The WISER way of organising ecological data from European rivers, lakes, transitional and coastal waters

Moe, S. Jannicke; Schmidt-Kloiber, Astrid; Dudley, Bernard J.; Hering, Daniel. 2013 The WISER way of organising ecological data from European rivers, lakes, transitional and coastal waters. Hydrobiologia, 704 (1). 11-28.

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The implementation of the Water Framework Directive has required intense research in applied aquatic ecology in Europe, and thus created challenges for data management in international research projects. In the project Waterbodies in Europe: Integrative Systems to assess Ecological status and Recovery (WISER), biological and environmental data from rivers, lakes, transitional and coastal waters in 26 European countries were collated. More than one million records of biological observations were stored in the project’s central database, representing phytoplankton, macrophytes, macroalgae, angiosperms, phytobenthos, invertebrates and fish. The central database includes new data from the WISER field campaign in lakes and transitional/coastal waters during 2009–2010 (more than 6,000 biological samples from 58 waterbodies in 14 countries). The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the data collated within WISER, in order to facilitate future re-use of these data by other scientists. More specifically, the objectives are to (1) describe the data management in WISER, (2) describe the structure and content of the WISER central database and (3) share experiences and give recommendations for data management in large ecological research projects.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Water
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Watt
ISSN: 0018-8158
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Additional Keywords: EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), data management, databases, taxonomy, intellectual property rights (IPR), metadata
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Date made live: 29 Nov 2012 12:53 +0 (UTC)

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