DITS launch and use | 4DEMON

4 decades of Belgian marine monitoring

uplifting historical data to today's needs


The Belgian scientific community has, in the last four decades, built up considerable expertise in marine sciences (see Compendium Coast and Sea). Numerous scientific expeditions at sea have resulted in a vast quantity of scientific data related to different topics and important publications in the scientific literature about the marine environment of the Belgian Continental Shelf. Many valuable, historic data however still remain inaccessible to the larger scientific community, being available only on paper in various institutions. These sources are essential for understanding long-term changes in the quality of the marine environment. The 4DEMON project aims to centralise, integrate and valorise data on contamination, eutrophication and ocean acidification compiled during expeditions in the BCS over the last four decades, forming an important Belgian scientific heritage.

1000-points map: Map of 1970-1976 sampling grid.
Continuous remote sensing chlorophyll a and turbidity data sets will aid the data interpretation and intercalibration as they have a much higher spatial and temporal resolution.
Van Mechelen: Old Cruise summary reports provide useful sampling information.
In the first phase of the project an extensive data inventory will be created and relevant historic data and metadata will be searched for in archives and digitized when needed.


DITS launch and use

Added on 13 Jan 2015

DITS, the Data Inventory and Tracking System, has been launched on 15 September 2014.

This web application allows users and data managers to inventorise data sources, submit new data, identify missing data and track the import status. It also features several ways to explore the data (datasources, projects, services, platforms...) that are in the system.

More than 800 data sources, like historic technical reports, cruise reports, maps and publications have already been scanned and uploaded in the frame of 4DEMON.
Website URL: dits.bmdc.be

A close-up screenshot of the DITS homepage

A screenshot of the datasources inventory page, after login by registered users

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