Marine Biogeographic Data Management (contributing and using OBIS)

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General information

The course provides an introduction to the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). This includes best practices in marine biogeographic data management, data publication, data access, data analysis and data visualisation. 

Aims and Objectives
- Expand the OBIS network of collaborators
- Improve marine biogeographic data quality
- Increase awareness of international standards and best practices related to marine biogeographic data
- Increase the amount of open access data published through OBIS and its OBIS nodes
- Increase the use of data from OBIS for science, species conservation and area-based management applications

Learning Outcomes
- Knowledge and understanding of OBIS structure, mission and objectives
- Installation and management of IPT
- Use of Darwin Core standards for species occurrence records, taxonomy, event/sample records and additional biological and environmental parameters.
- Data quality control tools
- Publishing data through IPT and contributing datasets to OBIS
- Use of OBIS data access (SQL, web service, API/R). 
- Data visualisation tools (ArGIS online, …) 

Target Audience
- Marine data managers
- Staff of NODCs or ADUs/OBIS nodes working with marine biodiversity data
- Principle Investigators of major marine biodiversity expeditions
- National marine biodiversity focal points

Note: priority will be given to participants that can demonstrate to hold important data contributions to OBIS, in addition to those from gap areas in OBIS (e.g. deep sea, S-E Asia, Middle East, Africa, Arctic)

Course Pre-requisites
- Candidates should be from institutions that contribute, or hold and plan to contribute, marine biogeographic data to OBIS
- Candidates should bring marine biogeographic datasets with them for the hands-on exercises
- Need to bring own laptop
- Working knowledge of English


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Venue: UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE
Oostende, Belgium

UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE
Wandelaarkaai 7 - Pakhuis 61


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