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Biodiversity databases spread, prompting unification call
Thomas, C. (2009). Biodiversity databases spread, prompting unification call. Science (Wash.) 324(5935): 1632-1633.
In: Science (Washington). American Association for the Advancement of Science: New York, N.Y. ISSN 0036-8075, more
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    Biodiversity; Databases

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  • Thomas, C.

    Scientists increasingly recognize the value of collaborative, open-access data sharing for understanding the world. But there's still a wide gap between wanting to share and figuring out how to do it right, discovered those who attended an international meeting on biodiversity. The goal of e-Biosphere 09, a meeting for creators and users of the Encyclopedia of Life, the Consortium for the Barcode of Life, the Catalogue of Life, and other major efforts to build and manage open-access biodiversity databases, was to figure out how to combine data from at least 100 systems into one gigantic, online, open-access database that will eventually cover all life on Earth, with lots of information, including primary research. But whether these researchers are ready to create one-stop shopping for biodiversity remains to be seen.

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