Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 13 Issue 03

View Issue TOC
Volume 13, No. 3
Pages 31 - 38

OpenAccess

Planning for OBIS: Examining Relationships with Existing National and International Biodiversity Information Systems

Mark Fornwall
First Paragraph

The Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) grew from a series of workshops funded by the Sloan Foundation to explore the feasibility and goals of a Census for Marine Life. During the workshop that focused on the benthic environment, an online digital atlas of species distributions and associated marine habitats was envisioned (Ausubel, 1999). This atlas could be used to “guide sampling designs for a ‘Census of Marine Life’ and generate hypotheses concerning the origin and maintenance of diversity of life in the oceans” (Grassle and Stocks, 1999). An information system to provide centralized access to existing datasets and to incorporate new data created by the Census of Marine Life was also proposed. This Ocean Biogeographic Information System would provide Web access to global data and information on marine species, such as occurrence, abundance, distribution, and related physical and chemical information.

Citation

Fornwall, M. 2000. Planning for OBIS: Examining relationships with existing national and international biodiversity information systems. Oceanography 13(3):31–38, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2000.06.

Copyright & Usage

This is an open access article made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution, and reproduction in any medium or format as long as users cite the materials appropriately, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate the changes that were made to the original content. Images, animations, videos, or other third-party material used in articles are included in the Creative Commons license unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If the material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission directly from the license holder to reproduce the material.