Reviews and syntheses: The promise of big diverse soil data, moving current practices towards future potential
Katherine E. O. Todd-Brown,Rose Z. Abramoff,Jeffrey Beem-Miller,Hava K. Blair,Stevan Earl,Kristen J. Frederick,Daniel R. Fuka,Mario Guevara Santamaria,Jennifer W. Harden,Katherine Heckman,Lillian J. Heran,James R. Holmquist,Alison M. Hoyt,David H. Klinges,David S. LeBauer,Avni Malhotra,Shelby C. McClelland,Lucas E. Nave,Katherine S. Rocci,Sean M. Schaeffer,Shane Stoner,Natasja van Gestel,Sophie F. von Fromm,and Marisa L. Younger
Research data are becoming increasingly available online with tantalizing possibilities for reanalysis. However harmonizing data from different sources remains challenging. Using the soils community as an example, we walked through the various strategies that researchers currently use to integrate datasets for reanalysis. We find that manual data transcription is still extremely common and that there is a critical need for community-supported informatics tools like vocabularies and ontologies.
Research data are becoming increasingly available online with tantalizing possibilities for...