Dear Morphmeters,

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.

Best wishes,
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 
requesting it. 
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: 
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 

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