Data Management Skillbuilding Hub

Best Practice: Describe the overall organization of your dataset

BEST PRACTICE

Best Practices by Data Life Cycle




Describe the overall organization of your dataset

Data Life Cycle stage(s): Describe

Identification of any species represented in the data set should be as complete as possible.

  • Use a standard taxonomy whenever possible
  • Full taxonomic tree to most specific level available
  • Source of taxonomy should accompany taxonomic tree (if available)
  • References used for taxonomic identification should be provided, if appropriate (e.g. technical document, journal article, book, database, person, etc.)

Examples of standardized identification systems:

  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (http://www.itis.gov/)
  • Species 2000 (http://www.sp2000.org/)
  • USDA Plants (http://plants.usda.gov/index.html)
  • Global Biodiversity Information Facility (http://www.gbif.org/informatics/name-services/using-names-data/)

Description Rationale

Many ecological studies involve at least one species; identifying the species used in a study is critical for its evaluation. The most complete information possible should be provided since taxonomic names and classifications shift over time with new information.

Tags

 
 
 
 

Cite this best practice:

DataONE Best Practices Working Group, DataONE  (July 01, 2010) "Best Practice: Describe the overall organization of your dataset". Accessed through the Data Management Skillbuilding Hub at https://dataoneorg.github.io/Education/bestpractices/document-taxonomic-information on May 24, 2019


Home

Hosted by DataONE

In collaboration with the community, DataONE has developed high quality resources for helping educators and librarians with training in data management, including teaching materials, webinars and a database of best-practices to improve methods for data sharing and management.

Question If you have a question or concern, please open an Issue in this repository on GitHub.