and archive metadata about open-access publications and datasets on the Arctic region. These records (i.e. metadata on the Arctic’s publications and datasets) will be available to researchers, students and publics through an interactive searchable front-end website. The main goal of the pilot project was to assess the possibilities to build such a service and estimate the resources needed.