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Seabird databases and the new paradigm for scientific publication and attribution

Marine Ornithology: Journal of Seabird Research and Conservation
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Abstract

For more than 300 years, the peer-reviewed journal article has been the principal medium for packaging and delivering scientific data. With new tools for managing digital data, a new paradigm is emerging—one that demands open and direct access to data and that enables and rewards a broad-based approach to scientific questions. Ground-breaking papers in the future will increasingly be those that creatively mine and synthesize vast stores of data available on the Internet. This is especially true for conservation science, in which essential data can be readily captured in standard record formats. For seabird professionals, a number of globally shared databases are in the offing, or should be. These databases will capture the salient results of inventories and monitoring, pelagic surveys, diet studies, and telemetry. A number of real or perceived barriers to data sharing exist, but none is insurmountable. Our discipline should take an important stride now by adopting a specially designed markup language for annotating and sharing seabird data.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Seabird databases and the new paradigm for scientific publication and attribution
Series title Marine Ornithology: Journal of Seabird Research and Conservation
Volume 38
Year Published 2010
Language English
Publisher African Seabird Group
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center Biology MFEB
Description 6 p.
First page 1
Last page 6
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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