|IODE Group of experts on biological and chemical data management and exchange practices (GE-BICH), fourth session, IOC Project office for IODE, Oostende, Belgium 27-30 January 2009|
IOC/IODE (2009). IODE Group of experts on biological and chemical data management and exchange practices (GE-BICH), fourth session, IOC Project office for IODE, Oostende, Belgium 27-30 January 2009. IOC Reports of Meetings of Experts and Equivalent Bodies, IOC/IODE-BICH-IV/3. UNESCO: Paris. 35 + annexes pp.
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The fourth session of the IODE Group of Experts on Biological and Chemical Data Management and Exchange Practices was held at the IOC Project Office for IODE from 27 – 30 January 2009. The session was attended by 14 participants, including members of the Group and invited experts representing other IODE activities (MarineXML, OceanDataPortal, OceanDataStandards), CDIAC Ocean Carbon, ICES, FAO, ICSU’s WDCs, SeaDataNet, EUR-OCEANS, OBIS and WoRMS. The Group reviewed the implementation of the work plan for the previous inter-sessional period, and approved a plan for the period 2009 – 2011 focussing on three key areas: (i) Controlled vocabularies; (ii) Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) of biological and chemical data; and (iii) Data reporting and exchange. The main activities under (i) will be the compilation of comprehensive specialised vocabulary lists relevant to the management of biological and chemical data, and submission of these lists to the combined SeaDataNet and MarineXML Vocabulary Content Governance Group (SeaVoX). The main activities under (ii) will be a proposed workshop focusing primarily on the QA/QC of oceanographic chemical data, leading to the writing up of a white technical paper on the subject, the revision of IOC Manual 26, and input to OceanTeacher. This area will also include some activities which will be useful to the QA/QC of taxonomic and non-taxonomic biological data. The main activities under (iii) will consist of identifying and promoting best practices for data reporting and exchange by contributing to existing initiatives and reviewing and cataloguing existing documents.The group recommended the implementation of the GE-BICH web-portal idea initiated during GEBICH III but in the form of a flexible web-based working environment such as a wiki. The group also reviewed its membership and adopted an action plan to seek additional short-term members and maintain its strong group of invited and contributing experts.The Group also adopted recommendations on new Terms of Reference.The Group re-elected Gwenaëlle Moncoiffé as the Chair for the next term.