Harmful Algal Bloom editor workshop

Added on 2022-01-21 09:23:49 by Vandepitte, Leen
In November 2021, the editors of the UNESCO Taxonomic Reference List of Harmful Micro Algae organized a workshop. This took place in Hillerød, Denmark with a large physical attendance, supplemented with online attendance of a few editors and the WoRMS Data Management Team.
On November 18-19th, 10 thematic editors, responsible for the UNESCO Taxonomic Reference List of Harmful Micro Algae sat together in a hybrid format,  to  discuss several aspects of this register, which is a product of the IOC Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB)  Programme and the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS).

The goal of this workshop was multiple: (1) discussing the future of the list, (2) discussing how the list can be improved, e.g. through the addition of new types of entries and links, (3) participate in a hands-on training on how to use the online editing platform, provided by the WoRMS Data Management Team (DMT) which led to (4) bringing the list up-to-date and (5) nomination of a new chair of the HAB list.

These two days were very productive, both in terms of adding content to the Register, as well as discussing the way forward and the implementation of some of the first decisions that were made during the meeting. A new addition – currently under development - to the website will contain a list of species that cause non-toxic, harmful events.

During the meeting, the chairmanship of the group was passed on from Øjvind Moestrup - who has led the group for 24 years – to Nina Lundholm.

The organization of this workshop was supported by IOC UNESCO. The Data Management Team (DMT) is supported by LifeWatch Belgium, part of the E-Science European LifeWatch Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research. LifeWatch is a distributed virtual laboratory, which is used for different aspects of biodiversity research. The Species Information Backbone of LifeWatch aims at bringing together taxonomic and species-related data and at filling the gaps in our knowledge.


Harmful Algal Bloom editor workshop


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