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Title: MASDEAMarine species database for Eastern Africa
Authors: Berghe, Edward Vanden
Keywords: Biodiversity
Information systems
Western Indian Ocean
Issue Date: Mar-2005
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: The Marine Species Database for Eastern Africa (MASDEA) was started in 1996, in the framework of a collaborative project between the Regional Cooperation in Scientific Information Exchange – Western Indian Ocean (RECOSCIX-WIO) and the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI). Since then, it has grown to a substantial database, with over 20,000 taxonomic and 50,000 distribution records. Since 1999, the database has been online, through the web server of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), and has attracted a reasonable amount of hits, some resulting in comments, and corrections and additions to the content. Some of the decisions taken at the design stage of the database are discussed. A preliminary analysis of the data in the database is presented. This clearly shows a marked ‘observer’ bias, and demonstrates the need to continue the efforts of collecting information.
Page(s): 128-135
ISSN: 0379-5136
Source: IJMS Vol.34(1) [March 2005]

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