S1.4 Data Integration

24 Sep 2018
14:00 - 16:15
Lect. Hall 4

S1.4 Data Integration

S1.4 _ Integrating data for analysis – how far are we? (Session Chairs: Corinna Gries, Margaret O’Brien, Kristin Vanderbilt and Colin Smith)

This session will discuss advances and tools for the second step of the data life cycle in ecological research. The first step being either field data collection and/or data discovery, the second step has been called the ‘janitorial’ step, but is mostly known as data cleaning, data harmonization, or data integration. It poses major data management challenges and is frequently a time consuming process with estimates of up to 80% of the data analysis. The reasons for this large proportion of effort range from those that cannot be addressed with technological solutions and are rooted in sampling methods to those that are related to data organization and semantics that may be addressed with developing technologies.
This session will explore the progress that is being made toward reducing the effort needed for pre-analysis data harmonization. Encouraged are: (1) reports on data integration projects spanning the range of employing and advancing semantics, ontology, linked data, specific tools, workflow systems, and standards developments, (2) considerations of an approach’s promise for a high return on the investment and/or whether it will it significantly improve documentation of data manipulations, (3) experiences and discussions focusing on comparing effectiveness in reducing time spent in data integration, (4) technological gaps and shortcomings.

Keywords: data synthesis, data integration, data harmonization

Talk 01-09

Whip: Human and machine-readable specifications for data
Stijn Van Hoey and Peter Desmet

sPlot – the global vegetation-plot database
Francesco Maria Sabatini, Milan Chytrý, Jürgen Dengler, Florian Jansen, Borja Jiménez-Alfaro, Valério D. Pillar, Helge Bruelheide and  Splot Consortium

Integration and dissemination of aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem services data for case studies focusing on ecosystem-based management
Aaike De Wever, Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber, Juan Arévalo Torres, Declan Dunne, Ana Luisa Barbosa, Koen Martens and Alejandro Iglesias Campos

The Netherlands Biodiversity Data Services and the R package nbaR:  Automated workflows for biodiversity data analysis
Hannes Hettling, Maarten Schermer, Rutger Vos and Daphne Duin

Integrating data and analysis: On bridging data publishers and computational environments
Markus Stocker, Uwe Schindler and Robert Huber

Development of a reef fish community evaluation system for the Galapagos islands
Peter Goethals, Heleen Raat, Stijn Bruneel, Rafael Bermudez and Marie Anne Eurie Forio

Harmonizing long-tail ecological data sets for synthesis
Corinna Gries, Margaret O’Brien and Colin Smith

BBN models as trade-off tools for ecosystem services
Marie Anne Eurie Forio, Helena Ryckebusch, Wout Van Echelpoel1, Peter Goethals

Leveraging Cloud Computing and IoT to Improve Research Solutions for Ecological Modelling
Fabiana Santana