Reef Cover, a coral reef classification for global habitat mapping from remote sensing

  • Emma V. Kennedy
  • Chris M. Roelfsema
  • Paul Tudman
Data Descriptor


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    A collection presenting a series of rapidly evolving resources that aggregate and bring cohesion to the massive volume of data being generated in the COVID-19 crisis


  • Measuring and monitoring non-pharmaceutical interventions is important yet challenging due to the need to clearly define and encode non-pharmaceutical interventions, to collect geographically and socially representative data, and to accurately document the timing at which interventions are initiated and changed. These challenges highlight the importance of integrating and triangulating across multiple databases and the need to expand and fund the mandate for public health organizations to track interventions systematically.

    • Yannan Shen
    • Guido Powell
    • David L. Buckeridge
    Comment Open Access
  • As big data, open data, and open science advance to increase access to complex and large datasets for innovation, discovery, and decision-making, Indigenous Peoples’ rights to control and access their data within these data environments remain limited. Operationalizing the FAIR Principles for scientific data with the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance enhances machine actionability and brings people and purpose to the fore to resolve Indigenous Peoples’ rights to and interests in their data across the data lifecycle.

    • Stephanie Russo Carroll
    • Edit Herczog
    • Shelley Stall
    Comment Open Access
  • Open access to global forest data, especially ground-measured (in situ) records, is critical for saving the world’s forest systems. Integrated approaches to achieve sustainable data openness will involve legal assurances, shared ethics, innovative funding schemes and capacity development.

    • Jingjing Liang
    • Javier G. P. Gamarra
    Comment Open Access
  • Development of world-class artificial intelligence (AI) for medical imaging requires access to massive amounts of training data from clinical sources, but effective data sharing is often hindered by uncertainty regarding data protection. We describe an initiative to reduce this uncertainty through a policy describing a national community consensus on sound data sharing practices.

    • Joel Hedlund
    • Anders Eklund
    • Claes Lundström
    Comment Open Access
  • Today, the journal is announcing a series of improvements to the way we collect and expose the machine-readable metadata supporting our publications. These innovations are designed to make it easier for our authors to engage in the metadata creation process, and easier for users to access and benefit from the information we capture.

    Editorial Open Access
  • “Speak to the past and it shall teach thee”. I first read those words on a dedication tablet within the John Carter Brown library at Brown University where I was a graduate student. Little did I know the phrase would accurately describe the next three and a half decades of my career. Paleoclimate data are the language we use to look into the past to understand ourselves and ultimately our future.

    • Harry Dowsett
    Comment Open Access
Infrastructure risk and disaster data

Infrastructure risk and disaster data

This collection brings together a series of works that aim to facilitate the understanding and prevention of disasters involving critical infrastructures. Leading the collection is a series of papers sharing data on the environmental impact of the nuclear accident in Fukushima. The additional papers in the collection provide data related to a broad range of critical infrastructures and enable the assessment and mitigation of possible infrastructure disaster hazards and risks.