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Big data in biodiversity science: A Framework for engagement

Show simple item record Musvuugwa , Tendai ; Dlomu, Muxe Gladmond and Adebowale, Adekunle 2022-04-22T10:47:17Z 2022-04-22T10:47:17Z 2021
dc.identifier.uri technologies9030060
dc.description.abstract Despite best efforts, the loss of biodiversity has continued at a pace that constitutes a major threat to the efficient functioning of ecosystems. Curbing the loss of biodiversity and assessing its local and global trends requires a vast amount of datasets from a variety of sources. Although the means for generating, aggregating and analyzing big datasets to inform policies are now within the reach of the scientific community, the data-driven nature of a complex multidisciplinary field such as biodiversity science necessitates an overarching framework for engagement. In this review, we propose such a schematic based on the life cycle of data to interrogate the science. The framework considers data generation and collection, storage and curation, access and analysis and, finally, communication as distinct yet interdependent themes for engaging biodiversity science for the purpose of making evidenced-based decisions. We summarize historical developments in each theme, including the challenges and prospects, and offer some recommendations based on best practices. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.subject big data; biodiversity; data curation; data generation; cyber infrastructure; data access; science communication en_US
dc.title Big data in biodiversity science: A Framework for engagement en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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