As ecologists continue to gather long-term data at site, regional, continental, and global scales, there will be an increasing need for tools to measure the pattern and rate of change in plant and animal communities in response to multiple environmental drivers.
DataONE (Observation Network for Earth) is building cyberinfrastructure for open, persistent, robust, and secure access to well-described and easily discovered Earth observational data. Supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, DataONE ensures preservation and access to multi-scale, multi-discipline, and multi-national science data.
Sharing data is time consuming and researchers need incentives for undertaking the extra work. Metrics for data can provide feedback on data usage, views, and impact that can help encourage researchers to share their data. This Working Group will explore and test the metrics needed to capture activity surrounding research data.
It is increasingly difficult for researchers in the geosciences to locate relevant data for integrative analysis, due to the rapidly growing volume, variety, and complexity of data available. Yet, it is necessary to discover, access, and integrate data from multiple sources to generate robust, large-scale scientific insights. GeoLink will help to meet the challenges of geoscience research in an age of Big Data.
Discovering existing Earth and environmental science data that can be applied to answering new questions or testing new hypotheses is ever more important in the era of “big data.” Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) is building a cyberinfrastructure that facilitates data discovery and access and is working to foster a culture of data sharing and sound data management.
Ecosystems change naturally as well as due to human intervention. Species ranges expand and contract, and some species become extinct. Sometimes these changes fundamentally impact the diversity and function of local communities. Documenting large shifts in species' abundance and ranges requires data from entire biogeographic provinces. Most datasets; however, originate from individual researchers and cover local scales. These efforts represent only a small part of the full evidence which could be brought to bear upon any given research question.