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Title: Quality issues in georeferencing: From physical collections to digital data repositories for ecological research
Authors: Marcer, Arnald
Haston, Elspeth
Groom, Quentin
Ariño, Arturo H.
Chapman, Arthur D.
Bakken, Torkild
Braun, Paul
Dillen, Mathias
Ernst, Marcus
Escobar, Agustí
Fichtmüller, David
Livermore, Laurence
Nicolson, Nicky
Paragamian, Kaloust
Paul, Deborah
Pettersson, Lars B.
Phillips, Sarah
Plummer, Jack
Rainer, Heimo
Rey, Isabel
Robertson, Tim
Röpert, Dominik
Santos, Joaquim 
Uribe, Francesc
Waller, John
Wieczorek, John R.
Keywords: eco-evolutionary research; global biodiversity information facility; georeferencing; natural history collections; uncertainty; workshop
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Serial title, monograph or event: Diversity and Distributions
Volume: 27
Issue: 3
Abstract: Natural history collections constitute an enormous wealth of information of Life on Earth. It is estimated that over 2 billion specimens are preserved at institutions worldwide, of which less than 10% are accessible via biodiversity data aggregators such as GBIF. Moreover, they are a very important resource for eco-evolutionary research, which greatly depends on knowing the precise location where the specimens were collected in order to characterize the environment in which they lived. Yet, only about 55% of the accessible records are georeferenced and only 31% have coordinate uncertainty information, which is critical for conducting rigorous studies. The awareness of this gap of knowledge which hinders the enormous potential of such data in research led to the organization of a workshop which brought together key players in georeferencing of natural history collections. The discussion and outcomes of this workshop are here presented.
ISSN: 1366-9516
DOI: 10.1111/ddi.13208
Rights: openAccess
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