European Ocean Biogeographic Information System

Data flow

Within Europe

EurOBIS aims to centralise biogeographic data on marine species collected by European institutions. The data can either be collected within or outside European waters. As long as the data providing institute is within Europe, EurOBIS acts as the responsible node to make these data available to the OBIS community.

EurOBIS receives its data through different pathways.


(International data flow scheme. Click on the image for an enlarged view.)


The EurOBIS system and its data is part of two large European initiatives, EMODnet Biology and LifeWatch. A strong collaboration exists, resulting - amongst others - in the active growth of available datasets within EurOBIS.


International context

Together with the host institutes or organisations of the other OBIS nodes, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) has commited to a continuous support of OBIS. This is translated in making occurrence information of European marine species freely available online, and in tranferring these data to OBIS on a regular basis. EurOBIS is currently one of the largest data providers to OBIS.

OBIS in its turn publishes its data through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), a network of data providers that facilitates the digitization of biodiversity data and builds a biodiversity information infrastructure. OBIS is recognized as the marine thematic sub-network of GBIF.

There is also a 'back-flow' of data from GBIF to EurOBIS. If European marine data would be accessible through GBIF but not through (Eur)OBIS, GBIF will notify EurOBIS, to add these data to the system and make the EurOBIS inventory more complete.