IGN 2-8
Publishing useful data with Morpho

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
M100IB, Minneapolis Convention Center
Jim Regetz, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
Imagine Amazon.com without product descriptions or details. Street maps without road names or place names. Computer software without any documentation or installation instructions. Preposterous! Yet a growing number of ecological data sets are being pushed into public repositories without anything more than cursory descriptions and basic contact information. This is a major hindrance to coaxing new and important scientific insights from these data. See how to use Morpho not only to share and discover scientific data, but also to create and publish the detailed, searchable metadata that our fellow researchers (and future selves!) need to use and reuse these resources effectively.