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Users of the Belgian LifeWatch Infrastructure

User mailing list and feedback

We are continuously working on improving our services towards the user. Therefore we welcome all feedback by users or candidate users via

To improve the communication to and between the users of the Belgian LifeWatch Infrastructure a mailing list was created. To subscribe to this mailing list, please send an email to


Usage Metrics

Usage of a research infrastructure by the scientific community is a primary indicator of its relevance. Usage is traced for the various components of the infrastructure:

In addition to the metrics above, the publications by users of the infrastructure that explicitly reference one or more of the infrastructure components are listed here.


1. Users of the Belgian LifeWatch e-Lab

Number of unique registered users of the Belgian LifeWatch e-Lab:


2) Users of the Taxonomic Backbone

a) Users of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and Aphia

An extensive list of all users of WoRMS and Aphia (the database behind WoRMS) can be found here.

- Number of registered users contributing taxonomic information:

- Number of registered institutes to receive a monthly copy of Aphia:

- Number of international data systems using data provided by Aphia:

- Number of unique visitors of the WoRMS webpages:

- Number of visits on the WoRMS webpages:

- Number of WoRMS webpages visited:


b) Users of the European Ocean Biogeographic Information System (EurOBIS) and EMODNet Biology

- Number of unique visitors on EurOBIS

- Number of web hits on EurOBIS

- Number of unique visitors on EMODnet Biology:

- Number of web hits on EMODnet Biology:

- Number of download requests for EMODnet Biology:

Data downloads can consist of an entire dataset or of all observations for a certain taxon from several datasets.


c) Users of Marine Regions

Information about the users and usage of Marine Regions can be found at:

- Number of unique visitors on Marine Regions:

- Number of web hits on Marine Regions:


3) Users of the Biodiversity Observatories

a) Users of the LifeWatch sampling cruises

Each year, the RV Simon Stevin is reserved for 3 days/month (36 days/year) for LifeWatch sampling campaigns. Depending on the weather conditions, these 36 days are fully used or not. In 2016 e.g., the the LifeWatch sampling campaigns took up 24 days.


b) Users of the laboratories at the Marine Station Ostend (MSO)

The Marine Station Ostend (MSO) is the satellite laboratory by the sea of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and its laboratories and facilities are used within the scope of the European infrastructure networks LifeWatch, ICOS and EMBRC.