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Collaborations triggered under BC1 framework

A number of collaborations have been triggered under the BC1 framework: (BC1: Support to EU Common Fishery Policy)

Current situation

Fisheries data in Europe are managed with different data formats (different labels for same entities, codelists..) which are covering different needs (DG-MARE: ERS, VMS, DCF / Fishframe) but are mainly dealing with the same objects (vessels, fishing gears, species, locations...) and events (fishing operations, landings..). Member states (MS) have to handle elogbooks (ERS XML schema, version 3) to feed their databases. Fishframe is not mandatory but is, so far, the most relevant format to answer DCF data calls and to enable scientists, managers to make decisions about related fisheries (elogbooks are “just” declarative data). DG-MARE plans to merge these different schemas within a single standard: FLUX. In practice, dozens of databases will need to comply with these data formats. However, even if stakeholders agree with the approach, they usually have limited IT resources to help them in doing this. In this context, complying with TDWG, OGC, SDMX data formats and protocols are additional steps that are crucial to cover the needs of different communities of user but can't be achieved in the short term.


In few years, MS will only have to deal with FLUX as single data format for fisheries data. They will deliver their data through XML files that are FLUX compliant to the related infrastructure. The infrastructure could be made of either a network of regional databases (nodes) or a single node. On top of these regional nodes, different kinds of data exports will be enabled according to the needs of communities of users: Fishframe XML (and CSV), statistical analysis (SDMX), spatial analysis (OGC), biodiversity (TDWG).. By furnishing FLUX compliant data, MS will then get additional services without any additional developments.

Contribution of IRD

The following collaboration takes place under DCF/French Ministry of Fisheries funded project. In 2012, IRD has set up a SQL database based on Fishframe XML schema. In 2013, IRD reused an application of French Ministry of Fisheries transforming eRS version 3 XML schema in a SQL database. IRD will help in mapping eRS and Fishframe XML schema as well as suggesting new elements to extend the FLUX XML schema to DCF (mainly observers data here). This will be achieved in creating UML class diagrams. If needed IRD can set up an SDMX export on top of its Fishframe database.

Following-up from Board2, Board3 meeting will discuss on the practical use cases which will contribute to show the value of the infrastructure. This would include the provision of code list services, of transformation services back and forth between FishFrame format and other formats (CSV, OGC, SDMX, TDWG), the connection of IRD-DB with the iMarine infrastructure. A scope could be to do this in the Tuna context, in relation with the Tuna Atlas.

iMarine has maintained liaison with these northern europe FishFrame regional frameworks through ICES while pursuing the FLUX discussions. While awaiting a DG-MARE budget for supporting a study proposal, ICES (FishFrame RDB host) is concentrating on moderate changes to the data format to cope with a wider range of data/data sampling scenarios. iMarine will be welcomed to participate to a workshop on RDB-Fishframe at ICES in the first half of June, which will focus on data uploading.

EC imposes through regulation series of controls on vessel during and after fishing trip. DG MARE has started the VALID initiative to address these needs of fish data validation at Member State level. A collaboration has emerged with the French Ministry of Environment and its Fisheries Directorate, DG MARE and iMarine to create validation services based on an business rule engine and validation processing tool. The collaboration has resulted in a series of documents and technical proposals being currently assessed by iMarine.

iMarine attended the SC for Mediterranean and Black Sea Regional Database (SC Med&BS-RDB) in Nov. 2012.

As a result of the on-going process taking place under the Regional Coordination Meeting for the Mediterranean and Black Sea (RCMMed&BS), it is envisaged that the GFCM Secretariat will host this Med&BS-RDB:

1) the Steering Committee and the RCMMed&BS proposed that GFCM could host the Mediterranean and Black Sea Regional Database (Med&BS-RDB). Consequently, the GFCM has positively answered as long as costs and practical issues could be clearly defined (both internally and with the European Commission);

2) the discussion and the proposals made by the Steering Committee have been further examined and agreed by the Regional Coordination Meeting for the Mediterranean and Black Sea;

3) following the recommendation included in the report of the RCMMED&BS 2013 recently circulated, the Secretariat is waiting for official feedbacks.

Scope of the RDB is to host the data collected from EU Member States under DCF. The RCMMed&BS will be responsible for the content governance of the Med&BS-RDB and it will indicate priority areas for development, reports and data requirement.

The SC Med&BS-RDB agreed that Med&BS-RDB should constitute, as a first step, a depository for biological and transversal data (ie catch and effort), allowing for regional analysis of available data as well as sampling coverage on a temporal and spatial scale. Fisheries scientific surveys data bases (e.g. MEDITS series) are also considered in this scope.

The SC Med&BS-RDB was informed about the iMarine initiative which collaborates on similar RDBs developments, with reference to FishFrame RDBs hosted by ICES and IRD, and on the potential benefits of pooling efforts on similar goals in respect of development of such data infrastructures. The GFCM Secretariat stated that the database would be developed leveraging technologies already at disposal of the Secretariat and its newly established IT infrastructures (including but not limited to SharePoint), which will be eventually extended to underpin this activity as necessary. This GFCM infrastructure provide interoperability features in compliance with Open Data specifications.

A working group on large pelagic has been created and is chaired by Pierre Chavance, IRD for 2 years. The foreseen approach would be first to work on defining format and exchange mechanism and to provided tools or libraries for the Member States to produce data in the defined format. This approach will be further explored.

iMarine attended the GFCM SCSI (Feb.2012) which was informed about the iMarine initiative and its goal to set up web-based data infrastructure capacities to format and process VMS related data for scientific exploitation (VTI). GFCM welcomed this information and the potential support which such infrastructure might provide in the future, however indicated that the issue of scientific exploitation of VMS data in the GFCM context seems to be quite premature to be tackled at this stage. The current policy states: " In line with the established practices for the ongoing data submissions obligations by members, VMS data shall be directly and expressly transmitted by contracting parties in accordance with data structures, formats and codifications formulated within the Secretariat. This implies that no post processing and/or transformation activities on data should be carried out by external parties prior to the reception by the Secretariat. Moreover, data sensitivity issues will be matter of discussion by members at a later stage and in accordance with the GFCM resolution on data confidentiality policy and procedures; therefore VMS data from GFCM members submitted through the addressed recommendation is not supposed to be subject to disclosure to any third party until further decision of the Commission."

The collaboration with the VocBench aims to enrich the e-Infrastructure with vocabulary management tools. The need is in the management of code lists of relevance to the iMarine EA-CoP; Local Species names, Gears, Ports, etc. To this end, the VocBench is enriched by the project with specific facilities, this collaboration, known as [Cotrix] started in Jan 2013, and FAO oversees the activities. The collaboration with VocBench proved more difficult then expected, and with staff leaving the VocBench project, it was decided not to pursue the activity.

The collaboration with VocBench resulted in increased interest in FAO for a more generic purpose client for code-list management, and the collaboration invitation was extended to other departments. The collaboration with VocBench has now evolved into a planned collaboration with the FAO Master Data Management project (MDM). A first result of Cotrix was presented in April 2013, and a next demonstration will be organized October 2013, focusing on the ASFIS list of species names. After the management of code lists, the mapping between code lists and data will be added. The priority is high.

A product outline is available here: Ecosystem_Approach_Community_of_Practice:_Cotrix Cotrix

A special case for Cotrix development that will follow the ASFIS use case will enrich Cotrix with mapping facilities between statistical reference datasets. These are often in need of synchronization, yet differ in granularity, precision and completeness. In addition, code-lists are used "deep" in statistical systems, and are not easily replaced.

The collaboration with ESS seeks to identify concrete mapping examples, and prepare a facility to generate, manage, and store these mappings. It will not start until ESS has validated Cotrix / ASFIS use case implementation.

The collaboration with VocBench resulted in increased interest in FAO for a more generic purpose client for code-list management, and the collaboration invitation was extended to other departments. The collaboration with VocBench has now evolded into a planned collaboration with the FAO Master Data Managment project (MDM). A first result of Cotrix was presented in April 2013, and a next demonstration will be organized October 2013. After the management of code lists, the mapping between code lists and data will be added. The priority is high.

The visualization of spatial explicit data in the iMarine infrastructure is a recurrent theme across many of the collaborations. It can apply to e.g. data in SPREAD, from a FLUX registry, a tuna atlas, or any work-flow that manages georeferenced data. Rather than a single-objective-collaboration, this is a set of requirements managed though different collaborations. The collaboration here is required at management and co-ordination level, rather than focused on specific technology development.

The container of requirements relate to the management and discovery of geospatial data, and their visual analysis on maps, graphs, and in tables.

A VRE has not yet been proposed as per Q3-2013.

A product outline is available here: [SpeciesChart]

Assessment of Geospatial services which the iMarine infrastructure can deliver to FLUX as a cost-effective solution to DG MARE and related institutes.

Short term requirements relate to the management and discovery of geospatial data, while mid-term requirements would add reasoning and analytical facilities through an UI. The objective is to improve understanding of vessel activity, also related to near real-time environmental conditions (weather).

A VRE has not yet been proposed as per Q3-2013. DG MARE has been provided with a proposal to co-develop several services.

A product outline is available here:

The sub-contract with NEAFC has been drafted, and will be discussed shortly. It will support the implementation of the VTI2 project, aiming at realizing a secure data workflow from VMS data stored in the NEAFC servers to aggregated Fishing effort statistics available in standard format (SDMX or Flux) in iMarine registry, for use by e.g. ICES scientists under the conditions planned by the NEAFC-ICES MoU. At this stage (Q3-2013) the discussion on formats, development, or specific objectives from ICES and NEAFC is on-going.

The VRE and related component and connectors to run in the NEAFC infrastructure are described [here]

ABNJ-Tuna is the component in the GEF sponsored ABNJ project to improve the information management for tuna-fisheries in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. Once implementation activities for data management components start, iMarine has been specifically mentioned in the project proposal as potential data infrastructure.

As of Q3-2013 planning of infrastructure component implementaion has not been started. Recent discussions point to an interest to start a collaboration that also covers the seabed morphology maps (UNEP-CI) developed by another ABNJ partner. This would result in a comprehensive spatial planning and information tool.

BESTTuna is a programme at Wageningen University on tuna fisheries in the Western and Central Pacific (www.besttuna.wur.nl). A newly funded component of this programme has just been started in which is intended to set up an Open Source data system for tuna in this region. The idea is to cover both quantitative stock and trade data as well as qualitative data around the various treaties in the region. The overall goal is to have an information system that is available online and contributed to by industry and consumers in the region.

This component is very ambitious and at scoping study phase level to see what experiences already exist around interactive information systems on fisheries and seafood. FAO is one of the key organisations of interest in this scoping phase, and a meeting took place in January 2013 where iMarine offering was presented raising strong interest from BESTTuna project side.

A follow up meeting is expected in Q3 2013.

The collaboration with the Tuna Atlas data managers in FAO primarily aims at fully proofing the Integrated Catch Information System VRE (ICIS): when the harmonization workflow will be fully validated according to the Tuna Atlas requirements, the ICIS VRE prospect will be considered by FAO/FI as a product which has realized the initial objective of ICIS, and as such can enter in a production stage and can be strongly promoted at the level of RFBs and beyond.

Both proposed and developed products are described here: Ecosystem_Approach_Community_of_Practice:_FAO_tuna_atlas

Some recent initiatives (FAO, IRD) aimed at providing data access to tuna nominal and spatially-aggregated catches through web portals and online atlases. They however have serious shortcomings: current Atlas lacks of information on effort and are mainly devoted for visualisation purpose or restricted access to the data while the process of data collection, processing and uploading lying behind such atlas is complex to implement and sustain. iMarine will enable the improvement of methods used by IRD Tuna Atlas to deliver and process datasets by implementing widely used standards (OGC WFS, WPS) http://sirs.agrocampus-ouest.fr/atlas_thonV5-FR/index.php?action=fiche&code=3&type_code=ES&atl_version=0&idlang=fr.

The first activity to propose dynamically enriched tuna atlas was to add species information coming from various sources (FAO via FLOD, WORMS, Ecoscope).

It is described here: Ecosystem_Approach_Community_of_Practice:_IRD_tuna_atlas.

FAO has a long-term collaboration with Eurostat through the SEIF project. This has resulted in the alignment of codes, and the sharing of data using SDMX. The integration of SDMX in the e-Infrastructure will enable a collaboration also at the level of software development and work-flow support. Priority is medium, as most of the components have already been delivered.

The collaboration with data.fao.org is a key if iMarine manages to position itself a a data suite for resource poor initiatives. This would enable a cost-effective means to geographically dispersed institutions to share their data with FAO and the world at large. In FAO, the core IT department collaborates with iMarine to develop data sharing facilities. iMarine has contributed the OpenSDMX codebase and is now co-developing with CIO. The resources can already be consumed by iMarine through the SDMX Registry and Repository: http://data.fao.org/sdmx/index.html

The registry base URL is: http://data.fao.org/sdmx/registry

For instance, the indicator code list can be obtained with: http://data.fao.org/sdmx/registry/codelist/FAO/CL_INDICATOR/1.0

Collaboration at this stage is implemented at the level of aligning iMarine and FAO standards and protocols. Once data.fao.org is ready (Q4 2013) concrete data exchange activities can be undertaken.

Statistical data processing in support to the FAO chronicles and production of indicators, including those for robust future projections on catch trends. For these catch trends, access to large corpora of data is a must and collaborative action is imperative to hear as many opinions as necessary to come to a balanced projection. The prospect emerged late in 2012, and will be further pursued in 2013.

The last meeting on the development of this capacity was recorded 29 August 2013, in an internal FAO meeting.

At FIRMS FSC8 meeting (Feb.2013), DG MARE's unit in charge of provision of fisheries socio-economic advice presented its data base on EU Fleets key socio-economic performance indicators (socio-economic indicators, graphs, charts, tables of fish prices, fuel consumption and cost, fleet structure etc.), drawn from a very extensive Economic Report on EU Fleets (STECF). This data base supports the yearly Annual Economic Report (AER). It was pointed out that the data collected under the Data Collection Framework (DCF) provided a solid basis for scientific analysis of fisheries and scientific support to policy advice in the framework of the Common Fisheries Policy.

This database is an important attribute to facilitate matching up fishery or resource data reported in FIRMS with socio-economic aspects. The comprehensive set of indicators can be utilized at supra-region level (North Atlantic, Mediterranean, other areas), while at higher geographic resolution (e.g. ecoregion) only transversal data (catches and effort) data can be utilized combined with proper methods for allocating economic data at disaggregated level. It was agreed that the iMarine infrastructure could be assessed and tested so to provide such services to FIRMS reports.

No comprehensive product assessment has been performed.

The University of Rennes / AgroCampus is involved in the production of indicators required in framework of EU common fishery policy. At the level of collaboration on data exchange and analysis, a software development and component sharing initiative is being fostered among FAO and this French research institute. The prospect is moving towards a planning stage, and will receive further attention later in 2013 pending the availability in the iMarine e-Infrastructure of several services and software to align with this institute’s expectations. Next step is a presentation of iMarine e-Infrastructure to Researchers from AgroCampus and joined research units (UMR) with INRA and IFREMER planned early October 2013. A first discussion held on the 28th of August 2013 outlined the presentation needs with a focus on the e-Infrastructure potential of processing times for researchers on modelling (run Bayesian model is highly resources consuming), data sharing and mining. The need for legacy application should been deeper assessed.

No product evaluation has yet been performed.

Too Big to Ignore (TBTI)is a new research network and knowledge mobilization partnership established to rectify the marginalization of small-scale fisheries in national and international policies, and to develop research and governance capacity to address global fisheries challenges. The collaboration sought with iMarine would see iMarine provide a technology backbone for TBTI survey data collection and analysis. In addition, the results would be summarized in browsable web-pages and be accessible through a map-interface.

The envisaged collaboration is drafted Ecosystem_Approach_Community_of_Practice:_TBTI

The Irish Sea Fisheries Protection Authority is interested to learn about VTI related research and management facilities to make better use of these massive volumes of real-time data that is now streaming in from all vessels to servers.

The envisaged collaboration is drafted Ecosystem_Approach_Community_of_Practice:_ISFPA

The Fridtjoff Nansen program (FAO) may interested to exploit VTI related research and management facilities to make better use of their massive volumes of data on species occurrences and oceano-physical data collected by this research vessel.

The capacity of the infrastructure to manage confidential work-flows will be of particular interest to this potential collaboration.

The envisaged collaboration is not yet drafted.


The Marine Information System (MARiS) maris.iaea.org hosted by the IAEA Marine Environment Laboratories in Monaco. MARiS is a database of radioactivity measurements in the marine environment that covers biota, seawater and sediments. I am interested in initiating a discussion with you to find out if it is possible for the MARiS database to contribute data to iMarine and if so, whether you would be interested in receiving data from MARiS.

Collaborations triggered under BC2 framework

A number of collaborations have been triggered under the BC2 framework: (Support to FAO’s deep seas fisheries programme)

FAO has a leadership role in the Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem Data Base project, where it also proposed the exploitation of iMarine services for e.g. geospatial data management, access to species taxonomy and occurrence data and related quality control data management capacities, biodiversity modeling capacities, access to environmental data, and maps. The development of requirements for collation of necessary data sources is on-going iMarine might also provide its reporting environment in order to enable distributed data input. The project has yet to decide on the software infrastructure, but the exploitation of one or more VRE's is foreseen.

The priority is high, and described here: Ecosystem_Approach_Community_of_Practice:_VME_DB

it is intended to earmark the iMarine data infrastructure as supporting platform in the ABNJ deep seas programme project document (under development as of March 2013). iMarine would provide i) a repository of scientific data with virtual collaborative scientific environment capacities for VMEs identification, ii) a toolbox for ecological niche modeling in support to VMEs (and possibly EBSAs) processes, iii) VREs for collaborative science in support to joint VMEs-EBSA processes, iv) a collaborative reporting facility in support of deep sea species identification.

The sub-contract with VLIZ aims to reduce the data-management burden for VLIZ, while increasing access to quality indicators for VLIZ data Quality Assurance services. VLIZ is interested to consume services provided through the iMarine infrastructure that will enable it to improve the quality of its geospatial and biodiversity data. VLIZ closely collaborates with the iMarine partner IOC / Unesco – OBIS. VLIZ has proceeded to install a gCube Node.

The collaboration with VLIZ, which includes access to the WORMS taxonomic repository, facilitates the straight access to the deep seas species sub-set elaborated in the framework of InDEEP-WoRMS collaboration on "World Register of Deep-Sea Species (WoRDDS)”.

The collaboration with EMODNet/Biodiversity is given shape through a collaboration with VLIZ. The consumption of Species data by the infrastructure allows biodiversity data managers to harmonize and upgrade the quality of their data products. The collaboration is currently at the level of aligning standards, but when effective products are made available in the e-Infrastructure, this may result in collaboration at service and VRE level

This initiative brings together some 100 governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations to organize and improve terrestrial, freshwater and marine biodiversity observations. At October 2012 GeoBon meeting, the iMarine environmental layers service (first building a detailed inventory, and secondly building access and integration) were earmarked on the deliverable wish-list/to-do-list and iMarine was added as a partner to work with (also other groups are building on this). It was felt that only iMarine is doing that second step in providing access in a research environment.

With iMarine a potential collaboration will be discussed to allow users of the iMarine to align with the formats and standards of this initiative to make their biodiversity data, information and forecasts more readily accessible to policymakers, managers, experts and other users. The prospect will be further described in 2013.

See the project website: http://www.ecoknows.eu

The general aim of the ECOKNOWS project is to improve the use of biological knowledge in fisheries and management through the use of the most recent statistical methodologies such as the statistical Bayesian approach that will form the methodological backbone of the project and will enable realistic estimations of uncertainty: it helps for estimating parameters that have been usually studied on less than 15% of species. The models suggested will include important knowledge about biological processes and the applied statistical inference methods allow to integrate and update this knowledge in stock assessment.

The project is developing a computational learning approach that builds on the extensie information present in FishBase (www.fishbase.org). The developed methodology will be of fundamental importance, especially for the implementation of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management. It has been a difficult challenge, even for target species with long data series, and now the same challenge is given for new and poorly studied species. We will improve ways to find generic and understandable biological reference points, such as the required number of spawning times per fish, which also supports the management needs in the developing countries.

ECOKNOWS applies decision analysis and bio-economic methods to evaluate the validity and utility of improved information, helping to plan efficient EU data collection..

The collaboration with iMarine focuses on the use of its computational and statistical capacities. Actual work has started with Rainer Froese (GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany) to compute estimation of Length-Weight Relationships. The technical team of the iMarine infrastructure has implemented an access to R via JAGS, and is able to parallelize several session of Markov chains that are used in the computations.

Global Ocean Life Distribution (GOLD) is an international marine science initiative that aims to make a new and unique digital map series of seafloor life. It will use state-of-the-art and emerging technologies for seabed mapping and predictive biodiversity modeling at multiple spatial scales. A series of on-line maps, together with interpretation and functionality options, will be developed improving our understanding and decision-making about a range of global issues, such as food security, climate change, biodiversity conservation and environmental degradation. The objective to achieve interactive predictive habitat modeling for the world oceans can be achieved with iMarine tools, where similar initiatives already produce results (e.g. AquaMaps). The base maps for the collaboration include Ocean Seabed Morphology maps which are currently being finalized. Once ready, the collaboration opportunity can be elaborated.

iMarine has acknowledged the typical needs of a Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) project which supports the production of a comprehensive set of indicators on the State of the marine environment and ecosystems. Thanks to the above described capacities, iMarine could add value by setting-up VREs with access to all data sources and maps of interest to CLME users, and interactive analytical potential.

a preliminary meeting with ESA (an institutional partner of the Medina project) has indicated potential interest in the access to environmental databases and environmental enrichment.

The collaboration with the FAO FIGIS geospatial data infrastructure aims to share standardized GIS data & metadata through the iMarine geospatial catalogue. The data collections shared with iMarine aim to implement guidelines on GIS data & services, sharing what has been previously developed in collaboration with the French IRD institute and discussed in the i-Marine geospatial cluster. A collection of FAO GIS datasets has already been shared within the iMarine geospatial catalogue, and is available for confrontation to other GIS data from different sources through the GeoExplorer portal application and a standard Catalogue Service for the Web (CSW). An inventory of the GIS products to be shared, and the status of their availability through the geospatial catalogue is available here: http://wiki.i-marine.eu/index.php/Geospatial_Cluster_-_Data_Sources#FAO

In line with SPREAD and spatial data infrastructure infrastructure requirements, the possibility of enriching species occurrence points with relevant environmental data emerges. The enrichment of these points through WPS services will enable a much better data interpretation, such as for the development of species preference envelopes. To obtain the environmental values, spatial interpolation algorithms through WPS are proposed, where iMarine would host and advertise these services.

The environmental enrichment development activities have started in Q3 2013, but are not expected to be complete at project end.

The collaboration with FIN and Dr. R. Froese of GEOMAR in Kiel aims to improve the performance of Bayesian analysis of LW relationships of all reported marine fish species in FishBase. The algorithm will be made available through the e-infrastructure. The results are already available, and a publication is in preparation. The infrastructure offered a tremendous decrease in computation time, from weeks to around 1 day. A description of the service is available here: Ecosystem_Approach_Community_of_Practice:_FishBayes

The use of biodiversity data such as taxonomic names and occurrences rely on discovery and acces of information stored by data providers such as GBIF. iMarine has establised services to several key data providers and offers VRE's to exploit these services, such as the Biodiversity Research Environment that allows to use remote data through the Species Product Discovery service.

BioNym is a collaborative effort of FIN, FAO, and CNR to bring a species name reconciliation tool to the iMarine infrastructure to allow biologist to find and map a species name against a selection of world-class taxonomies. It builds on existing name parsers and mappers, and e-infrastructure capabilities to parallelize methods to reduce processing time. It uses the Biodiversity Research Environment to discover species names, and allows users to upload their own set of names. The results will be persisted and be offered for re-use.

BiOnym is available as a framework, and as a on-line tool available here: http://bionym.d4science.org/bionym-portlet-simple/

The FIPS SpeciesNameFinder is a special instance of BiOnym, targeting a specific user-group in FAO responsible for the disambiguation of names in statistical datasets that have to report on a global set of Aquatic species names distributed through the ASFIS list of names.

The tool builds on existing FAO knowledge in both species names disambiguation and development of name reconciliation tools.

Trendylyzer is a generic service to identify trends in large datasets. It is applied to the 25 million species occurrence records of the OBIS dataset, and specifically designed to elucidate relative abundances to mitigate for sampling bias.

It does not seek to provide definite answers, but to identify trends in incomplete and scarce data.

Collaborations triggered under BC3 framework

A number of collaborations have been triggered under the BC3 framework: (Support to regional (Africa) LME pelagic EAF community )

The development of Fisheries Linked Open Data (FLOD) aims to enrich the FAO information systems with unequivocal references through URI's collected in a Linked Open Data Knowledge Base. FLOD will offer services for data storage to other initiatives, such as SmartFish, the TopLevelOntology, and EEZ referencing. Where applicable activities are funded under co-financing agreements. FLOD will contain mainly fisheries reference information such as on species important to fisheries, gears, vessels, and fishing areas. Through uri's this Knowledge Base information is exposing harmonized and seamless access to information detained by existing and complementary systems, while minimizing interference with those systems.

The different FLOD components are described here: Ecosystem_Approach_Community_of_Practice:_FLOD

The collaboration with the EU/SmartFish project occurs on a co-funding basis and aims at implementing a Fisheries Regional Information System for the South West Indian Ocean providing harmonized and seamless access to information detained by three existing and complementary systems, while minimizing interference with those systems. A prototype building on the FLOD knowledge base has been developed. Collaboration has been strengthened since june 2013 firstly at infrastructure level as the prototype previously developed is now hosted by the iMarine e-infrastructure and secondly at web semantics services level to re-integrate these services in the iMarine infrastructure and improve them to deliver more accurate results.
The different SmartFish components are described here: Ecosystem_Approach_Community_of_Practice:_smartfish

The Geodiva project, a new FP7 project proposal which formulation stage two was closed in Feb.2013, can be seen from the iMarine perspective as a super semantic cluster. Four iMarine institutions are part of Geodiva (IRD, FAO, TerraDue, Trust-IT), and iMarine is foreseen to deliver the data infrastructure platform serving the Geodiva semantic web goals.

The collaboration with the FAO FishFinder programme (ex FAO Species Identification and Data Programme) has been initiated in June 2012 under the working title [FishFinder]. The collaboration allows the e-Infrastructure access to a rich resource of species information, while FishFinder will be equipped with a Species fact sheets reporting environment (Content Management System) to allow its network of Species information specialists to add Species Identification Sheets. The Toolset evidences the value of the iMarine reporting tools, including the work-flow and templating functions. The collaboration also aims at making available the iMarine reporting tool in developing countries thanks to a standalone plugin which can work off-line.

The AustralFish proposal would organize the development of a mobile app for commercial fisheries species for Australian authorities. The iMarine infrastructure is proposed to offer the backbone for the app that would rely on two-way synchronization of information on species, their names, images, trade classifications, and potentially also include customs and trade tracking information. The iMarine mobile app AppliFish is proposed as the front-end template.

The proposal was further discussed in November 2013, now awaiting further action from Australia.

The Bay Of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) proposal would result in the exploitation of the iMarine infrastructure in the near future (2015) to support policy makers and practitioners engaged in fisheries management with the provisioning of their relevant datasets, the analysis of such datasets, and the harmonization and sharing of regional fisheries data through a Regional Database. The iMarine infrastructure is proposed to offer the backbone for the RDB (a first of several envisioned RDB's) that would rely on the iMarien workspace a a private and groups oriented work area, with the Tabular Data Manager in support. It would offer e.g. harmonization and synchronization of information on species, their names, images, trade classifications, and thus constitute a regional information base.

The proposal was proposed for further discussion in August 2014.


The iMarine capabilities have been demonstrated to a large number of other initiatives, and /or interested individuals, also with a view on future sustainability. Several of these have expressed an interest to become involved.

The NATO Science & Technology Organization, Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (http://www.cmre.nato.int/) is conducting experiments at sea to develop key enablers in the domain of integrated environmental knowledge and decision support tools. CMRE is exploiting key ocean environmental variables and leverages environmental models and geo-processing, with specific attention to interoperability and connectivity with the comprehensive global network of environmental data collection and delivery. The iMarine infrastructure is proposed to host the ocean forecasting products and other non-classified datasets of scientific value that CMRE is willing to share with the broader scientific community, in order to develop future collaborations.

The collaboration was initiated through the iMarine partner Terradue as part of the iMarine Sustainability task. NATO CMRE attented to the "iMarine data platform for collaborations" workshop (March 2014), and presented on the 5th iMarine Board Meeting (June 2014) and iMarine Final event (Spet. 2014).

The AustralFish proposal would organize the development of a mobile app for commercial fisheries species for Australian authorities. The iMarine infrastructure is proposed to offer the backbone for the app that would rely on two-way synchronization of information on species, their names, images, trade classifications, and potentially also include customs and trade tracking information. The iMarine mobile app AppliFish is proposed as the front-end template.

The proposal was further discussed in November 2013, now awaiting further action from Australia.

The IAEA Nuclides proposal would organize the currently available data on nuclides in the environment on the iMarine infrastructure as datasets for remote users to select, filter and download. iMarine is proposed to offer the data backbone for the application that would call on this data repository from the IAEA website.

In a second phase, iMarine would also serve the data flows from labs to the IAEA through a LEMS similar application. Furthermore, services for data enrichment and analysis may emerge at later stages.

The proposal was discussed in May 2014, and further discussed during a mission to IAEA in September 2014. The IAEA is now preparing a requirements document where iMarine technologies can be proposed.

The traceability of fisheries products from their capture to e iMarine infrastructure as datasets for remote users to select, filter and download. iMarine is proposed to offer the data backbone for traceability

The iMarine potential was presented to two of the major organizations working with industry to provide the markets with 'sustainable' fish (August and September 2014), and further discussed. Both organizations will consider iMarine technologies to service part of their dataflow, especially where global reference data are needed to describe fishing activity (Stocks, fleets, areas, species, gears, and other MDM data).

WAPI is an excel based tool that is in need of data provisioning, and that can function as a bridge between communities, if an infrastructure can support such data exchange. WAPI is developed as an off-line tool to remain close o the current toolset of the targeted audience. Future on-line features are proposed as candidates for development and funding. The iMarine infrastructure is proposed to offer the backbone for the reference data and data provisioning to offer access to update content from remote off-line machines (only on-line for data synchronization). The iMarine data harmonization facilities would be used to compase the datasets to fill the WAPI templates. These contain information on species, production, trade classifications, selected country statistics and trade information. The iMarine Tabular Data Manager is proposed as the data management application, with a registry for data yey undecided.

The proposal was first discussed in June 2014, now awaiting further action from WAPI.
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