OBIS, the Ocean Biogeographic Information System, was created in 2000 as the information management arm of the Census of Marine Life (CoML), and has as its mission the provision of a unified gateway to global marine species distribution data maintained by a wide range of custodians, to facilitate the exploration of patterns of distribution of marine life in relation to geographical and ecological factors.
OBIS Australia is the Regional OBIS Node for the Australian region. Its main functions are to foster the on-line provision of marine species data from the Australian region into the OBIS international data network, and to provide an access point to the international OBIS data network that provides enhanced functionality targeted to the needs of data users in the Australian region.
OBIS Australia was originally created as a partnership between the former National Oceans Office (Department of the Environment and Water Resources) and the former CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, and is now managed by the CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere which is based in Hobart, Tasmania.
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