Job opening at OBIS - Data Science Officer

IOC of UNESCO is seeking to recruit a Data Science Officer to join the OBIS secretariat based at the IOC Project Office for IODE in Oostende (Belgium), to provide data management support to the secretariat, customer support and training to the network of OBIS nodes and its user community. An important part of the job will include working for the European Commission Horizon 2020 project on monitoring Ecosystem Services (ECOPOTENTIAL). The job requires excellent data management, analytical and communication skills. Deadline for applications: 15 January 2017.

December 09, 2016 - OBISvacancy data science officer

5th OBIS Steering Group report published

The meeting report of the 5th session of the OBIS Steering Group is online. 44 decisions and recommendations were adopted including the election of a new co-chair: Mr Sky Bristol (USGS/OBIS-USA), who will support co-chair Prof Eduardo Klein (USB-Venezuela/Caribbean OBIS).

November 30, 2016 - OBISsteering group community

Extracting and Enriching OBIS Data with R

Programmatic access to biodiversity data is revolutionising large-scale, reproducible biodiversity research. In this series of tutorials we show how OBIS data can be accessed programmatically from within the Open Source statistical computing environment R. This exposes OBIS data to the full range of manipulations, visualisations, and statistical analyses provided by R. It also makes it possible to link and enrich OBIS data, combining it with other environmental, geographic, and biological data sets to better understand the distribution and dynamics of marine biodiversity.

November 22, 2016 - Tom Webbdata access R data products

Visualisation of biodiversity richness, gaps and completeness

Proposed new OBIS visualisation of marine species richness, gaps and completeness. Using Belgium as a test case.

November 17, 2016 - Tom Webbbiodiversity data products

Deep-sea biodiversity - a known unknown?

Our deep-sea might be richer in species that we think based on geographic ranges and species discovery trends

November 16, 2016 - Nick Higgsdeep sea biodiversity

Occupancy Modelling in Marine Data - An example use case with OBIS

This post is a proof-of-concept on the application of occupancy modelling to extract robust temporal trends for tracking changes in ocean biodiversity and identifying potentially at risk species, exploiting the largely underused temporal dimension in unstructured OBIS data. This could significantly expand the range of marine taxa that can be included in synthetic indices of the state of marine biodiversity.

November 15, 2016 - Alun Jonesdata products modelling

The revival of the deep sea in OBIS

33 participants from 16 countries, representing 20 different deep-sea programmes and data systems attended the first International OBIS-INDEEP training workshop on 25-28 October 2016. The meeting created the momentum to build an international alliance of young scientists with a common vision to provide open access to deep-sea biodiversity data and enhance our understanding of the deep-ocean ecosystem in order to better inform ocean governance and management.

November 14, 2016 - Ward Appeltansdeep sea community

Line transects and polygons

OBIS is not only point data, it also handles line transects and polygons

November 04, 2016 - Ward Appeltansdatabase

OBIS training course in Colombia

INVEMAR (Colombia) hosted a regional OBIS training course, in Spanish - September 2016

October 17, 2016 - Ward Appeltanstraining community

OBIS training course in Colombia

INVEMAR (Colombia) hosted a regional OBIS training course, in Spanish - September 2016

October 17, 2016 - Ward Appeltanstraining community

Beta release of new OBIS website

We welcome you to explore our new website and encourage you to provide feedback during the beta release period.

June 06, 2016 - Ward Appeltanswebsite

New data loaded

On 31 May 2016 new data was loaded on the international OBIS portal, the total number of records stands now at just over 47 million, from 2089 individual data sets.

May 31, 2016 - Ward Appeltansdatabase

Streamlining and enriching the analysis of OBIS data using R

OBIS is the largest global repository of marine biodiversity data. As such, there is considerable interest among the research community in using OBIS data for large scale macroecological and biogeographic analyses. This is reflected in the number of citations of OBIS in the scientific literature.

May 25, 2016 - Tom Webb and Alun Jonesdata analysis


International OBIS-INDEEP training & workshop, 25-28 October 2016 - Belgium

May 17, 2016 - Ward AppeltansINDEEP workshop

4th OBIS Steering Group report published

The fourth session of the OBIS Steering Group took place on 10-12 February 2015 at the IOC project office for IODE in Oostende, Belgium.

July 13, 2015 - Ward Appeltansreport Steering Group

Oceans Past Initiative joins OBIS

The Oceans Past Initiative (OPI) is a global research network for marine historical research. Their goal is to enhance knowledge and understanding of how the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine life in the world’s oceans has changed over the long term to better indicate future changes and possibilities, and to contribute to the sustainable use of marine systems.

July 02, 2015 - Ward Appeltanscommunity OPI

New data loaded

On 17 April January 2015 new data was loaded on the international OBIS portal, the total number of records stands now at just over 43 million, from 1,801 individual data sets.

April 17, 2015 - Ward Appeltansdatabase