MANUELA central database again open for submission of datasets!
On the thirteenth international meiofauna conference (THIRIMCO) in Recife this summer,
the majority of the MANUELA scientists wanted to put the central database open again for data submission.
Since the meiobenthologists concentrated on the analyses that were needed to meet the deliverables of MarBEF,
there is a general feeling that the database is not fully exploited at this moment.
New ideas for analyses will be put forward early next year, but in the meanwhile,
new contributions to the central database will only make the science stronger.
So if you have new datasets, or if you found ‘old’ datasets that you didn’t submit during the first phase of the development
of the database, you have the opportunity to do so now! Of course, the ‘rules’ for using data from the database remain
and you can find a detailed description of these rule in the MANUELA data policy
Data can be submitted again starting now. Deadline for submission is March 31st, 2008.
For further information on the MANUELA project, please contact Jan Vanaverbeke
For data submission, please contact Leen Vandepitte
Manuela data transferred to EurOBIS
Another deliverable for Manuela has been met! Information on distribution of the taxa within the Manuela database was transferred to the European node of OBIS for 35 of the 71 datasets. A total of 38,132 distributions were added to EurOBIS. For 25 of these 35 datasets, not only the distribution information has been made available, but also the individual counts of the taxa per location.
For the other datasets, data providers have asked to withhold the information just a bit longer, as the data are still being progressed for publications.
To see the map with the distribution records, click on
Manuela records in EurOBIS.
Update of the Manuela nematodes to ERMS
One of the deliverables of the Manuela project to MarBEF is to make sure that all nematode species collected from the Manuela database are also present in the European Register of Marine Species (ERMS). As the deadline for contributing datasets was reached at the end of August, it was now possible to get a complete overview of all nematode taxa present within Manuela. During this update, 333 species were added to ERMS, bringing the nematode species within ERMS to a grand total of 2,173.
To see the full ERMS list of Nematoda, click on
Nematoda incertae sedis.
State of the art of the MANUELA database on 31st August 2006
The deadline for contributing to the MANUELA database has been reached on 31st August 2006. Data collection started in January 2006 and 12 institutes delivered a total of 66 meiobenthic datasets, mainly consisting of nematode and copepod related data.
A grand total of 10 895 taxon records was reached, representing almost 1850 unique taxa. A wide geographical range has been covered: from the Mediterranean over the North-East Atlantic to the Arctic Sea. Samples were taken from the intertidal to the deep sea and this both in marine and brackish environments.
All this fragmented information will now be integrated into the MANUELA central database. This database will be analysed by the MANUELA research community in January 2007 at Ghent University during the first analysis workshop.
Presentation at MarBEF General Assembly, Lecce 9-11 May 2006
First contributions to the MANUELA Database