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A specialistís audit of aggregated occurrence records


Mesibov, R, A specialist's audit of aggregated occurrence records, ZooKeys, 293 pp. 1-18. ISSN 1313-2989 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2013 Robert Mesibov. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

DOI: doi:10.3897/zookeys.293.5111


Occurrence records for named, native Australian millipedes from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) were compared with the same records from the Millipedes of Australia (MoA) website, compiled independently by the author. The comparison revealed some previously unnoticed errors in MoA, and a much larger number of errors and other problems in the aggregated datasets. Errors have been corrected in MoA and in some data providersí databases, but will remain in GBIF and ALA until data providers have supplied updates to these aggregators. An audit by a specialist volunteer, as reported here, is not a common occurrence. It is suggested that aggregators should do more, or more effective, data checking and should query data providers when possible errors are detected, rather than simply disclaim responsibility for aggregated content.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Millipede, Diplopoda, Australia, occurrence records, data quality, data cleaning, ALA, GBIF
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Animal systematics and taxonomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Mesibov, R (Dr Robert Mesibov)
ID Code:116667
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-05-16
Last Modified:2017-08-15
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