Atlantic Canada's Biological Data for Ecosystem Planning and Decision-making
Opening Access and Increasing Reuse
The project's objective is to define the state of biological data accessibility for estuaries in Bras d'Or, the Bay of Fundy and the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence. To determine the current state of biological data accessibility, and find data gaps, the project will use data previously uploaded to the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS).
Project in context of COINAtlantic goals
The Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) is a global federation of organizations working to promote the free use and accessibility of international marine biogeographic data on the internet. OBIS provides users with a portal to datasets containing information on where and when marine species have been recorded. OBIS integrates all of the global datasets to illustrate a realistic and dynamic view of marine species location.
OBIS Canada is the Canadian node of the international OBIS system. The OBIS Canada database archive is hosted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The OBIS Canada website is hosted by Dalhousie University and the Centre for Marine Biodiversity in Halifax Nova Scotia. OBIS Canada is responsible for the data related to Canadian biodiversity. OBIS Canada was organized as part of the Census of Marine Life Program. OBIS Canada is also the information component of the Canadian Center for Marine Biodiversity. OBIS Canada is described as “a one-stop shop for data on marine species found in areas of interest to Canada or collected by Canadian scientists that: provides a stable location for future data access; reduces OBIS Canada development costs by leveraging the existing information infrastructure; and facilitates integration with freshwater and terrestrial biodiversity data within a national framework using data standards and protocols”.