Scientists should ensure that high quality research information is readily available on the Internet so society is not dependant on less authoritative sources. Many scientific projects and initiatives publish information on species and biodiversity on the World Wide Web without users needing to pay for it. However, these resources often stagnate when project funding expired. Based on a large pool of experiences worldwide, this article discusses what measures will help such data resources develop beyond the project lifetime.
Strategies for the sustainability of online open-access biodiversity databases
Costello, M.J., Appeltans, W., Bailly, N. et al. (2013)
Biological Conservation, 173: 155-165 [open access]