Dear colleagues,

I would like to share a call for participation in a recently funded networking project from the ISDR. See below the text and please share it among your contacts to help spread the word. Many thanks in advance!

DiatomS mEEt Databases: resources and practices to enable large-scale ecological research (SEED)

What: The SEED project (2 years) is structured in three phases. In Establish we will generate protocols for integrating the Iberoamerican diatom database. We will first develop a data sharing and collaboration guidelines document, with special emphasis on data archiving through generation of DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for unpublished datasets, co-authorship guidelines of any related output that utilizes the database or part of it, and citation and acknowledgement procedures. In Unify, we will focus on assembling the different diatom datasets and environmental variables. We will generate a generic and reproducible curation procedure to ensure consistency in 1) diatom taxonomy, 2) environmental variables (e.g., water chemistry, climate) and 3) metadata (e.g., region, analyst, collection, geographical location, identification resources). In Share, we will transfer the results of the project which will be accessible through an online database, and one hybrid workshop dedicated to data steward and database training capacity using Neotoma as an open-access research infrastructure.

The database is envisioned to be dynamic and evolve according to the participant’s contributions and needs. For the first phase of the project, there will be four eligibility criteria:

  1. Diatoms: species matrix (e.g., counts, relative abundance, presence/absence) including the most recent taxonomic name, and authority. We welcome contemporary and paleolimnological datasets from any Iberoamerican region.

  2. Sites: sampling point information. This should include site name, country, year of sampling, habitat type, substrate, and geographical coordinates.

  3. Environment: a matrix of environmental variables, including any type of abiotic characteristics relevant to diatom communities/assemblages and/or proxy in the case of diatom paleolimnological observations. Priority is given to water physical-chemistry variables.

  4. Metadata: a table summarizing sources and descriptions of environmental variables and any type of information relevant to the dataset.

How: Data can be shared in any type of format (e.g., Excel, csv, R file). In this link there is an example of a diatom database from South America, also hosted in GitHub and Zenodo. SEED will use similar repositories and will be set private so that the project participants can upload their contributions and interact with the different phases of the project before generating the final results. You can also share the files by email.

Who: Early-career researchers (MSc and PhD students and junior postdocs) are particularly encouraged to participate, and the call is open to diatomists at any career stage. If you are interested in participating in SEED, kindly fill out this form. We will contact you for the first meeting in which the geographic focus and data collection criteria according to participants’s data and interests will be defined.

SEED receives funding from the International Society for Diatom Research, within its networking grant program

M. Lujan Garcia
Sabrina Bustos
Sandra Garcés-Pastor
Xavier Benito