Using Biodiversity Data Best Practices

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Formulate a set of best practices for users of biodiversity data that would maintain licensing and attribution throughout the data usage and publishing lifecycle.


Create a document based on best practices culled from leaders in the biodiversity, library sciences, and archiving communities.


  • Reed Beaman
  • David Bloom
  • Joanna McCaffrey

Draft of Ideas

  • maintain GUID and licensing information from the provider, and intervening aggregators
  • associate a value-added dataset with its GUID, e.g., DOI, ARK
  • preserve annotations, and publish them back to the providers (ambiguous)
  • publish to a long-term repository of citations documenting use of datasets, e.g., Dryad
  • ref: NEON for best practices