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  • LifeWatch-WoRMS Nemys Editor Workshop (Ghent, September 5th 2018 to September 7th 2018)
  • 53rd European Marine Biology Symposium (EMBS53) (Oostende, September 17th 2018 to September 21st 2018)
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PAST EVENTS

2018

  • LifeWatch-WoRMS Talitraits Editor Workshop (Crete, May 30th 2018 to June 1st 2018)
  • LifeWatch-WoRMS WRIMS Editor Workshop (Oostende, April 23rd 2018 to April 25th 2018)
  • VLIZ Marine Science Day 2018 (Bredene, March 21st 2018)
  • LifeWatch Data Analysis Workshop: Towards improved LifeWatch sampling campaigns (Oostende, February 22nd 2018 to February 23rd 2018)
  • LifeWatch-WoRMS MolluscaBase Editor Workshop (Oostende, February 5th 2018 to February 8th 2018)
  • LifeWatch.be User & Stakeholders Meeting (Oostende, January 25th 2018 to January 26th 2018)

2017

  • Ecology Across Borders: Joint Annual Meeting 2017 (Ghent, December 11th 2017 to December 14th 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
  • TDWG Annual Conference 2016
  • Arctic Traits Workshop (Vienna, December 1st 2016 to December 2nd 2016)
  • Dag van de Wetenschap 2016 (Oostende, November 27th 2016)
  • Names in November (Leiden, November 9th 2016 to November 11th 2016)
  • North Sea Open Science Conference 2016 (Oostende, November 7th 2016 to November 10th 2016)
  • OBIS INDEEP training and workshop (Oostende, October 25th 2016 to October 28th 2016)
  • The Ocean's Seafloor - One Bio-Geo Symposium (Hannover, October 12th 2016 to October 14th 2016)
  • 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)
  • AquaRES user workshop and follow-up committee meeting (Oostende, June 15th 2016)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • LifeWatch-WoRMS Ascidiacea World Database Editor Workshop (Oostende, February 15th 2016 to February 17th 2016)
  • 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)
  • LifeWatch Data Analysis Workshop (Oostende, November 26th 2015 to November 27th 2015)
  • Dag van de Wetenschap 2015 (Oostende, November 22nd 2015)
  • 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 (Oostende, October 20th 2015)
  • EMODnet Open Conference (Oo, 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • LifeWatch-WoRMS MolluscaBase Editor Workshop (Oostende, February 6th 2014 to February 7th 2014)
  • 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)