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The Role of OBIS
in
Canadian Research Data Policy
Mary Kennedy1
& Robert Branton2
1
OBIS Canada
2
Ocean Tracking Network...
2
3
News Highlights …
• May 2013 - Mike Flavell joined IOC Project Office
for IODE, in Oostende Belgium to provide technical...
4
OBIS history and database growth
http://www.iobis.org/about/statistics
2000 - OBIS began under the Census of marine Life...
http://iobis.org/obis/regional-nodes
OBIS nodes (data assembly centres) are engaged
in a wide spectrum of activities, whic...
41 OBIS Canada Collections
6
Typical Use Scenarios
What organisms have been
found or observed here?
Where has this organism been
found or observed?
Onc...
8
What does OBIS means to Canada?
Census of Marine Life OBIS Canada (2004)
Data flows into OBIS thru regional nodes.
Fish...
9
Canadian Healthy Oceans
Network (CHONe)
A strategic network focused on biodiversity
science for the sustainability of Ca...
10
Ocean Tracking Network
(OTN)
Understanding the effects of climate
change on the behaviour of marine
animals.
http://oce...
Public Policies
2011 Canadian Research Data
Summit
• all data from public funded
research to be made openly
available in a...
12
Roles for OBIS Canada & new program data management teams
Mentoring
-data management best practices (preparation of dat...
13
Benefits Of Collaborating With An
OBIS Regional Node
Standards & Vocabularies
Mobilize Canadian data & make it accessib...
Filling Gaps In Coastal Knowledge
• From broad maps, one
sees that although more
data is available from
coastal areas than...
15
Summary
•OBIS Canada has assumed a role as mentor and collaborator to the
individual network data management teams to f...
Thank you
Acknowledgements
L. Bajona, H. Hayden and others at the Bedford
Institute of Oceanography for developing and
ope...
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The Role of OBIS in Canadian Research Data Policy

  1. 1. 1 The Role of OBIS in Canadian Research Data Policy Mary Kennedy1 & Robert Branton2 1 OBIS Canada 2 Ocean Tracking Network Monitoring and Adapting to Change on the Coast
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  3. 3. 3 News Highlights … • May 2013 - Mike Flavell joined IOC Project Office for IODE, in Oostende Belgium to provide technical support to OBIS and marine biodiversity related activities at IODE. • Nov 2012 - Second IODE Steering Group for OBIS meeting was held at IOC Project Office for IODE in Oostende, Belgium. • 2012 - All OBIS activities previously at Rutgers University, USA were transferred to IODE in Oostende. http://iobis.org/news
  4. 4. 4 OBIS history and database growth http://www.iobis.org/about/statistics 2000 - OBIS began under the Census of marine Life program 2010 - OBIS part of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission IODE Statistics - January 2013 Number of records: 35.5 million records identified to genus/species: 31.1 million valid species with data: 146,496 valid marine taxa: 163,313 valid marine species: 120,259 valid marine genera: 27,333 Number of datasets: 1,130 Census of Marine Life  IOC/IODE
  5. 5. http://iobis.org/obis/regional-nodes OBIS nodes (data assembly centres) are engaged in a wide spectrum of activities, which demonstrates that the role of OBIS is not limited to raw data encoding but also to develop tools and products and offering services (including capacity building) for data-science and science- policy activities on a local, regional to global scale.
  6. 6. 41 OBIS Canada Collections 6
  7. 7. Typical Use Scenarios What organisms have been found or observed here? Where has this organism been found or observed? Oncorhynchus nerka / sockeye salmon http://iobis.org/mapper/
  8. 8. 8 What does OBIS means to Canada? Census of Marine Life OBIS Canada (2004) Data flows into OBIS thru regional nodes. Fisheries & Oceans Canada hosts the Canadian node OBIS Canada ensures data are •Authoritative •Discoverable •Accessible •Interoperable OBIS Canada data management team •decade of experience in processing OBIS data •experience with data management of biological oceanographic and fisheries data. Data: scientific names and locations
  9. 9. 9 Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe) A strategic network focused on biodiversity science for the sustainability of Canada's three oceans http://chone.marinebiodiversity.ca/ Water body CHONe ARCTIC 5 GREAT LAKES NE PACIFIC 12 NW ATLANTIC 19
  10. 10. 10 Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) Understanding the effects of climate change on the behaviour of marine animals. http://oceantrackingnetwork.org/ Water body OTN ARCTIC 4 GREAT LAKES 1 NE PACIFIC 44 NW ATLANTIC 28
  11. 11. Public Policies 2011 Canadian Research Data Summit • all data from public funded research to be made openly available in a timely manner as a condition of funding • Exceptions being sought by OTN include: – not reporting location information on endangered species as a means of protecting them from illegal harvest, – protecting the thesis data for Highly Qualified Personnel who are in training. http://rds-sdr.cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/events/data_summit_2011 07/03/13 11
  12. 12. 12 Roles for OBIS Canada & new program data management teams Mentoring -data management best practices (preparation of data and metadata) -knowledge transfer Facilitating data submission - new and refreshed updated content Promoting citation and use of data - proper metadata and terms of use Providing public portal to access data - Canadian data and data in area of interest to Canada Highlighting Canadian research and associated data Representating the OBIS community on Canadian network of data holders and in the global OBIS community
  13. 13. 13 Benefits Of Collaborating With An OBIS Regional Node Standards & Vocabularies Mobilize Canadian data & make it accessible & available for re-use!
  14. 14. Filling Gaps In Coastal Knowledge • From broad maps, one sees that although more data is available from coastal areas than from open waters, less is known about smaller animals than larger ones and on the southern hemisphere than on the northern. • OBIS is an open-access database with data from every corner of the world, whereby any provider (individual, institution, or otherwise) who cares to upload to the server and contribute to the global maps OBIS seeks to fill out. http://iobis.org/about/vision http://iobis.org/maps/distribution For example: invasive species like tunicates. Didemnum vexillumDidemnum vexillum marine vomitmarine vomit
  15. 15. 15 Summary •OBIS Canada has assumed a role as mentor and collaborator to the individual network data management teams to facilitate the publication of these datasets via submission to OBIS. •Routine CHONe and OTN data submissions to OBIS would clearly fulfill such data policy requirement to make the data accessible. •Underlying this would be implementation of best practices, whereby these data are inventoried, archived, and described so that the datasets are discoverable, accessible and reusable. •Knowledge transfer and training of students and data managers.
  16. 16. Thank you Acknowledgements L. Bajona, H. Hayden and others at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography for developing and operating the OBIS Canada node. 16

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