There are 3 main work activities for the project, each with a different focus.
- Dictionary restructuring
- Dictionary expansion
- Standardising biological parameter descriptions
In addition to these three distinct activities, there is a constant assessment of the new technologies becoming available, thus ensuring that we are using the best possible techniques.
The restructuring of the dictionary will allow more flexibility in adding new parameters, as well as making improvements to the clarity of the parameter descriptions.
The expansion of our dictionary will incorporate dictionary entries from other marine organisations. In particular, parameters held by National Institute for Coastal and Marine Management (RIKZ), Netherlands; Systemes d'Information Scientifiques pour la Mer (SISMER), France; and United States Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (US JGOFS). This will significantly increase the number of data parameters held in our dictionary and make it the most comprehensive resource available to the international marine data management community.
Standardising biological parameter descriptions
All biological codes will be mapped to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS), the standard taxonomic database used by the international oceanographic data management community.
By using this standard we can improve the wording of the parameter descriptions and use an established mechanism for parameter groupings.
All biological parameters will have ITIS taxonomic serial numbers (tsn numbers) attached to them or will be submitted to the ITIS team for consideration prior to inclusion.
A Taxon Browser has been developed. This uses the ITIS taxonomic hierarchy as a framework to retrieve all BODC entries that match the search term, as well as all the dictionary entries which are taxonomically related.