AEKOS Data Stories - Professor Corey Bradshaw

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"Free and easy data archiving with TERN’s ÆKOS” - Professor Corey Bradshaw

“I definitely plan to introduce ÆKOS to my students and recommend it to my colleagues.”

‘Submitting my data into ÆKOS using the SHaRED tool was easy and the best thing is that, unlike other data portals like DRYAD, it’s free!’, says Corey.

When conservation biologist Prof Corey Bradshaw from the University of Adelaide published a paper on human population and environmental problems in PNAS late last year, it was with no hesitation that he submitted the associated data into TERN ’s Advanced Ecological Knowledge and Observation System (ÆKOS ).

‘Providing people with access to the data from this study was really important as I wanted to be as transparent as possible to avoid any confusion or controversy about the findings. Open access to data is essential for good, reproducible science.’

Corey submitted his data using the SHaRED data submission tool, which enables researchers to upload datasets easily into a common and secure data repository, ÆKOS, where it can be easily viewed and intelligibly retrieved by others.

Once datasets are submitted to ÆKOS, it is assigned an Open Access Licence - the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International. This is important to us researchers as an attribution by citation means other scientists can cite the dataset in their work when reused for new science thanks to the familiar dataset DOI.

‘My dataset was somewhat awkward but I was still able to complete the detailed metadata (important contextual information about the data that makes it easy to find and intelligibly reused) in the questionnaire. It may not be ideal for all datasets, but I definitely plan to introduce ÆKOS to my students and recommend it to my colleagues,’ says Corey.

TERN Eco-informatics’ data submission and archival duo, SHaRED and ÆKOS are valuable tools to individual researchers and large organisations alike.  Read More

Corey has a broad range of research interests including population dynamics, extinction theory, palaeo-ecology, sustainability, invasion biology, community ecology, and climate change impacts & mitigation. He is the Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change in the School of Biological Sciences.  Read More