MacroBen integrated database on benthic invertebrates of European continental shelves: a tool for large-scale analysis across Europe

Show simple item record Vanden Berghe, E en Claus, S en Appeltans, W en Faulwetter, S en Arvanitidis, C en Somerfield, PJ en Aleffi, IF en Amouroux, JM en Anisimova, N en Bachelet, G en Cochrane, SJ en Costello, Mark en Craeymeersch, JA en Dahle, S en Degraer, S en Denisenko, S en Dounas, C en Duineveld, G en Emblow, CS en Escaravage, V en Fabri, M en Fleischer, D en Gremare, A en Herrmann, M en Hummel, H en Karakassis, I en Kedra, M en Kendall, MA en Kingston, P en Kotwicki, L en Labrune, C en Laudien, J en Nevrova, EL en Occhipinti-Ambrogi, A en 2011-08-04T20:51:05Z en 2009 en
dc.identifier.citation Marine Ecology Progress Series 382:225-238 2009 en
dc.identifier.issn 0171-8630 en
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dc.description.abstract We describe an integrated database on European macrobenthic fauna, developed within the framework of the European Network of Excellence MarBEF, and the data and data integration exercise that provided its content. A total of 44 datasets including 465 354 distribution records from soft-bottom macrobenthic species were uploaded into the relational MacroBen database, corresponding to 22 897 sampled stations from all European seas, and 7203 valid taxa. All taxonomic names were linked to the European Register of Marine Species, which was used as the taxonomic reference to standardise spelling and harmonise synonymy. An interface was created, allowing the user to explore, subselect, export and analyse the data by calculating different indices. Although the sampling techniques and intended use of the datasets varied tremendously, the integrated database proved to be robust, and an important tool for studying and understanding large-scale long-term distributions and abundances of marine benthic life. Crucial in the process was the willingness and the positive data-sharing attitude of the different data contributors. Development of a data policy that is highly aware of sensitivities and ownership issues of data providers was essential in the creation of this goodwill. en
dc.publisher Inter-Research en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Marine Ecology Progress Series en
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dc.title MacroBen integrated database on benthic invertebrates of European continental shelves: a tool for large-scale analysis across Europe en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.3354/meps07826 en
pubs.begin-page 225 en
pubs.volume 382 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: 2009 Inter-Research en
pubs.end-page 238 en
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pubs.subtype Letter en
pubs.elements-id 92419 en Science en School of Environment en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en

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