Session Description: The complex ecological questions we face today mean there is an ever increasing need for ecologists to collaborate across sectors, disciplines, and organizations. Such collaboration requires enhanced access to and interoperability of ecological data at all spatio-temporal scales. As the ecological community evolves to become more data-intensive and data-centric while maintaining hypothesis-driven analytics, the necessity in understanding data flows and integration is paramount. Our special session, hosted by key players in the open and FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) biodiversity data realm including GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility, www.gbif.org), NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network, www.neonscience.org), iNaturalist (www.inaturalist.org), and iDigBio (Integrated Digitized Biocollections, www.idigbio.org), aims to expand awareness for ecologists at all professional stages and pathways to the increasingly critical issues of open and FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data in the broader field of ecology. This session will highlight data transparency, data integration, data archival policies, and data citation culture and practices. Each speaker will give a short talk on one of these topics and all of the panelists will discuss briefly after each talk.