UNESCO IOC Register of Marine Organisms

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Originator: Joint project with UNESCO IOC, The National Museum of Natural History and The Expert Center for Taxonomic Identifcation
Publication_Date: Unknown
Title: UNESCO IOC Register of Marine Organisms
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Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: database
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Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: The Netherlands
Publisher: ETI Biodiversity Center
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Online_Linkage: http://www.eti.uva.nl/about/index.html
Description:
Abstract:
The UNESCO IOC Register of Marine Organisms is an easily searchable database which is a component of the ETI World Biodiversity Database. The Register of Marine Organisms is an already large and gradually growing dataset that is being built up, and maintained at the National Museum of Natural History, Leiden, the Netherlands. As soon as datasets for particular groups are more or less complete and reliable or at least useful, they are being transferred to the database at ETI in Amsterdam. The same holds for updates in the future. The register is basically only a list of species names but it is tried to add at least some additional information, including author names, vernacular names, information on geographical and bathymetrical distribution and NODC numerical codes. Synonyms are added but only if they are still in use or were used in recent times. At the present time, many efforts are being undertaken to prepare partial biodiversity inventories at different levels - global, regional and national. The Register is, therefore, intended to act as a tool for the collection of information necessary to the development of strategies at the decision-making level for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. Information was taken from the web site - The Register will draw on a checklist of marine organisms with a bibliography of key works. The initial phase of the project extends to the family level and it has largely been completed. The Register can, thus, provide a framework for more detailed work, such as compiling inventories of species. Furthermore, as a comprehensive list of marine organism families, the Register will act as an 'entering key' to more specific lists/databases (e.g. the ETI products). The second phase, already started, is aimed at expanding the Register down to the species level. The further development of the project must, however, be considered as an on-going exercise, leading to a product which also includes tools as guidance for identification. The Register is also aimed at building up a basis for an internationally agreed taxonomic terminology of marine organisms. In fact, while the project of a comprehensive register of marine organisms does not have the pretention of making taxonomists agree once and for all, the Register could hopefully act as a co-ordinating mechanism to help stabilize nomenclature. This goal is being achieved through the involvement of many specialists and, to this end, some 400 floppy disks with a draft register of families were distributed worldwide and numerous taxonomists were invited to contribute. Meanwhile many reviewed the first draft and provided their inputs to the completion of lists of species of several selected groups. Another important goal of such a project is to come up with a reliable assessment of the number of marine species. Assessing the effective number of marine species is probably an impossible task. However, it is time to show what the international scientific community does know in this field. The Register, which will also be released on computer CD-ROM, is also aimed at promoting computer assisted taxonomy. This appears very important, especially in those countries where good libraries are scarce or absent. Furthermore, a computer database can always be easily updated. The US National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) Taxonomic Code - which is a hierarchical system of numerical codes used to represent the scientific name of organisms - has been introduced into the Register. This need for a coding system arises because biological data are nowadays increasingly processed by computer, and several taxonomic coding systems have been developed accordingly. The advantage is that, once a coding system has been introduced, the records can be easily manipulated. Similarly, FAO provided their standardized lists of common names in use for fisheries purposes for inclusion in the Register. The Register is also intended to help circulate biological data within the International Oceanographic Data Information and Exchange System (IODE), thus becoming accessible to IODE system users as well.
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REFERENCE: Expert Center for Taxonomic Identification World Biodiversity Database, Database, Amsterdam, Netherlands ETI, http://www.eti.uva.nl/Database/WBD.html Dr. Jacob van der Land, National Museum of Natural History, 1997 Bibliography on the Marine Biota, version 1, bibliography The Netherlands, ETI-UNESCO-IOC.
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Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 19000101
Ending_Date: Unknown
Currentness_Reference:Unknown
Status:
Progress: In Work
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
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Description_of_Geographic_Extent:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -180.0
East_Bounding_Coordinate: 180.0
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 90.0
South_Bounding_Coordinate: -90.0
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: GCMD SCIENCE PARAMETERS
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ANCILLARY KEYWORDS
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO TOPIC CATEGORY
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > BIRDS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > AMPHIBIANS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > FISH
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > MAMMALS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > REPTILES
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > BRYOZOANS/MOSS ANIMALS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > ARTHROPODS > CHELICERATES > ARACHNIDS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > ARTHROPODS > MYRIAPODS > CENTIPEDES
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > ARTHROPODS > MYRIAPODS > MILLIPEDES
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > ARTHROPODS > HEXAPODS > INSECTS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > ARTHROPODS > CRUSTACEANS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > ARTHROPODS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > FLATWORMS/FLUKES/TAPEWORMS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > ROUNDWORMS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > ARROW WORMS > CHAETOGNATHS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > ACORN WORMS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > PEANUT WORMS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > BURROWS/SPOON WORMS > BURROW WORMS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > RIBBON WORMS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > ENTOPROCTS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > HORSEHAIR WORMS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > PRIAPULANS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > LORICIFERANS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > ROTIFERS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > SPINY-HEADED WORMS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > PHORONIDS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > LAMP SHELLS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > GNATHOSTOMULIDS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > CNIDARIANS > CORALS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > CNIDARIANS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > CNIDARIANS > ANTHOZOANS/HEXACORALS > SEA ANEMONES
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > CNIDARIANS > JELLYFISHES
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > ECHINODERMS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > MOLLUSKS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > SEGMENTED WORMS (ANNELIDS)
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > SPONGES
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > PLANKTON > ZOOPLANKTON
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > SPECIES/POPULATION INTERACTIONS > INDIGENOUS/NATIVE SPECIES
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > SPECIES/POPULATION INTERACTIONS > POPULATION DYNAMICS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > SPECIES/POPULATION INTERACTIONS > EXOTIC SPECIES
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > COMMUNITY DYNAMICS > BIODIVERSITY FUNCTIONS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONS > BIOMASS DYNAMICS
Theme_Keyword: Biodiversity
Theme_Keyword: Marine Organisms
Theme_Keyword: Life Habits
Theme_Keyword: Ecology
Theme_Keyword: Geography
Theme_Keyword: Bathymetry
Theme_Keyword: Porifera
Theme_Keyword: Placozoa
Theme_Keyword: Mesozoa
Theme_Keyword: Rhombozoa
Theme_Keyword: Orthonectida
Theme_Keyword: Cnidaria
Theme_Keyword: Sipuncula
Theme_Keyword: Echiura
Theme_Keyword: Mollusca
Theme_Keyword: Annelida
Theme_Keyword: Pogonophora
Theme_Keyword: Arthropoda
Theme_Keyword: Tardigrada
Theme_Keyword: Plathyhelminthes
Theme_Keyword: Nemertea
Theme_Keyword: Entroprocta
Theme_Keyword: Ectoprocta
Theme_Keyword: Cycliophora
Theme_Keyword: Gastrotricha
Theme_Keyword: Nematoda
Theme_Keyword: Nematomorpha
Theme_Keyword: Priapulida
Theme_Keyword: Loricifera
Theme_Keyword: Chaetognatha
Theme_Keyword: Rotifera
Theme_Keyword: Acanthocephala
Theme_Keyword: Phoronida
Theme_Keyword: Brachiopoda
Theme_Keyword: Echindermata
Theme_Keyword: Gnathostomulida
Theme_Keyword: Hemichordata
Theme_Keyword: Chordata
Theme_Keyword: Bdp
Theme_Keyword: Biological Data Profile
Theme_Keyword: Conservation
Theme_Keyword: BIOTA
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: GCMD
Place_Keyword: OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN
Place_Keyword: OCEAN > INDIAN OCEAN
Place_Keyword: OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN
Place_Keyword: GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL OCEAN
Access_Constraints: It is IOC's plan to make copies of the final product available free of charge to developing countries, as well as the other partners's intention to provide each user with scientific and technical assistance on how to best use the Register. None
Use_Constraints:
Of course copyright cannot be claimed for scientific names and references, nor to lists of these, and not even for basic descriptions. However, we reserve the copyright for the Unesco-IOC Register of Marine Organisms as far as this is legally possible. This is not because we want to restrict its use but we want to avoid misuse. Everybody is free to copy all information presented and use it for whatever purpose, but you are not free to use it for commercial purposes without permission. You are free to distribute copies in print or through electronic media but only if you state the origin and you or your publisher do not claim copyright. You are also free to correct, complete and update these lists. We welcome this but of course then we should like to receive a revised copy for use in the register.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: JAMES VAN DER LAND
Contact_Position: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: National Museum of Natural History
Address: P.O. Box 9517
City: R A Leiden
Postal_Code: 2300
Country: NETHERLANDS
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 31 71 516 26 54
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 31 71 513 33 44
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: evert@nnm.nl
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Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
The recognized phyla in the Register are as listed below (for the time being multicellular animals only). Phyla that have been (partly) incorporated in the database part of the Register are highlighted. For these phyla there are separate classification pages which include common names and go down to the family level; taxa for which species have been entered in the database are indicated by an asterisk (*). 01. Porifera 02. Placozoa 03. Mesozoa (includes Rhombozoa and Orthonectida); 04. Cnidaria (Coelenterata) 05. Ctenophora 06. Sipuncula (Sipunculida) 07. Echiura (Echiurida) 08. Mollusca (Cephalopoda) 09. Annelida (includes Pogonophora and Vestimentifera) 10. Arthropoda (Pycnogonida) 11. Tardigrada 12. Plathelminthes (Platyhelminthes) 13. Nemertini (Nemertea) 14. Bryozoa (includes Entoprocta, Ectoprocta, and Cycliophora) 15. Gastrotricha 16. Nematoda 17. Cephalorhyncha (includes Kinorhyncha, Nematomorpha, Priapulida and Loricifera) 18. Chaetognatha 19. Rotatoria (Rotifera) 20. Acanthocephala 21. Phoronida 22. Brachiopoda 23. Echinodermata 24. Gnathostomulida 25. Hemichordata 26. Chordata General Taxonomic Coverage is at: http://209.85.215.104/search?q=cache:CKOhJ62WLUsJ:mercury.ornl.gov/metadata/nbii/sgml/nbii/www.nbii.gov_metadata_mdata_unesco_ioc_d_marineorganisms.sgml+eti.uva.nl/database/urmo/clssfctn/default.&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us&client=firefox-a A species list may be more or less unreliable because the group involved has not yet been well studied ever or not for many years and its taxonomy is in need of revision. Regrettably we may have to live with this situation for many years, given the scarcity of taxonomists. We try to indicate such circumstances but they cannot always be determined easily. Poor original descriptions often make it very difficult or even impossible to recognize certain species. We mark these as dubious species or discard them. The lists of described species may be incomplete. In most cases we included these lists all the same, because half a list is better than no list and moreover most important and well known species are likely to be present. There are still many groups that are poorly known and in which many or even most species still await detection and description. The indication will be 'poorly known' in such cases. In many cases additional data on distribution, life habits etc. are still lacking in our data set and sometimes even names of authors and year of description could not yet be included. In many groups all kinds of data are not lacking because they are not available but just because they have not yet been collected or not yet been digitized. We solicit your help in completing such lists.
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Process_Date: Unknown
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Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: UNESCO/IOC > Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Contact_Person: JAMES VAN DER LAND
Contact_Position: DATA CENTER CONTACT
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: National Museum of Natural History
Address: P.O. Box 9517
City: R A Leiden
Postal_Code: 2300
Country: NETHERLANDS
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 31 71 516 26 54
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 31 71 513 33 44
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: evert@nnm.nl
Resource_Description: UNESCO_IOC_MarineOrganisms
Distribution_Liability:
Not Available
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: Not Available
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name:
http://ioc.unesco.org/iocweb/
Access_Instructions:
DATA CENTER URL
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name:
http://nlbif.eti.uva.nl/bis/index.php
Access_Instructions:
Fees: Not Available
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20010926
Metadata_Review_Date: 20090424
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: TYLER B. STEVENS
Contact_Position: DIF AUTHOR
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Address: Global Change Master Directory
City: Greenbelt
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20771
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (301) 614-6898
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 301-614-5268
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: Tyler.B.Stevens@nasa.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time
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