Data Set Lemurs

Published on August 28th, 2014 | by Travis Korte


50 Years of Data on Lemurs and Other Small Primates

The Duke Lemur Center has unveiled a database of life history data on 3,600 animals representing 27 species of lemurs, lorises, and galagos. Scientists tracked all kinds of information about the tropical primates as they lived and died over 50 years, including information on growth, diet, behavior, offspring, and cause of death. Because lemurs are dying out due to habitat encroachment, Duke scientists say it is unlikely that a data set of this size will ever be recreated. The data set’s creators hope the information will help research institutions and zoos better care for these animals in captivity and help conservationists better protect them in the wild.

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Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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