Integration of biological data
Lead: VLIZ (Simon Claus)
During the recent years, large marine biological data systems have been created to store, archive and integrate marine biological data across the EU (European Ocean Biogeographic Information System (EurOBIS), European Register of Marine Species (ERMS)). Making use of existing systems and initiatives, the biological component of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) set up an interoperable data network, in order to maximise access to marine biological data for any type of user on a marine basin- or region-wide basis. In the framework of JERICO-NEXT an operational link will be created with EMODnet biology in order to facilitate the data exchange between existing marine biological data networks and data generated by the project. This data exchange will also facilitate data access by the project’s partners in order to calibrate or compare the data collected during the project.
Furthermore, due to the very diverse nature of biological data, a set of specialized quality control procedures will be developed, in collaboration with the EMODnet and OBIS network. The aim of these quality control procedures is two- fold. First of all, it helps the data manager and data providers to check the quality and completeness of the submitted data and detect (possible) errors. Secondly, the assigned quality flags can help users in selecting data that are fit for their use and purpose. The main activities will be:
Harmonization, integration and taxonomic & geographic standardization of biological sample and sensor data, generated by project (will be applied also on WP4 JRAP1 and JRAP2).
Harmonization of pelagic observations (for example collected by flow cytometer).
Harmonization of benthic observations (for example data from the French environmental database, Quadrige2).
Providing tools and services for performing quality control of biological data gathered within JERICO-NEXT.
Providing tools and services for extraction of comparative biological background data based on EMODNet biology data resources.
D5.4 Report on Quality Control Steps of marine biological data management (M12)
D5.5 Document describing the biological data from JERICO-NEXT that are available and quality controlled (M48)