Dear colleagues,

we are pleased to announce the publication of the opinion piece below:

Bearzi G., Gimenez O. 2018. Searching for meaning in marine mammal shared
data. Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics 18:9-13.

It is open access and freely available at:

ABSTRACT - The sharing of marine mammal data is a worthwhile practice, but
there are caveats. Data interpretation may be difficult, sometimes
resulting in misleading information or inappropriate formulation of
research questions. Here, we point out some of the challenges when dealing
with shared marine mammal datasets. We emphasize the importance of
collecting, publishing and sharing data in ways that can produce unbiased
and meaningful knowledge, ultimately inspiring and directing management
action. Finally, we suggest that bridging the gap between data sharing and
data reuse will require enhanced spatially referenced online databases as
well as direct collaboration between the data analysts and the field
researchers who possess relevant place-based expertise.

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Giovanni Bearzi, PhD
President, Dolphin Biology and Conservation

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