The FAIR Island Team is establishing a collaborative relationship with the University of California Natural Reserve System (UCNRS). This is a network of 41 reserves that cover most of California’s natural habitats (see the image below for details).
As part of that collaboration we introduced our project on their blog last week. The full blog post is here. It highlights the problem of distributed data and how FAIR Island with other activities they already participate in like Dendra aim to make the valuable data collected at these sites more FAIR.
We now hope to engage with field stations in the NRS and elsewhere to provide additional use cases for the FAIR Island Project infrastructure. The NRS’s Santa Cruz Island Reserve is an early adopter. Reserve director Jay Reti has been exploring the use of the data policy and also serves on the FAIR Island Project Advisory Committee. Interested field station staff should visit our website (fairisland.org) or email us (email@example.com) to learn more about our project and get involved.