First OBIS Nodes Technical Training Course took place at the Project Office in Oostende, 5-9 May 2014

Submitted by ward.appeltans on Fri, 2014-05-09 09:20


During this week long course, the participants got familiar with OBIS: the project, the current status of data, examples of use cases of OBIS data and training on how to access the OBIS data via the web portal, web services and database. Participants were made familiar with the OBIS data management practices, such as data-, meta- and taxonomic standards, quality control tools, and data transfer protocols. During the hands-on session, the participants formatted, quality controlled and uploaded 10 new datasets to the server. We also organized sessions that included an introduction and discussion on our process to improve current OBIS practices, such as moving to ratified Darwin Core, data scheme enhancements, controlled vocabularies, and potential future data flows.

There were 17 participants from 13 countries. The group was a mixture of data managers from existing, new and candidate OBIS nodes.

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OBIS is a project of:
IODE Sponsored by:
Martin International and Les Grands Explorateurs
With in-kind support from:
Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Duke University
Universidad Simón Bolívar Flanders Marine Institute

OBIS strives to document the ocean's diversity, distribution and abundance of life. Created by the Census of Marine Life, OBIS is now part of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, under its International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme.