lecture: Bringing benthic data to the surface - moving Marine Recorder into an open source spatial database.
The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) is one of a number of organisations that run inshore and offshore surveys to collect data on seabed biodiversity (e.g. species records and habitat types). The main storage and collation system for these data is Marine Recorder, a Microsoft Access-based database application developed by JNCC in 2002. Despite several updates since then, the system is now significantly out of date, and the lack of internet connectivity or the ability to store spatial data is a major problem. As a result of these issues, organisations in the UK that collect benthic data are investigating more up-to-date systems and there is a significant risk of data fragmentation. JNCC are currently in the process of moving all of our spatial data from a file based system into PostGIS. This talk will describe JNCC’s open-source geospatial information strategy and how we are integrating Marine Recorder into this, discussing the efficiency savings that this provides, as well as our plans for developing a full open-source, online replacement for Marine Recorder in the future.