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Specimens as primary data: museums and ‘open science’

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  • Menno Schilthuizen
  • Charles S. Vairappan
  • Eleanor M. Slade
  • Darren J. Mann
  • Jeremy A. Miller
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>05/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number5
Number of pages2
Pages (from-to)237-238
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date23/03/15
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In 1977, Eugene Odum advocated a synthetic approach if ecology were to rise above the level of explanation afforded by independent, individual studies [1]. Today, Odum's wish is being fulfilled, and important advances are being made by synthesising data derived from great numbers of studies, either by scaling up temporally or geographically [2]. However, to allow effective, creative, and reproducible integration of ecological and environmental results, the methods and data used need to be made freely accessible and combinable.