Standardised Data on Initiatives
Mr Jack Nunn1,2, Dr Thomas Shafee3,4,5, Ms Nyssa Braid1
1Science for All, Melbourne, Australia, 2School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University , Melbourne, Australia, 3La Trobe University Library, Melbourne, Australia, 4Wikijournal User Group, 5Wiki Journal of Science
Biodiversity cannot be effectively monitored, preserved and restored without working across disciplines, languages and databases. Currently, information describing initiatives is incompatible across disciplines, including fields such as health, environment, basic science, manufacturing, media and international development. This has led to a fragmented landscape where some information is siloed between fields and other information is lost entirely.
Standardised Data on Initiatives (STARDIT) is a new open access data-sharing system to standardise the way that information about initiatives is reported. It is free to use, and data can be submitted by anyone. STARDIT was created to standardise a way to share information about initiatives and assist problem-solving across and between fields and disciplines. One of the specific use cases it was designed to support reporting and evaluating both citizen science and using environmental DNA to look for the presence or absence of species.
STARDIT has also been designed to align with data from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, along with many other kinds of data from other disciplines, and provide a way for people to find and update data. A working Beta version of STARDIT has been developed, with Science for All hosting the co-creation process.