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Title: Research applications of primary biodiversity databases in the digital age

Abstract

Our world is in the midst of unprecedented change-climate shifts and sustained, widespread habitat degradation have led to dramatic declines in biodiversity rivaling historical extinction events. At the same time, new approaches to publishing and integrating previously disconnected data resources promise to help provide the evidence needed for more efficient and effective conservation and management. Stakeholders have invested considerable resources to contribute to online databases of species occurrences. However, estimates suggest that only 10% of biocollections are available in digital form. The biocollections community must therefore continue to promote digitization efforts, which in part requires demonstrating compelling applications of the data. Our overarching goal is therefore to determine trends in use of mobilized species occurrence data since 2010, as online systems have grown and now provide over one billion records. To do this, we characterized 501 papers that use openly accessible biodiversity databases. Our standardized tagging protocol was based on key topics of interest, including: database(s) used, taxa addressed, general uses of data, other data types linked to species occurrence data, and data quality issues addressed. We found that the most common uses of online biodiversity databases have been to estimate species distribution and richness, to outline data compilation andmore » publication, and to assist in developing species checklists or describing new species. Only 69% of papers in our dataset addressed one or more aspects of data quality, which is low considering common errors and biases known to exist in opportunistic datasets. Globally, we find that biodiversity databases are still in the initial stages of data compilation. Novel and integrative applications are restricted to certain taxonomic groups and regions with higher numbers of quality records. Continued data digitization, publication, enhancement, and quality control efforts are necessary to make biodiversity science more efficient and relevant in our fast-changing environment.« less

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2]; ORCiD logo [2];  [2];  [1];  [1];  [2];  [3];  [2]
  1. Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL (United States)
  2. Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL (United States)
  3. Univ. de Navarra, Pamplona (Spain)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1580870
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
PLoS ONE
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 14; Journal Issue: 9; Journal ID: ISSN 1932-6203
Publisher:
Public Library of Science
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; Taxonomy; Biodiversity; Vertebrates; Invertebrates; Conservation science; Species interactions; Database searching; Plant taxonomy

Citation Formats

Ball-Damerow, Joan E., Brenskelle, Laura, Barve, Narayani, Soltis, Pamela S., Sierwald, Petra, Bieler, Rüdiger, LaFrance, Raphael, Ariño, Arturo H., and Guralnick, Robert P. Research applications of primary biodiversity databases in the digital age. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0215794.
Ball-Damerow, Joan E., Brenskelle, Laura, Barve, Narayani, Soltis, Pamela S., Sierwald, Petra, Bieler, Rüdiger, LaFrance, Raphael, Ariño, Arturo H., & Guralnick, Robert P. Research applications of primary biodiversity databases in the digital age. United States. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0215794
Ball-Damerow, Joan E., Brenskelle, Laura, Barve, Narayani, Soltis, Pamela S., Sierwald, Petra, Bieler, Rüdiger, LaFrance, Raphael, Ariño, Arturo H., and Guralnick, Robert P. Wed . "Research applications of primary biodiversity databases in the digital age". United States. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0215794. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1580870.
@article{osti_1580870,
title = {Research applications of primary biodiversity databases in the digital age},
author = {Ball-Damerow, Joan E. and Brenskelle, Laura and Barve, Narayani and Soltis, Pamela S. and Sierwald, Petra and Bieler, Rüdiger and LaFrance, Raphael and Ariño, Arturo H. and Guralnick, Robert P.},
abstractNote = {Our world is in the midst of unprecedented change-climate shifts and sustained, widespread habitat degradation have led to dramatic declines in biodiversity rivaling historical extinction events. At the same time, new approaches to publishing and integrating previously disconnected data resources promise to help provide the evidence needed for more efficient and effective conservation and management. Stakeholders have invested considerable resources to contribute to online databases of species occurrences. However, estimates suggest that only 10% of biocollections are available in digital form. The biocollections community must therefore continue to promote digitization efforts, which in part requires demonstrating compelling applications of the data. Our overarching goal is therefore to determine trends in use of mobilized species occurrence data since 2010, as online systems have grown and now provide over one billion records. To do this, we characterized 501 papers that use openly accessible biodiversity databases. Our standardized tagging protocol was based on key topics of interest, including: database(s) used, taxa addressed, general uses of data, other data types linked to species occurrence data, and data quality issues addressed. We found that the most common uses of online biodiversity databases have been to estimate species distribution and richness, to outline data compilation and publication, and to assist in developing species checklists or describing new species. Only 69% of papers in our dataset addressed one or more aspects of data quality, which is low considering common errors and biases known to exist in opportunistic datasets. Globally, we find that biodiversity databases are still in the initial stages of data compilation. Novel and integrative applications are restricted to certain taxonomic groups and regions with higher numbers of quality records. Continued data digitization, publication, enhancement, and quality control efforts are necessary to make biodiversity science more efficient and relevant in our fast-changing environment.},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pone.0215794},
journal = {PLoS ONE},
number = 9,
volume = 14,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {9}
}

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Inselect: Automating the Digitization of Natural History Collections
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More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas
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Motivating Online Publication of Data
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Putting your Finger upon the Simplest Data
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Five task clusters that enable efficient and effective digitization of biological collections
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Whole-drawer imaging for digital management and curation of a large entomological collection
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California dragonfly and damselfly (Odonata) database: temporal and spatial distribution of species records collected over the past century
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