Archiving the Ocean Biodiversity Information System-USA (OBIS-USA)

NOAA survey dig at oil rig close to Catalina Island, just off the California coast.

Photo credit: Adam Obaza, WCR Protected Resources Division, NOAA

Recently, OBIS-USA has taken a significant step to ensure that the marine data the U.S. contributes is not just web-accessible, but also properly archived. NOAA NCEI has partnered with the Science Analytics and Synthesis (SAS) Program of the USGS, as well as the NOAA-led U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, to ensure that our marine species observations are not only integrated and shared, but also archived. For instance, NCEI assures that data will be accessible for 75 years or until no longer needed for scientific use.

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