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Connecting the data landscape of long‐term ecological studies: the SPI‐Birds data hub

Antica Culina 1 Frank Adriaensen 2 Liam Bailey 1, 3 Malcolm Burgess 4 Anne Charmantier 5 Ella Cole 6 Tapio Eeva 7 Erik Matthysen 2 Chloé Nater 8 Ben Sheldon 6 Bernt‐erik Sæther Stefan J.G. Vriend Zuzana Zajkova Peter Adamík Lucy Aplin Elena Angulo Alexandr Artemyev Emilio Barba Sanja Barišić Eduardo Belda C. Can Bilgin Josefa Bleu 9 Christiaan Both Sandra Bouwhuis Claire Branston Juli Broggi Terry Burke Andrey Bushuev Carlos Camacho Daniela Campobello David Canal Alejandro Cantarero Samuel Caro Maxime Cauchoix 10 Alexis Chaine 10 Mariusz Cichoń Davor Ćiković Camillo Cusimano Caroline Deimel André Dhondt Niels Dingemanse Blandine Doligez Davide Dominoni Claire Doutrelant Szymon Drobniak Anna Dubiec Marcel Eens Kjell Einar Erikstad Silvia Espín Damien Farine Jordi Figuerola Pinar Kavak Gülbeyaz Arnaud Grégoire Ian Hartley Michaela Hau Gergely Hegyi Sabine Hille Camilla Hinde Benedikt Holtmann Tatyana Ilyina Caroline Isaksson Arne Iserbyt Elena Ivankina Wojciech Kania Bart Kempenaers Anvar Kerimov Jan Komdeur Peter Korsten Miroslav Král Miloš Krist Marcel Lambrechts Carlos Lara Agu Leivits András Liker Jaanis Lodjak Marko Mägi Mark Mainwaring Raivo Mänd Bruno Massa Sylvie Massemin 9 Jesús Martínez‐padilla Tomasz Mazgajski Adele Mennerat Juan Moreno Alexia Mouchet Shinichi Nakagawa Jan‐åke Nilsson Johan Nilsson Ana Cláudia Norte Kees Van Oers Markku Orell Jaime Potti John Quinn Denis Réale Tone Kristin Reiertsen Balázs Rosivall Andrew Russel Seppo Rytkönen Pablo Sánchez‐virosta Eduardo S.A. Santos Julia Schroeder Juan Carlos Senar Gábor Seress Tore Slagsvold Marta Szulkin Céline Teplitsky Vallo Tilgar Andrey Tolstoguzov János Török Mihai Valcu Emma Vatka Simon Verhulst Marcel Visser Hannah Watson Teru Yuta José Zamora‐marín 
Abstract : The integration and synthesis of the data in different areas of science is drastically slowed and hindered by a lack of standards and networking programmes. Long-term studies of individually marked animals are not an exception. These studies are especially important as instrumental for understanding evolutionary and ecological processes in the wild. Furthermore, their number and global distribution provides a unique opportunity to assess the generality of patterns and to address broad-scale global issues (e.g. climate change).To solve data integration issues and enable a new scale of ecological and evolutionary research based on long-term studies of birds, we have created the SPI-Birds Network and Database (www.spibirds.org)—a large-scale initiative that connects data from, and researchers working on, studies of wild populations of individually recognizable (usually ringed) birds. Within year and a half since the establishment, SPI-Birds has recruited over 120 members, and currently hosts data on almost 1.5 million individual birds collected in 80 populations over 2,000 cumulative years, and counting.SPI-Birds acts as a data hub and a catalogue of studied populations. It prevents data loss, secures easy data finding, use and integration and thus facilitates collaboration and synthesis. We provide community-derived data and meta-data standards and improve data integrity guided by the principles of Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR), and aligned with the existing metadata languages (e.g. ecological meta-data language).The encouraging community involvement stems from SPI-Bird's decentralized approach: research groups retain full control over data use and their way of data management, while SPI-Birds creates tailored pipelines to convert each unique data format into a standard format. We outline the lessons learned, so that other communities (e.g. those working on other taxa) can adapt our successful model. Creating community-specific hubs (such as ours, COMADRE for animal demography, etc.) will aid much-needed large-scale ecological data integration.
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Antica Culina, Frank Adriaensen, Liam Bailey, Malcolm Burgess, Anne Charmantier, et al.. Connecting the data landscape of long‐term ecological studies: the SPI‐Birds data hub. Journal of Animal Ecology, Wiley, 2020, 90 (9), pp.2147-2160. ⟨10.1111/1365-2656.13388⟩. ⟨hal-03035065⟩

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