SG-OBIS-V

Fith Session of the IODE Steering Group for OBIS (SG-OBIS-V) 25-27 May 2016

Meeting Report

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Executive Summary

The 5th session of the IODE Steering Group for the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) was held 25-27 May 2016 at the IOC Project Office for IODE in Oostende, Belgium.

During the intersessional period, 4.5 million species occurrences were added to OBIS to a total of 46.5 million and 3 new OBIS nodes joined our network. The OBIS network of data providers now consists of 600 institutions linked to 27 national, regional or thematic OBIS nodes. The OBIS secretariat has been able to develop new online tools and applications including a new OBIS website driven by a robust Application Programming Interface (API) available for further development by OBIS Nodes. OBIS is increasingly being used for scientific studies and contributed to global assessments such as the first World Ocean Assessment. The 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly recognized the contribution of OBIS to marine scientific research.

The impact and expectations from OBIS to serve the community as a global data sharing and clearing house for marine biodiversity and ecosystem data are growing rapidly. OBIS becomes more and more involved with other IOC programmes, e.g. through the new panel on Biology and Ecosystems of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) as well as the two new IOC Ocean Science working groups related to time series data. OBIS is also a key player in other international initiatives, such as the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), and continues to support the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In order to prepare OBIS for this increased role, the IODE pilot project: Expanding OBIS with environmental data (OBIS-ENV-DATA), has now developed a proposed data standard, which should enable OBIS to become the primary access point for combined biological and concurrent environmental data as well as supporting direct linkage between OBIS and other repositories for environmental data. This is an important enhancement to OBIS and will allow OBIS to support GOOS and GEO in the management of Essential Ocean/Biodiversity Variables.

The increasing importance OBIS gains on the international arena generates extra workload on the secretariat as well as on the national/regional OBIS nodes. Therefore, further developing the capacity on the ground, through training the OBIS network of data managers and scientists in data standards and best practices remains a top priority, in order to increase data quality and ensure equitable participation of all Member States in OBIS. Several training courses were organized, such as the Ocean Teacher OBIS course at the IOC Project Office for IODE and those organized by the OBIS network members as part of initiatives such as the IOC Harmful Algal Bloom programme and the Sustainable Ocean Initiative of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The OBIS steering group elected Dr Sky Bristol (USGS/OBIS-USA) as the new SG-OBIS co-chair, co-chairing together with Prof Eduardo Klein (USB-Venezuela/OBIS Caribbean), and adopted 44 decisions and recommendations that will further guide the OBIS development.

Decisions and Recommendations

ELECTION NEW CO-CHAIR OBIS STEERING GROUP

OBIS AND WORLD OCEAN DATABASE

OBIS AND GBIF

OBIS AND IPBES

OBIS AND BBNJ

OBIS NODE REPORTS

OBIS GOVERNANCE TASK TEAM (GovTT)

OBIS DATA TASK TEAM (DataTT)

OBIS-ENV-DATA

OBIS CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT TASK TEAM (TrainingTT)

OBIS TAXONOMY TASK TEAM (TaxTT)

OBIS TECHNICAL TASK TEAM (TechTT)

OBIS SCIENCE ADVISORY TASK TEAM (SATT)

OBIS COMMUNICATION AND OUTREACH TASK TEAM (OutreachTT)

OBIS TRANSLATION TASK TEAM (TranslationTT)

POTENTIAL NEW ACTIVITIES

DATA REPOSITORY FOR JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

OCEAN SAMPLING DAY 2015

DATA RESCUE ACTIVITIES

OBIS COMMUNITY LANDSCAPE MAPPING

IDENTIFICATION OF KEY CLIENTS (AND THEIR NEEDS) FOR OBIS PRODUCTS

FUNDING STRATEGY