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FishBase receives the Le Cren Medal

Added on: 2017-07-13 15:33:17 by Vandepitte, Leen
The Fisheries Society of the British Isles awarded the 2017 Le Cren Medal to FishBase for “a lifelong contribution to all aspects of the study of fish biology and/or fisheries science, with a focus on conservation, training or public understanding of the discipline.” ...

Call for applications - LifeWatch funds available to organize editor workshops in 2017-2018

Added on: 2017-07-07 16:13:16 by Vandepitte, Leen
Through LifeWatch, The Flanders Marine Institute – host of the WoRMS database – has a budget available to financially support editors to address a number of priority gaps within WoRMS. This can be done through the organization of an editor-workshop. ...

A 10 year overview of IRMNG, the Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera

Added on: 2017-06-13 13:56:54 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Earlier this week, an Open Access paper was published, featuring an overview of the 10 year history of the Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera, and explaining its way forward. ...

8 June: World Oceans Day!

Added on: 2017-06-08 08:50:17 by Vandepitte, Leen
Since 2002, June 8th has been declared World Oceans Day. ...

Nemertea Portal launched!

Added on: 2017-05-05 15:28:54 by Vandepitte, Leen
The Nemertea are now available through their own Portal: the World Nemertea Database. ...

Nemertea and Parasite experts together at VLIZ, during a double WoRMS-LifeWatch workshop

Added on: 2017-04-28 14:17:02 by Vandepitte, Leen
On April 24-26 2017, the Flanders Marine Institute – home of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) – welcomed 23 editors, with expertise in Nemertea (3) and Parasites (20). Both groups were at VLIZ for the first ‘double’ LifeWatch-sponsored workshop. ...

Open call to design a new logo for the World Register of Marine Species

Added on: 2017-03-30 13:10:09 by Vandepitte, Leen
2017 is the tenth anniversary year of WoRMS. One of the major actions planned for this year is a re-vamping of the WoRMS website. This will include a brand-new logo. ...

Preparations to launch DiatomBase enter their final stage

Added on: 2017-03-30 09:52:24 by Vandepitte, Leen
Last week, 15 taxonomic experts for DiatomBase got together for the first time, during a LifeWatch-WoRMS sponsored workshop. This get-together is the official start of DiatomBase, a world register of all marine, non-marine, recent and fossil diatom species. ...

The Register of Antarctic Species moves forward

Added on: 2017-03-29 09:06:35 by Vandepitte, Leen
The launch of the new Register of Antarctic Species (RAS) is planned for July, during the Twelfth SCAR Biology Symposium. Meanwhile, the preparations to get this Portal populated are ongoing, and this included an intensive training of the involved editors in the use of the online platform. ...

Today is Taxonomist Appreciation Day!

Added on: 2017-03-17 15:18:31 by Vandepitte, Leen
Back in 2013, Terry McGlynn – researcher & associate Professor of Biology at the California State University Dominguez Hills – has declared March 19th as a new holiday, being “Taxonomist Appreciation Day”. ...

WoRMS Achievement Award & WoRMS Early Career Researchers Award

Added on: 2017-03-08 09:07:18 by Vandepitte, Leen
For the second time, WoRMS will recognize one of its editors through the WoRMS Achievement Award. In addition, the Steering Committee has agreed to hand out its first Early Career Researchers Award. ...

Thanks to many hands the World Register for Marine Species is becoming more complete

Added on: 2017-02-10 09:25:44 by Fockedey, Nancy
The World register for marine species (WoRMS) aspires to contain all marine species ever described worldwide in one list. With the financial assistance of the project LifeWatch we were able to organize several data grants, meetings and workshops for experts in the course of 2016 designed to further improve this register and continue to complete it. The result? Thousands of new names added, a revision of (tens of) thousands already available names, and the development of new portals and tools, helping the user and editor community in accessing and utilizing WoRMS. ...

Aristotle and marine biodiversity

Added on: 2016-12-15 12:16:56 by Vandepitte, Leen
Although many people are not aware of this, Aristotle has made many contributions to the field of marine biology. To celebrate his specific contributions, we are featuring 5 stories linking Aristotle's scientific contributions to taxonomy, ecology and species distributions to current day initiatives. ...

Obituary: Edward Lloyd Bousfield (1926-2016)

Added on: 2016-11-23 08:56:36 by Vandepitte, Leen
It is with a heavy heart and with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Edward Bousfield on September 7 ...

New Steering Committee, Chair and Vice-chair in place for WoRMS

Added on: 2016-10-17 12:30:46 by Vandepitte, Leen
Following the nominations and elections earlier this year for a number of positions within the Steering Committee (SC), the new WoRMS SC, with a newly elected chair and vice-chair is in place. ...

World List of Tardigrada launched

Added on: 2016-10-17 11:40:24 by Vandepitte, Leen
The World List of Tardigrada is now available! ...

LifeWatch support in 2015-2016 made it possible to make WoRMS more complete

Added on: 2016-09-22 09:55:42 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
In 2015-2016, LifeWatch funded several activities directly leading to the improvement and further completion of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). LifeWatch has invested in data grants, meetings and workshops, leading to the addition of thousands of new names to WoRMS, a revision of (tens of) thousands already available names, and the development of new portals and tools, helping the user and editor community in accessing and utilizing WoRMS. ...

WoRCS Project Report published in the open access journal Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO)

Added on: 2016-09-14 00:58:53 by Gerovasileiou, Vasilis
The report of the first Editor Workshop of the WoRCS initiative (22-25 February 2016, Oostende, Belgium), co-authored by the WoRCS Editor Group and the WoRMS Data Management Team, was published today in the open access journal Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO). ...

IRMNG transfer to VLIZ now complete, 2016 release now available

Added on: 2016-07-19 13:51:36 by Vandepitte, Leen
The Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera (IRMNG) now hosted at VLIZ, plus new data available in 2016 release ...

Call for applications - LifeWatch funding available to organize editor workshops

Added on: 2016-07-14 15:32:39 by Vandepitte, Leen
Through LifeWatch, The Flanders Marine Institute – host of the WoRMS database – has a budget available to financially support editors to address a number of priority gaps within WoRMS. This can be done through the organization of an editor-workshop. ...

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