Contribution to finalizing the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)

Internship position (12 ECTS)
Oceans and Lakes
The aim of a World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS, ) is to provide an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy. While highest priority goes to valid names, other names in use are included so that this register can serve as a guide to interpret taxonomic literature. The content of WoRMS is controlled by taxonomic experts, not by database managers. WoRMS has an editorial management system where each taxonomic group is represented by an expert who has the authority over the content, and is responsible for controlling the quality of the information. Possible tasks for students During the internship, the student will get acquainted with the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and other databases it is interlinked with. Helping complete the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and its related databases will help in improving our knowledge of what lives in the world oceans and seas. As WoRMS is already near completion for its taxonomic content, the future focus will shift towards adding and checking other information such as distribution records and ecological information. As WoRMS is a very dynamic system – more than 200 editors contribute to its content and quality on a daily basis – we cannot yet specify specific work packages for an internship. The actual work packages will depend on the period and duration of the internship. It will certainly involve adding new information to WoRMS and quality controlling existing information. Internships should span a minimum of 1 month and can take place all year round.
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Reference Number: RP-47901