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Data Reporting and Data Usage, European Style

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Fall 2012

Riebesell U., Fabry V. J., Hansson L. & Gattuso J.-P. (Eds.), 2010. Guide to best practices for ocean acidification research and data reporting, 260 p. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

Although this guide was written specifically for Ocean Acidification data, Part 4: ‘Data reporting and data usage’ applies equally well to ecological data in general.

Each section begins with a quote summarizing a data management challenge. All will sound familiar to an LTER site IM, such as “Organising and documenting data in order to meet the requirements of data archives requires time and efforts, as with any other media used by scientists to communicate their findings, e.g. scientific papers, posters or oral presentations.” Then the section proceeds to address that challenge, such as “First, research programmes must allocate funding to data management. Each program should hire a person to create metadata, contact scientists to prepare and submit their data, aggregate datasets that are related but come from different sources, and submit/import data into a database.”

Part 4 covers the following topics: sharing data, safeguarding data, harmonizing metadata with data, reporting and disseminating metadata and data, pitfalls to avoid and recommendations for standards and guidelines. Much of the advice will sound familiar to an experienced IM but is worth reading if only to recognize how a completely separate data management group in Europe describes and advises on the same challenges as we face in the LTER.

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ISBN: 978-92-79-20650-4

DOI: 10.2777/66906