Change in Pictures: Creating best practices in archiving ecological imagery for reuse.


Gries, C.,Beaulieu, S.,Brown, R. F.,Gastil-Buhl, G.,Elmendorf, S.,Hsieh, H.-Y.,Kui, L.,Maurer, G., and Porter, J. H.


Biodiversity Information Science and Standards


he research data repository of the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) is building on over 30 years of data curation research and experience in the National Science Foundationfunded US Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network. It provides mature functionalities, well established workflows, and now publishes all ‘long-tail’ environmental data. High quality scientific metadata are enforced through automatic checks against community developed rules and the Ecological Metadata Language (EML) standard. Although the EDI repository is far along in making its data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR), representatives from EDI and the LTER are developing best practices for the edge cases in environmental data publishing. One of these is the vast amount of imagery taken in the context of ecological research, ranging from wildlife camera traps to plankton imaging systems to aerial photography. Many images are used in biodiversity research for community analyses (e.g., individual counts, species cover, biovolume, productivity), while others are taken to study animal behavior and landscape level change.





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