S Tsuboi*
*Center for Earth Information Science and Technology, JAMSTEC, Japan


Figure 1: Screenshot of deep-sea video list of the "JAMSTEC E-library of Deep-sea Images (J-EDI)"

The Data Management and Engineering Department of CEIST receives, collects and archives various data/samples collected by JAMSTEC through its research activities related to marine and earth surveys and observations, controls data quality, and develops and operates a data release system. Based on the Basic Policies on the Handling of Data and Samples by JAMSTEC, enacted in FY2007, we are managing and archiving data and samples obtained using JAMSTEC vessels and research submersibles/autonomous underwater vehicles carried by JAMSTEC vessels, and developing and operating an observational data release system. Researchers may access to the Data and Sample Research System for Whole Cruise Information (DARWIN) and find information for data, rock samples, and sediment core samples obtained by research vessels and submersibles, and links to related databases. JAMSTEC E-library of Deep-sea Images (J-EDI) provides an access to variety of unique deep-sea images. We have joined the Tohoku Ecosystem-Associated Marine Sciences (TEAMS)—a program launched in February 2012 for surveys and research on marine ecosystems around 2011 Tohoku earthquake region—and are developing a data management system for disseminating and providing research results and information obtained in this program and building data sharing/release systems. Release of biodiversity information is also our major task. We comprehensively distribute JAMSTEC-owned biological information using the Biological Information System for Marine Life (BISMaL), which handles information on diversity and distribution of marine organisms, collect information on diversity of marine organisms around Japan, and widely release it after systematically organizing it. Since 2010, JAMSTEC has been serving as a Japanese node in the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), and providing BISMaL data to OBIS. In light of the fact that OBIS was placed under the umbrella of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE), a system managed by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (UNESCO/IOC), in January 2015, JAMSTEC was recognized as an IODE Associate Data Unit (ADU).