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Welcome to the OBI'07 conference portal

An Ocean Biodiversity Informatics conference was held on Oct. 2-4 2007 at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Click on the links given below for details about the conference's oral presentations and posters.

Conference Programme Overview:

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  1. Opening
  2. Visualization Tools
  3. Habitat and Ecosystems
  4. Species Names Management and Tools
  5. Metadata Developments
  6. Data Use and Analysis
  7. New Data Systems
  8. Integrating Different Types of Data
  9. Posters

Background:

At the International Ocean Data and Information Exchange (IODE XVIII) conference on Apr 26-30, 2005 in Ostende (Belgium) Dr Edward Vanden Berghe reported on the Ocean Biodiversity Informatics conference, Hamburg (Germany), 29/11-1/12/2004 (169 registrants, 37 oral presentations and 33 posters) and the Colour of Ocean Data conference in Brussels (Belgium), 25-27/11/2002 (200 registrants; 44 oral presentations, 40 posters). A major point of discussion at both conferences was data policy issues, and the advantages of free and open sharing of biodiversity data. Much work however remains to be done. The representative of the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES), Ms Julie Gillin suggested a second OBI conference to focus on biological data quality issues and continue the valuable cross-disciplinary interchange. This conference will be co-organized by IODE, ICES and the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) and will be jointly hosted by the Centre for Marine Biodiversity and the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) in Dartmouth (Canada) on 2-4/10/2007.

Other activities:

Guided tours of BIO facilities; demonstrations of new hardware and software products; reception at Bedford Institute of Oceanography on Oct 2; and banquet at Pier 21 National Historic Site on Oct 3. Workshops and side-meetings on related topics are welcome.

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