Challenges and Opportunities of Open Data in Ecology

  title={Challenges and Opportunities of Open Data in Ecology},
  author={O. J. Reichman and Matthew B. Jones and Mark Schildhauer},
  pages={703 - 705}
Ecology is a synthetic discipline benefiting from open access to data from the earth, life, and social sciences. Technological challenges exist, however, due to the dispersed and heterogeneous nature of these data. Standardization of methods and development of robust metadata can increase data access but are not sufficient. Reproducibility of analyses is also important, and executable workflows are addressing this issue by capturing data provenance. Sociological challenges, including inadequate… 

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  • Computer Science, Economics
    Libr. Trends
  • 2008
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