LifeWatchGreece in IODE-XXIII

The 23rd Session of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange Committee (IODE-XXIII) was held in Bruges, Belgium during 16-20 March 2015. Dr Christos Arvanitidis participated in this meeting as the ADU contact point for the MedOBIS vLab currently developed under the LifeWatchGreece project.

The programme "International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange" (IODE) of the "Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission" (IOC) of UNESCO was established in 1961. Its purpose is to enhance marine research, exploitation and development, by facilitating the exchange of oceanographic data and information between participating Member States, and by meeting the needs of users for data and information products.

LifeWatchGreece in the LIFEWATCH ERIC meeting

LifeWatchGreece was represented in the LifeWatch meeting for ERIC that took place in Malaga (Spain) between 26 and 27 of February 2015. All of the contributing EU member states (Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Romania) were present, as well as representatives from Slovakia, Portugal, Norway and Sweden. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Fernando Ballasteros (MINECO, Spain). A presentation of the progress made so far on ERIC issues was made by the leading state (Spain). The new tool for the assessment of the tools and services that need to be developed for the common facility was presented. LifeWatch ERIC is finally going towards submission to the EC. The representatives of the states presented progress made so far in their national nodes of the LifeWatch Research Infrastructure.

New publication: ENVIRONMENTS and EOL

A new publication with the title "ENVIRONMENTS and EOL: identification of Environment Ontology terms in text and the annotation of the Encyclopedia of Life" has been launched within the context of the LifeWatchGreece project during January 2015. This publication is an open article in Bioinformatics and the full text can be found here.

Announcement: The 2nd LifeWatchGreece Data Management Workshop

The second meeting of LifeWatchGreece Data Managers will take place at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 16 - 20 March 2015. This meeting will be an actual hands-on workshop, which will aim to bring together the LifeWatchGreece Data Managers from all over Greece in order to digitize species occurence data from historical publications. The workshop will give an opportunity to exchange expertise and knowledge on the field of data digitization, both for terrestrial and marine data. Historical data present a unique resource of information, since they serve as a baseline for ecological and biogeographical studies. Data rescued from old publications will be brought into modern standards and integrated into global species occurrence databases via MedOBIS and GBIF Greece.

RECODE Conference: Open Access to Research Data as a Driver for Open Science


RECODE ( organized during 15 - 16 January 2015 in Athens its Final Conference “Open Access to Research Data as a Driver for Open Science” ( During the conference, Dr Christos Arvanitidis presented the scope and progress of LifewatchGreece and described the contribution of the Project in the Open Access Data Policy.

EMBOS Data Handling and Analysis Workshop

The EMBOS Data Handling and Analysis Workshop was successfully held at HCMR-Crete, from 16 to 19 December 2014. During the workshop, participants of the EMBOS project (ESSEM COST Action ES1003 - Development and implementation of a pan-European Marine Biodiversity Observatory System) analyzed several datasets that were produced from pilot studies conducted during the spring of 2014 along the European coastline (from the Eastern Mediterranean to the North Sea). The workshop gave the opportunity to the EMBOS participants to discuss with the Lifewatch Data Managers on issues regarding their datasets and familiarize with web services and data quality control tools.

The workshop's agenda and the list of participants are available below.

1st Mediterranean Symposium on the conservation of Dark Habitats (October 2014, Slovenia)

During the "œ1st Mediterranean Symposium on the conservation of Dark Habitats", which was held in PortoroΕΎ (Slovenia) by UNEP-MAP/RAC-SPA (, Vasilis Gerovasileiou, PhD candidate at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and data manager (marine biodiversity data) in LifeWatch Greece, presented a preliminary overview of the current knowledg

ENVRI Final Event

LifewatchGreece participated in the ENVRI FINAL EVENT, "Common Operations of Environmental Research Infrastructures" that took place during 7-8 October 2014 in Amsterdam. The following 6 topics were discussed:

LifewatchGreece Technical Meeting September 2014

During the technical meeting and with the occasion of the upcoming evaluation the status of the deliverables and the progress of the project were discussed in detail. Further technical issues were interpreted, such as specific queries for data and metadata (e.g. Micro CT metadata, genetics metadata & datasets), synonymization data, testing of access control to the infrastructure, and the creation of a Content Management System.