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Our first blog post at INNGE about open data!
Next-Generation Ecologists and Open Data. published by scottchamberlain on Tue, 08/30/2011 - 03:21. The next generation of ecologists have the opportunity to affect a shift in the culture of ecology. ...
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Made a comment on your post at the blog, but since
'Comment is Free' I'll repost it here as well [below]:

Great post.

Would just like to add a few supportive comments :)

1.) You should definitely list among your list of places to share research data / post Open Data. It's solved the "data heterogeneity" problem IMO by hosting virtually any digital file format; be it spreadsheets, audio files, movies or images. It also has long-term funding support and is 'going places' fast I'm told. One can even post data pre-publication here which I think is pretty cool, and not a usage covered by many other data repos.

2.) Further to the Savage & Vickers (2009) study, should anyone not be convinced of this, I would refer you to:

Wicherts, J. M., Borsboom, D., Kats, J. & Molenaar, D. The poor availability of psychological research data for reanalysis. American Psychologist 61, 726-728 (2006). URL

it's a bit older, and a different field, but tbh - it's just as relevant. A sad majority of academics (in general, regardless of discipline) seem to be reluctant to share data. This will no doubt change soon...

Likewise, similar to the points made by Piwowar et al (2007), there's an excellent editorial here:

Botstein, D. It's the data! Mol. Biol. Cell 21, 4-6 (2010). URL

that points out that sometimes "it's the data!" which is the best-cited and longest lasting contribution of many articles; not the hypothesis, methods or conclusions therein.

3.) [Disclaimer: I'm sneaking in some self-promotion now...]

I'm giving an Open Data principles talk at this year's British Ecological Society annual meeting (Sheffield, Tue 13th September) to try and spread this ethos of free and open data sharing in academia.

Very much looking forward to it. Might even reference this blogpost in my talk ;)

Ross Mounce | PhD Student
Fossils, Phylogeny and Macroevolution Research Group
University of Bath
Thanks for commenting Ross.

Figshare sounds promising. Have you used it yourself?

Right, I've been seeing some tweets recently from the Datacite conference talking about data being the long lasting important contribution.

Awesome that you will spread the open data word at BES. I believe we will have some INNGE working group members there if you want to meet up with them.
yep. I've tested the water with Figshare myself e.g.

it's a continually improving project. Perhaps a tad ugly atm, but it's hugely standardised (read: mineable!), and they're busy re-extracting 50k+ figures from OA PubMed articles atm to re-share and re-invigorate. I love this kind of separation of research article (words) and data (numbers, images, media), I think it's a trend that'll only continue.

I've also been tracking #DataCite thanks to our mutual friend +Carl Boettiger reminding me about it :) Great conf, great ideas.

Would love to meet up with INNGE members. I'm not really an ecologist (more a Systematist) but I think it looks like we definitely have parallel goals. Like I said, very much looking fwd to the conference :)
Figshare does look pretty awesome, and I have been desperately wanting a place for so-called "negative results" to be deposited.

Ross, I'll let you know who to contact to meet at BES...
amy cg
I am informatic. I love ecology. thanks for blog. open data, big data, data mining. Una argentina iniciante en esto.
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