Ocean biological data exchange and management, and the integration of biological with other ocean data urgently require an authoritative register of all known marine species. Such a register also facilitates the efforts of taxonomists to discover and describe new species, fosters global-scale collaboration among experts, enables ecologists and other scientists to ensure that they are using correct taxonomic names in their work, and stimulates biogeographic and evolutionary research.
The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Campaign is led by GBIF Associate Participant OBIS. WoRMS is the next step in the long-term effort to make ocean biodiversity informatics an everyday part of the marine and biodiversity sciences and associated environmental management. WoRMS will be a standards based, quality controlled, expert validated, open-access infrastructure for research, education, and data and resource management.
WoRMS builds on the European Register of Marine Species and the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), and collaborates with GBIFs ECAT and Global Names Architecture, as well as the Catalogue of Life partnership, OBIS, SpeciesBase, Encyclopedia of Life, SeaLifeBase, the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange of IOC, and multiple data centres and other related initiatives. For additional detail, see www.marinespecies.org.
|Contact: Meredith A. Lane|
Global Biodiversity Information Facility