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Thursday, September 22 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Linking traits, genomes, specimens, and images to LTER data

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Researchers in ecology work with a growing variety of data types that are increasingly distributed across specialized repositories. Biological and physical sample collections, trait databases, sequencing and genomic data, imagery, and other kinds of scientific information need to be effectively linked to environmental data the LTER network has published over decades. Standard approaches across research communities would support the increasing demand for ecological data synthesis. In this workshop we will examine some of these new and complex cases in ecological data, share recent best practices for managing, publishing, and synthesizing them, and discuss how the LTER network can adapt to research in the modern data environment. We invite LTER researchers, LTER IMs, repository and collections managers, and others with interests in synthesizing ecological, biological, and environmental data to participate.

Presenters & expert data liaisons:
  • Jeffrey Blanchard, University of Massachusets, Amherst
  • Kelsey Yule and Nico Franz, NEON Biorepository at Arizona State University
  • Meghan Balk, NEON
  • Alesia Hallmark, Sevilleta LTER/University of New Mexico
  • Jonathan Thompson, Harvard Forest

  1. Introductions (who is here, roles, successes/failures in data synthesis)
  2. 6 quick presentations
  3. Small group rotations with expert data liaisons
  4. Group reporting and next steps

Community materials for the session:

The Repository data worksheet will be added to during the session (feel free to add comments now if you have them)

Expert data liaisons and thier participant groups will have notes to fill in during the rotating breakout groups. By data type:

Lead Organizer

Gregory Maurer

Data Scientist/Data Manager, New Mexico State University
An ecologist and the information manager for the Jornada Basin LTER, with research interests in global change, drylands, and data science.

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Corinna Gries

Scientist, Environmental Data Initiative

Thursday September 22, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
07. Nautilus Meeting Room