Topic outline

  • General

    The course provided 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, CartoDB, QGIS, …) 

    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

    • Introductions to IOC, IODE, OTGA and OBIS

    • Biodiversity Data Standards

    • Data Quality Control Procedures

    • Data Publication through IPT

      • Social Aspects of Data Management

        Including Data Policy, User Licenses, Attribution.