OBIS Canada is the Canadian Regional Node of the International Ocean Biogeographic Information System (iOBIS). We are an alliance of people and organizations who share a vision to make marine biogeographic data freely available on the World Wide Web.
We work with data contributors to understand the best practices to both transfer and review data sets prior to their release to the general public. Public access to OBIS data allows data contributors to distribute and share their data in a standardized format, without the need for maintaining individual web sites and databases.
OBIS Canada seeks to absorb, integrate, and assess isolated datasets into a larger, more comprehensive picture of life in our oceans. The system hopes to stimulate research about our oceans, and to generate new hypotheses concerning evolutionary processes, species distributions, and roles of organisms in marine systems on a global scale. The overview maps generated by OBIS provide a comprehensive, collaborative, world-wide view of the oceans.
COINAtlantic’s Visualization of the OBIS Canada IPT
COINAtlantic has partnered with four organizations in Atlantic Canada to improve the accessibility of marine biological data. The data from these organizations is being prepared for harvesting by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System. The vehicle for making the data available to OBIS is the OBIS Canada Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT).
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OBIS Canada is the Canadian regional node of the International Ocean Biogeographic Information System (iOBIS). International OBIS is a global organization composed of a series of regional and thematic nodes that collaborate to provide access to marine biogeographic data. OBIS follows international data standards and operational protocols to facilitate access to, and interoperability of, data sets. The OBIS program is included under the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. OBIS is the main contributor of marine data in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
We work with data holders (participants) to understand the best practices to both transfer and review data sets prior to their release to the general public. Public access to OBIS data allows data participants to distribute and share their data without the need for maintaining individual web sites and databases and data are delivered in a standardized format. Security concerns are alleviated since the public do not access the original data sets directly. The processes of bringing data into OBIS Canada have been designed to fully capture data quality while minimizing the burden on data providers.
OBIS Canada provides access to a set of data that is as spatially, taxonomically, and temporally comprehensive as possible. Users may search OBIS holdings for individual data sets, or records of interest at http://www.marinebiodiversity.ca/OBISCanada. Users may search the online data collections and may select datasets of interest and navigate to the GCMD metadata page as well as the iOBIS web site for additional information.
The OBIS Canada site also provides access to the Canadian Register of Marine Species (CaRMS), a World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) recognized regional species database http://www.marinespecies.org/carms/. CaRMS originated from a register of marine species compiled by the Atlantic Reference Centre of the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St. Andrews, New Brunswick. CaRMS contains detailed distribution records for taxa found in Canada’s three oceans.