Sharkipedia is an open source research initiative to
make all published biological traits and population trends on sharks, rays, and chimaeras accessible
to everyone. Originally inspired by FishBase, our databases are modelled after Coral Traits database and the RAM legacy database.
The key aspects of our initiative were established with the central tenet of facilitating research on chondrichthyans,
and are built on three main principles: (1) being completely web-based open-
access and queryable for use by all researchers, (2) quality control and assurance by
experts in the field and traceability of every measurement to its original references, and (3) regular updates
association with International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List Assessment workshops of focal species.
- Assemble disparate information on life history traits of sharks, rays, and chimaeras
- Provide unrestricted, open-source and easy access to shark trait data
- Avoid redundant data-gathering efforts
- Facilitate and encourage the appropriate crediting (citation) of original data sources
- Engage the shark and ray research community in the collection and quality control of trait data
- Facilitate reproducible science
- Do the above with a sustainable future for the database in mind, in terms of management and longevity
Web-based open-access ensures consensus on the data used by researchers and
managers. Data curation is an important component that assures data quality by
evaluating the confidence in the data by experts.
To this end we have recruited global leaders on the biology and ecology of
chondrichthyans to synthesize the available information and create a comprehensive
open access resource. Incorporating data entry and updates with the IUCN Shark
Specialist Group’s (SSG) global and regional assessments will also facilitate future
assessments by the IUCN and accuracy of the database. Together, these data will
provide an invaluable and flexible tool understanding chondrichthyan biology and for
managing populations in the face of changing threats across the globe.
Who we are
Our databases would not be possible without the countless data contributors:
- Aaron Judah