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Video Annotation and Reference System (VARS)
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Summary
Abstract: The Video Annotation and Reference System (VARS) is a software interface and database system that provides tools for describing, cataloging, retrieving, and viewing the visual, descriptive, and quantitative data associated with video. Developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) for annotating deep-sea video data, VARS is currently being used to describe over 4500 dives by our ... View entire text
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Service Citation
Title: Video Annotation and Reference System (VARS)
Provider: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
URL: http://vars.sourceforge.net/
Service Keywords
DATA MANAGEMENT/DATA HANDLING >ARCHIVING Parameter Definition
DATA MANAGEMENT/DATA HANDLING >CATALOGING Parameter Definition
DATA MANAGEMENT/DATA HANDLING >TRANSFORMATION/CONVERSION Parameter Definition
DATA MANAGEMENT/DATA HANDLING >DATA SEARCH AND RETRIEVAL Parameter Definition

Science Keywords
AGRICULTURE >AGRICULTURAL AQUATIC SCIENCES >AQUACULTURE Parameter Definition
OCEANS >BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY >SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY Parameter Definition
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Quality Though they have proven to have great inherent and inferred scientific value, the data were not always collected using systematic search procedures. Biases have been introduced by observation techniques, camera settings, mission planning, changing science terminology, and observation location and sequencing, among other factors. In no way should these data be viewed or analyzed as random, structured, or systematic observations.
Access Constraints None, however VARS works on Windows 7 and XP, MAC OS X, and Linux/UNIX (with some limitations). It requires Java Runtime Environment, version 1.6 (aka Java 6) or later. Developers should have a basic understanding of Java and/or databases.
Use Constraints The VARS software is open source
Service Provider
MBARI > Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Supplemental Info
Service Organization URL: http://www.mbari.org/

Service Provider Personnel
Name: JUDITH CONNOR
Phone: (831) 775-1728
Email: conn at mbari.org
Contact Address:
7700 Sandholdt Road
City: Moss Landing
Province or State: California
Postal Code: 93940
Country: USA
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Distribution
Distribution Media: Online
Fees: No fees
Personnel
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: brian at mbari.org
Contact Address:
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
7700 Sandholdt Road
City: Moss Landing
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 95039-9644
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
SERF Creation Date: 2011-12-28
SERF Last Revision Date: 2012-01-03
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