Below are some tools which have been found useful by OBIS Australia partners to assist custodians of marine species data to manage, reformat, or perform quality checks on their data.
- C-squares spatial indexing - "bin" your data by 10-, 5-, 1- or 0.5- degree squares, for rapid query, retrieval, reporting, and mapping - for information see the c-squares website.
- Web mapping of point data using the c-squares mapper. The obis.org.au server now hosts the reference
implementation of the c-squares mapper, a web-accessible utility for rendering dataset spatial extents on a
variety of user-selectable base maps (see the c-squares website for additional information).
- Testing for marine species data points on land
- Georeferencing (converting place names to lat-lons) - see georeferencing page
- Reverse georeferencing (converting lat-lons to nearest named place)
- Reporting on database content by geographic region, suspect lat/lon or time values, etc. - formulas page
- Reformatting hours (hours/min/sec to decimal hours after midnight, i.e. OBIS format) - see formulas page
- Parsing species scientific names against standard lists, to indicate potential additions, misspellings etc.
- "Near" (fuzzy) matching algorithm for locating misspelled species scientific names
- Both of the above can now be accessed via the IRMNG project.
This page is intended to be a dynamic community resource; if you have knowledge of additional tools that you would like to share with the Australian marine species community, please contact the node manager.
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