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What do accessible occurrence 
data and checklists tell us about 
species diversity in Canada? 
David P. Shorthouse 
Unive...
Accessible
Discoverable 
Computable 
Standards 
Digital 
Open
Discoverable
DOI 10.1007/11530084_8
Computable
Standards 
Darwin Core 
A common biodiversity 
information language 
bit.ly/DarwinCore
Digital
Open 
• Legally unrestrictive 
• Openly licensed 
• Can be reused, reconstituted, recombined 
republished 
FINE PRINT 
The...
The Goal 
• Establish provenance 
• Track citations & metrics of use 
• Build new networks of collaboration 
• Play a sign...
Innovation happens when you use 
someone else’s data
Are Occurrence and 
Checklist Data in Canada 
Accessible?
http://www.gbif.org/country/CA 
11M!
Carabidae on Canadensys 
Bembidion (Bracteon) punctatostriatum 
Credit: Henri Goulet
Species at Risk on Canadensys 
24 specimens 
Cypripedium candidum Muhl. ex Willd. 
Small White Lady’s-slipper 
ENDANGERED ...
doi: 10.3897/zookeys.283.4674 
doi: 10.5886/txsd3at3
What Checklist Data Are Accessible?
Challenges
How do we deliver high 
quality products?
Utility of « Accessible » Occurrence Data 
Hjarding, A., Tolley, K. A., & Burgess, N. D. 2014. Red List assessments of Eas...
How do we reduce the 
workload?
http://miningbiodiversity.org
What Can We Mine Now? 
http://canent.shorthouse.net 
https://github.com/dshorthouse/article_semanticizer
Upcoming Events 
Canadensys new research initiatives workshop 
Anne Bruneau, anne.bruneau@umontreal.ca 
http://www.canaden...
Take Home 
• « Accessible » means computable & open 
• Occurrence and checklist data can be 
published, but they require c...
What do accessible 
occurrence data and checklists 
say about us? 
@dpsSpiders
What do accessible occurrence data and checklists tell us about species diversity in Canada?
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What do accessible occurrence data and checklists tell us about species diversity in Canada?

  1. 1. What do accessible occurrence data and checklists tell us about species diversity in Canada? David P. Shorthouse Université de Montréal / Canadensys @dpsSpiders
  2. 2. Accessible
  3. 3. Discoverable Computable Standards Digital Open
  4. 4. Discoverable
  5. 5. DOI 10.1007/11530084_8
  6. 6. Computable
  7. 7. Standards Darwin Core A common biodiversity information language bit.ly/DarwinCore
  8. 8. Digital
  9. 9. Open • Legally unrestrictive • Openly licensed • Can be reused, reconstituted, recombined republished FINE PRINT The Canadian Museum of Nature owns the copyright of almost all information (data and images) accessed through its databases. Data may not be transferred to another database for distribution to others without prior written permission from the Canadian Museum of Nature.
  10. 10. The Goal • Establish provenance • Track citations & metrics of use • Build new networks of collaboration • Play a significant role in « Big Data »
  11. 11. Innovation happens when you use someone else’s data
  12. 12. Are Occurrence and Checklist Data in Canada Accessible?
  13. 13. http://www.gbif.org/country/CA 11M!
  14. 14. Carabidae on Canadensys Bembidion (Bracteon) punctatostriatum Credit: Henri Goulet
  15. 15. Species at Risk on Canadensys 24 specimens Cypripedium candidum Muhl. ex Willd. Small White Lady’s-slipper ENDANGERED 5 specimens Antennaria flagellaris (A. Gray) A. Gray Stoloniferous Pussytoes ENDANGERED
  16. 16. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.283.4674 doi: 10.5886/txsd3at3
  17. 17. What Checklist Data Are Accessible?
  18. 18. Challenges
  19. 19. How do we deliver high quality products?
  20. 20. Utility of « Accessible » Occurrence Data Hjarding, A., Tolley, K. A., & Burgess, N. D. 2014. Red List assessments of East African chameleons: a case study of why we need experts. Oryx DOI 10.1017/s0030605313001427 Photographer: H. Vannoy Davis « 99.9%of GBIF records used outdated taxonomy and 20% had no locality coordinates »
  21. 21. How do we reduce the workload?
  22. 22. http://miningbiodiversity.org
  23. 23. What Can We Mine Now? http://canent.shorthouse.net https://github.com/dshorthouse/article_semanticizer
  24. 24. Upcoming Events Canadensys new research initiatives workshop Anne Bruneau, anne.bruneau@umontreal.ca http://www.canadensys.net/2014/workshop-proposal Data Publication Workshop K.W. Neatby Building: January 13, 14, 2015; co-located in Tallahassee, FL with iDigBio James Macklin, james.macklin@agr.gc.ca David Shorthouse, david.shorthouse@umontreal.ca
  25. 25. Take Home • « Accessible » means computable & open • Occurrence and checklist data can be published, but they require curation – Seek assistance from Canadensys & elsewhere • There are significant challenges, but we can be creative • What new, innovative research can we do with these data?
  26. 26. What do accessible occurrence data and checklists say about us? @dpsSpiders

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