Together with 92 other co-authors, we recently published the Biomass And Allometry Database (BAAD) as a data paper in the journal Ecology, combining data from 176 different scientific studies into a single unified database.
We built BAAD for several reasons:
i. we needed it for our own work ii. we perceived a strong need within the vegetation modelling community for such a database, and iii. because it allowed us to road-test some new methods for building and maintaining a database.
For more information, you might like to checkout Remko Duursma’s talk about BAAD at the 2015 ESA meeting.