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Open data and digital morphology

Davies, TG and Rahman, IA and Lautenschlager, S and Cunningham, JA and Asher, RJ and Barrett, PM and Bates, KT and Bengston, S and Benson, RBJ and Boyer, DM and Braga, J and Bright, JA and Claessens, LPAM and Cox, PG and Dong, XP and Evans, AR and Falkingham, PL and Friedman, M and Garwood, RJ and Goswami, A and Hutchinson, JR and Jeffrey, NS and Johanson, Z and Lebrun, R and Martínez-Pérez, C and Marugán-Lobón, J and O'Higgins, PM and Metscher, B and Orliac, M and Rowe, T and Rucklin, M and Sánchez-Villagra, MR and Shubin, NH and Smith, SY and Starck, JM and Stringer, C and Summers, AP and Sutton, MD and Walsh, SA and Weisbecker, V and Witmer, LM and Wroe, S and Yin, Z and Rayfield, E and Donoghue, PCJ (2017) Open data and digital morphology. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284 (1852). ISSN 1471-2954

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Abstract

Over the past two decades, the development of methods for visualizing and analysing specimens digitally, in three and even four dimensions, has transformed the study of living and fossil organisms. However, the initial promise, that the widespread application of such methods would facilitate access to the underlying digital data, has not been fully achieved. The underlying datasets for many published studies are not readily or freely available, introducing a barrier to verification and reproducibility, and the reuse of data. There is no current agreement or policy on the amount and type of data that should be made available alongside studies that use, and in some cases are wholly reliant on, digital morphology. Here, we propose a set of recommendations for minimum standards and additional best practice for 3D digital data publication, and review the issues around data storage, management and accessibility.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Davies TG et al. 2017 Open data and digital morphology. Proc. R. Soc. B 284: 20170194. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.0194
Uncontrolled Keywords: 06 Biological Sciences, 11 Medical And Health Sciences, 07 Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Q Science > QH Natural history
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Royal Society, The
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2017 09:12
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 02:28
DOI or Identification number: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0194
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5877

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