Traits related to function determine how organisms interact with environments and other species. Databases and software are developed to hold and process this wealth of data, yet interoperability is mostly lacking. We aim to provide a unified framework for existing and future tool developments, but also to streamline analytical trait pipelines. With this, reusable data will be available for large scale syntheses, which we will use to tackle key questions in trait-based ecology only answerable by unified big-data integration.
This initiative is closely related to the Open Traits Network.