Activity: Talks and presentations › Talks and presentations in private or public companies
Evolutionary biologists aim to make sense of population behaviour in species across the tree of life. However, the collection of animal and plant population data is laborious and costly so analyses that try to generalise across many species are not feasible unless data are shared among researchers, or obtained from the literature. I will report on the 20+ year journey of construction of two databases that collate demographic data from published literature on more than 2000 species with an aim of making it openly available to all. I will briefly outline why these data are important, describe the process of data production, and contemplate the lessons learned along the way.