Citation

Last updated on Thu, 2013-11-21 06:40. Originally submitted by julio on 2010-05-21 20:06.

Text on the OBIS website has been developed over several years by several people, and continues to be edited with updates and to answer questions we receive. It may be cited as: 

For database citations:

When using OBIS data, please cite the relevant data sources. A suggested citation is included in the metadata for most datasets. We are working with the OBIS data providers to make sure these suggested citations are available for each and every dataset

When using data from many data sources so that citing the specific data sources becomes highly impractical, or you use the biodiversity indices maps, which are based on >1,000 datasets, you can cite us as follows (e.g.):

  • OBIS (YEAR). Global biodiversity indices from the Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO. Web. http://www.iobis.org (consulted on YYYY/MM/DD)
  • or,
  • OBIS (YEAR). Data from the Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO. Web. http://www.iobis.org (consulted on YYYY/MM/DD).

For general citation of the OBIS website:

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. The Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Web. http://www.iobis.org. (Consulted on dd/mm/yy)

For webpage citations:

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. “Title”. OBIS. Date of publication or recent update : dd/mm/yy . Web. (Consulted on dd/mm/yy)

When the author is well identified:

Family name, first name. “Title”. UNESCO/IOC/OBIS. Date of publication or recent update: dd/mm/yy. Web. (Consulted on dd/mm/yy)

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