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Smarter Workflows for ecologists: what are they?

Fundamental to the work of an ecologist is the collection, use, and re-use of data and information to solve complex problems. Data science is transforming ecology with more and more data available, but it’s not always easily accessible, usable or interpretable. The data environment is dynamic and requires evidence-based decision-making about practice and governance. This creates many challenges for the modern ecologist, and in this harsh world it might seem that the one who does this best will succeed. Good data drives cutting-edge science: sharing and re-use of data maximises its value as new science, comparisons and refinements are made to provide new knowledge useful to society.


ACEAS hosted a workshop at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia to explain and demonstrate how ecologists can use new data publishing and sharing tools to increase their research output, impact and ability to collaborate, enabling advances in the frontiers of ecological research.




The purpose of the workshop was to produce:


- enhanced understanding of advances in data sharing, management, licensing, storage, discovery, open access and reuse;
- increased knowledge about the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network national ecosystem data infrastructure and related infrastructure initiatives that are bringing about transformational change in the ways ecologists manage, reuse and cite research data; and
- increased understanding of data tools enabling ecologists to be more efficient and effective and do great research that changes the world.


Presentations were as follows:


- Data Collection (Nikki Thurgate)
- Data Sharing and Citation (Alison Bradshaw)
- Data Storage and Discovery (David Turner)
- Data Analysis and Synthesis (Alison Specht)
- Modelling (Gabriel Abramowitz)
- How good knowledge of Australia’s data environment will be rewarded (Tim Clancy)


The compiled presentations are viewable below.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 15:25