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Bringing biogeographical data online

Parent project: Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning - EU Network of Excellence, more
Acronym: BBDO
Period: September 2005 till December 2008
Status: Completed

Institutes (23)  Top 
  • Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), more, partner
  • Marine Biological Station (Universitetets Marinbiologiske stasjon i Drøbak); University of Oslo; Biological Institute, partner
    • Gray, John
    • Fleddum, Annelise
  • Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel; Marine Ecology Division; Fishery Biology section, more, partner
  • University of the Azores; Department of Oceanography and Fisheries (DOP), partner
    • Porteiro, Filipe
  • Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar- and Marine Research; Biololgical Station Helgoland (BAH), more, partner
    • Buchholz, Friedrich
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science; Burnham Laboratory, more, partner
    • Cooper, Keith
    • Schratzberger, Michaela
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam; Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica; Zoologisch Museum Amsterdam (UVA-ZMA), partner
    • van Soest, Rob
  • Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis; National Museum of Natural History - Naturalis (Naturalis), partner
    • Hoeksema, Bert
    • Gittenberger, Arjan
  • Natural History Museum; Department of Zoology, partner
    • Boxshall, Geoff
  • Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle; Département Milieux et Peuplements Aquatiques; Biology of marine organisms and ecosystems (BOME), partner
    • Bouchet, Philippe
  • Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer; Centre de Brest, more, partner
    • Fabri, Marie-Claire
  • Ecological Consultancy Services Ltd (EcoServe), partner
  • Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde (IOW), more, partner
  • Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee; NIOZ Yerseke, more, partner
    • Hummel, Herman
  • Akvaplan-niva; Biodiversity Group, partner
    • Cochrane, Sabine
  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research; Institute of Marine Biology and Genetics; Biodiversity & Ecosystem Management Department, partner
    • Eleftheriou, Anastasios
    • Arvanitidis, Christos
  • The Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science; The Laboratory, more, partner
    • Lindley, John Alistair
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), more, partner
    • Somerfield, Paul
  • Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Mariene Biologie (MARBIOL), more, partner
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique; Institut National de Science de l'Univers; Centre d'Océanologie de Marseille; Station Marine d'Endoume, partner
    • Féral, Jean-Pierre
  • Netherlands Institute for Fisheries Research (RIVO), more, partner
  • Naturalis Biodiversity Center; Expert Center For Taxonomic Identification - BioInformatics (ETI), partner
    • Brugman, Marc
    • Addink, Wouter
    • Buis, Rob
  • University of Salento; Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Biologiche e Ambientali; National Interuniversity Consortium For Marine Sciences; Laboratory of Zoology and Marine Biology (LZMB), partner
    • Gravili, Cinzia
    • Boero, Ferdinando
    • Piraino, Stefano
    • De Vito, Doris

1. Create a prioritised list of candidate datasets for integration
2. Make data inter-operable, and assist data owners in contributing data to MarBEF
3. Assist in quality control and standardisation; create standard lists of taxonomy and geography to support this QA/QC
4. Data archaeology and rescue: make data available in electronic form, that are currently only available in less-accessible formats.

Description of work
1. Create and populate metadatabase containing information on biogeographical datasets
2. Propose standards for exchange of taxonomic and biogeographic data, in consultation with ENBI, Species 2000 Europe, OBIS and GBIF; make these standards widely available in the MarBEF community, and support partners in deploying the software tools implementing these standards
3. Apply proposed standards to datasets that are available in electronic form, make datasets available through the MarBEF data portal
4. Propose standards for quality control and assessment, in collaboration with Taxonomic Clearing System and Quality Control workpackages.
5. Apply standards for quality control and assessment; describe the quality of the data available through the MarBEF dataportal
6. Identify suitable candidate datasets for data rescue, using the inventory resulting from task 1 as a tool; discuss priorities through e-conference
7. Make candidate datasets for data rescue available in electronic format, and through the MarBEF data portal
8. Make data from MarBEF data portal available to IOBIS and GBIF; use software tools to exchange data between EurOBIS and OBIS and to keep data synchronized; use internationally accepted protocols to establish communication between data systems
9. Expand and update the European Register of Marine Species; identify consortium of taxonomists to maintain the contents of the database; supplement taxonomic information with new types of information, such as presence/absence in country/area, trophic level and feeding type; identify
suitable areas for the distribution information through e-conference; identify new types of information through e-conference.

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