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Join the webinar about the importance and interest of e-taxonomy

Added on: 2021-06-02 13:21:05 by Tavernier, Annelies
On the 23rd of June, the Antarctic Biodiversity Portal organizes the online webinar ‘availability and digitization of identification keys for the Southern Ocean’. Registrations are restricted. ...

New version of ETN database online

Added on: 2021-05-28 09:50:53 by Tavernier, Annelies
Acoustic telemetry data were already available. But now the ETN database also allow the upload of (meta)data linked to archival tags and acoustic-data-storage tags (ADST). ...

MarineRegions Exclusive Economic Zones now featured as essential map on MarineTraffic.com

Added on: 2021-05-04 13:51:22 by Tavernier, Annelies
An important dataset from MarineRegions (LifeWatch Belgium) is integrated in MarineTraffic.com and helps to improve the experience of millions of users on a monthly basis. ...

Flanders supported research data infrastructures played key role in UN Ocean report

Added on: 2021-04-27 14:17:18 by Vandepitte, Leen
On 21 April 2021, the United Nations launched the Second World Ocean Assessment (WOA 2) on the state of the world’s ocean, covering environmental, economic and social aspects. ...

Aphia now compliant with the new Catalogue of Life Data Package (COLDP) format and exporting several WoRMS subregisters

Added on: 2021-04-16 09:52:06 by Vandepitte, Leen
From now onwards, the Aphia infrastructure is capable of exporting several of its sub-registers to the Catalogue of Life (COL) in their new Data Package format. This new format was developed to overcome some of the limitations in currently used formats. ...

VLIZ recruits: Researcher Marine Observation Centre

Added on: 2021-04-13 16:50:49 by Tavernier, Annelies
Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is looking for a researcher to join its LifeWatch Marine Observation Centre immediately. ...

Satellites can detect mowing events in grasslands

Added on: 2021-04-08 09:56:55 by Tavernier, Annelies
Grasslands encompass vast and diverse ecosystems that provide food, wildlife habitat and carbon storage. Mowing dates and frequencies are major aspects of grassland use intensity, which have an impact on their ecological value as habitats. ...

New Belgian antenna station in the MOTUS Wildlife Tracking System

Added on: 2021-04-02 10:05:49 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Did you know that bats live along our coast? Moreover, some bat populations travel long distances (sometimes up to 1500 km) and can even fly across the North Sea to the British Isles and vice versa. ...

World Kinorhyncha Database launched!

Added on: 2021-03-29 16:50:13 by Poffyn, Gizem
The Kinorhyncha are now accessible through their own portal, as part of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). This World Database contains over 300 accepted names of extant species and is one of the most complete existing resources for Kinorhyncha taxa. ...

WoRMS press release: Ten remarkable new marine species from 2020

Added on: 2021-03-18 16:08:31 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
As for previous years, the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) has again released the annual list of the top-ten marine species described by researchers during the year 2020 to coincide with World Taxonomist Appreciation day - March 19th! ...

Baltic tellin most common bivalve at the fourth Belgian Big Seashell Survey

Added on: 2021-03-17 13:08:01 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Oostende (2021.03.17) - The Big Seashell Survey 2021 - a unique citizen science initiative on Belgian beaches that took place last Sunday 14 March - was a top edition! The Baltic tellin accounted for almost 30% of all shells found, followed by the cut trough shell (23%) and the common cockle (19%). Two-thirds of all Baltic tellins was found as whole shells, composed of two hinged parts of valves, indicating a recent death, possibly due to the stormy conditions during the past weeks. ...

WoRMS Philanthropy grants 2020

Added on: 2021-02-18 09:16:38 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
During 2020, the VLIZ Philanthropy program was able to issue four grants to support WoRMS editors, in making WoRMS more complete. Together, these four grants resulted in about 10.000 edits and additions to WoRMS. ...

Naming animals in images – a new guide to the process

Added on: 2021-02-15 10:06:43 by Horton, Tammy
“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name” (Confucius) … but sometimes, giving a name to something is easier said than done... ...

LifeWatch Flanders ready for the next level!

Added on: 2021-02-09 11:05:14 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
The Flemish LifeWatch Consortium receives additional funding for the next years. ...

Life in the North Sea is becoming more exotic

Added on: 2021-02-02 10:32:24 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
79 alien marine & brackish water animals and algae from the Belgian part of the North Sea and the Scheldt Estuary not only documented in a book, but also accessible through the LifeWatch Species Information Backbone. ...

LifeWatch to the (data) rescue: More than 90 historical datasets available!

Added on: 2021-01-25 13:14:26 by Poffyn, Gizem
Collected once, ready to be used many times! ...

Call for nominations for the WoRMS Top-Ten Marine Species of 2020

Added on: 2020-12-07 17:04:08 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Although it has been a difficult year for everyone, we know that taxonomists have continued to publish many wonderful new species throughout. So as we approach the end of the year it is time to think about nominations for The WoRMS Top Ten Marine Species of 2020! ...

The migratory fish need our help!

Added on: 2020-12-01 08:56:57 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Who still remembers that wild Atlantic salmon was once a local product, caught in the Scheldt, IJzer or Maas rivers? ...

Use your gaming skills to save the eel!

Added on: 2020-11-24 15:45:55 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Pieterjan Verhelst, a biotelemetry scientist and frequent user of the Belgian LifeWatch infrastructure developed a game “Save the eel”, to inform the general public about the obstacles eels face during their seaward migration. ...

Coming soon: LifeWatch data cloud application with Belgian marine data for blue economy

Added on: 2020-10-29 14:35:18 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), the Blue Cluster (DBC) and the Flemish Supercomputing Center (VSC) inquired after the needs for data applications of the Flemish maritime companies, and how supercomputing can be a solution for this. Very recently, LifeWatch Belgium designed a pilot data cloud on the high-performance infrastructure of the VSC for making Belgian marine (biodiversity) data available to maritime companies, in a quick and efficient manner. ...

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