How can you contribute? | Emodnet Biology

How can you contribute?

  1. Everyone collecting data and information on the distribution of marine and brackish water species in Europe can make a valuable contribution to EMODnet.

    EMODnet welcomes different kinds of data and information:

    • Raw data: observations of taxa in space and time. This includes (at least) a taxon name, a geographic location and an observation date. The observation can either be a presence value or the actual number of observed individuals.
    • Data products: derived data and information such as (time series of) distribution maps, anomaly maps, maps depicting biodiversity indices and their evolution...
    • Dataset descriptions: next to making data freely available, EMODnet is also interested in documenting the metadata of your dataset, even if your dataset cannot become publicly available (yet).

    If you would be interested in contributing in any way to EMODnet, you can contact us at

    In your email, please specify what exactly you would like to share with us and in what format the data or data products are available (e.g. Excel, Access, GIS application...). If it concerns a large dataset or a dataset that is regularly updated, please inform us on how you think this could easily be shared (e.g. through DiGIR or IPT or sending extracts). With this basic information, we can suggest possible ways forward to get the data integrated into EMODnet.

    If you would like to contribute dataset descriptions, you can do so through our online dataset submission form or by contacting us directly (

  2. In need of dataset rescue?

    Do you know of any marine biological datasets (species occurrence, abundance and biomass) from the European seas that are sitting in an old paper report, a computer disk from the 1980's or a pdf, and are in need of rescuing?

    The EMODnet Work Package 4 is working on digitizing these valuable historical datasets to make them available to the marine community.

    If you would like to alert us about a dataset, please use the form below to submit some basic information about the data, or contact Sarah Faulwetter via An e-mail should contain the following information on the dataset:

    • Short description of the dataset
    • Geographic coverage
    • Temporal coverage (roughly, including also frequency if available)
    • Taxonomic coverage
    • Format (paper, floppy disk, hard disk, doc, xls, ...)
    • Contact person


Person filling in this form*
Contact email*

Full name of the dataset*
Access Constraints
Dataset version
Version date
Extensive description of the dataset
Marine waters
Brackish waters
Fresh waters
Status of the data collection
Basis of the distribution records

People involved

Name and contact of person

Temporal cover

Date of first record   
Date of last record   



Temporal resolution

Geographical cover

Geographical scope*
Min. lat
Min. lon
Max. lat
Max. lon
Geographical resolution
Total number of localities/stations included (approx.)

Taxonomic cover

Taxonomic scope
[lookup in WoRMS]
Total number of species included (approx.)
The taxonomic names have been matched with WoRMS names
What type(s) are the data points?




other- specify:
Any other parameter(s) measured?


Reference(s) of publication(s) that was based on this dataset (one reference per textfield)
Reference(s) of publication(s) that describe this dataset in detail (one reference per textfield)
Format in which the dataset is available


Will the dataset be made available to EurOBIS?
How will the dataset be transferred to EurOBIS?
Upload dataset file (max. 10MB)
Request DOI


Is the dataset complete? Any additional comments?