As part of open science, Dynafor is strongly committed to improving the management and sharing of its data.
Dynafor's data management is based on compliance with international standards and FAIR (Findable Accessible Interoperable Reusable) principles.
Dynafor now has specialized and recognized skills in this field, generating many external requests, particularly within specialized networks on data management and information systems, e. g. CNRS Database Network (RBDD), Interoperable Series and Processing Systems (SIST), Bancarisons Ensemble les Données de la ZA PYGAR group.
Dynafor's work in this field has been the subject of several publications, articles and presentations at national conferences (e.g. RBDD days, Storage Day, SIST seminars).
Dynafor has a modular spatial data infrastructure, which includes a metadata catalogue (Geonetwork), a mapping engine (Geoserver), a raster data server (Thredds), an RStudio server, a metadata management workflow (Geoflow), an ecological data publication tool (Integrated Publishing Toolkit of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility - GBIF) and the unit's daterse on the Data INRA portal.
Dynafor develops embedded applications to improve the field data collection phase, increase data quality (through data entry control) and facilitate integration into the information system (e. g. flora and dendromicrohabitats applications).
Dynafor is committed to the use of standard documents (data management plan, metadata catalogues). It is collaborating in the development of a metadata management tool coded in R language (Geoflow, a project supported by the R Consortium) to facilitate the production of standardized metadata (ISO 19115, Ecological Metadata Language) through a very simplified interface, allowing collaborative editing of metadata within a UMR.
Finally, Dynafor is leading a process to improve data traceability, which has resulted in the publication of data sets on specialized warehouses (notably GBIF, INRA Dataverse).
The data sets produced by Dynafor are now more visible (e. g. BDD dendromicrohabitat Integrate+ downloaded 3951 times and cited 11 times in 1 year), better valued, while contributing to a reproducible science.
Illustration of the diversity of field data collection activities conducted in Dynafor (from left to right: use of a precision GPS to position surveys within plots, installation of trap pots to sample pest predator communities, preparation of strawberry plants to estimate pollination potential in plots, dendrometry measurements to describe stands, installation of a recorder to characterize sound landscapes and measure acoustic diversity).