Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Standardising and integrating metadata associated with remote underwater video recordings
Willem Coetzer, Anthony Bernard, Elodie Heyns

Building: CTEC
Room: Auditorium
Date: 2016-12-06 02:15 PM – 02:30 PM
Last modified: 2016-11-26


Several South African research institutes operate equipment to record marine underwater video footage for ecological monitoring of e.g. coastal fish stocks. We designed a local process to upload fish length and count data output from a Stereo Baited Remote Underwater Video (Stereo-BRUV) camera. Data were uploaded to a Specify database using the Specify Workbench, which required us to design a standard Workbench Template to be used by participating institutes. Working more broadly we mapped the fields in the Specify database to terms in the Darwin Core schema and Audubon Core schema to describe the data with a view to publishing the standardised data. We evaluated the richness of the standardised metadata obtained through the use of these vocabularies. Specific terms to describe BRUV data are unavailable. The development of such terms will aid the discovery, integration and interpretation of BRUV data.