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Aggregating, Tagging and Integrating Biodiversity Research

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DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0019491
  • Overview
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • Species Interactions
  • Trophic Interactions
  • Biodiversity
  • Bioindicators
  • Biota
  • Biogeography
  • Conservation Science
  • Ecological Economics
  • Ecosystems
  • Environmental Protection
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Global Change Ecology
  • Systems Ecology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Evolutionary Processes
  • Adaptation
  • Coevolution
  • Natural Selection
  • Species Extinction
  • Evolutionary Systematics
  • Phyletic Patterns
  • Phylogenetics
  • Taxonomy
  • Organismal Evolution
  • Eukaryotic Evolution
  • Microbial Evolution
  • Population Biology
  • Population Ecology
  • Science Policy
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Geography


pone.0019491 1..3 Overview Aggregating, Tagging and Integrating Biodiversity Research David P. Mindell1*, Brian L. Fisher1, Peter Roopnarine1, Jonathan Eisen2, Georgina M. Mace3, Roderic D. M. Page4, Richard L. Pyle5 1California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California, United States of America, 2Department of Medical Microbiology, Section of Evolution and Ecology, University of California Davis, Davis, California, United States of America, 3Division of Biology, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom, 4University of Glasgow, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 5Department of Natural Sciences, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America Scientists are amassing details about the scope and status of life’s variation at an accelerating rate. This aids our under- standing of species’ distributions and their interactions over space and time. If we are to address the consequences of global environmental change for life’s future, however, biodiversity data must be aggre- gated, integrated and synthesized to a much greater degree than they are at present. Here, we call attention to a new community resource and tool which pro- vides a step in the right direction. PLoS has launched a Biodiversity Hub, . aiming to accelerate the discovery, dissem- ination and integration of biodiversity studies. Biodiversity is broadly construed as life’s variation, including the richness, relationships, functions and distribution of genes, species, communities, and ecosys- tems across terrestrial, marine and fresh- water realms. Biodiversity studies often integrate evolution, ecology and conserva- tion science to better understand and conserve life’s variation. The Biodiversity Hub provides three general services. First, the Hub builds on the idea of open access publication by aggregating selected open access journal articles focus

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