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  • Ecology Across Borders: Joint Annual Meeting 2017 (Ghent, December 11th 2017 to December 14th 2017)
  • LifeWatch.be User & Stakeholders Meeting (Oostende, January 25th 2018 to January 26th 2018)
  • LifeWatch Data Analysis Workshop: Optimization LifeWatch marine observatory sampling design (Oostende, February 22nd 2018 to February 23rd 2018)
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PAST EVENTS

2017

  • 6th International Conference on Image Processing Theory, Tools and Applications (IPTA 2016)
  • LifeWatch Data Analysis Workshop: Cetacean passive acoustic sensor network (Oostende, October 5th 2017 to October 6th 2017)
  • 3rd LifeWatch.be Project Meeting for Belgian LifeWatch partners (Oostende, May 31st 2017)
  • LifeWatch-WoRMS AnnelidaBase Editor Workshop (Oostende, May 22nd 2017 to May 24th 2017)
  • LifeWatch-WoRMS Nemertea Editor Workshop (Oostende, April 24th 2017 to April 25th 2017)
  • LifeWatch-WoRMS Parasites Editor Workshop (Oostende, April 24th 2017 to April 25th 2017)
  • European Tracking Network (ETN) Workshop (April 19th-20th 2017) (Oostende, April 19th 2017 to April 20th 2017)
  • LifeWatch-WoRMS DiatomBase Editor Workshop (Prague, March 20th 2017 to March 22nd 2017)

2016

  • OpenRefine Workshop

    At the TDWG 2016 annual conference the LifeWatch INBO team organized a workshop on the use of OpenRefine for data cleaning and specifically how to use it to standardize biodiversity data to Darwin Core. The workshop was attended by over 30 participants.

  • TDWG Annual Conference 2016

    During the TDWG 2016 annual conference in Costa Rica, GitHub was presented in a keynote presentation on December 5th, human- and machine-readable specifications were presented on December 6th, and the LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone and its current components were presented on December 9th.

  • Arctic Traits Workshop (Vienna, December 1st 2016 to December 2nd 2016)

    From December 1st-2nd 2016, the LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone and its current components were presented at the Arctic Traits workshop in Vienna, Austria.

  • Dag van de Wetenschap 2016 (Oostende, November 27th 2016)

    On November 27th 2016, VLIZ celebrated Science Day (Dag van de Wetenschap). For this event, VLIZ opened the doors of its Marine Station Ostend (MSO) and the LifeWatch laboratories for the public at large, for the third year in a row. Two aspects of the Flemish LifeWatch infrastructure were presented: (1) the tagging of fish (European eel and Atlantic cod), where live eels could be admired by the public, and (2) the ongoing phyto-and zooplankton research, with the FlowCam, ZooScan and Video Plankton Recorder on display. Furthermore, the RV Simon Stevin could be visited, where the Flow Cytometer could be viewed. The event was advertised through various channels (Twitter, posters, newspapers, etc.) by the Communication Department of VLIZ. In 2016, the event attracted 780 visitors at the MSO, and 875 visitors for the RV Simon Stevin, which is a lot more than in 2015 (301 visitors for MSO, and 363 visitors for the RV Simon Stevin).

  • Names in November (Leiden, November 9th 2016 to November 11th 2016)

    From November 9th-11th 2016, The LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone and its current components were presented at the Names in November meeting in Leiden, The Netherlands.

  • North Sea Open Science Conference 2016 (Oostende, November 7th 2016 to November 10th 2016)

    During the North Sea Open Science Conference (November 7th-10th 2016, Ostend), a presentation was given about the LifeWatch Marine Observatory: "Building an innovative and multidisciplinary marine biodiversity observatory for Lifewatch" (K. Deneudt, VLIZ), and one about the fish acoustic telemetry network: "Acoustic receiver network - the need for range testing" (J. Reubens, VLIZ/UGent).

  • OBIS INDEEP training and workshop (Oostende, October 25th 2016 to October 28th 2016)

    The aim of this workshop was to connect the deep-sea biological community to OBIS, with the aim to establish a deep-sea OBIS node and develop a customized deep-sea OBIS data portal. This is in response to the call from the OBIS Steering Group meeting (Feb 2015) to liaise with INDEEP and O'Hara et al (2015) to establish a global deep-sea biodiversity data-sharing platform. The course topics were quite diverse: (1) Training deep-sea scientists in data management (OBIS standards and best practices)? and data access and data processing using OBIS, (2) hands-on data curation and archeology (digitizing historical datasets and QA/QC of existing datasets in OBIS), (3) design of a new OBIS deep-sea data and information portal (which products would be useful for making it policy-relevant?), connecting OBIS with other information systems (e.g. WoRDDS, Deep-sea species traits, deep-sea vocabs) and (4) discuss sustainability (develop a work plan, share responsibilities and tasks, funding).

  • The Ocean's Seafloor - One Bio-Geo Symposium (Hannover, October 12th 2016 to October 14th 2016)

    From October 12th-14th 2016, the LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone and its current components were presented at The Ocean's Seafloor - One Bio-Geo Symposium in Hannover, Germany.

  • International Conference on Marine Data & Information System (IMDIS) 2016 (Gdansk, October 11th 2016 to October 13th 2016)

    From October 11th-13rd 2016, the LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone and its current components were presented at the International Conference on Marine Data & Information System (IMDIS) in Gdansk, Poland.

  • 5th meeting of the LifeWatch expert group on the marine observatory and data archeology (Oostende, September 30th 2016)
  • 51st European Marine Biology Symposium (Rhodes, September 26th 2016 to September 30th 2016)

    From September 26th-30th 2016, the LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone and its current components were presented at the 51st European Marine Biology Symposium (EMBS51) in Rhodes.

  • Register of Antarctic Species (RAS) Workshop (Leuven, September 20th 2016 to September 22nd 2016)

    A group of Antarctic taxonomic experts from around the globe came together to discuss expansion of the scope of the very successful register of Antarctic Marine Species (RAMS) into all realms, including, marine, freshwater, terrestrial etc. It was decided that a new portal will be created - called RAS - where people can retrieve taxonomic information on all Antarctic Species. This workshop was the onset for the future development and population of the Register.

  • Jerico-Next LifeWatch Flow Cytometry Data Analysis Workshop (Oostende, August 29th 2016 to August 31st 2016)

    From August 29th to 31rd 2016, a Jerico-Next LifeWatch Flow Cytometry Data Analysis Workshop was organized at VLIZ, in cooperation with Rijkswaterstaat, CNRS-LOG, UGent and CEFAS. The goal of this workshop was to analyze the data from the joint LifeWatch cruises in April, May and June.

  • 24th International Diatom Symposium (Québec City, August 22nd 2016 to August 26th 2016)

    From August 22nd-26th 2016, the LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone and its current components were presented at the 24th International Diatom Symposium (IDS) in Québec City, Canada.

  • EMODnet Biology Marine Traits Workshop (Oostende, June 17th 2016)

    This one day workshop held at VLIZ was the last workshop in a series of meetings organized within the second phase of the biological component of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet). This project aims at linking taxonomic information with biological and ecological traits related to marine species. During the previous workshops the rationale, prioritization and methodology to reach the common goal of a standardized database of Marine traits were set up. This workshop built further on this and was attended by 17 participants from more than 14 organizations. In the morning, the latest activities achieved in data collection and management were presented, followed by the launch of the new website. Furthermore, it was discussed how traits can be applied in scientific research, the use and importance of a standardized vocabulary, and the LifeWatch workflow applications that combine trait, taxonomic and biogeographic data. In the afternoon work features related to data structure, data sources, priorities, web services, workflows etc. were discussed in smaller breakout groups. The workshop ended with the formulation of 7 action points regarding - amongst others - the completion of the priority traits and optimization of the workflows and web services.

     

  • AquaRES user workshop and follow-up committee meeting (Oostende, June 15th 2016)

    To close off the AquaRES project, a meeting with the follow-up committee was linked to a short user workshop, where the latest developments and achievements of the project were highlighted. To avoid that the collaborations which started during the project would come to an end, a Memorandum of Understanding will be compiled between the project partners RBINS and VLIZ. Through this MoU, the spirit of AquaRES can be continued, which will be beneficial both for the project partners and the involved taxonomic editors.

  • Vemco Telemetry Workshop (Oostende, May 27th 2016)

    On Friday May 27th 2016, a telemetry workshop was organized by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and Vemco. During this workshop the European Telemetry Network (ETN) and the telemetry database (developed and hosted by VLIZ in the framework of LifeWatch) were presented. Furthermore, a representative of Vemco (Stephanie Smedbol) taught the principles of acoustic telemetry, and then went into some more detail about study design, data management and data analysis.

  • 2nd LifeWatch.be Infrastructure Users Meeting (Oostende, May 23rd 2016)
  • LifeWatch-WoRMS World List of Ostracoda Editor Workshop (Oostende, May 17th 2016 to May 20th 2016)

    7 Ostracoda editors joined forces during their first workshop in Oostende. Ten goals were put forward, among which to decide on the higher level taxonomy to be used within the WoRMS Ostracoda and to plan the integration of several existing databases (e.g. fossil Myodocope Database) and good quality SEM and optical microscope photos.

  • Second ODIP-II Workshop (Boulder, May 2nd 2016 to May 5th 2016)

    From May 2nd to 5th 2016, the LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone and its current components were presented at the Second ODIP-II Workshop in Boulder, USA.

  • EGI Conference 2016 (Amsterdam, April 6th 2016 to April 8th 2016)

    From April 6th-8th 2016, the LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone and its current components were presented at the EGI conference 2016 - Opening science in Europe and in the World in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  • LifeWatch-WoRMS World Amphipoda Database Editor Workshop (Oostende, April 4th 2016 to April 5th 2016)

    22 of the 32 Amphipoda editors met in Oostende, to further complete the World Amphipoda Database (WAD). During their 2-day workshop, the focus was largely on hands-on, providing the editors with the tools and experience to actively complete their World Register. Several available tools and functionalities were demonstrated, helping editors to more easily edit using the online interface. The group took time to discuss editing guidelines and ongoing Amphipoda initiatives. A list of priorities was put forward and agreed upon, aligned with the priorities put forward by the WoRMS SC.

  • 2nd LifeWatch.be Project Meeting for Belgian LifeWatch partners (Oostende, March 31st 2016)

    On March 31st 2016, a third LifeWatch.be project meeting was organized at VLIZ in Ostend. During this meeting, all Belgian LifeWatch partners (VLIZ, INBO, UcL, ULg, KBIN) convened to discuss the status and progress of the individual LifeWatch.be projects. Also recent and planned initiatives for the LifeWatch communication were discussed. The report of this meeting is available upon request.

  • LifeWatch-WoRMS Marine Cave Species editor workshop (WoRCShop) (Oostende, February 22nd 2016 to February 25th 2016)

    Eight experts on marine and anchialine cave faunas gathered at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), for the first editor workshop of the World Register of marine Cave Species (WoRCS). the WoRCS editorial team took this opportunity to make editorial agreements and discuss future plans and options in person. The general aim is to create a comprehensive taxonomic and ecological database of species known from marine and anchialine cave environments worldwide. This database allows for an accurate assessment of the diversity and distribution of such faunas, and provides information vital for evidence-based conservation. During the workshop, no less than 900 species known to occur in cave environments have been added to the database.

  • Alien Challenge workshop: Data for invasive species research, policy making and management (Brussels, February 16th 2016 to February 17th 2016)
  • Alien Challenge workshop (Brussels, February 16th 2016 to February 17th 2016)

    This workshop was organized by the COST action Alien Challenge and gathered invasive alien species database managers, data users, data generators and biodiversity informatics specialists, with representatives from sixteen European countries and one from the United States. The workshop focused on data needs and requirements, existing data sources and data standards for four main invasive alien species themes. LifeWatch INBO was invited to provide expertise and present the opportunities of open data publication for invasive alien species data (http://bit.ly/1oGizdi). The main conclusions of this workshop were prepared as a peer-reviewed paper and have been submitted to the open access journal ‘Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics’.

  • LifeWatch-WoRMS Ascidiacea World Database Editor Workshop (Oostende, February 15th 2016 to February 17th 2016)

    Ascidiacea experts from around the world met at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ). The meeting brought together all of the WoRMS Ascidiacea editors and a special guest: the world-renowned ascidian taxonomist Françoise Monniot. This unique event heralded the first time that all Ascidiacea editors came together in one place. The first objective was to revise the contents of the Ascidiacea World Database. The team tackled knowledge gaps and issues identified prior to the workshop. In addition, many species records, distribution and taxonomic issues were resolved during the workshop.

  • VLIZ Marine Scientist Day 2016 (Brugge, February 12th 2016)

    On February 12th 2016, several demo sessions were organized at the VLIZ Marine Science Day in Bruges (Belgium). These demo sessions highlighted some aspects of the Flemish LifeWatch infrastructure: (1) The data archeology activities (very popular demo booth due to stacks of old publications and ancient floppy discs), (2) The fish acoustic receiver network: a sea of opportunities (with a live demo of the acoustic release sensor), and (3) The R Shiny web interface.

2015

  • OBIS/OTGA Training Course: Marine Biogeographic Data Management (Oostende, November 30th 2015 to December 4th 2015)

    The course provided an introduction to the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). This included best practices in marine biogeographic data management, data publication, data access, data analysis and data visualization. The aims were to expand the OBIS network of collaborators, to improve the quality of marine biogeographic data by training in quality control, to increase the awareness on international standards and best practices related to marine biogeographic data, to increase the amount of open access data published through OBIS and its nodes and to increase the use of data from OBIS for science, species conservation and area-based management applications. There were 23 participants from 14 countries.

  • LifeWatch Data Analysis Workshop (Oostende, November 26th 2015 to November 27th 2015)

    In the aftermath of the Empowering Biodiversity Research Conference (May 21st 2015, Brussels), a series of workshops were organized. During these workshops the tools presented and described during the conference were demonstrated into more detail during hands-on training sessions. In this framework, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) organized the LifeWatch Data Analysis Workshop on November 26th-27th 2015 in Ostend. The goal of the LifeWatch Data Analysis Workshop was to convince researchers of the advantages of using web services, and to get them acquainted with the existing LifeWatch Virtual Labs and workflows.

  • Dag van de Wetenschap 2015 (Oostende, November 22nd 2015)

    On November 22nd 2015, VLIZ celebrated Science Day (Dag van de Wetenschap). For this event, VLIZ opened the doors of its Marine Station Ostend (MSO) and the LifeWatch laboratories for the public at large, for the second year in a row. Several aspects of the Flemish LifeWatch infrastructure were presented: the environmental DNA lab, the fish acoustic tracking network, and the zooplankton monitoring during the monthly LifeWatch sampling campaigns. Furthermore, the RV Simon Stevin could be visited. The event attracted 301 visitors at the MSO, and 363 visitors for the RV Simon Stevin. This was less than in 2014 (800 visitors), which was to be expected due to bad weather conditions and the terror threat in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

  • LifeWatch Data Paper Workshop (Brussels, November 13th 2015)

    In the aftermath of the Empowering Biodiversity Research Conference, the Belgian Biodiversity Platform (BBPf) and the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) organized the LifeWatch Data Paper Workshop. Participants learned how to extend the metadata of a dataset to a data paper and how to submit this as a peer-reviewed article in a scholarly journal.

  • LifeWatch Data Cleaning and Data Publication Workshop (Brussels, November 9th 2015)

    In the aftermath of the Empowering Biodiversity Research Conference, the Belgian Biodiversity Platform (BBPf), the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences (RBINS) and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) organized a LifeWatch Data Cleaning and Data Publication Workshop. Participants were trained in the use of OpenRefine to clean data as well as the IPT to standardize and publish biodiversity data and metadata to the GBIF network.

  • Data Carpentry Workshop (Brussels, November 2nd 2015 to November 3rd 2015)

    Workshop organized in the aftermath of the Empowering Biodiversity Research Conference.

  • EMODnet Open Conference (Oo, October 20th 2015)
  • EMODnet Open Conference (Oostende, October 20th 2015)
  • 1st OBIS-ENV-DATA Workshop (Oostende, October 5th 2015 to October 7th 2015)

    First workshop to expand the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) with environmental data.

  • AquRES Workshop (Oostende, September 28th 2015 to September 30th 2015)

    The main aim of this workshop was to bring together the specialists for both marine, marine Antarctic and freshwater taxa. During this 3 day meeting, the taxonomists discussed and crosschecked species occurring in the three aquatic species databases. In addition, the data entry and publication tools were demonstrated and tested, and the editors were engaged in completing distribution information. About 20 WoRMS-FADA-RAMS taxonomic editors participated, mostly from overlapping groups, i.e. groups that have representatives in both the marine and the freshwater realm and that are managed in both WoRMS and FADA. The selected taxa that were considered as examples are the Annelida (Hirudinea, Oligochaeta, Polychaeta), Crustacea (Amphipoda, Cladocera, Copepoda, Decapoda, Mysidacea, Ostracoda), Platyhelminthes (Turbellaria), Gastrotricha, Rotifera and Nematoda.

     

  • 50th European Marine Biology Symposium

    From September 21st-25th 2015, the LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone and related data services were also presented at the 50th European Marine Biology Symposium (EMBS50) in Helgoland. In total 3 oral presentations were given: (1) Assessing the data quality, completeness and fitness for use of marine biogeographic data, (2) Creating a taxonomic backbone: merging marine taxonomy, geography and ecology from various sources, and (3) A new online world database of over 1,400 introduced marine species as part of WoRMS.

  • Ecology at the Interface: Joint Annual Meeting 2015 (Rome, September 21st 2015 to September 25th 2015)

    LifeWatch Belgium was invited to the 13th European Ecological Federation (EEF) and 25th Italian Society of Ecology’s (S.It.E.) joint conference (“Ecology at the Interface: science-based solutions for human wellbeing”) in Rome (September 21st-25th 2015), to build a demonstration booth about the different LifeWatch activities in Belgium. By means of several posters, continuous PowerPoint presentations and video fragments, a demonstration was given about the (1) LifeWatch observatory in Belgium, (2) the LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone and related data services, and the (3) developments for the LifeWatch Marine Virtual Research Environment (VRE). Also other LifeWatch countries were present at the conference.

  • LifeWatch Species Distribution Modelling Workshop (Louvain-la-Neuve, September 21st 2015 to September 23rd 2015)

    Workshop organized in the aftermath of the Empowering Biodiversity Research Conference.

  • LifeWatch GIS and WebGIS Workshop (Louvain-la-Neuve, September 14th 2015 to September 16th 2015)

    In the aftermath of the Empowering Biodiversity Research Conference, the Université catholique de Louvain (UcL) and the INBO organized a LifeWatch GIS and WebGIS Workshop. Participants were introduced to basic and more advanced features of QGIS, including how to extract information from vector and raster datasets, building a suitability map based on LifeWatch datasets, and using spatial queries to identify observation outliers. We also gave in introduction course to CartoDB and how to use it to visualize geospatial information on the web.

  • LifeWatch Progress Meeting (September 2nd-4th 2015) (Santander, September 2nd 2015 to September 4th 2015)
  • Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystems Conference (Liverpool, September 1st 2015 to September 4th 2015)
  • Summer course: animal movement analysis (Amsterdam, July 9th 2015 to July 10th 2015)
  • 3rd International Conference on Fish Telemetry (Halifax, July 7th 2015 to July 15th 2015)
  • Open Summer of Code (Namur, Ghent, Hasselt, July 6th 2015 to July 31st 2015)
  • 1st LifeWatch.be Project Meeting for Belgian LifeWatch partners (Oostende, June 29th 2015)
  • 4th meeting of the LifeWatch expert group on the marine observatory and data archeology (Oostende, June 26th 2015)
  • Ocean Sampling Day 2015

    On June 23rd-24th 2015, VLIZ and LifeWatch participated in the Ocean Sampling Day (OSD), which is organized each year in the framework of the MicroB3 project. The ultimate goal of OSD is to unveil the secrets of microbial life in the ocean. On OSD, both oceanographers and citizens take seawater samples on almost 200 sites worldwide. During a LifeWatch sampling campaign with the RV Simon Stevin, DNA samples for prokaryotes were collected from 17 stations in the Belgian Part of the North Sea. In addition, 5 volunteers took samples as well (someone from NorthseaKayak, a sailor, a beachcomber, etc.). These volunteers took samples with a “sampling package”, composed by the OSD Citizen Science Project (MyOSD). After the event, these sampling packages were sent to VLIZ. All samples will be sent together for analysis. These cumulative samples, related in time, space and environmental parameters, will provide insights into fundamental rules describing microbial diversity and function and will contribute to the blue economy through the identification of novel, ocean-derived biotechnologies. It is expected that these data will provide a reference data set for generations of experiments to follow in the coming decade. The event attracted a lot of attention from the national and international press.

  • Flemish Open Data Day 2015 (Brussels, June 19th 2015)
  • EMODnet Biology Marine Species Traits Workshop (Heraklion, June 8th 2015)

    In the framework of the LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone, VLIZ co-organized the EMODnet Marine Species Traits Workshop.

  • ENRAM Hackathon: Visualizations: from show cases to production (Amsterdam, June 8th 2015 to June 12th 2015)

    In June 2017, the LifeWatch INBO team participated in a 5-day workshop and hackathon at the University of Amsterdam, titled “Visualizations: from show cases to production”. The hackathon was organized in the form of two Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) funded by COST and had the following goals: (1) To develop new features for the bird migration flow visualization developed last year and move the visualization from prototype to production;  (2) To develop a prototype of a bird migration destination visualization (similar to https://siggyf.cartodb.com/viz/31789ef6-7df8-11e4-9574-0e018d66dc29/publ...), using forward trajectory model data; and (3) To conceptualize a unified visualization for animal migration using weather radars.

  • Empowering Biodiversity Research Symposium (Brussels, May 21st 2015)
  • FixO3 Workshop (Bremen, April 15th 2015 to April 16th 2015)

    During the FixO3 workshop, an introduction and practical use of European marine data infrastructures was given. Furthermore, the Belgian LifeWatch e-Lab was demonstrated during a training sessions.

  • Catalogue of Life mini-symposium (Oostende, April 2nd 2015)

    During the Catalogue of Life mini-symposium, the different aspects of the Catalogue of Life were presented. An overview of the history of the Catalogue of Life (CoL) was given, including its current position. Several users and data providers – e.g. the Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment (FADA), WoRMS, the Herpetology database of the Royal Museum of Central Africa, FishBase and the plant specimen database of the Botanical Garden Meise - talked about their experiences with and contributions to the Catalogue, providing valuable feedback to the Global Team on how the interactions with the Catalogue could be improved. During the second part of the symposium, 4 major initiatives – Encyclopedia of Life (EOL), the Global Biodiversity Information System (GBIF), the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) and CoL itself – gave an overview of their history and future plans, with specific attention to how these initiatives could work together to improve the quality of the offered data and to avoid duplication of efforts, taking into account all the other existing initiatives such as e.g. The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) and the European LifeWatch initiative.

  • ENRAM Bird Migration Visualization Challenge & Hackathon (Amsterdam, March 25th 2015 to March 27th 2015)

    In March 2015, the LifeWatch INBO team co-organized a bird migration visualization challenge and hackathon, inviting other developers to visualize these type of data in an intuitive way.

  • LifeWatch ERIC Distributed Construction: Strategic Plan discussion meeting (February 26th-27th 2015) (Malaga, February 26th 2015 to February 27th 2015)
  • NeMys Editor Workshop (Oostende, February 24th 2015 to February 26th 2015)

    On February 24th-26th 2015, the NeMys editors gathered at VLIZ to give the renewed NeMys a kick-start and to discuss future plans. Following the transfer of the World Database of Free-living Marine Nematodes – NeMys - to WoRMS in November 2014, a diverse editorial team was composed and plans were made to bring this team together for a kick-start of the renewed NeMys and to discuss the future plans. This NeMys workshop offered the editorial team the opportunity to make editorial agreements and discuss future plans and options in person. In addition, the Data Management team organized a one-day-hands-on training, teaching the editors how to work with the online editing interface. The gaps and issues that were identified prior to the workshop will be tackled by the team in the coming year. No less than 123 new Nematode species have been added to the database during the workshop and the higher classification was re-organized to comply with the latest accepted taxonomic standards for this group.

  • Open Belgium Conference 2015 (Namur, February 23rd 2015)

    On February 23rd 2015, the open data efforts for LifeWatch at the INBO were presented at the Open Belgium conference organized by the Open Knowledge Foundation Belgium.

  • VLIZ Young Marine Scientists Day 2015 (Bruges, February 20th 2015)

    On February 20th 2015, several demo sessions were organized at the VLIZ Young Marine Scientists Day in Bruges (Belgium). These demo sessions highlighted some aspects of the Flemish LifeWatch infrastructure: (1) The secret life of gulls revealed with high-tech GPS tags, (2) Improved technology facilitates new scientific opportunities: Implementation of an on-board flow cytometer as part of the LifeWatch marine observatory, (3) The acoustic receiver network: a sea of opportunities, and (4) Creation of long term BCP zooplankton data series as part of the LifeWatch marine observatory.

  • LifeWatch RI EGI-Engage Competence Center Technical Workshop (January 14th-16th 2015) (Santander, January 14th 2015 to January 16th 2015)

2014

  • Dag van de Wetenschap 2014 (Oostende, November 23rd 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.

  • BioVeL Final Event 2014 (Paris, November 13th 2014)
  • TDWG Annual Conference 2014 (Jönköping, October 27th 2014 to October 31st 2014)
  • LifeWatch-BioVeL Taverna Developers Workshop 2014 (Oostende, October 6th 2014 to October 8th 2014)

    From October 6th-8th 2014, VLIZ hosted a technical developers workshop organized by the Biodiversity Virtual e-Laboratory (BioVeL). Technical staff of several institutions involved in LifeWatch were getting trained in building biodiversity workflows using Taverna. Trainers were Aleksandra Pawlik, Christian Brenninkmeijer and Alan Williams of the University of Manchester. The training resulted in a wider implementation of Taverna and the discussion of possible additional workflows for biodiversity data. As part of the LifeWatch Marine Virtual Research Environment (VRE), a Taverna Server was installed at VLIZ. This will add to the sustainability of the workflows developed during the BioVeL FP7 project and will stimulate their use in marine applications.

  • Flemish Open Data Day 2014 (Brussels, October 3rd 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 (St. Petersburg, September 8th 2014 to September 12th 2014)

    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.

  • LifeWatch Hackathon 2014 (Oostende, August 26th 2014 to August 27th 2014)
  • Ocean Sampling Day 2014

    On June 21st 2014, VLIZ and LifeWatch participated in the Ocean Sampling Day (OSD), which was organized in the framework of the MicroB3 project. The ultimate goal of OSD is to unveil the secrets of microbial life in the ocean. On OSD, oceanographers and citizens took seawater samples on no less than 187 sites worldwide. During a LifeWatch sampling campaign with the RV Simon Stevin, DNA samples for prokaryotes were collected from 17 stations in the Belgian Part of the North Sea. An 18th station in the Westerscheldt Estuary was sampled in cooperation with Belgian partners. Never before so many people contributed to a simultaneous sampling of the ocean.

  • 1st LifeWatch.be Infrastructure Users Meeting (Oostende, June 19th 2014)
  • 3rd meeting of the LifeWatch expert group on the marine observatory and data archeology (Oostende, June 13th 2014)
  • Thematic marine technical LifeWatch meeting (June 3rd-5th 2014) (Heraklion, June 3rd 2014 to June 5th 2014)
  • LifeWatch-WoRMS Fossil Workshop 2014 (Málaga, May 13th 2014 to May 14th 2014)

    During this workshop the WoRMS Data Management Team and taxonomic editors discussed the amount of fossil taxa to be added, existing sources for fossil information (both online and offline), possible grounds for collaboration and improvements and additions to the entry of fossil range data into Aphia. Within WoRMS, there are currently 19 phyla which contain one or more fossil species. The editors of three phyla – Foraminifera, Mollusca and Echinodermata – are very actively working on the fossil species within their groups, and representatives of these groups were either present at the workshop in Málaga or have provided extensive input and feedback. These three groups are currently the test cases for capturing information on fossil ranges in WoRMS.

  • OBIS Nodes Technical Training Course 2014 (Oostende, May 5th 2014 to May 9th 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 (Oostende, March 17th 2014 to March 21st 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.

  • VLIZ Young Marine Scientists Day 2014 (Bruges, March 7th 2014)

    On March 7th 2014, several demo sessions were organized at the VLIZ Young Marine Scientists Day in Bruges (Belgium). These demo sessions highlighted some aspects of the Flemish LifeWatch infrastructure: the GPS tracking network for large birds (and the use of CartoDB for visualizing the tracking data), the Fish Acoustic Receiver Network, the LifeWatch.be data services and the imaging of zooplankton in the BPNS with the ZooScan. Also some of the 5 minute pitch presentations were related to the Flemish LifeWatch activities.

  • EMODnet Biology Workshop on Species Traits 2014 (Paris, February 12th 2014 to February 13th 2014)
  • MolluscaBase Editor Workshop 2014 (Oostende, February 6th 2014 to February 7th 2014)

    During this workshop, the taxonomic editors of the Mollusca in WoRMS and the WoRMS Data Management Team (DMT) discussed the creation of MolluscaBase, a Global Species Database aimed at covering all marine, freshwater and terrestrial mollusks. Although the marine mollusk species list is nearing completion, a similar authoritative online resource for non-marine mollusks is lacking. This workshop aimed at involving the existing small-scale non-marine mollusk initiatives and develop common grounds for a future collaboration.

  • 2nd LifeWatch e-infrastructure Construction Operational Meeting (February 3rd-4th 2014) (Granada, February 3rd 2014 to February 4th 2014)

2013

  • LifeWatch Operational Meeting (November 28th-29th 2013) (Lecce, November 28th 2013 to November 29th 2013)
  • LifeWatch Inter-ministerial meeting (July 17th-19th 2013) (Sevilla, July 17th 2013 to July 19th 2013)
  • 2nd meeting of the LifeWatch expert group on the marine observatory and data archeology (Oostende, June 21st 2013)
  • 1st meeting of the LifeWatch expert group on the marine observatory and data archeology (Oostende, March 1st 2013)