Connecting Biodiversity Data During the IPY: The Path Towards e-Polar Science
The International Polar Year (IPY) was a unprecedented effort in polar research committing thousands of participants from many nations (Carlson 2010), with a common objective: to describe and understand complex systems using multiple approaches, in an integrated fashion. IPY scientists have collected enormous amounts of data in many formats, ranging from multimedia, hourly to millennial time series, isotope ratios and fractions, energy and material fluxes, species identification and distribution patterns, disease types and rates, genetic sequences, samples identifiers, singular events and gradual processes, to sociological studies (Carlson 2011).
KeywordsSouthern Ocean Biodiversity Data Global Biodiversity Information Facility International Polar Year Belgian Science Policy
This book chapter is contribution #78 to the Census of Antarctic Marine Life initiative. The authors wish to thank the vast community involved in the biodiversity information networks, and in particular the Scientific and Follow-up Committees of SCAR-MarBIN and ANTABIF. The two initiatives are funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office and are implemented within the Belgian Biodiversity Platform. We would also like to thank the different sponsors, including: the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Total Foundation for biodiversity, the Census of Antarctic Marine Life, The Alfred Wegener Institute, the German Research Foundation, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, the Australian Antarctic Division, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.
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