SponGIS is a dedicated data portal for deep-sea sponge data built as part of the project "Deep-sea Sponge Grounds Ecosystems of the North Atlantic: An integrated approach towards their preservation and sustainable exploitation" (short name SponGES)..
SponGES is funded under the EU's Horizon 2020 Blue Growth BG1 call (Grant Agreement no. 679849). Banner image from DFO.
The SponGIS database has been designed to follow international standards for biodiversity data (i.e. Darwin Core, Dublin Core) and closely follows the schema of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). In SponGIS, we use an additional extension of the Darwin Core (MeasurementOrFact) to capture data and datasets that extend beyond just biodiversity data. In SponGES, these can be data that captures physical or chemical variables, and can even hold maps. This resource explains the structure of the SponGIS database, and provides guidance on how participants or external collaborators can contribute datasets.
See Contribute if you wish to contribute data to SponGIS, and below for more description of the data available. Note, SponGIS is in development and data is not yet accessible.