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Open data and digital morphology

Thomas Davies 1 Imran Rahman 1, 2 Stephan Lautenschlager 1, 3 John Cunningham 1 Robert J. Asher 4 Paul Barrett 5 Karl Bates 6 Stefan Bengtson 7 Roger Benson 8 Doug Boyer 9 José Braga 10 Jen Bright 11, 12 Leon Claessens 13 Philip Cox 14 Xi-Ping Dong 15 Alistair R Evans 16 Peter Falkingham 17 Matt Friedman 18, 19 Russell Garwood 5, 20 Anjali Goswami 21 John Hutchinson 22 Nathan Jeffery 6 Zerina Johanson 5 Renaud Lebrun 23 Carlos Martinez-Perez, 1 Jesus Marugan-Lobon 24 Paul O'Higgins 14 Brian Metscher 25 Maeva J. Orliac 23 Timothy Rowe 26 Martin Rücklin 1, 27 Marcelo R Sánchez-Villagra 28 Neil H. Shubin 29 Selena Y Smith J. Matthias Starck Christ Stringer Adam Summers Mark Sutton Stig Walsh Vera Weisbecker Lawrence Witmer Stephen Wroe Zongjun Yin Emily Rayfield Philip C J Donoghue 1
Abstract : Over the past two decades, the development of methods for visualizing and analysing specimens digitally, in three and even four dimensions, has transformed the study of living and fossil organisms. However, the initial promise that the widespread application of such methods would facilitate access to the underlying digital data has not been fully achieved. The underlying datasets for many published studies are not readily or freely available, introducing a barrier to verification and reproducibility, and the reuse of data. There is no current agreement or policy on the amount and type of data that should be made available alongside studies that use, and in some cases are wholly reliant on, digital morphology. Here, we propose a set of recommendations for minimum standards and additional best practice for three-dimensional digital data publication, and review the issues around data storage, management and accessibility.
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Thomas Davies, Imran Rahman, Stephan Lautenschlager, John Cunningham, Robert J. Asher, et al.. Open data and digital morphology. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Royal Society, The, 2017, 284 (1852), ⟨10.1098/rspb.2017.0194⟩. ⟨hal-01874739⟩



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