Centre for the synthesis
and analysis of biodiversity

A centre created and developed by the FRB

Preented by: Prof. Bill Michener, the United States of America*

Michener photo

Sponsored by: CESAB and CEFE (CNRS)


Biodiversity and environmental scientists are increasingly generating, preserving and sharing large volumes of data—thereby supporting broader scale research, meta-analysis, model parameterization, reproducibility and transparency. The increased availability of data has been driven by sociocultural changes including new attitudes and perceptions of funding agencies, publishers and scientific communities of practices. Technology has also played a key role via the introduction and adoption of community-based data repositories, software tools, data and metadata standards, and persistent identifiers. In his talk, Bill identified a suite of best practices and software tools that enable data sharing and archiving, promote data discovery and use, and contribute to scientific reproducibility.


You can view his talk below




After his initial presentation, Bill provided us with some tips and tools for managing data throughout the data life cycle. These included advice for improved data entry and organization, quality assurance/quality control, metadata management, data preservation, data discovery and communication of findings.


You can see his suggestions below.



* The presenter

William Michener is Professor and Director of e-Science Initiatives at the University of New Mexico’s College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences, USA. He serves as Project Director for New Mexico’s US National Science Foundation (NSF) and US Department of Energy EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Programs, and Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE)—a large DataNet project supported by the NSF. He is involved in research related to creating information technologies supporting data-intensive science, development of federated data systems, and community engagement and education. He has a PhD in Biological Oceanography from the University of South Carolina and has published extensively in marine science, as well as the ecological and information sciences. He is Editor of Ecological Archives, Associate Editor for Ecological Informatics, and a member of the Editorial Board for Ecology.