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19-January-2015: JAMSTEC established as an ADU

JAMSTECThe Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) is an independent administrative institution for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of academic research in addition to the improvement of marine science and technology by undertaking fundamental research and development on marine and other related activities through academic research related to the Ocean for the benefit of peace and human welfare. With its leadership and performance in the research community, JAMSTEC has been regarded as equivalent to a national research institute. JAMSTEC hosts the secretariat of the Japan Regional OBIS Node (J-RON) to accumulate marine biogeographic data stored in Japanese institutions and projects, makes these data available to the public via JAMSTEC’s Biological Information System for Marine Life (BISMaL), and transfers the data to iOBIS. More info on JAMSTEC website and on BISMAL.

22-Dec-2014: In Memoriam: Cathy Norton

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It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Cathy Norton at the age of 73. A graduate of Regis College, Cathy joined the staff of the MBLWHOI Library in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1980. She earned a Masters degree in Information Science from Simmons College in 1984. In 1991, as the electronic frontier began to enhance information access, Cathy embraced change to become the MBL's first Director of Information Systems. In 1994, she was appointed Library Director and became a leader in promoting the digital library and open access. During her tenure she spearheaded the development of uBio, a digital biodiversity database that served as a foundation for the subsequent Encyclopedia of Life project. She helped develop an innovative Biomedical Informatics course sponsored by the National Library of Medicine designed to enable biomedical researchers and practitioners to embrace the power of technology. Cathy was also a founding member and served as Chairman of the...

13-Oct-2014: GBIF established as an ADU

GBIFThe Global Biodiversity Information Facility ( was founded in 2001 as an intergovernmental scientific infrastructure aimed at providing free and open access to biodiversity data, via the Internet. It offers a single online access point to more than 500 million biodiversity records published from around 15,000 datasets published by some 600 institutions. GBIF operates through a network of national and thematic nodes, and a secretariat (GBIFS) based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The GBIF secretariat has accumulated considerable expertise on open data publishing through its informatics development and its global community, resulting in a suite of manuals and a training programme that may be of use to many in the IODE community. Today, GBIF and IOC/IODE/OBIS signed an agreement of cooperation, recognizing the two initiatives as complementary with common goals on the management, publication and use of biodiversity data, with IODE/OBIS's special role in meeting the requirements of...

9-Oct-2014: Caribbean Marine Atlas 2 kickoff meeting report

wr265 thumbnail 48 participants representing 15 countries and 14 regional/international organizations met in Miami 25-29 August 2014 to launch the second phase of the Caribbean Marine Atlas project. The meeting report is available here.

The many presentations showed early on that there is no lack of national “atlases” in the region, but rather that there is a need for a platform and mechanisms that can facilitate the sharing of data and information, as well as expertise on atlas development. It was therefore decided that CMA2 should focus on the promotion of the best available and authoritative data sources, tools and services through a regional data, information and services platform that will contribute to the development of national and regional atlases and related products and services to support Decision Making and Monitoring & Evaluation processes for improved marine and coastal resources management in the region composed by the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems.


9-Sep-2014: IODE VACANCY: Programme Specialist - OBIS project manager

Vacancy for a Programme Specialist/OBIS Project Manager: A vacancy is opened for the prosition of a Programme Specialist (P-3 level) who be be charged with the coordination of planning and implementation of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). The vacancy notice can be consulted fully through

Candidates should apply through the above mentioned URL ONLY. The closing date to apply is 9 November 2014.


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27 - 29 January 2015
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Fourth Session of the IODE Steering Group for OBIS
10 - 12 February 2015
Oostende, Belgium

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16 - 18 February 2015
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16 March 2015
Brugge, Belgium

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