BISMaL to accumulate and publish marine biodiversity information
Enhancement of marine scientific knowledge is essential to address the challenges of SDG14 such as marine pollution and conservation of sea and marine resources including biodiversity. The Data Research and Development Group operates The Biological Information System for Marine Life (BISMaL), as an activity for Voluntary commitment #OceanAction17602 (Data sharing and use for contributing to SDG14 on marine biodiversity and marine debris).
BISMaL is a web-based data system to accumulate and publish biodiversity information, particularly biogeographic data, photographs, movies, distribution records, references, and brief descriptions of the morphology/ecology of each species or its higher taxon. Although BISMaL is a data system of JAMSTEC, it also works as a system of the Japan Ocean Biogeographic Information System Center (J-OBIS) and the Japan node of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). Data and information collected and integrated via J-OBIS are available to the public and provided to OBIS through BISMaL. BISMaL is contributing to global data sharing and information exchange as well as working as a data system of JAMSTEC.