The rapid rise of online biodiversity collections repositories like GBIF and citizen science initiatives like iNaturalist have enabled amazing advancements in evolutionary biology, biogeography, and conservation. Nonetheless, straightforward analysis of specimen and observational data is frequently encumbered by inaccuracies. As a result, these data must always be “cleaned” before use, but steps in cleaning procedures, as well as common but hidden pitfalls, along the way are challenging to address.
In this webinar, we provide entry points for going from ‘download to data’ for all kinds of specimen/observational data (e.g., animal, plant, fungi, etc.), including:
• Online biodiversity specimen repositories and differences between them, including tips and tricks for downloading biodiversity data
• A reproducible, transparent workflow for ensuring:
o Taxonomic integrity (taxonomic name resolution)
o Temporal accuracy (dates, collectors)
o Understanding and dealing with geographic location uncertainty (i.e., georeferencing, coordinate precision, data filtering decisions)
• How to report these procedures in publications
This webinar will help researchers seeking to use widely available biodiversity data understand and adopt better practices for dealing with these data.
Please join us for this free webinar organized by researchers at the Missouri Botanical Garden!
April 9th, 2020, from 1 to 2:30 pm Central Standard Time.
Registration is free but limited:
Adam B. Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Scientist in Global Change Conservation
Missouri Botanical Garden