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IODE/MarBEF Marine Biodiversity Data Management Training Course

Location: Ostend (Belgium)
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2006-03-06    
End Date: 2006-03-11

Event Description:
Scientific content

Data management has been identified, amongst others during the ‘Colour of Ocean Data Symposium’ (Brussels, 2002), as a gap in the curricula of many academic institutions. To try and fill this gap, this course on data management is proposed jointly by the IOC Project Office for IODE (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO Project Office for International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange Committee) and VLIZ (Flanders Marine Institute). The course will be specific for biodiversity data management, going into details on specific data needs for taxonomy and geography. The course will be a combination of lectures and hands-on activities. The final sessions will be devoted to development of a pilot application, and reporting and analysis based on this application.

Being a joint IODE/MarBEF training course, the participants to the course will be not only from EU countries. IODE-sponsored participants will be invited from non-EU countries, both from developing countries and from Eastern Europe.

Time and location

The course will be held from 6 to 11 March 2006, at the IOC Project Office for IODE in Oostende, adjacent to the offices of VLIZ:

Wandelaarkaai 7
8400 Oostende


Main lecturer will be Dr Edward Vanden Berghe, with input from other members of the MarBEF data management team. Two recognised international experts will be invited to give guest lectures.

Tentative audience

The course is in the first place directed at junior biodiversity/biogeography scientists. But everyone with an interest in biodiversity data management is welcome. Being familiar with computers (Office applications, Windows operating system, installing applications) is a prerequisite.

Standard capacity of the training room is 16. It is expected that about half of the available spaces will be for MarBEF participants (from EU), half for IODE-sponsored participants that will be mostly selected via the regional coordinators of the IODE ODIN (Ocean Data and Information Network) projects.

Relation with MarBEF objectives

Proper management of biodiversity data will enhance data exchange; some of the topics of the course will assist scientists in making data available to MarBEF, through ERMS and EurOBIS. The course will be an opportunity for young researchers to meet, and to discuss joint activities.

Financial conditions

Training room (including computers and digital projector) will be available for free from the IODE Project Office. Costs per participant, to be recovered through fee, will be 200 Euro (including transport from and to hotel, light lunch and coffee/tea). Participants form EU countries will be requested to finance their own travel and accommodation using MarBEF funds. Travel and accommodation of the participants from developing countries and Eastern Europe will be arranged and paid by the IOC Project Office for IODE.


For logistical reasons, number of participants will be limited to 16: 8 for MarBEF participants, 8 for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. Please register before 10 January. After this date, the co-organiser of the course, IOC, will be invited to fill open places, and we will no longer be able to guarantee that it will be possible to attend the course. MarBEF partners who pre-registered will be contacted personally; we
assume they will be attending the course.

Contact email:

Event programme:
List of topics

-Importance of biodiversity and conservation
-Importance of biodiversity databases
-Demonstrator projects

Data management
Quality control
Back up

Classification and Nomenclature
Taxonomic hierarchy

Building database
Different possibilities to represent taxonomic hierarchy
Different possibilities to search open hierarchies
Demonstrator application:
-Identifying the problem
-Locating the resources
-Entering/Importing data from different sources
Reporting: Lists, Maps

Quality control

-Measures of diversity:
*Diversity coefficients (including taxonomic distinctness)
*Expected number of species
-Indicators of environmental health:
*Measuring effects of natural & man-made disasters
*Monitoring system recovery

Collaborators and organisers:
Contact address

Dr Valdimir Vladymyrov
IOC Project Office for IODE
Wandelaarkaai 7
8400 Oostende

Dr Edward Vanden Berghe
VLIZ/MarBEF Data Management
Wandelaarkaai 7
8400 Oostende

Website url:

Registration form: 

Registration fee: 

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: Yes

Event within Framework of MARBEF: WP7 - Training courses

Maximum number of participants: 16

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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