OTGA/OBIS Training Course: Marine Biogeographic Data Management
12 - 16 February 2018, Mombasa, Kenya
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. With the numerous datasets being generated through various projects and some old data yet to be captured in the database, this training provides an opportunity to manage this wealth of scientific knowledge.
Course 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 management
- Increase the amount of open access data published through OBIS and its OBIS nodes
- Increase the use of data from OBIS for research, species conservation and area-based management applications
- Knowledge and understanding of OBIS structure, mission and objectives
- Use of IPT and data publication
- Use of Darwin Core standards for species occurrence records, taxonomy, event/sample records and additional biological and environmental parameters.
- Data quality control tools (OBIS Quality Control: LifeWatch QC tools and Name Matching Strategy)
- Getting data and metadata in OBIS, AfrOBIS and AfReMAS: procedures, formats, upload data and metadata via AfrOBIS IPT
- Use of OBIS data access (web service, API/R).
- Getting data and metadata from OBIS and WoRMS (web portal, web services, GIS)
- Data visualisation tools (ArGIS online, …)
- Marine data managers working with marine biodiversity data
- Staff of NODCs or ADUs/OBIS nodes working with marine biodiversity data
- Principle Investigators of major marine biodiversity projects
- National marine biodiversity focal points
- 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).
NOTE: priority will be given to participants originating from Eastern Africa and neighbouring Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Applications from women are encouraged.
- Candidates should be from institutions that contribute, or hold and plan to contribute, marine biogeographic data to OBIS
- Candidates should bring marine biogeographic datasets for the hands-on exercises
- Need to bring own laptop
- Working knowledge of English
Check Events calendar for list of participants and more information on the event.