Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)
In 2010 the funding from the Sloan Foundation for the Census of Marine Life, and therefor also for OBIS, will end and the future of OBIS beyond 2010 has to be addressed. An offer to explore an institutional framework for the continuation of OBIS was made, by the Executive Secretary of the IOC, to the meeting of the OBIS Governing Board (Rome, 28-29 April 2008). The OBIS Governing Board and the IOC Executive Council subsequently agreed this suggestion be further elaborated and a business model prepared. The Executive Council requested the Executive Secretary and the IOC Data and Information Management Advisory Group and OBIS to work together to develop a document for submission to the 25th Session of the IOC Assembly. An initial IOC/OBIS meeting was convened in Ostend (24-26 November, 2008) to consider possible arrangements and to recommend courses of action. These recommendations are to be presented to the OBIS Governing Board for approval and submitted to the IODE-20 Steering Committee meeting and the IOC Data and Information Management Advisory Group for comment before the preparation of the final documentation and Draft Resolution to be presented to the 25th IOC Assembly.