On June 27th, 2011, the International Cosmos Prize Committee (Chairperson: Dr. Tadamitsu Kishimoto) selected The Scientific Steering Committee Of the Census of Marine Life (Secretariat: Washington, DC, USA), as the winner of the 2011 (19th) International Cosmos Prize. The decision to award the prize to the Committee was reached after considering the recommendations submitted by the International Cosmos Prize Screening Committee of Experts (Chairperson: Mr. Kazuo Matsushita).
The Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) of the Census of Marine Life (CoML) provided overall governance to the CoML, a grand global project. The objective of the Census was to survey and analyze changes from past to present in marine life biodiversity, distribution and abundance. OBIS was created as the data integration component of the Census.
More information on the award is avalable from the Census web site, on this page.