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Diveboard - Scuba diving citizen science observations

Diveboard ( is an online scuba diving citizen science platform, where divers can digitize or log their dives, participate in citizen science surveys and projects, and interact with others. More then 10,000 divers have already registered with Diveboard and the community is still growing. This dataset contains all observations made by Diveboarders worldwide (mainly fishes) and are linked to the Encyclopedia of Life. The Diveboard community has dedicated the data to the public domain under a Creative Commons Zero waiver, so these can be used as widely as possible. If you have a specific survey need or question, get in touch: Diveboarders are everywhere and willing to help!

Date Published Mar 17, 2017
Version 52 (Latest)
Update Frequency Monthly (Next publication: Apr 16, 2017)
Darwin Core Archive download (1,849 KB ) 33,037 records
EML download (12 KB)
RTF download (10 KB)
GBIF Registration 66f6192f-6cc0-45fd-a2d1-e76f5ae3eab2
Organisation Diveboard
Endorsing Node GBIF France
Occurrence; Observation; citizen science; marine; freshwater; fishes; scuba diving; reef
Metadata Language English
Resource Language English
External Links
Resource Contact
NameDimitri Brosens
Address , BELGIUM
Resource Creator
NameAlexander Casassovici
PositionChief Diveboarder
Address , Neuilly sur Seine, FRANCE, Postal Code: 92200 Telephone: +33695033446
Home Page
Metadata Provider
NameDimitri Brosens
Address , BELGIUM
Associated Party 1
NameAlexander Casassovici
PositionChief Diveboarder
Address , Neuilly sur Seine, FRANCE, Postal Code: 92200
Home Page
Role Owner
Associated Party 2
NameDimitri Brosens
Address , BELGIUM
Role Point Of Contact
Associated Party 3
NamePeter Desmet
Address , BELGIUM
Home Page
Role Processor
Geographic Coverage
DescriptionDiveboarders are everywhere on the planet!
Bounding Coordinates-90, 90 / -180, 180 (min, max Latitude / min, max Longitude)
Taxonomic Coverage
Description The dataset covers animals (and very few plants) observed during scuba dives performed by members of the Diveboard community. Close to 80% of the observations are fishes (Actinopterygii and Elasmobranchii). Diveboarders can log their dives online, including the species they observed, using the Encyclopedia of Life ( as a checklist. Most of the observations are identified to species level, though some caution regarding the identifications is appropriate. In case of doubt, the observer/identifier can be contacted via the references field, which references his/her Diveboard profile.
Kingdom Animalia, Plantae
Phylum Cnidaria, Mollusca, Echinodermata (Echinoderms), Chordata, Rhodophyta
Subphylum Crustacea (Crustaceans)
Class Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes), Elasmobranchii (sharks, rays & skates), Anthozoa, Reptilia
Order Testudines
Temporal Coverage
Living Time Period1970-recent
Sampling Methods
Study ExtentThe dataset covers recorded observations made during scuba dives performed by members of the Diveboard community. As such there is no specific geographic or temporal study extent, although most dives logged on Diveboard were conducted in well known divespots, such as reefs and wrecks. In a later phase, specific surveys might also be logged on Diveboard.
Sampling DescriptionObservations are not recorded with a specific goal in mind and only reflect what the diver has noticed during the dive. Divers rarely conduct a full inventory of a dive spot, so the observed species only represent part of the occurring species at the time of the dive. There is a sampling bias for known, interesting, noticeable and/or rare species.
Quality ControlThe Diveboard application restricts divers to only record species found in the Encyclopedia of Life ( As such, all observations are linked to an EOL page in the field taxonID. It is important to note that the data are not validated by specialists.
Step Description 1Event and location conditions (date, time, depth, etc.) are often logged automatically by the dive computer. This data can be imported or manually added by the diver in the Diveboard application, while observed species are added manually. These actions can be done just after surfacing, as the Diveboard application is available online and as a mobile app, which allows divers to record their dive even if no internet connection is available.
Citation Identifier
Resource Citation Diveboard - Scuba diving citizen science observations. Online at and
Alternative Identifiers
Additional Metadata
Hierarchy Leveldataset
PurposeDiveboarders share their data with the desire to help the scientific community in research towards protecting the biodiversity of our oceans, seas, and freshwater bodies. So far, he data are not generated with any overarching purpose, other than completing ones personal digital log of dives.
IP Rights
Additional InformationThe data is collected with the help of divers all around the world. If you have questions regarding surveying specific dive sites, you can contact us at and we will see what we can do. The dataset was standardized, documented and published with the help of Datafable, a team of open data volunteers. The process is documented here: