Created as the data integration component of the Census of Marine Life, (CoML, a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations engaged in a 10-year scientific initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans) OBIS has grown significantly beyond its original scope and now integrates data from many sources over a wide range of marine themes, from the poles to the equator, from microbes to whales. The expansion necessitated the development of a complex database and a formal review of several web-based geospatial mapping systems was undertaken by OBIS.
Chris Holmes, President of OpenGeo, expressed the importance of the deal by stating, "OBIS continues to pioneer the field of biogeographic data capture and we are very enthusiastic about working with them. We have been consistently impressed with the organization's work and by their vision for the database and we are eager to help them develop their ideas. The OpenGeo Suite Enterprise Edition offers a platform that was designed for the web, bringing the rich functionality of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to any web browser along with a powerful toolkit that supports specialized applications like OBIS's."
|Contact: Steph Johnson|
Census of Marine Life