Specimens as primary data: museums and ‘open science’

Menno Schilthuizen, and Charles Santhanaraju Vairappan, and Eleanor M. Slade, and Darren J. Mann , and Jeremy A. Miller, (2015) Specimens as primary data: museums and ‘open science’. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 30 (5). pp. 237-238. ISSN 0169-5347


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2015.03.002


In 1977, Eugene Odum advocated a synthetic approach if ecology were to rise above the level of explanation afforded by independent, individual studies [1]. Today, Odum's wish is being fulfilled, and important advances are being made by synthesising data derived from great numbers of studies, either by scaling up temporally or geographically [2]. However, to allow effective, creative, and reproducible integration of ecological and environmental results, the methods and data used need to be made freely accessible and combinable. Only then can integrated ecology become a field where the ideals of ‘open science’ [3] fully come to fruition. Indeed, although great challenges remain 4 and 5, open access to ecological data, methods, and analysis is rapidly improving 6 and 7. Nonetheless, we here call attention to what we perceive as one important obstacle to open data in biodiversity studies.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:museum, open access, ecological data, biodiversity studies
Subjects:Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions:SCHOOL > Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation
ID Code:14851
Deposited By:IR Admin
Deposited On:02 Nov 2016 09:53
Last Modified:02 Nov 2016 09:53

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