Global Research Infrastructures for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Research

Recently I had the opportunity to give a presentation about global research infrastructures for biodiversity and ecosystem science to staff of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystems Dynamics (IBED) at the University of Amsterdam. I’ve been working with some of the people there for most of the last 9 years. It’s been one of the most satisfying periods of my career. Continue reading “Global Research Infrastructures for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Research”

High pressure data potentially kills people!

It is as important to ensure that public harm is avoided through the misuse or misinterpretation of data, as it was to ensure that railway passengers were not killed by exploding boilers in the early days of steam.

I love this quote (bottom of page 493) from Professor Malcolm Atkinson‘s chapter on Data-Rich Futures in the book he co-edited on The Data Bonanza. It doesn’t deserve to remain buried away in a textbook and illustrates perfectly the immaturity of the current wave of “Big Data” R&D activity. Continue reading “High pressure data potentially kills people!”