Biodiversity research requires access to location and abundance data supported by accompanying metadata. It is often desirable to have access...
Biodiversity research requires access to location and abundance data supported by accompanying metadata. It is often desirable to have access to co-located hydrographic and other environmental data as well.
The Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO) is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Ocean Sciences to serve the data management requirements of investigators funded by the Biological and Chemical Oceanography NSF sections. Highlighting global plankton distribution and the availability of co-located environmental data, in this video object/presentation we show the capabilities of the BCO-DMO data system. These include interactive text-based and geospatial tools for data discovery and visualization, data search developments, and easy downloading options.
We are also working on semantically-enabled data discovery systems that will allow researchers to make connections and expand relationships in ways that would have been time-consuming if not impossible in the past. The use of controlled vocabularies as input to the development of ontologies will lead to new kinds of faceted searches. This will lead to new avenues of research or new sorts of questions to be asked about the abundance, diversity, and ecology of marine organisms, and allow for trends over time to be observed.