LifeWatch.be GPS tracking network for large birds

Discover why and how large birds are tagged with lightweight, solar powered GPS tags.

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Fish acoustic receiver network

Learn more about the tagging of migratory fish in the Belgian coastal area and the Western Scheldt.

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Benthic samples

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Zooplankton samples

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Phytoplankton samples

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DNA samples

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OBIS Nodes Technical Training Course 2014

During this week long course, the participants got familiar with OBIS: the project, the current status of data, examples of use cases of OBIS data and training on how to access the OBIS data via the web portal, web services and database. Training was provided in the OBIS data management practices, quality control tools and data transfer protocols. During the hands-on session, 10 new datasets were formatted, quality controlled and uploaded to the server. There were discussions on how to improve the current OBIS practices, such as e.g. moving to DarwinCore and the use of controlled vocabularies. There were 17 participants, from 13 countries. The group was composed of data managers from existing, new and candidate OBIS nodes.

ODINAfrica Training course on Marine Biodiversity Data Management 2014

This training course has covered several topics related to retrieving and submitting data to the African node of OBIS and making use of the existing quality control tools developed within LifeWatch, to assure that good quality biogeographic data are submitted. Participants came from different African countries, involved in the ODINAfrica network. After the training, several marine biogeographic datasets were submitted to AfrOBIS and have already been integrated in OBIS too. There were 18 participants from 13 countries.

Dag van de Wetenschap 2014

On November 23rd 2014, VLIZ celebrated Science Day (Dag van de Wetenschap). For this event, and for the first time, VLIZ opened the doors of its Marine Station Ostend (MSO) and the LifeWatch laboratories for the public at large. Marine scientists demonstrated the variety of (LifeWatch-related) research performed at the station: (1) Make a virtual dive with the underwater robot Genesis to the deep sea; (2) A sip of seawater is full of microscopic life (demonstration of the LifeWatch ZooScan); (3) Meet the lobsters who are living on the artificial reefs in the wind farms at sea; (4) The DNA of the sea (demonstration of the LifeWatch environmental DNA laboratory); (5) Cabinet of curiosities: discover the most eccentric animals living in and on our sea floor; (6) Make a journey through the history of marine stations in the harbor of Ostend; (7) Discover the wide range of equipment that scientists use to take samples at sea; (8) Learn more about the research vessel Simon Stevin; and (9) From beachcomber to marine archeologist, the sea offers treasures for anyone! The event attracted around 800 visitors.

Flemish Open Data Day 2014

On October 3rd 2014, the open data efforts for LifeWatch at the INBO were presented at the Data Dive of the Flemish Open Data Day (Open Data Dag in Vlaanderen) organized by the Flemish Government in Brussels (Belgium).

49th European Marine Biology Symposium

From September 8th-12th 2014, the LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone and EurOBIS data quality procedures were presented during the plenary sessions and round table discussions at the 49th European Marine Biology Symposium (EMBS49), at St. Petersburg, Russia.

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