- Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)
The Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) is a nascent community
effort to develop a database of global marine animal and plant distributions.
OBIS allows participants to develop distributed databases and serve their
own data. This may be a particularly appropriate venue to provide certain
classes of biological data and PIs may benefit from data management tools
being developed as part of this program. This may also provide an alternative
way for PIs to conveniently comply with data sharing requirements, particularly
for data that is not now being accepted by NODC or other National Data
Further information on OBIS is available at http://marine.rutgers.edu/OBIS/.
- The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is a facility
of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that hosts GenBank and other
molecular databases. Additional information is available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/.
- RIDGE Multibeam Synthesis
The RIDGE Multibeam Synthesis accepts multibeam bathymetry and amplitude
data from the world's ocean basins. Although mid-ocean ridges are the focus
of the synthesis, datasets from other settings will be incorporated. The
synthesis also accepts side-scan sonar data and derived data products such
as magnetic and gravity anomaly grids. Data submitted prior to the two-year
proprietary hold period are incorporated into the database with password-only
Access and information are available at http://ocean-ridge.ldeo.columbia.edu/.
Investigators wishing to contribute data should contact S. Carbotte, W.B.F.
Ryan, S. O'Hara or B. Arko at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) for information
and assistance on how to submit data.
- The Petrological Database of the Ocean Floor (PetDB)
PetDB is a web-based data management system for geochemical and petrological
sample-based data. In its current application, PetDB contains and provides
on-line access to data for sub-oceanic igneous and metamorphic rocks generated
at mid-ocean ridges including back-arc basins, young seamounts, and old
The chemical data that are currently stored in the database comprise major
oxides, trace elements, radiogenic and stable isotopes, and analytical age
determinations measured on whole rock samples, volcanic glasses, minerals,
and melt inclusions. A wide range of supplementary information (metadata) describes
samples (e.g. by rock type, texture, age, modal composition, alteration), sample
locations (e.g. by geographical coordinates, location names, tectonic setting),
sampling process (e.g. by technique, date, cruise), archive, analytical procedures
(e.g. by method, precision, standard measurements), and the source of the data
(reference, author(s)). These metadata are not only essential for selecting,
sorting, and evaluating data properly, but they are fundamental for current
and future integration with other data types, especially geospatial data, and
interoperability with other databases.
PetDB’s web interface allows users to select data of their choice
using a large variety of search criteria such as location, rock type,
Users can view these data and download them in customized data tables.
Summaries of all published data for individual samples can be obtained
as all samples
in the database can be uniquely identified.
Data entry is currently based on flat file forms (spreadsheets) from
which information is uploaded into the database. The use of these
forms is not required
for data submission. For data to be included in PetDB, a set of
mandatory metadata such as geographical coordinates for the sample
rock type, sampling
cruise or date and PI (essential to assign unique sample identifiers),
units for the analytical values, and analytical method need to be
sets of other metadata are strongly encouraged.
Home page: http://petdb.ldeo.columbia.edu/petdb
Technical support, error report: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
Data submission: firstname.lastname@example.org
General information: email@example.com ,
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