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WoRMS goes viral!

Added on: 2014-11-04 09:13:17 by Vandepitte, Leen
The goal of WoRMS is to deal with all marine organisms and – up till now – viruses have been completely overlooked. In collaboration with members of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), WoRMS has leaped into the world of these fascinating tiny creatures and has made available the names of 129 marine virus species, including the link with their host organisms. ...

LifeWatch at the EMBS49

Added on: 2014-09-15 10:34:18 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Different aspects of the Belgian LifeWatch infrastructure were presented at the 49th European Marine Biology Symposium at St. Petersburg, Russia. ...

Major update of the Ostracoda in WoRMS

Added on: 2014-08-26 13:48:49 by Vandepitte, Leen
Recently, over 38.000 new Ostracoda species names have been added to WoRMS, and more than 7.000 existing species names have been updated and verified. ...

GBIF has awarded its 2014 Ebbe Nielsen Prize to Tony Rees

Added on: 2014-07-15 09:55:53 by Vandepitte, Leen
GBIF has awarded its prestigious Ebbe Nielsen Prize for 2014 to Tony Rees, whose groundbreaking informatics tools have significantly advanced the delivery of data about life on Earth. ...

WoRMS goes fossil

Added on: 2014-05-26 12:22:13 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
The LifeWatch taxonomic backbone invests in capturing information on fossil ranges in the World Register of Marine Species ...

The Interim Register for Marine and Nonmarine Genera (IRMNG) will move from CSIRO to VLIZ

Added on: 2014-04-09 08:47:19 by Vandepitte, Leen
The database manager of IRMNG is looking for a new host institute for his database. The Flanders Marine Institute has launched an offer, which has recently been accepted by CSIRO, the current host institute of IRMNG and its curator Tony Rees. ...

WoRMS Steering Committee re-newed

Added on: 2014-04-07 11:54:02 by Vandepitte, Leen
The WoRMS Steering Committee welcomes Gustav Paulay as new member. In addition, Sabine Stöhr will serve another three years on the SC. ...

A "big bang" towards MolluscaBase

Added on: 2014-02-11 14:56:53 by Vandepitte, Leen
On February 6-7, Mollusca experts gathered at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), host institute of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), to discuss a strategy to expand the molluscan component of WoRMS to MolluscaBase. MolluscaBase will be a Global Species Database covering all marine, freshwater and terrestrial molluscs, recent and fossil. ...

Call for applications - LifeWatch grants to fill taxonomic gaps in WoRMS

Added on: 2014-01-15 14:23:30 by Vandepitte, Leen
Through LifeWatch, The Flanders Marine Institute – host of the WoRMS database – has a budget available to financially support editors to address gaps within their group. In 2014, WoRMS has access to a LifeWatch budget of 25.000€ which will be made available to the WoRMS editors through small grants.

Call for nominations for the WoRMS Steering Committee

Added on: 2014-01-15 14:03:46 by Vendepitte, Leen
During the Steering Committee meeting of December 2012, it was decided that each year, a number of Steering Committee positions would be opened for new nominations. This provides both stability and a certain rotation in the membership. ...

The LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone supports the WoRMS Amphipoda editors

Added on: 2013-10-22 14:46:13 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
The taxonomic data management task force at VLIZ will process 250 publications to help complete the Amphipoda information in WoRMS ...

The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and the Catalogue of Life (CoL) intensify their collaboration

Added on: 2013-10-18 11:14:06 by Fockedey, Nancy
The Catalogue of Life (CoL) has the ambitious objective to list all species that occur worldwide, on land and at sea. There was already a contribution to this initiative from the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), but recently Leen Vandepitte and Wim Decock– both working in the VLIZ data centre for the WoRMS data management team – became member of the ' CoL Global Team ' and the ' CoL Editorial Board’, repsectively. This enables them to actively participate in the scientific basis and products of this grand biodiversity initiative. ...

WoRMS, represented by Dr Mark Costello is an Award finalist for the ASAP award

Added on: 2013-10-02 09:44:07 by Vandepitte, Leen
PLOS has announced the finalists for the Accelarating Science Award Program and WoRMS has made it to the final six! ...

New webpage on meetings and congresses focussed on echinoderms launched

Added on: 2013-08-05 10:37:13 by Vandepitte, Leen
The Echinoderm Files website provides information on all articles and abstracts published in the proceedings of the International Echinoderm Conferences and the European Conferences on Echinoderms ...

Marine Regions Webservices launched

Added on: 2013-08-02 11:48:33 by Claus, Simon
As a user or developer you can now use the Marine Gazetteer webservices to feed your own application with the Marine Gazetteer standardized list of georeferenced marine place names and marine areas. Currently, we support both Restful and SOAP methods for accessing the services.

WoRMS included in data management software product

Added on: 2013-07-10 14:04:20 by Costello, Mark
Thomson Ecology will soon include and distribute WoRMS within their data management software. This is the first formal agreement with a commercial company by WoRMS even though many users may be from commercial organisations. ...

Amphipoda editorial team mobilized and World Amphipoda database launched

Added on: 2013-07-01 10:49:05 by Vandepitte, Leen
To provide sufficient expert knowledge for maintaining the database, we have now (2013) formed an editorial team to whom the queries on particular Amphipoda taxa should be addressed. The total number of Amphipoda editors is now 30, each with their own area of expertise.

New Steering Committee, Chair and Vice-chair in place for WoRMS

Added on: 2013-06-19 16:06:47 by Vandepitte, Leen
Following the nominations and elections earlier this year for a number of positions within the Steering Committee (SC), the new WoRMS SC, with a newly elected chair and vice-chair is in place.

New taxonomic collaboration resource launched by WoRMS Porifera editors

Added on: 2013-05-25 10:00:33 by Costello, Mark
SpongeMaps (www.spongemaps.org) is an online, password protected “collaboration-in-the-cloud”, built specifically for those working on the difficult taxonomy of sponges (Porifera), but likely with more global utility across other phyla. ...

The World Register of Deep Sea Species is pleased to announce the availability of our first iOS app: Deep Sea ID v1.0

Added on: 2013-03-20 12:39:42 by Vandepitte, Leen
The app is free to download and works on both iPhone and iPad. It allows offline access to the World Register of Deep-Sea Species and currently stores taxonomic information for over 20,000 deep-sea species, over 350 high-resolution photographs of deep-sea specimens and much more. ...