ESA 2019 Biodiversity Data Dialogues

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Biodiversity Data Dialogues

Ecologists are increasingly using large data sets to address current and looming environmental issues, but recent papers call for new tools and methods as well as cross-discipline collaborations to ensure that ecological researchers get the information they need now and in the future. By looking at funding trends, journals, publications, and researcher interest, it is clear that the ecological research community is rapidly developing new methods to access and use large data sets. In this special session, NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network), iDigBio (Integrated Digitized Biocollections), and GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility), all supported by the National Science Foundation, invite you to join an interactive dialogue on four key data topics, including data transparency, data integration, data archival policies, and data citation policies. Molecular biologists use Genbank, BOLD and other data tools; and biodiversity collections, museum, and citizen science biodiversity data are accessible through GBIF. And ecology is moving rapidly toward higher data transparency and data integration. Concurrently, ecology journals are developing data archival and data citation policies. This highly interactive session offers a unique opportunity to bring innovative thought and forward-thinking discussions and discourse on these four hot data topics introduced by domain experts and discussed via thematic panels. Whatever the size of your ecological project - share your valuable perspectives with us and learn from colleagues in the field.

GBIF, iDigBio, and NEON bring you this collaborative discussion at the Ecological Society of American Meeting 2019 in Louisville, KY on August 12th.