Marine Biogeographic Data Management (Contributing and Using Ocean Biogeographic Information System) (2015)

Key Info
Description - a brief synopsis, abstract or summary of what the learning resource is about: 

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 visualization. Content consists of slide presentations and videos.  NOTE: The URL provided brings you to a page for courses on topics related to data management.  Establishment of login credentials will be required to access the course described here and others on related topics.  

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 visualization 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 Access and Visualisation
  • Social Aspects of Data Management
Authoring Person(s) Name: 
Ward Appeltans
Authoring Organization(s) Name: 
Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)
Ocean Teacher Global Academy
License - link to legal statement specifying the copyright status of the learning resource: 
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License - CC BY-SA 4.0
Access Cost: 
No fee
Primary language(s) in which the learning resource was originally published or made available: 
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Keywords - short phrases describing what the learning resource is about: 
Community standards
Cyberinfrastructure to enable FAIR data principles
Data access
Data access methods
Data publication
Data visualization tools
Marine data
Ocean data
Open access
Open data
Subject Discipline - subject domain(s) toward which the learning resource is targeted: 
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
Published / Broadcast: 
Monday, November 30, 2015
Publisher - organization credited with publishing or broadcasting the learning resource: 
Ocean Teacher Global Academy
Media Type - designation of the form in which the content of the learning resource is represented, e.g., moving image: 
Presentation - representation of the particular way in which an author shows, describes or explains one or more concepts, e.g., a set of Powerpoint slides.
Educational Info
Purpose - primary educational reason for which the learning resource was created: 
Instruction - detailed information about aspects or processes related to data management or data skills.
Learning Resource Type - category of the learning resource from the point of view of a professional educator: 
Lesson - detailed description of an element of instruction in a course, [could be] contained in a unit of one or more lessons, and used by a teacher to guide class instruction. Example: presentation slides on a topic.
Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Data manager
Early-career research scientist
Graduate student
Mid-career research scientist
Research faculty
Research scientist
Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
More than 1 hour (but less than 1 day)
Framework - A community-based organization plan or set of steps for education or training: 
ICSU - World Data System Training Resources Guide