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dc.contributor.authorPeterson, A. Townsend
dc.contributor.authorAsase, Alex
dc.contributor.authorCanhos, Dora Ann Lange
dc.contributor.authorde Souza, Sidnei
dc.contributor.authorWieczorek, John
dc.identifier.citationPeterson, A. T., Asase, A., Canhos, D., de Souza, S., & Wieczorek, J. (2018). Data Leakage and Loss in Biodiversity Informatics. Biodiversity data journal, (6), e26826.
dc.descriptionThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe field of biodiversity informatics is in a massive, “grow-out” phase of creating and enabling large-scale biodiversity data resources. Because perhaps 90% of existing biodiversity data nonetheless remains unavailable for science and policy applications, the question arises as to how these existing and available data records can be mobilized most efficiently and effectively. This situation led to our analysis of several large-scale biodiversity datasets regarding birds and plants, detecting information gaps and documenting data “leakage” or attrition, in terms of data on taxon, time, and place, in each data record. We documented significant data leakage in each data dimension in each dataset. That is, significant numbers of data records are lacking crucial information in terms of taxon, time, and/or place; information on place was consistently the least complete, such that geographic referencing presently represents the most significant factor in degradation of usability of information from biodiversity information resources. Although the full process of digital capture, quality control, and enrichment is important to developing a complete digital record of existing biodiversity information, payoffs in terms of immediate data usability will be greatest with attention paid to the georeferencing challenge.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipJRS Biodiversity Foundationen_US
dc.publisherPensoft Publishersen_US
dc.rights© Townsend Peterson A et al.en_US
dc.subjectBiodiversity dataen_US
dc.subjectFitness for useen_US
dc.subjectGeographic referencingen_US
dc.titleData Leakage and Loss in Biodiversity Informaticsen_US
kusw.kuauthorPeterson, A. Townsend
kusw.kudepartmentBiodiversity Instituteen_US
kusw.oaversionScholarly/refereed, publisher versionen_US
kusw.oapolicyThis item meets KU Open Access policy criteria.en_US

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