Data is an essential part of conservation research and science. Collecting primary data however is often tedious and extremely resource intensive with respect to both time and money. This however should not be a constraint today thanks to the existing and growing number of platforms that provide open access ecological data. These platforms include citizen science as well as published data of other researchers.
In this workshop we would like to encourage conservationists to engage with this treasure of available data; to demonstrate that conservation can be done by anyone and does not always have to be resource heavy. Over the course of this workshop we will discuss how and where to download ecological data from, how to use the data and associated metadata and the potential pitfalls in analysis and interpretation of these secondary datasets.