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10 years of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS): where do we stand & where are we heading?

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Competing Interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Author Contributions

Leen Vandepitte analyzed the data, authored or reviewed drafts of the paper, approved the final draft.

Bart Vanhoorne analyzed the data, authored or reviewed drafts of the paper, approved the final draft.

Wim Decock analyzed the data, authored or reviewed drafts of the paper, approved the final draft.

Thomas Lanssens analyzed the data, authored or reviewed drafts of the paper, approved the final draft.

Stefanie Dekeyzer analyzed the data, authored or reviewed drafts of the paper, approved the final draft.

Kevin Verfaille analyzed the data, authored or reviewed drafts of the paper, approved the final draft.

Francisco Hernandez analyzed the data, authored or reviewed drafts of the paper, approved the final draft.

Tammy Horton analyzed the data, authored or reviewed drafts of the paper, approved the final draft.

Andreas Kroh analyzed the data, authored or reviewed drafts of the paper, approved the final draft.

Data Deposition

The following information was supplied regarding data availability:

All data in WoRMS is accessible through the online interface and several web services.

Funding

The continuous work on WoRMS is currently made possible through LifeWatch Belgium, part of the E-Science European LifeWatch Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research. In addition, funding is available through the Flanders Marine Institute. Over the last 10 years, WoRMS and many of its sub-registers have been able to grow by funding received through several projects: MarBEF Network of Excellence ‘Marine Biodiversity Ecosystem Functioning’ (EU FP6, GOCE-CT-2003-505446; 2004-2009), Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure (PESI, EU-FP7, RI-223806; 2009- 2011), EMODnet Biology I (MARE/2008/03 -Lot 4 Biology – Contract nr SI2.531562; 2009-2011), 4D4Life (INFRA-2008-1.2.2 – Scientific Data Infrastructures – Grant Agreement 238988; 2009-2012), EMODnet Biology II (MARE/2012/10 – Lot 5 Biology – Contract nr SI2.657705; 2012-2016), EMODnet Biology III (EASME/EMFF/2016/1.3.1.2 – Lot 5/SI2/750022), AquaRES (BR/132/A6/AQUARES; 2014-2016) and LifeWatch (2012-2017). Next to structured project funding, a number of ad-hoc funds have also contributed to the further development of WoRMS: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (through the Census of Marine Life, Memorial University, Canada), the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO, Canada), the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN, UK), and the CORONA project of the National Science Foundation (NSF, USA). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.


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