[From Deep-Sea Life 11, available here]
Hanieh Saeedi* and Angelika Brandt
Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum; Department of Marine Zoology, Germany
* Postdoctoral Researcher & OBIS Data Manager, Deep-Sea Node
Our first data mining and mobilization attempt for the NW Pacific deep-sea benthos (Biogeography of the NW Pacific deep-sea fauna and their possible future invasions into the Arctic Ocean, Beneficial Project) has been successfully published in OBIS in April 2018.
We mined and mobilized 5,770 unique deep-sea taxa records, with 1,319 records at the species level and 1,795 at the genus level (more than 50% at the species and genus level, the rest are at the higher taxa level, mostly family, order, and class) from our three deep-sea cruises in the NW Pacific, including SojaBio (Sea of Japan), SokhoBio (Sea of Okhotsk), and KuramBio I (Kuril Kamchatka Trench). We already almost tripled the available deep-sea data records in OBIS for the NW Pacific from 1,936 to 6,000 records. We believe that this is a great achievement and a very significant contribution to the deep-sea community. We also published 5,626 measurement records related to the abiotic factors, abundance data, and species morphometrics for the 3 cruises, which can all be used in future deepsea studies. The access link to the published dataset may be found here.
We also held the second Beneficial Project workshop on “deep-sea data mobilization and quality control of the NW Pacific fauna” at Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center (BiK-F), Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from 16-18 April 2018. We had 24 participants and Leen Vandepitte, Thomas Lanssens and Hanieh Saeedi from WoRMS and OBIS were the trainers. Our workshop aimed at training the deep-sea scientists on how to prepare, manage, and quality check their data before submission