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OBIS specifications


Unique identifier OMICS_24796
Alternative name Ocean Biogeographic Information System
Restrictions to use None
Community driven No
Data access File download, Browse, Application programming interface
User data submission Allowed
Maintained Yes


  • person_outline Ward Appeltans
  • person_outline Samuel Bosch

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Publications for Ocean Biogeographic Information System

OBIS citations


The Genomic Observatories Metadatabase (GeOMe): A new repository for field and sampling event metadata associated with genetic samples

PLoS Biol
PMCID: 5542426
PMID: 28771471
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2002925

[…] ereas there have been several coordinated efforts to document patterns of species diversity (e.g., Global Biodiversity Information Facility [GBIF,; see for acronym definitions], Ocean Biogeographic Information System []), there have been fewer attempts to document and archive global patterns of genetic diversity. Notable efforts in this direction, however […]


Southern Ocean Asteroidea: a proposed update for the Register of Antarctic Marine Species

Biodivers Data J
PMCID: 4678801
PMID: 26696769
DOI: 10.3897/BDJ.3.e7062

[…] More than 13,000 occurrences records were agregated from different sources including global information systems such as the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), initiatives such as the Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean (), historic records mined from th […]


East Weddell Sea echinoids from the JR275 expedition

PMCID: 4443523
PMID: 26019674
DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.504.8860

[…] existing Data Toolkit from AntaBIF was used (, following the OBIS schema ( The dataset was up- loaded in the ANTOBIS (Antarctic Ocean Biogeographic Information System) database (the geospatial component of SCAR-MarBIN), and the taxonomy was matched against the Register of Antarctic Marine Species, using the Taxon Match tool (h […]


Transmission Mode Predicts Specificity and Interaction Patterns in Coral Symbiodinium Networks

PLoS One
PMCID: 3445617
PMID: 23028711
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044970

[…] teraction data were filtered to create reef-level or local networks. Geographical information for coral-Symbiodinium type associations in GeoSymbio followed a hierarchical framework modified from the Ocean Biogeographic Information System data schema (v1.1). To standardize community sampling effort based on the available data for sub-ocean basin scale networks, sample location levels were examined […]


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OBIS institution(s)
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee / Flanders Marine Institute, EurOBIS, Oostende, Belgium; UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Ocean Biogeographic Information System, UNESCO-IOC Project Office for IODE, Oostende, Belgium; Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, MedOBIS, Gouves, Greece; United States Geological Survey, OBIS-USA, VA, USA; Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS), Trieste, Italy; Marine Geospatial Ecology Laboratory, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, OBIS-SEAMAP, Durham, NC, USA; America; University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, OBIS-USA, CO, USA; Centro Nacional Patagonico, ArOBIS, Puerto Madryn, Argentina; National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Southwest Pacific OBIS, Wellington, New Zealand; British Oceanographic Data Centre, Liverpool, UK; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, USA; CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, OBIS-Australia, Hobart, Australia; Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexicali, Mexico; OD Nature, Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences, Antarctic OBIS, Brussels, Belgium; Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, Mombasa, Kenya; Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caribbean OBIS, Caracas, Venezuela

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