22-Dec-2014: In Memoriam: Cathy Norton
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
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (www.gbif.org) 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
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.
1-Sept-2014: Lin LIU started her internship at IODE
Ms LIU is currently following an Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Maritime Spatial Planning. Previously she worked as a research engineer in Singapore and Hong Kong on hydrological and environmental modelling based on geospatial and remote sensing data.
During the next 5 months she will contribute to the second phase of the Caribbean Marine Atlas (CMA2) project, in particular related to MSP activities and marine biodiversity (OBIS) in the Caribbean Sea.
CMA2 will contribute to better Integrated Coastal Zone (ICZ) and shared Living Marine Resources (sLMR) Governance and Management in the Caribbean Sea, by providing key stakeholders a gateway to spatial data and information, guides to standards and best-practices and decision-support applications.
Supervisor: Ward Appeltans (IOC-UNESCO/IODE/OBIS)