Short Talk (7,5 mins) - Edits Required Australian Marine Sciences Association 2022

A FAIR experience: sharing image-derived biodiversity data between Australian and French researchers (#125)

Franzis Althaus 1 , Dominique Pelletier 2 , Neville Barrett 3 , Catherine Borremans 2 , Melissa Hanafi-Portier 2 , Pascal Laffargue 2 , Kylie Maguire 1 , Jacquomo Monk 3 , Nick Mortimer 4 , Karine Olu 2 , Ben Scoulding 1 , Candice Untiedt 1 , Sandrine Vaz 2 , Alan Williams 1
  1. CSIRO, Hobart, TAS, Australia
  2. L'Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer, IFREMER, Brest, France
  3. IMAS, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  4. CSIRO, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

The FAIR principles aim to promote sharing of science data, including, for example, so that data sets from different sources and/or locations can be combined to answer new science questions. It is relatively easy to achieve ‘FA’: adequate documentation in metadata and data portals will allow data to be found and accessed. It is much more difficult to accomplish the ‘IR’ because there are many complex and data-specific challenges in making data interoperable and re-useable. In this paper we describe the experience of exchanging underwater image datasets (images and annotations) between teams of researchers in Australia and France. We report on the process to achieve interoperability and re-use of a suite of shallow coastal and deep-sea datasets, by deriving consistent metrics of internationally-identified ‘Essential Biological Variables’ (EBV) from combined data.