The digital morphology data survey posted here 2 weeks ago is now closed,
and we thank you immensely for your overwhelming (117!) responses.
For a graphical summary of those answers, please click here
Next week I will present these results together with a literature survey on
the impacts of digital morphology in systematic research at the BioSyst.EU
meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden. After that we will be working to put this
information into a broader context with recommendations on how we can
practically move forward as a community to ethically source and disseminate
our data, based largely on your feedback. At first glance it's clear that
issues like author acknowledgement, access, resources, and institutional
policies will play major roles in this endeavour.
As a simple illustration, below is a word cloud based on your responses to
the question *"What do you see as the biggest obstacles to obtaining
digital morphology data?"*.
We will continue to post our findings here and again we thank everyone for
their time and feedback.
Christy & Emma
Dear Morphmet Community,
I kindly ask your help in completing a short survey on trends in digital
morphology data generation and use as part of a perspectives piece on the
“Ethics of data sharing in the age of digital imaging”, which I will
present at this year’s BioSyst EU meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden (
While many recommendations have been made on best practices in this field,
we as a community are still far from a consensus on how our data should be
managed, both on the side of the people generating it and the people
Your responses are anonymous, and I will post the results on Morphmet at
the end of the survey. The questions are focused on 3D digital morphology
data (CT, laser scanning, etc), but please feel free to answer if you also
deal with 2D images.
To reach the survey, go here: https://goo.gl/forms/igFKPc376kVn5eI13
The site will remain active for the next 2 weeks, until Friday, 11 August.
Almost every question has the option to enter text, so please give as much
information and opinions as possible to help us represent your concerns!
Thank you for your time,
Christy Hipsley & Emma Sherratt
MORPHMET may be accessed via its webpage at http://www.morphometrics.org
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