The Commons

The Associate Director for Data Science team at the NIH, in partnership with the research community and the private sector, establishes The Commons

In an era when biomedical research[1] is becoming increasingly digital and analytical, the current support system is neither cost-effective nor sustainable. Moreover, that digital content is hard to find and use. The Commons is a pilot experiment in the efficient storage, manipulation, analysis, and sharing of research output, from all parts of the research lifecycle. Should The Commons be successful we would achieve a level of comprehensive access and interoperability across the research enterprise far beyond what is possible today.

The Commons is a conceptual framework for a digital environment to allow efficient storage, manipulation, and sharing of research objects[2].

Don’t forget the ecology when you’re doing landscape genetics

Because genetic diversity is influenced by both current and historical processes [88], it may be difficult to infer population processes from genetic patterns in landscapes with a history of disturbance.

Banks SC, Cary GJ, Smith AL, Davies ID, Driscoll D a., Gill a. M, Lindenmayer DB, Peakall R: How does ecological disturbance influence genetic diversity? Trends Ecol. Evol. 2013, doi:10.1016/j.tree.2013.08.005.

Russia and Canada should hang out

Our forests are both going though some tough times.

Kharuk VI, Im ST, Oskorbin P a., Petrov I a., Ranson KJ: Siberian pine decline and mortality in southern siberian mountains. Forest Ecology and Management 2013, 310:312–320.