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Diveboard - Scuba diving citizen science observations

Latest version published by Diveboard on Jul 6, 2017 Diveboard

Diveboard (http://www.diveboard.com/) 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!

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 34,613 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

Downloads

Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 34,613 records in English (2 MB) - Update frequency: unknown
Metadata as an EML file download in English (13 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (11 KB)

Versions

The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Diveboard - Scuba diving citizen science observations. Online at http://www.diveboard.com and http://ipt.diveboard.com/resource.do?r=diveboard-occurrences.

Rights

Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Diveboard. http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 66f6192f-6cc0-45fd-a2d1-e76f5ae3eab2.  Diveboard publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF France.

Keywords

Occurrence; Observation; citizen science; marine; freshwater; fishes; scuba diving; reef

External data

The resource data is also available in other formats

GBIF data portalhttp://www.gbif.org/dataset/66f6192f-6cc0-45fd-a2d1-e76f5ae3eab2 UTF-8 various formats

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Alexander Casassovici
Chief Diveboarder
Diveboard 92200 Neuilly sur Seine FR +33695033446
http://www.diveboard.com

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Dimitri Brosens
Contributor
Datafable BE

Who filled in the metadata:

Dimitri Brosens
Contributor
Datafable BE

Who else was associated with the resource:

Owner
Alexander Casassovici
Chief Diveboarder
Diveboard 92200 Neuilly sur Seine FR
http://www.diveboard.com
Point Of Contact
Dimitri Brosens
Contributor
Datafable BE
Processor
Peter Desmet

Geographic Coverage

Diveboarders are everywhere on the planet!

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

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 (http://eol.org) 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 Period 1970-recent

Sampling Methods

Observations 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.

Study Extent The 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.
Quality Control The Diveboard application restricts divers to only record species found in the Encyclopedia of Life (http://eol.org). 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.

Method step description:

  1. Event 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.

Additional Metadata

The 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 support@diveboard.com 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: https://github.com/Datafable/diveboard-gbif

Purpose Diveboarders 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.
Alternative Identifiers 66f6192f-6cc0-45fd-a2d1-e76f5ae3eab2
http://ipt.diveboard.com/resource?r=diveboard-occurrences